Animal Protection Center of Southeastern Massachusetts

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Board of Directors

Amanda Bettle

Amanda worked at the MSPCA Metro South shelter as an Animal Care and Adoption Counselor and now volunteers as the Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator for the APCSM. Amanda currently works as the Animal Facilities Supervisor for a local college and also teaches environmental education at an area nonprofit. Amanda is excited to bring her animal care, education and community-outreach experience to the Animal Protection Center. She loves spending free time with her husband and their two cats and box turtle.

Christine (Chris) Delano

With a nursing background and 14+ years' experience in clinical research project management, Chris began volunteering at animal shelters as early as high school. Seven years ago she found the shelter that is now the APCSM, and has settled in as weekend volunteer, event committee member and Board member. She is a lifelong resident of southeastern Mass., who adopted her own dog and one of her foster kittens from the shelter. "I believe the APCSM serves a critical need in Southeastern Massachusetts. At any given time we have 50 – 100 animals that are cared for daily by a small, but dedicated staff and many supportive volunteers. I love when I hear that our shelter is always so nice and clean. And I amazed at what the staff, volunteers and board members have been able to accomplish in keeping this locally-run and donor-funded shelter open in the Easton/Brockton area. Coming in with 'the Sunday morning crew' of volunteers is my favorite times of the week."

Chuck Givonetti, President

Chuck Givonetti is a longtime volunteer with the shelter and one of the key people behind the drive to open the Animal Protection Center after the previous organization announced it would close the facility in the fall of 2009. Chuck has been with APCSM from the start as clerk of the Board of Directors, and he and his faithful sidekick Amy, an adopted Spaniel mix, can usually be found at events around the region to promote the shelter and its mission. A process improvement and product implementation specialist now working with Cape Cod Five Savings Bank, Chuck has more than 25 years' experience developing business operations and leading teams that yield high quality and efficiency within the banking and mutual fund industries.

Spencer Henderson

After fostering kittens and adopting two cats through the shelter, Spencer joined the board in 2010. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance and works at a local financial advisory firm where he helps individuals and nonprofit organizations with their financial planning. Spencer is also a DJ, spinning at clubs in Boston as well as other special events and weddings. He shares his home with his wife and three cats.

Michelle McKenzie

Michelle McKenzie is a longtime writer and editor, whose career includes 18 years at The Enterprise newspaper in Brockton. She is currently a communications professional working primarily with nonprofits. Her connection to the Animal Protection Center reaches back to January of 1996 when she adopted her first dog from the shelter that preceded the APCSM. But it is her current dog, Hathaway, who is the driving force behind her commitment to the shelter, its staff and volunteers; as well as her commitment to advocate on behalf of pit bulls and pit bull rescue. Michelle and Hathaway are a registered therapy dog team that makes regular visits around Boston and the South Shore.

Maria McMillan

Maria McMillan was appointed as Treasurer of the Board for the Animal Protection Center of Southeastern Massachusetts. She is currently the Director of Finance at the Simon C. Fireman Community in Randolph, Mass., a Hebrew SeniorLife senior supportive living community.

Maria has a lifelong interest in the welfare and humane treatment of all animals and has worked for the nation's largest farmed animal sanctuary as an animal caregiver. In this role she performed cruelty investigations as well as national media campaigns. She has also worked as an animal adoption counselor at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, Virginia and additionally for the largest animal rights organization in the country.

Maria started as a weekly volunteer at the APCSM in 2004. Witnessing the dedication of the staff and the great quality of care that all the animals received, she has supported the shelter in various ways ever since. She currently lives with her dog Willow, and two Oscars (a cat and dog), all of whom were adopted from the APCSM.

Amy White

Amy has 10 years' experience as an analyst in the healthcare industry, but her true enjoyment comes from her volunteer work. A lifelong resident of the South Shore, Amy has been an animal lover for as long as she can remember and, at one time, considered pursuing a career in veterinary medicine so that she could help all animals, both domestic and wild. She has been an active volunteer with the shelter since 2005 and is one of the original board members who, along with our dedicated group of volunteers, helped to start APCSM. On most Saturdays, she can be found in the side yard assisting Tony with the dog agility training classes. She thoroughly enjoys working with both the dogs and their owners. She adopted her own dog, Riley, from the shelter and looks forward to the day when homelessness is no longer an issue and where all animals are treated with kindness and compassion.

Paul Zeller

Paul has a Bachelor of Science degree in computer engineering and more than six years' experience in the software engineering field. He is currently working in the pharmaceutical industry developing web- and mobile-based applications. He became interested in animals at an early age when his grandparents would bring him to the MSPCA Metro South facility down the street from their house. Unbeknownst to him, when Paul decided to adopt his two pups from another animal rescue organization, he initiated the beginnings of a partnership between the Animal Protection Center and PAWS New England. This partnership now helps rescue dogs by transporting them from overcrowded shelters in the South to New England, where they can be adopted. Paul is excited to give back by volunteering his time and skills as a member of the Board of Directors, technology consultant and animal foster for the APCSM.

Kim Heise, Shelter Director

Kim has worked in the animal welfare field for nearly 20 years. She started her career at the Brockton MSPCA's original site on Pearl Street. After spending 9 months in New Zealand working with horses and sheep, she returned to the Brockton facility where she worked her way up to manager until 2009 when the MSPCA closed. Working closely with the community, volunteers and other staff, Kim helped start the Animal Protection Center and kept the shelter operating. She is currently the APCSM Shelter Director and is very proud of all that has been accomplished so far by the organization. She shares her home with 3 adopted cats.

Learn more about the APCSM.

The Animal Protection Center of Southeastern Massachusetts (APCSM) is an open admission animal care & adoption facility, focus on prevention of cruelty to animals, education & helping the community. The Animal Protection Center of Southeastern Massachusetts is a registered 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.

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