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.

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. 

Chris Anderson, Shelter Services Manager.

Chris Anderson manages the AWA shelter facility, pet intake, and pet adoptions. 

Christie Camnitz, Adoption Counselor and Intake Supervisor.

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

Jessica Boyington, Animal Care Supervisor.

Jessica Boyington is responsible for the daily maintenance and operations of our shelter facility.

Judi Russo, Clinic Manager.

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, Shelter Services 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 her fiance have a 45-pound "mutt" dog.

Dr. Jennifer Stenger, Medical Director for Clinic Services

Dr. Stenger graduated from Ross University and worked in different types of veterinary practices before coming to AWA. She applies her surgical specialties in opthamology and spay/neuter to help give all of the animals in the pet clinic the best treatment possible.

Dr. Rebecca Trejo, Pet Clinic Veterinarian/Surgeon

John WhiteheadCommunity Outreach & Humane Education Manager.

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 was a Senior Customer Service Representative at Commerce/ TD Bank where he developed community outreach and retail entertainment events and worked with area schools.  Prior to this, John was a Program Educator for the Bryson Institute of Philadelphia where he developed and presented diversity awareness workshops for Philadelphia and Bucks County schools. 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. 

Animal Welfare Association

509 Centennial Blvd., Voorhees, NJ 08043
Phone: 856.424.2288 | Fax: 856.424.8318


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