Windham County Humane Society Hires New Director

From their newsletter:

“We are pleased to announce the hiring of Maya Richmond to be our next Executive Director, taking over the position from Annie Guion, who has filled the role since 2008.

Maya has 18 years of animal welfare experience and has led progressive change at her previous organizations. As the first shelter in Vermont to create an affordable veterinary care program, that kind of leadership is important to WCHS. The board and staff are looking forward to expanding existing programs and creating new ones under Maya’s leadership. Animal welfare has changed dramatically in the last decade and, like most things, was deeply impacted by the pandemic. In 2020, WCHS helped a record 2,000 animals, taking in close to 600 homeless animals and providing veterinary care to over 1,400 local animals.

No stranger to Vermont, Ms. Richmond earned her B.S. from UVM, her MBA at St. Michael’s College and worked at Middlebury College as Director of Animal Programs and Associate Director of Laboratory Support. During that time, she served on the Board of Directors of the Addison County Humane Society and discovered her passion for animal welfare. She is looking forward to returning to the state to live after 18 years away. She served as Director of Program Development and Operations at the Maryland SPCA from 2003 to 2009 and at the Animal Welfare Association (AWA) in New Jersey from 2009 to the present.

Annie and Maya are working together through the fall to sheperd a smooth transition for both WCHS and AWA . Both organizations serve animals in need, so both leaders have a commitment to seeing them remain strong in the midst of transition. Maya will help lead the Walk for Animals on Saturday, October 9th. The Walk is a great opportunity to meet the next leader of WCHS, so come join the fun!”

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