Meet The Staff

 

Katie Anderson

Animal Care and Adoption Counselor

In addition to her work here at the Animal Protection Center, Katie is currently studying Pre-Veterinary Medicine. She enjoys building relationships with the animals in our care so that she can work to make the best matches possible with potential adopters. When not at the shelter or school, Katie can be found riding her two Belgian draft horses Duke and Sandra, hiking with her Boston Terrier/Corgi mix Layne or spending time with cats Brady, Beckham, Hutch and Lucy.

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Shelter Manager

Since graduating with a Bachelor degree in Animal Science from UMASS Amherst, Joyce has been involved in different aspects of animal care for quite some time. While working at the former MSCPA Metro South shelter, she enjoyed using her lifelong love for animals to help both pets and people. When the closure of that location was announced, Joyce was closely involved with the formation of the Animal Protection Center to preserve the resource in the community. After spending a couple of years managing a veterinary practice, Joyce returned to the shelter to once again contribute to the group effort of improving lives of pets in need. She finds it hard to resist taking home senior and special needs kitties and currently has five (Bluebell, Wyatt, Blanche, Alice and Wesley) along with her dog, Penny. Joyce spends much of her free time riding and working with her Belgian cross mare, Sugar.

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Animal Care and Adoption Counselor

Maryanne received her Bachelor degree in Zoology and Animal Behavior from the University of New Hampshire. Since joining the Animal Protection Center staff, Maryanne has been able to use her knowledge and interest in animal enrichment to find creative ways to help animals staying with us adjust to the change in their environment and put their best paw forward to find a forever home. Maryanne loves watching pets she’s grown attached to walk out the shelter door with new owners who love them just as much. Having an extra affection for exotic and small animals, Maryanne manages our Instagram account highlighting those pets (@apcsmalls). When not spending time with her own guinea pigs (3 year old Finnegan and 9 month old Louise) and cat (16 year old Natasha), she is busy caring for her many pet-sitting clients. Maryanne also enjoys nature, hiking and playing video games.

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Shelter Director

Kim has been involved with the Animal Protection Center from its very beginning. As part of a core group of individuals who were committed to serving the pets and communities of Southeastern Massachusetts, she worked to get the organization from the initial idea stage to the thriving resource it is now. Prior to the start of the Animal Protection Center in 2009, Kim held nearly every position possible at the MSPCA Metro South location until its closing. Throughout her career in animal welfare, she has enjoyed seeing transformations in individual animals as they go from being scared in new surroundings to flourishing in loving homes. She also enjoys the creative problem solving needed to help as many people and their pets as possible. Kim is lucky enough to share her home with three cats (4 year old siblings Jack and Annie as well as 3 year old Brody who has more toes than any cat needs!) In her free time, Kim loves the beach, horses and spending time with her family.

Snapchat-1155998862Emily Hermance

Animal Care and Adoption Counselor

Before joining our team at the Animal Protection Center, Emily graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a Bachelor degree in Biology. She also interned at the New England Wildlife Center, which meshed perfectly with her love of wildlife. Now that she’s been working with domestic animals, Emily is enjoying the chance to figure out how to make their shelter stay more comfortable and what their ideal home would be. She recently brought her work home with her when she adopted her cat Fluffy to join her 12 year old yellow lab, Gracie. Emily loves horseback riding and also enjoys gardening and reading.

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Animal Care and Adoption Counselor

Lanie received a Bachelor’s of Science in Marine Biology from Roger Williams University and went on to earn a Master’s of Science in Natural Resources from Delaware State University. Having started her career with animals breeding oysters and fire shrimp Lanie decided it was time to work with something a bit more fuzzy and joined our team at the Animal Protection Center where she loves helping animals find their forever homes. In her own home her four ferrets Mako, Bolin, Tenzin, and Korra keep her entertained with their games and antics. Lanie also enjoys camping, hiking, and crafting with yarn. 

KimKim Kokkotos

Projects & Development Coordinator

Having a Masters of Education from Boston College and BA in English Communications from LeMoyne College, Kim brings an enthusiasm for conducting education and outreach programs in the community to promote the Mission of the Animal Protection Center of Southeastern MA as well as coordinating fundraising efforts necessary to help animals in need. Kim manages special events, fundraising, marketing and program offerings. In addition to her dogs Sam and Little Bit and cats Charlie, Bella and Floof, Kim fosters cats and kittens in need of some extra TLC to get them ready for forever homes. When not working to improve the lives of pets in need, Kim enjoys baking, gardening, and travel.

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Assistant Shelter Manager

Graduating from Bridgewater State University, Kat earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Her passion for animal welfare brought her to the Animal Protection Center where she enjoys getting to help make perfect matches between pets and their new families as well as working with other like-minded animal lovers. After a couple of years working as an Animal Care and Adoption Counselor Kat has become even more involved in shelter operations as our Assistant Shelter Manager.  Kat also works with our volunteer program to keep day-to-day shelter operations running smoothly and she is the person behind our Instagram Account (@animalprotectioncenter)! She is the proud pet-parent to dogs Harley and Koda as well as her four cats: Luna, Maisy, Mako, and Zoey.  Outside of her interest in animals Kat loves spending time with her family and travelling (especially to Disney World).