Jennifer Thompson, MHS Board Chair, was born and raised in Concord, NH and graduated from the University of New Hampshire. After living and working in Boston and Chicago for several years, she made her way back to NH and eventually to Keene to be with her now husband, Peter. For over twelve years, Jennifer has had a career in the internal audit and compliance field, specifically in the insurance and manufacturing industries. As of recent, she is the Risk and Control Officer for HealthTrust in Concord. Jennifer’s past board work includes Board Chair of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Manchester and has been a volunteer wish granter for Make-a-Wish NH for over 4 years. Jennifer is an alumni of the 2014 Leadership Monadnock class and is active in the Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce. Jennifer and her husband Peter reside in Spofford with their son Louis and hope to find an addition to their family at MHS in the near future!
Valerie Starbuck, MHS Board Vice Chair, was born and raised in Keene, graduated from Keene State College with a BS in Education and later received an MBA from Rivier University in Nashua. After teaching for a few years, Val joined Lockheed Martin in Nashua as a Human Resource professional. She was promoted to manager of Employee Relations, then manager of Employment and retired after 19 years with the company. She and her husband, Jon, moved to Spofford in 1996 where Val has become very active in local activities. She serves as food and federal funding coordinator for Joan’s Food Pantry, Trail Adopter for the Chesterfield Conservation Commission, and Exotic Weed Watch Coordinator for the Spofford Lake Association. She also served as a member of the Chesterfield Planning Board for 8 years, President for the Spofford Lake Association Board, and Finance Director for her church. Val has always loved animals, and as a child, was known for bringing home injured or stray animals and caring for them until she found forever homes. Val and her family have supported MHS for many years through adoptions and donations, and now, Val has taken this opportunity to share her talents with MHS as a member of the board. Val also serves on several committees and still volunteers at MHS, with her husband, in a variety of other ways. She believes strongly in the mission of MHS and greatly appreciates the staff for their dedicated efforts on behalf of all the animals and humans whose lives they touch. Val feels that her and Jon’s lives have been tremendously enriched throughout the years by their many relationships with adopted pets, both cats and dogs. They are very happy to share their home with two MHS alumni dogs, Ziggy and Bella and are grateful for the wonderful training programs at MHS that have aided in the adoption experience.
Chris Bowen, MHS Board Treasurer, spent more than 25 years in the insurance business working as an actuary. He moved to the Monadnock area in 1990 and in 2013 made the decision to find a new direction that would make a more personally meaningful contribution to his community. He has been working with the Keene Farmers’ Market, the Cheshire County Conservation District, and the Conservation Districts Board of Supervisors. Animals have always been a very important part of Chris’ life. He currently lives in a household with 8 dogs, 17 sheep, a goat, a rabbit and a parrot. He trains border collies to herd and competes in and judges herding trials at a national level. His undergraduate and master’s degrees focused on Ecology and Animal Behavior. MHS has been a part of his life for many years. His family has adopted several dogs and he has taken many classes in obedience, agility and fly ball. The organization has been a beneficiary of the Catherine Bowen Trust, of which his father and he were trustees, for 7 years. Chris joined the board in February 2014.
Mary Dziedzinski, MHS Board Secretary, has been a resident of Rindge NH for over 15 years. Raised in Lowell, MA Mary received a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Boston University. Mary has spent 25 + years working in the non-profit genre and is currently a Program Manager for the Guardianship Program, Worcester office of Jewish Family and Children’s Service. Mary also currently works as an Independent Contractor providing mental Health counseling to individuals in their home. Mary worked 10 years as an Elder Protective Services caseworker and is well trained in Crisis Intervention. Mary has assisted her colleagues over the years in understanding the connection between animals and their clients and the importance of ensuring the well being of the pets in the home as part of the assessments. Mary has an understanding of psycho-social issues which can create challenges for people in caring for their pets.
Mary has years of experience in Community Outreach and Program Development. She has been passionate about animal welfare since she was a young person. Mary has adopted 6 dogs over the years from MHS and has volunteered in multiple capacities over the past 4 years. Mary volunteers at the shelter and has also been an active member on multiple committees. Mary has focused on assisting in fundraising efforts through her work with the Annual Walk for Animals Committee. Mary is a strong, energetic and positive advocate for animals, MHS staff and volunteers and the relationships with the community and its members. Mary wholeheartedly believes in the MHS mission and feels honored to be a part of that mission/purpose in any way possible. Mary currently shares her home with her husband, 3 MHS alumni dogs Jazz, Frankie & Bella and a 4th dog Sammy.
Mike Faulkner owns and operates Northeast Soils and Sitework in West Swanzey. He is responsible for all details of the business from meeting the customer, to estimating and actually doing the work, to final billing. He brings this hands-on knowledge of how to manage money and allocate resources to get the most from what is available to his work on the board. He has been an MHS volunteer for over seven years and was named Outstanding Volunteer of the Year in 2014. He has been particularly involved in contributing services to the physical plant, transferring rescue dogs and offering many of the practical services that are essential to MHS.
Kristen Trombly a lifelong resident of the Keene area, joined the board of MHS in October 2014. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Psychology from Hofstra University in Long Island, NY. She has worked in the corporate business environment for 20+ years in a variety of leadership and management roles and has been especially focused in the areas of process definition, project management, financial and strategic planning, and organizational development. She and her MHS alum Max are a registered team with Alliance of Therapy Dogs and they volunteer together at several local centers and institutions as well as with the MHS Monadnock Therapy Pets group. In addition to Max, she shares her home with 4 other dogs (3 MHS alumni and 1 Caribbean rescue), and Eddie the Cat (also an alum). She participates in the sport of dog agility, serving as Treasurer and board member for the Canine Agility Training Society (CATS). She and the canine crew have benefited greatly from the MHS Training Center Instructors’ expertise and patience! Kristen is honored, excited and eager to contribute to MHS’s mission of fostering a humane community through her work on the board.
Peggy Bedore holds the position of HR Generalist at Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough, NH. She has many years of HR experience in companies both in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Peggy has served two terms on the Board of Directors for the NH Brain Injury Association. Joining the Board of Directors in May of 2015, she looks forward to networking, talking about Monadnock Humane Society and bringing positive information about the shelter to many. Although she spends many hours each week helping managers and staff at Monadnock Community Hospital, she has been a volunteer at Monadnock Humane Society since the opening of our new facility. Her first experience with Monadnock Humane Society came when she adopted Roxie, a Rottie/Lab mix found on Route 10 in Hinsdale, from the older shelter site. The positive experience and support exhibited by the staff drew her to the tour and grand opening of the new site. She then attended a Volunteer Orientation and the first Train the Trainer program. Peggy is able to volunteer her time assisting in classes. She has been able to utilize these experiences and knowledge in working with her own three dogs who are all alumni of MHS. One of her oldest, Naomi, came to MHS with her brother. When her spay was performed, she was found to have a fractured spleen. Although Naomi had been abused, with a little patience and time, she has successfully completed the Canine Good Citizen program and has been a successful fundraiser and has been a valuable member of the Walk for Animals team since joining Peggy’s household.
Elana Baron was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, moved to Vermont in 2000 and then to Keene in 2008. She’s an Attorney at Bragdon & Kossayda, P.C., licensed to practice law in Vermont (2003), Massachusetts (2004) and New Hampshire (2009). She says, “Over the last fifteen years I have appeared before the Supreme Court of the State of Vermont and State of New Hampshire, Vermont Superior Courts; both civil and probate divisions, United States Federal District Court, District of Vermont, New Hampshire Superior Courts, State of New Hampshire, both District and Probate Division, to name a few. I am fluent in both English and French, with clients from both sides of the USA/Canada border. I am an active member of the Vermont Bar Association, acting Chair of the Women’s Division, the Secretary of the Cheshire County Bar Association, member of the New Hampshire Bar Association and Member of the Massachusetts Bar Association. An animal lover through and through, joining the MHS Board gives me the opportunity to give a voice to the voiceless. I am honored to be part of this community.”
Dr. Mary Hoffheimer, grew up in Cincinnati, OH. A lifelong love of animals and science inspired her to earn a degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Vermont, and then attend veterinary school at the Ohio State University. After practicing for two years in Washington, DC, she finally moving back to New England, and NH has been her home now for the last 30 years. She has been a volunteer veterinarian for many sled dog races, including the Iditarod race across Alaska, advocating for the dogs’ health and welfare. Mary previously served as the shelter veterinarian at MHS, so brings a unique perspective to the board. Having been active in the daily activities of the shelter, she has great respect and admiration for all the staff and volunteers here who work so tirelessly on behalf of the animals in their care. She has also used many of the services of MHS, including boarding, daycare, training classes, and adoption, and has served as a foster home for a number of cats and kittens from the shelter. She lives in Peterborough and shares her life with her daughter, dogs, cats (both adopted from MHS) many chickens, and an occasional reptilian or amphibian visitor).
Bob Schaumann is an adjunct instructor at Franklin Pierce University, Keene State College, Southern New Hampshire University, and UNH, teaching MBA graduate and undergraduate courses in marketing, management, and communications. Schaumann is also president of Robert Sales Training Associates. Formerly with Digital Equipment Corporation, he held various management positions in sales, sales management, sales training, and marketing. He also has a background in broadcast and print journalism. Since moving to Jaffrey in 2011, Schaumann has immersed himself in a variety of community activities. He is a member of the Town of Jaffrey Budget Committee, Fire Department “Fast Squad,” Rotary Club, and Shelter From the Storm Fundraising Committee. In addition, he serves on the Jaffrey Chamber Membership Committee and is a Chamber Ambassador.
Timothy Jordan was born and raised in Brattleboro, Vermont and after high school enlisted in the US Coast Guard and served as both an enlisted man and an officer. Tim joined Antioch University New England in 1975 as their Business Manager and when he left in 2013 to join Antioch University he was their Vice President of Finance. In 2016 Tim retired from his position as Vice Chancellor of Finance for Antioch University. Tim and his wife have lived in Keene for 14 years. Tim’s past community activities included serving on the Keene Chamber of Commerce, the United Way Allocations committee, and the Keene YMCA board. Recently he joined the Lions Club, the Monadnock Developmental Service Board and the Keene Knights Youth Football Board. His family has adopted several dogs and cats from MHS and the dogs have taken many classes in obedience and agility. The household currently includes two dogs and one cat and many wild birds--- they go through about one fifty pound bag of bird seed every two months. Tim joined the MHS board in March 2017.
Marjorie Droppa, PhD, is Development and Community Impact Director at the Keene Family YMCA. Dr. Droppa is a former Associate Professor of Health Science specializing in health promotion and wellness. Dr Droppa moved to New Hampshire in 2010 and is involved in a variety of organizations including Spark NH, the Cedarcrest Advisory Board and the Board of the Keene Family YMCA. She was formerly an elected school board member of the Keene Board of Education. She lives with her husband and 3 sons in Stoddard. She has two animal family members: Lily, a springer doodle, and Sid, a tiger cat adopted from MHS.
Wesley H. Wratchford held a variety of executive leadership roles in sales, marketing, communications, and management during a successful financial services career that spanned more than 20 years. During that time, Wes strove to lead by example, always doing his best and encouraging those around him to do the same. That drive also included working to improve the quality of life for people and animals in need. Throughout his career, and now in “retirement”, Wes remains passionate about that goal of helping others. Among the many civic and charitable organizations he has been associated with are The United Way, MSPCA, Last Hope K9 Rescue, Pat Brody Shelter, The Greater Worcester Land Trust, Worcester County Reserve Deputy Sheriff’s Association, and the Rindge Food Pantry. Wes served for many years as an Officer, Chaplain, and President of the Col. William Henshaw Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. He currently serves as an Officer in the New Hampshire Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, working to honor America’s veterans and provide historical and educational outreach and programs to schools and the general public. After moving from Massachusetts and permanently settling in New Hampshire in 2016, Wes and his wife Sharon have focused their lifelong love and appreciation for animals toward MHS where they both serve as volunteers and on various committees. Wes and Sharon share their home with their 2 dogs and 4 cats, all rescues. In their spare time, they enjoy many outdoor sports, including kayaking, fishing, exploring the forests and backroads of New England, history, and fireside cooking with family and friends.
Lifetime Vice Presidents
Dr. Carla Folkert has been in Keene for 20 years and joined the Park Place Veterinary Hospital team in 2009. She grew up in Rochester, Minnesota and attended Iowa State University graduating with a BS in1982 and Veterinary School in 1986. She practiced in Topsfield, Massachusetts until 1991 when she moved to Keene. She has been active with the Monadnock Humane Society since 1992, twice serving as the Chairperson of the Board of Directors. Carla and her husband have two children. She enjoys gardening, kayaking, crafts and any activity with her family.
Linda Guinane is a long time supporter of the Monadnock Humane Society. She and her late husband, Jim, were instrumental in creating the beautiful facility we currently enjoy. Linda continues to serve MHS as an honorary Lifetime Vice President of the board.