Meet The Staff of CAHS
Virginia Moore – Executive Director
Virginia has worked off and on in the animal world since she was in high school. She was a Veterinary Technician throughout college and for many years after before beginning work as a graphic designer for The Mountain Ear here in North Conway. She later worked as a hiking guide and a freelance watercolor artist and graphic artist for many years. In 2001 Virginia began work at The Mount Washington Observatory as the Editor of Windswept and in that job began organizing events and doing development work. She started with The Conway Area Humane Society in 2006 as the Development Director and became Executive Director in 2007. In 2009 she went back to doing development work for CAHS during an affiliation with The Animal Rescue League of NH. When the affiliation ended in 2012 Virginia was reinstated as Executive Director and began building the small team CAHS is today. Virginia lives in Conway and shares her home with three cats, and all of them came from CAHS, and two dogs – Ella and Mr Bates, both rescues. “I love this job because I love animals and people, I have so much regard for the bond they share. With such a great team, although we are small, we have become the little shelter that could, and I am very proud of this staff and board of directors.”
Debra Cameron – Operations Manager
Debra has worked in the rescue and rehabilitation of both domestic animals and wildlife in a professional and volunteer capacity for over 15 years and holds degrees in Natural Science and Geology from the University of Alaska. She has worked in the wildlife rehabilitation, research and environmental education fields for several non-profit organizations including the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage, Alaska, HawkWatch International in Albuquerque, New Mexico and The Audubon Society of Rhode Island. A change in professional paths led her back to her home state of Massachusetts where she began a career in immunology as a research associate at Harvard Medical School, prior to moving to New Hampshire she was a research associate at the University of Massachusetts Medical School exploring potential therapies for treating ALS. During her time in the medical research field, she remained active in animal rescue by serving as a foster home, foster volunteer coordinator, and board member for a non-profit all-breed dog rescue that finds homes in the New England area for ~700 dogs annually. She and her husband moved to New Hampshire in the winter of 2012, and enjoy taking every opportunity possible to get outside with their 5 dogs to enjoy the incredible beauty of this area! Debra joined the CAHS team in August of 2014. “I am thrilled to be part of such an important organization that serves the animals of the MWV community. I hope to use my experience to benefit the shelter programs in any way possible to further the mission and expand CAHS’s ability to serve animals in need.”
Kiersten Grieb – Development and Events Coordinator
Kiersten is a recent hire as the new Development and Events Coordinator. She has been a volunteer at CAHS since November 2013. Kiersten and her family moved to New Hampshire from New York three years ago. She has a background in various administrative positions and is loves working with her CAHS family and becoming more involved with the community.
Katy Bailey – Event and Volunteer Manager
Katy has lived in Mount Washington Valley for most of her life. She grew up in Jackson where her family owned and operated Tyrol Ski Area. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from St. Michael’s College and began a teaching career in Gorham, where she taught for twenty-three years. During the course of her career as a teacher she passed on her strong love of the outdoors and the environment to her students. She held the position of Science and Technology Curriculum Coordinator and during this time collaborated with community members and developed an environmental science curriculum for the elementary school. She was awarded Project Learning Tree National Teacher of the year in 2001. She worked closely with Outdoor educators at Tin Mine Center Conservation Center and The Appalachian Mountain Club. She was instrumental in establishing the snowshoe and cross country ski program at the Edward Fenn School. In 2014 Katy decided to focus on another career and went to work as a Community Manager for The American Cancer Society. She managed Relay For Life and Hope on the Slopes events in the Mount Washington Valley area.
As the Event and Volunteer Coordinator at CAHS she looks forward to sharing her passion for animals while serving the local community. “I hope to use my background with teaching, past work in the non-profit sector, and strong community ties to further the mission of CAHS to help people and animals in need.”
Emily Andrews – Medical Coordinator and Adoption Counselor
Emily started in the animal care field in 1995 and totally fell in love with the work. As a child she wanted to become a veterinarian, but shelter work was so much more rewarding. From nursing the tiniest orphaned baby to helping the many scared and neglected animals, she feels the love they give is so rewarding. Emily lives with three dogs of which 2 were orphan rescues. Both were bottle raised by Emily as were her four cats.
Stephanie Labbe Animal Care and AdoptionCounselor
Stefanie was born and raised in NH and also on the shores of Lake Umbagog. Her family owns a camp there, where they spend every summer. Being raised in the woods taught her to love and respect nature. That’s where she learned she had a passion for helping animals. Steph started volunteering at CAHS in 2012 and after volunteering for six months was hired to work at the shelter. She says, “working at CAHS has only reinforced my love of helping animals and I proudly have two rescue animals of my own. I hope to continue rescuing and caring for shelter animals and one day maybe in the future become a Veterinary Technician.”
Eileen Jeffrey – CAHS Granite State Intern
Eileen is currently a work/study employee at CAHS, inside she helps with the cleaning, walking dogs, various office tasks and helping staff with the Harrison House Resale Shop. In the warmer months you’ll also find Eileen working around the property in the various flowerbeds which include many donated plants for various people. Eileen attends Granite State College is working on her B.S. Communication Studies with two minors, Human Resources and Management. Eileen does find time to enjoy her grandchildren, outdoors sports and gardening. One place you’ll probably never find her is in the kitchen cooking, but we’ve heard tell she has a hearty appetite!!
Shana Lund – Animal Care & Management
Shana grew up in the Mount Washington Valley with a horse, a dog, a pig, 3 cats, 2 rabbits, and a turtle on a woodsy dead end. She found she had a strong love and respect for animals and nature. When it came time to go to college she went to the University of New Hampshire and acquired her Associates degree in Companion Animal care. While at UNH she interned for the Elaine Conners Center for Wildlife and was an employee after graduating. Now she is pursuing her degree in business management from Granite State College.
Kristielyn McNulty – Clinic Director
Kristie grew up in Connecticut before joining the Maine Conservation Corps where she helped build and maintain hiking trails throughout Maine. During her time with the MCC she attended Unity College where she received her bachelor’s degree in Biology. Kristie continued with trail work leading summer crews for the Maine Appalachian Trail Club and the White Mountain National Forest. Though she enjoys being in the woods, she has always had a love for animals and found her calling in Veterinary Medicine. After working for veterinary practices in the valley as a veterinary technician she has found her home leading the spay/neuter program at CAHS.
Since moving to MWV, Kristie and her husband have enjoyed renovating the house they purchased in 2004. They have one son, who shares the same special connection with animals as Kristie. Their family also includes 3 special fish and 2 snuggly pit bull mixes.
Natalie Parker – Animal Care Specialist
Natalie was born and raised in a small town in Australia. She came to the US to work as a hiking instructor at a summer camp where she met her now husband and lives in Maine. She was raised on a cattle farm with many beef cattle, goats, sheep, dogs, chickens and ducks. Being surrounded by animals since childhood, in 2015 she decided to go to an animal rescue center in Costa Rica where she cared for sloths, monkeys and exotic birds. It was at that point that Natalie realised she wanted to work with animals and so she started studying to be a veterinary technician in 2016. She soon began volunteering at the spay and neuter clinic of the Conway Area Humane Society and since then, became employed as an animal care technician at the shelter.
Lisa Richardi – Animal Care Specialist
I’m Lisa Richardi, I moved to the valley at an early age. After I graduated high school I went to cosmetology school, and am currently pursuing hair at Maggio Hair Studio right in Conway. I have always had a passion and love for animals. I grew up with a dog and cat, and have deemed myself a crazy dog lady. I’ve always known I wanted to do some type of work with animals, and was fortunate enough to get this opportunity at the shelter where I am excited to learn and share my love for them.