Staff & Board

401.846.8276 (shelter)
401.846.0592 (administrative office)

Executive Director: Christie Smith, ext 115
Director of Operations: Amy Chamard, ext 118
Director of Development: Erin O'Gara Dollard, ext116
Director of Finance and Administration: Nancy Wrathall, ext 117
Director of Marketing, Communications and Outreach
: Kerry McKinnon, ext 114
Customer Care Manager: Pearl Gonzalez, ext 103
Animal Care Manager: Pam Collum, ext 129
Behavior Services Manager: Sarah deVries, ext 104
Development Manager: Susan Ryan, ext 125
Volunteer Coordinator: Gail Lawson, ext.106
Administrative Assistant: Jill Homen, ext 122
Administrative Assistant: Meredith Chapman, ext 
Humane Educator: Anastacia Southland, ext 120
Facilities Manager: Chris Rowe, ext 130

Senior Animal Care Associates:

Jamie Estrella
Casey Martel
Nikole Meabe

Animal Care Associates:

Brittnie Coray
Michelle D'Arcangelo
Amanda Foster
Amanda Pimental

Veterinary Technician:

Amy Bussell

Customer Care Associate:

Hilary Bliss
Teri MacKinnon
Judie Porter
Leslie Thomas

Dog Obedience Trainers:

Kim Cipolla
Dale Alley

2014-2015 Board of Directors

The board is the guardian of the organization’s mission. It is the board's responsibility to ensure that the mission is relevant and vital to the community and to monitor the success of the organization in fulfilling its mission. The following individuals have volunteered their time and energy on behalf of the organization and we genuinely appreciate their commitment.

President: Ellen Ford (Middletown)
Vice-President: Patty Spigel (Portsmouth)
David Thalmann (Newport)
Secretary: Leilani Brenner (Portsmouth)

James D. Berwind (Philadelphia/Palm Beach/Newport)
Carolyn duPont (Newport)
Mary Edwards (Portsmouth)
David Enstone (Jamestown)
Evan Gilden (Bristol)
Michael Grandchamp (Portsmouth)
Joan Johnson-Freese (Newport)
Marilyn Kanter (Newport)
Charlene Karns (Newport)
Elena Kissel (Newport/New York)
Nancy Mayer (Bristol)
Howard Naugle (Portsmouth)
Eric Radler (Middletown)
Eric Shaw (Newport)
Mary Alice Smith (Newport)
Teryn Weintz (Newport/Boston)

Board Committees for 2014-2015

The bylaws of the organization have established a number of committees and our Strategic Plan necessitates various task forces work on specific projects. The charters for each outline the specified responsibilities and membership. The President of the Board of Directors appoints members to all committees.

Audit Committee (members appointed by Board President)
Development Committee* (composed of Board & Community Members)
Executive Committee (chaired by President, composed of the Officers)
Finance Committee* (chaired by the Treasurer,composed of Board & Community Members)
Governance Committee (composed of Board Members)
Advocacy & Public Policy Committee* (composed of Board, Staff & Community Members)
Gift Acceptance Committee (composed of Board & Staff)

* These committees often have openings for members of community with a particular area of expertise. The responsibilities and the membership of the committees and task forces formed to help carry out our mission are dictated by the bylaws of the organization and our current program needs. The Board of Directors values the involvement and wisdom of the community and is fortunate to have community members serving as volunteers. For more information, please email


Phone: 401-846-8276
Fax: 401-846-0681
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87 Oliphant Lane
Middletown, RI

Animal Control

Middletown: 401-846-1144
Portsmouth: 401-683-0300
Newport: 401-847-1306
Tiverton: 401-625-6277
Little Compton: 401-635-2311

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