Hillary Roberts has had the wonderful opportunity to work as the KVHS Executive Director since June of 2009. Hillary grew up in a small town with a population of about 300 people and loves small town charm. Later, she attended the University of Maine in Orono and has quite a bit of Black Bear Pride. Hillary is passionate about second chances (for people and animals!) and believes that everyone can make a difference for shelter and rescue animals. When she’s not at KVHS Hillary enjoys art, theatre, and spending time with her family. She lives in Hallowell with 3 cats, a 10 year old lab/rotti mix, a husband and the sweetest daughter and son anyone could ask for.
Jamie grew up in Massachusetts and moved to Maine in 2001. He has a BA in Psychology from the University Of Southern Maine. His passion for animals led him to KVHS and he knew right away that saving animals is his mission. Jamie started as an Animal Care Technician in December 2015, and was promoted to Development Director in September 2016. Jamie loves his work and enjoys planning our major events. He lives in Gardiner with his partner and their 3 Dachshunds, Pomeranian and super senior cat. In his spare time, Jamie enjoys going walking with his dogs, going to concerts and enjoying time with family and friends.
Amanda is a 2007 graduate of Thomas College. She holds a BA in Communications with a concentration in English. She started at KVHS almost 8 years ago as a Customer Service Rep., and was later promoted to Volunteer Coordinator just three months later. She now holds the title of Volunteer Coordinator and Outreach Manager. She loves all animals so you can imagine her enthusiasm to be part of the KVHS team. Another passion of hers is writing. She has written for several area publications, including The Kennebec Journal, formerly The Capitol Weekly, Downeast Dog News and the Kennebec Valley Humane Society Quarterly Newsletter. Amanda has two cats, Oreo and Ebony and three hamsters, Scofield (Scofi), Gizmo and Tiramisu (Tara).
Heather has always wanted to work with animals ever since she can remember. When she was just 15 years old she volunteered for KVHS. Later, in 2012, with her love for animals still as strong as ever, she found, what she calls her “dream job” after she was hired at KVHS. Her hard work and strong work ethic paid off resulting in her promotion as Visitor Services and Front Desk Manager earlier this year. When Heather is not helping animals at KVHS she is working to help people at a crisis stabilization unit, another area non-profit. In addition to the animals she helps to care for on a daily basis, she also has two animals of her own. Six years ago she adopted Coco, a 7-year old Shepherd/Husky mix from Coastal Humane Society. She completed her family when she adopted Buddy, a 5-year old Chow/Lab mix from KVHS in Jan. 2013. Buddy was her second adoption from KVHS. She adopted her family dog, Reno, as puppy from over 16 years ago.
Melanie is our Director of Operations. She oversees daily operations and animal care. Melanie was hired at KVHS in 2009 as an Animal Care Technician and was promoted to Director of Operations shortly after. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from the University of Vermont and has over 10 years of experience working with animals. Melanie has established great relationships with KVHS and shelters around the country as a result of her diverse background in shelters throughout California, including the Pasadena Humane Society and SPCA, Long Beach SPCA and the Temple City Animal Clinic. When she is not caring to the animals at KVHS she is spending time with her 4 cats, her Chi/Min Pin mix and her family.
Robin started at KVHS as a volunteer in 2012 before becoming a part of the team just three months later. Robins vast experience has helped to facilitate over 250 adoptions and she’s still going strong! Her favorite part about working with animals is gaining the trust of scared animals who are alone and fearful. As a result, her hard work ethic and willingness to do whatever comes her way helped save the lives of hundreds of animals over the years. Prior to her involvement at KVHS she spent over 8 years working for the Coastal Humane Society. Robin has a wonderful 5-year young son as well as a step-son and step-daughter who keep her busy when she is not taking care of animals. Robin and her significant other like to bike ride, walk and spend time outside. Her family also includes many some fur-babies (two cats and two dogs), including Ryeley, pictured here!
Anna graduated from the University of Maine in Orono in the spring of 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal and Veterinary Science. In the fall of 2014 she moved to Texas to pursue her love for dogs. She holds three certifications in dog training and behavior modification from Starmark Academy for Dog Trainers in Hutto, Texas. She then spent the next two years training dogs in Massachusetts and Arkansas until she found her way back home to Maine. Anna joined us in the spring of 2016 as a dog behavior specialist. She organizes the dog program, conducts temperament tests which evaluate dog personalities, determines the best home environment for each individual dog, trains staff and volunteers in dog handling, and assists with meet and greets and adoptions. Anna has a rat terrier mix named Taco whom she adopted from a shelter while living in Texas.
Hannah graduated from Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI in 2011 with Bachelors’ Degrees in Biology and Chemistry. She also has minors in Anthropology and Sociology. After graduation she started full time as an Adoption Counselor with the Connecticut Humane Society in Newington, CT. Her main focus was to place companion animals into loving forever homes. After just 6 months she was promoted as an Animal Behavior Technician where she was in charge of keeping in house animals’ minds and bodies happy and healthy. In July 2013, after moving back to Maine, she became our Senior Animal Care Technician at KVHS. In addition to owning 3 chickens, Hannah has a menagerie of dogs. Her eldest, Snoopy, is an 8 year old American Bulldog and Pitbull mix that she adopted from the Providence Animal Rescue League. She has Robi, a 3 year old Vizsla that she got as a college graduation present from her parents. She also has Stanley a 3 year old Great Dane and Pitbull mix that she rescued as a puppy from a drug trafficking ring in Atlanta, GA. Lastly is little Blue, who is a 1 year old Chihuahua and Dachshund mix that was adopted from the Connecticut Humane Society.
Stacey graduated from Unity College in the winter of 2015 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Captive Wildlife Care & Education, which involved many animal training courses. She has completed two internships: one at the Center for Wildlife as a wildlife care intern, and the other at the Maine Wildlife Park as a wildlife enrichment intern. Stacey also previously worked at a dog boarding kennel as a pet care technician. Stacey joined our team in February of 2016 as a part-time animal care technician and has since become a full-time senior animal care technician as well as co-foster care coordinator here at our shelter. She enjoys making videos for our shelter to help spread the word about the great work that we do. Stacey cares for many animals each day but loves going home to her two cats, Bellatrix and Baby Gray, the most.
Sabrina started at KVHS as a volunteer before being hired last year as an Animal Care Technician. She will be graduating from Gardiner Area High School later this year and plans to attend UMA in the spring of 2016 for Vet terminology. Sabrina is already certified in OSHA and animal CPR. She has four animals; an Australia Cattle Dog/Basenji named Damsel, a Snowshoe Siamese named Stella, who are both KVHS shelter graduates as well as another Siamese named Chevy and a Bearded Dragon.
Jayme is one of our newest members to join our team. She started out as a volunteer before being hired full time as an Animal Care Technician. She graduated from Maranacook High School in the summer of 2016. Jayme has always dreamed of working with animals and plans to attend CMCC for Life Science and Biology where she will later transfer to Unity College and major in Biology and Animal Sciences. Jayme has owned animals her whole life. She currently owns 2 guinea pigs and 13 chickens. One day she hopes to open up an animal rescue of her own.
Born and raised in California, Pat and husband, Andy, moved to Maine in 2002. Their young Siamese cat, Joey, made the move with them and is now living a comfortable senior life in the Maine countryside. Retired, Pat started volunteering at KVHS in 2015. Finding the need great and having an odd sense of pleasure in the constant chores, Pat found her niche washing dishes, hidey boxes, litter pans and loads of laundry. Pat now works part time as support staff (yep, laundry and dishes) for animals and workers to have what they need when they need it. With their 3 grown children and 3 grandsons all living on the east coast, Pat and Andy enjoy time with them as often as possible.