Kristen Trombly, MHS Board Chair, 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 Therapy Dogs, Inc. 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.
Jennifer Thompson, MHS Board Vice 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 eleven 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 now a consultant specializing in overall financial compliance, corruption and internal controls work. 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!
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.
Valerie Starbuck, MHS Board Secretary, 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.
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.
Mary Dziedzinski 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.
Bob Sutherland moved to the Monadnock area in 2002 from Portsmouth, NH. He is employed in a business development role with Kennedy Information, a market research firm that serves the management consulting profession and buyers of consulting services on a global basis. Previously, he managed Kennedy’s benchmarking research of consulting compensation, fees, financial, and operational metrics. Bob holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Lake Forest College and an MBA from the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire. He has previously performed board service with a NH secondary school and is also a participant on the board of the Keene Youth Lacrosse Association (KYLA). Bob lives in Keene with his wife and two children, is a lover of animals and has a rescue dog from Puerto Rico named Nani. In his (little) spare time, Bob enjoys the outdoors and is working on a novel of 19th century historical fiction and a patent. He joined the MHS board in October 2014.
Sharon Wirant currently holds the position of Manager, Anti-Cruelty Behavior Services for the Anti-Cruelty Behavior Team of the ASPCA. She developed a behavior program that is implemented in emergency shelters nationwide that provides enrichment and behavior modification for animal victims of cruelty. She was formerly employed by the Monadnock Humane Society as the Canine Behavior Manager and worked her way through the ranks of Director of Operations, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Business Operations. Sharon holds a Masters’ degree in Biological Sciences specializing in animal behavior from Smith College. She has over 10-years’ experience volunteering, fostering, adopting, and working in the animal welfare industry. Sharon shares her life with her husband Mark, who shares her passion for animals, and lives in Westmoreland along with six dogs, a small flock of sheep, and two barn cats. She joined the board in October 2014.
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.
Michael Habiby, owner of the Inn of the Tartan Fox in Swanzey, has extensive experience in sales, marketing, business development, and client relations. He has a strong track record in helping grow small to medium sized businesses, through growing income and managing expenses. He has extensive organizational and mentoring experience in the for profit and not-for-profit business community. In the first year of managing the Inn he grew business 100% year over year through web marketing, community relationships and traditional media. His board experience includes serving as fundraising chair for the American Youth Soccer Association in Lansingburgh NY.
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.
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.