Board of Directors

Jen Bennett, President

Jen spent her childhood sleeping on a bed full of stuffed animals. Her first live friend, Rocko, came into her life while living in Boston. There they wandered the halls of both Mass General and Children’s Hospital working in their pet therapy programs. Soon after moving to Vermont she read about a pet food assistance program in Washington state and was inspired to get a similar resource off the ground in the Green Mountains. Jen and her current side kick Rumble live in the Mad River Valley and both jump on any opportunity to enjoy the outdoors.

Stacy LeBaron, Vice President

Stacy LeBaron has been involved in animal welfare for over 20 years. She currently hosts a three day a week podcast called the Community Cats Podcast (www.communitycatspodcast.com) where she interviews nationally and internationally renowned experts helping with the problem of cat over population and cat welfare. 

Previous to starting the Community Cats Podcast, she served for sixteen years as President of the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society (www.mrfrs.org). Since the organization’s founding in 1992, the MRFRS has assisted over 105,000 cats and kittens through a variety of innovative programs. Among the MRFRS’s programs are two mobile spay/neuter clinics, known as the Catmobiles, and an adoption center in Salisbury, MA. 

She currently lives in Vermont with her husband, son and daughter and two cats, Hooch and Misha.

Deborah Kuklis, Treasurer  

Debbie is a native Vermonter, she moved back to Vermont in 2005 after spending many years living in big cities (D.C., Chicago, and NYC).  She is a Director at the cloud software company, Salesforce.com, which is based in San Francisco.  She has 4 dogs and 2 cats and enjoys the love that they bring to her life.  

Anne Greshin, Secretary
Anne hails from Vermont and returned here from the Boston area in 2002 with her husband and their three children.  She volunteers in the community, primarily with youth soccer, Project Graduation, and PAWSitive Pantry.  Anne enjoys skiing and walks in the woods and mountains with friends and family and their dog, Brady.

 

Colleen Bloom, DVM

Colleen Bloom has been a small animal veterinarian in Vermont for 38 years and is currently an owner at Onion River Animal Hospital in Middlesex. www.onionriveranimalhospital.com  She likes to think of herself as a wild woman that runs with the wolves, but since that hasn't worked out, rather than crawl under the porch with the pups she runs with her pack.   The pack has 4 members currently but has been upwards of 7-8 in the past. She feels privileged to help those less fortunate than she to feed their loved ones.  She does not advocate packs of this size for most people. She likes to think of herself as exceptional. That hasn't work out either.

John Egan

John Egan, dad of Blue and his other amazing boys, Johnny and Willy, passes on what they remind him of everyday: to live in the moment, play outdoors, love fearlessly, and generally have fun. As a world class skier and Chief Recreation Officer at Sugarbush Resort, John practices what he preaches. Thanks to Blue, and all the dogs, for reminding us to live by this. 

Stephen B. Kay 

Stephen B. Kay is a Senior Director of Goldman, Sachs & Co. Mr. Kay has been associated with the firm since 1965 and served as General Partner from 1975–1987. Since retiring as a General Partner, he has devoted himself largely to a variety of investment and not-for-profit activities. Mr. Kay was key in getting PAWSitive Pantry originated and… he loves dogs!!!

Barbara Mitchell

Barbara moved to the Mad River Valley to teach skiing at Sugarbush in 2000. Although skiing was her initial draw, the community and beauty of the Valley is why she made it her home.  Up until rooting herself in Vermont, she was the owner of Common Ground, an organic garden design and maintenance company in Connecticut. Currently, she is an agent working with Sugarbush Real Estate. (www.sugarbushre.com)

Barb can not recall ever having a time when there was not at least one furry friend in her household.  She cherishes the memories that all of her animals have given her (dogs, cats, birds, guinea pigs, ponies, rabbits and several fish) and is currently blessed with Willy, the brown dog, an angel in canine clothing.