We are extremely proud of the work we do for the animals of Harford County. Our staff is dedicated to providing the best care for the animals we serve, committed to providing exceptional customer service and devoted to finding forever homes for our animals.

Jen Swanson
Executive Director
Jen joined HSHC on August 3, 2015. Prior to coming to HSHC, she served as the executive director of the Baltimore Humane Society. Jen is the current Vice President of the Professional Animal Workers of Maryland (PAWS), and serves on the Baltimore City Mayor’s Anti-Animal Abuse Advisory Commission and the Shelter Advisory Board for Maryland Votes for Animals. Jen is also a 2016 graduate of the Harford Leadership Academy. “I love to help people, one animal at a time!” she says. “I get great satisfaction from serving and working with the community, watching folks meet their new furry family members, and providing comfort and compassion to pet parents who may be in a bad spot in their life. I am so grateful for all of our staff, volunteers, fosters, and the rescue community…their dedication and good humor make every day a joy!” In her personal time, she loves camping, vegan cooking, photography, terrible reality TV, living consciously, and enjoying time with her friends. Jen lives in the Hamilton area of Baltimore City with her partner, Trent, and her dogs, Apes and Neil, two adopted Boston Terriers.
Lisa Antunes
Adoptions Counselor
Lisa has had a multitude of past experiences with animals, so she’s well-equipped to help the people and pets that come through our doors! “I’ve trained dogs and horses over the years, and was a competitive hunter/jumper for about 15 years,” she says. “I am a former veterinary technician, and also worked in public relations at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, and as a staff biologist & outreach educator at Zoo Shows in MD.” Lisa was also a science teacher and was one of our volunteers before joining the staff. “I love connecting people to animals. When someone is looking and sees that “right” animal, they light up, and I love being a part of facilitating that journey.” Outside of work, Lisa and her rescue Border Collie, Keegan, do agility together and also volunteer to provide therapy visits for Pets on Wheels in Harford County. Her other housemates include Sir Bramblewood, a cat she adopted from the shelter; guppies in her freshwater aquarium; 4 chickens; and a constantly rotating group of foster kittens!
Haley Detrich
Adoptions Manager
Haley joined us in June 2017 as our adoptions manager after beginning her animal career as a volunteer in 2006 at a Virginia shelter. “I was fascinated at the difference a shelter can make for both people and animals and I knew I wanted help continue that drive,” she says. “Since then, I’ve worked at shelters and holistic pet care organizations in WV, PA, and DC. Earlier this year, I completed my certification in Animal Shelter Management.” Haley says that outside of work, you’ll likely find her drawing monsters, pretending to know what she’s doing with her new motorcycle, or awkwardly roller skating down the road. She also likes to jam on her synthesizer. Haley’s cats, Posh and Teo Chris Kelly, are affectionately known as “The Boys”. “These guys are my cohorts in crime (our only real crime is spending the day behind a book with a cold brew in hand, preferably on a porch). They have a serious bromance going on!”
Maryanne Domowski
Adoptions Counselor
Maryanne joined the HSHC team in June 2017 and brings her prior experience helping unite pets with new families from another local shelter. “I have always loved animals, especially dogs,” she says. “My own dog is a 5-year-old Yorkie mix named Bingo Billy. He is a lot of fun and makes me laugh!” Outside of work, Maryanne loves to watch Jeopardy. Maryanne’s question for you: “I am a big fan of these two teams.” The answer: Who are the Orioles and Ravens?
  Jen Draiss
Veterinary Room Assistant
Jen joined the HSHC family in May 2017 and supports the veterinary department by keeping cages clean, feeding the animals that are under veterinary care and entering medical data into the computer. “For the last 5 years, I’ve worked in wildlife rescue, rehabilitation, and release with primates (chimpanzees/gorillas/orangutans/monkeys) and various other mammals, reptiles, and birds,” she says. “I spent 4 years as the assistant manager of Limbe Wildlife Centre in Cameroon (West Africa) and then worked as programs coordinator for the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme in Indonesia.” Outside of work Jen enjoys hiking, traveling and reading. Her furry companion is Tucker, a rescued mini Schnauzer mix!
Ben Hicks
Maintenance Assistant
Ben joined the HSHC family in April 2017 to keep our 19,000 square foot shelter facility clean and tidy. He supports all our departments by cleaning and maintaining our common areas, keeping our surrounding property in tip-top shape, and assisting with various other maintenance tasks. When growing up, Ben always had multiple dogs for companionship, and his family has fostered several dogs for the shelter. Family pets include Lucy, a Lab mix, and Holly, a pit bull mix.
David Juchniewicz David Juchniewicz
Animal Care
Since September of 2013, David has faithfully keeping the animals’ cages and kennels spick and span.  He enjoys “working with all the animals and making a difference for the homeless animals of the county.” David adopted a cat he named Doc from the shelter. In his spare time, David enjoys any activity that allows him to be outdoors, including his favorite hobby, metal detecting.
 Cat Kelly Cat Kelly
Shelter Operations Director
In October 2015 Cat joined HSHC to help oversee the shelter’s vast operations. She comes to us from Baltimore County Animal Services where she served as Shelter Supervisor and was instrumental in facilitating many new protocols and programs, and helped strengthen community partnerships. Cat’s animal companion is her cat, Finn, and she says she’ll be “fostering dogs until I find one I can’t give back!” She is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.
MaryAnn Knapp
Animal Care
As a long-term volunteer and member of our Dog Enrichment Team, MaryAnn is a very familiar and friendly face to many. And since June 2017, she’s been the perfect addition to our shelter family! “After receiving love, encouragement and training from staff and volunteers, I get a real kick out of watching dogs blossom,” she says. “The best part of my job is observing happy pets leaving with the new families they chose.” MaryAnn has her basic puppy/dog training certification through ABC (Animal Behavior College). In her spare time, she enjoys kayaking, photography (especially capturing shelter pets!), and spending time with her new grandson, Max. MaryAnn’s furry family includes cats Calvin and Theo and dog, PennySue.
 Jill Laporta Jill LaPorta
Animal Care
Since the summer of 2015 Jill has been one of the friendly faces at the front desk, but she’s now transitioned to our Animal Care department. She is directly involved in the care and comfort of the shelter animals while they are staying with us. You might also see Jill leading group classes, giving free behavioral consultations and doing CGC evaluations for our partner in training, Mutt Magic Training Services. She studied with and graduated from the Animal Behavior College and has over 5 years of experience working with veterinarians and rescues. Jill’s best friend is Cecilia, her rescue pit bull terrier.
Erin Long
Marketing Coordinator
Erin has been employed at the HSHC since November 2006. She has several cats and dogs adopted from the shelter and several cats who were found as strays near her home and became part of the family! Erin absolutely could not imagine working anywhere else! Plus she gets to work with and meet so many amazing people who share her love for animals. Erin also works part-time at the front desk at Pleasantville Animal Hospital. She has been married to her husband, John, for over 11 years and she is the step-mother to his 18-year-old daughter, Tamsyn. Erin holds a BA in Communications from Elizabethtown College with dual minors in Business Administration and Visual Arts.
  Kelly O’Connor
Adoptions Counselor
Kelly joined our team in the fall of 2017 and enjoys helping the pets and people that come through the front doors. “I have grown up with pets my entire life,” she says. “From the time I was a very small child, I gush every time I see a cute critter!” It’s only fitting that animals have played a pivotal role in Kelly’s professional life. She’s worked as a pet portrait photographer, at a doggy daycare facility in Portland, Oregon, and at Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter (BARCS). At BARCS Kelly was an animal care attendant for 2 years, a customer service rep for another 2 years and most recently was the resource coordinator. She also graduated from massage school. “I love to use those same relaxation techniques with dogs and cats in the shelter,” she says. Outside of work Kelly enjoys swimming, photography, camping, tattoos, listening to music, cooking and going out to new restaurants. Her 4-legged family includes 3 cats named Agent, Bishop and Archer; Rambler, a Newfoundland; and a mutt named Hobbs.
Mary Beth Power
Administrative Assistant
Mary Beth is the newest part-time member of our growing family, and she supports our busy administration department with a smile and a can-do attitude. A native of Detroit with two grown sons, this is Mary Beth’s first foray into the nonprofit world, and she notes that she’s already enjoying the casual atmosphere and of course, the animals!! “I live in a very active 55+ community, and I’m a member of the YMCA where I spend most mornings.”
  Clarke Schuyler
Maintenance Manager
Clarke joined HSHC in the spring of 2017 to maintain and repair the shelter’s buildings, grounds, equipment, and vehicles. “I am excited to take over the care of the building so the furry kids and their caregivers have an enjoyable place to be,” he says. Clarke has prior experience working on horse racing farms, and he’s a huge animal lover. “I have a little white Maltese named Iggie Pop Rocks and a wild and crazy cat I named Thumper Trump because when he runs, he sounds like an old Triumph motorcycle. In his spare time, Clarke enjoys spending time with his family and friends, riding his motorcycle and working on Harleys and Triumphs.
 Jenn Seidl Jenn Seidl
Volunteer & Foster Program Coordinator
Jenn joined the HSHC team in the summer of 2013 as a part-timer in our Adoptions department. Jenn has been a volunteer for our organization for quite some time and is a member of our volunteer Dog Enrichment Team. “I love being able to make an impact on both animal and human lives,” she says. “There’s nothing better than seeing the faces of families who are adding a new 4-legged member to their family. It puts a smile on my face every time.” Jenn is the proud owner of 3 birds and 4 dogs including Roxy, a pit mix; Wally and Ralphie who are bulldogs; and Disston, a lab.
jess-simmons Jessica Simmons
Volunteer & Foster Program Manager
Jessi joined the HSHC team in October 2016 and brings a wealth of first-hand experience in the rescue community. “I started a small scale rabbit rescue 2 years ago when I found there were limited resources for former 4-H bunnies, meat rabbits and of course Easter bunnies that needed rescue, care and placement,” she explains. “Rather quickly, that also started to include chinchillas, and litter upon litter of kittens, as well as school horses in need of suitable retirement options to keep them safe from New Holland [auction].” Jessi is working her way through vet tech school and in her spare time you can find her riding one of her horses or hanging out with her daughter who hopes to become a veterinarian one day. “Being able to say that I work full-time at HSHC is by far one of my most proud moments, and I am honored to be here, doing what I love the most!”
Carla Sparrow Carla Sparrow
Bookkeeper
Carla joined our team in late 2016 as HSHC’s part-time bookkeeper and payroll specialist. She is a member of the Harford County Chamber of Commerce where she serves on the Legislative Committee, Executive Assistant to the Route 40 Business Association, VP for the Havre de Grace Rotary Club, Hospitality Ambassador for the Havre de Grace Chamber of Commerce and newly appointed to the Board of Directors for the Chesapeake Professional Women’s Network. Carla was born in New York City and relocated to Maryland in 1983 and became a student at Coppin State College. She majored in Criminal Justice but decided accounting best suited her. She enjoys outdoor activities, the arts and food.
Desiree Thompson Desiree Thomson
Animal Care
Desiree brings 15 years of animal experience when she joined HSHC in December 2015. She has her ABC (Animal Behavior College) training certification which will serve her well as part of our adoptions team. “I like making a difference in the lives of the animals that come to the shelter,” she says. Desiree has 4 cats – Tarzan, Pearl, Champion & Toby – and a dog named Angie.
Maria Troutman
Animal Care
Maria joined the HSHC family in July 2012. Her own pet family consists of 4 cats, 2 fish tanks, 4 snakes and 1 lizard! Maria has volunteered at the Baltimore Zoo and she loves playing video games and hanging out with family and friends. Obviously Maria is an animal lover and she says she likes working at HSHC because it “feels like I’m making a difference in the lives of all the animals.”
Monica Weber Monica Weber
Animal Care
Since March of 2015 Monica has been helping to take care of all the animals here at HSHC and ensure that their environment is clean and tidy. Monica says that her job fulfills a passion that she’s had her whole life.  “Growing up in the hills of Tennessee, our family always had many different animals to take care of.  We had a raccoon and a razorback pig as pets.” Monica’s own pets include a long-haired guinea pig she calls Hippy Jim!