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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Maya 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. email@example.com
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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. email@example.com
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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. email@example.com
Christie Camnitz works with AWA's clients to ensure the best possible adoption matches.
Laura Miller, Behavior Coordinator. firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Judi Russo, Clinic Manager. email@example.com
Judi Russo began her career with the AWA clinic in 1984 after receiving her degree from Camden County College’s Veterinary Technology program. She oversees the spay/neuter clinic operations and community pet medicine. At AWA, Russo loves the freedom of working with many different kinds of people and their pets. Her wealth of clinical experience and people-skills puts all our animals and pet-owners in expert hands.
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. Jennifer Stenger, Staff Veterinarian
Dr. Stenger graduated from Ross University and worked in different types of veterinary practices before coming to AWA. She applies her interests in opthamology and spay/neuter to help give all of the animals in the pet clinic the best treatment possible.
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.
Lindsey Wasiuta, Clinic Client Services Supervisor. firstname.lastname@example.org
John Whitehead, Community Outreach & Humane Education Manager. email@example.com
John Whitehead joined AWA’s team in 2012 as our Community Outreach Coordinator. He manages the Humane Education and Pet Therapy programs and coordinates the outreach programs. Prior to AWA, John has developed community outreach programs and events between the commercial and educational fields. He has a B.S. from Delaware Valley College. John enjoys working with schools and youth programs that educate students about pet ownership and the amazing human-animal connection. A life-long animal lover, John feels he's found a home at AWA where he can make a positive impact on families and homeless pets in the community.
Jennifer Lyons, Volunteer Coordinator. firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Lyons manages all of the amazing volunteers who help to support AWA's mission. She has a great deal of experience with coordinating events for non-profits with educational missions. Jennifer provides volunteer training and opportunities for the community to be involved in meaningful service work.