In its inaugural year, the May HTR Foundation decided to limit its Board of Directors to three committed and knowledgeable women. Together they have decades of experience in animal welfare and each brings real world work experience to the table as well.
Our Board Members are all volunteers, each with her special expertise in the animal, nonprofit and business worlds. No one is paid a penny to be a part of this effort and virtually every penny goes to grants to help animals.
Elizabeth started and ran her own company, Mira, Inc. which specialized in designing, fabricating and installing custom organizational furniture. She has had successful careers in art, design and fashion and has travelled around the country training and speaking. She sits on the budget committee for St. George, Maine, township. Throughout her life she has volunteered at animal shelters, training rescue animals, and has adopted numerous animals. Elizabeth has been trained as a first responder for animals in Knox County, Maine. Now, semi-retired, she has the opportunity to start a foundation to further causes for caring for domestic animals.
Elizabeth shares her home with Aggie, a sweet shepherd mix, who loves her kitty, Miles, a big fluffy Maine coon cat who is pretty sure he’s in total charge of the house. Both were adopted from the local animal shelter. Henry the horse lives in the stable, but he’d live in the house if there were just a little more room.
Carole is a social worker who has been involved in animal sheltering and rescue for the past 18 years. While a volunteer at the Louisiana SPCA in New Orleans she developed, organized and managed their Foster Care and Off Site Adoption programs and after Hurricane Katrina, arranged for dozens of animals to be transferred from the LA/SPCA to shelters in Maine or to rescue groups in the Northeast. She understands the unique issues facing shelters and rescue organizations and is committed to furthering their goals and programs.
Carole shares her home with two rescues, a Chesapeake Bay Retriever and a retired racing Greyhound. Logan, a Golden at heart, just lives in a Chesapeake suit. He’s an obedience school dropout who loves every person and dog he’s ever met. Mac was a terrible racer, never coming in better than 5th, but he’s #1 at napping. After racing around the yard for a strenuous 3-4 minutes, he stretches out for a well deserved rest before becoming a velcro dog in need of near constant attention.
Joyce owned and operated a pet care service providing in home pet care, nursing care for pets in their own home, dog walking, behavior training and consulting for more than 15 years. Currently, she is an Enrolled Agent with her own tax preparation and consulting business, Taxes Plus, in Rockport, ME. Additionally Joyce has experience with non-profit management as a cofounder and current president of “Acacia in Kenya,” a non profit outreach project that partners with community leaders in Mumias, Western Kenya to care for and educate the community’s high school girls.
Joyce shares her home with two former shelter dogs. Milo, a mixed breed, is a well trained therapy dog who works with persons with Huntington’s disease. Her newest challenge is Galaxy, a totally deaf and partially blind Catahoula. Initially more than a bit skittish, he’s turned into a sweetheart. Joyce’s tax office, and her clients, benefit from the company of these boys, who go to work with her every day.