Meet the Dedicated Staff at AWA

Our staff oversees award-winning and innovative programs including Adoptions, Foster Care, Spay/Neuter Clinic, and Pet Re-homing that help more than 15,000 community pets in South Jersey. Our dedicated team is headed up by the following senior staff.

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Maya Richmond, Executive Director.

AWA animal shelter directorMaya Richmond was Director of Operations and Program Development for the Maryland SPCA in Baltimore before coming to AWA. She enjoys designing innovative programs like high-volume spay/neuter clinics, earned income ventures, staff development, building new spaces, and helping shelters develop sustainable programs and fundraising so they can do more for the community’s needy pets. She shares her home with 2 cats, 2 dogs, an understanding husband, their young daughter and her elderly mother.



Joan Powell, Director of Finance and Administration.

Joan Powell has served as AWA's Director of Finance and Adminstation since 2011. Her work strengthens the administrative and financial functions with AWA's core mission. Her extensive accounting and financial background have been in the education and financial services sectors. She earned a B.S. in Accounting from Drexel University. The variety and diverse nature of the work, the people, and the Organization's mission provide her with stimulating challenges. "It's something different every day," says Powell.

Stacie DaBolt, Director of Operations.

Stacie DaBolt has extensive management and animal welfare experience. She has been an animal shelter manager and has also worked at the Arizona Humane Society where she led their EAMT program. Her field team investigated and managed cruelty cases for over 6000 pets annually. Stacie's passion for operations, management and programs and ensures the efficiency of AWA's daily functions. 

Maria Clarke, Director of Events, Business & Community Relations.

Maria Clarke brings 13 years of leadership, development and event planning to her position as the Director of Events, Business and Community Relations. Maria joined AWA in 2012 as the Events and Business Relations Manager and is responsible for AWA’s Signature Fundraising events, corporate engagement and business relations. Her role at AWA has recently expanded to include oversight of AWA’s Volunteer Engagement Program as well as Humane Education and Community Outreach Programs. Maria loves to find innovative ways to engage members of the community to help support AWA’s mission. She is very passionate about non-profit work and most of all her family which includes her husband, two adult kids, her 2 dogs and senior cats.  

Nanci Keklak, Shelter Services Manager.

Nanci Keklak manages the AWA shelter facility, pet intake, and pet adoptions. She brings 18 years of shelter management experience to AWA, including medical, behavior, adoptions and rescue/transport.

Christie Camnitz, Assistant Shelter Manager.

Christie Camnitz works with AWA's clients to ensure the best possible adoption matches.

Laura Miller, Behavior Coordinator.

Laura Miller has over 10 years of experience working in animal shelters, including a position as Assistant Manager of a limited euthanasia shelter. She has completed internships at Pawsitive Dog Training and the Animal Farm Foundation (specializing in the care of pit bulls). Laura performs SAFER evaluations and works with clients on behavior and training support.

Michael Lacivita, Clinic Manager.

Michael Lacivita brings many years of experience in private veterinary practices to AWA. He is inspired by AWA's mission to provide high quality, low cost medical care to pets in our community.

Dr. Erin Henry, Chief Veterinarian

Dr. Henry graduated from University of Pennsylvania's Veterinary School. Following that she did her internship at Cornell University in Shelter Medicine. She and husband have a 45-pound "mutt" dog.

Dr. Elizabeth Schatz, Staff Veterinarian

Dr. Schatz comes to AWA from a mixed veterinary practice and has significant experience with small and large animals as well as pocket pets. She is making a career change into the field of animal sheltering and is dedicated to pet wellness and AWA's mission.

Katie Miller, Volunteer Coordinator.

Katie Miller manages all of the amazing volunteers who help to support AWA's mission. Katie provides volunteer training and opportunities for the community to be involved in meaningful service work. Katie has dedicated her life to helping animals from volunteering at various animal shelters and joining a pet rescue society in college, to earning a Bachelors of Science degree in Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation from Canisius College in 2012. She has also owned many pets in her life and currently has a chihuahua named "Dakota", two rabbits named "Tremelo" and "Basil" and a cat named "Fiona" (an AWA foster failure!). 

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