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 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.
Kenneth Conant
Cattery Manager
Ken has been employed at the HSHC since July 2007.He began his working career on a horse farm at the age of fifteen, worked in a number of manufacturing environments and has come full circle back to working with animals. Ken just loves working with the cats.
 melissa-costello Melissa Costello
Vet Tech
With a wealth of knowledge and prior experience, Melissa joined our team on October 30, 2016. She has worked at other animal shelters, two high-volume spay & neuter clinics and in private veterinary practices. In addition, she has volunteered with TNR (trap, neuter, return) groups. “I love being around so many volunteers that take time to enrich the animals’ lives while they stay here,” she says. In her free time, Melissa enjoys playing pool, attending local band shows and fostering kittens. Melissa’s household includes 2 cats named Paris and Levi; 2 rats named Hermi and Ernie; and Its and Bits, 2 mice.
Ashley Fischbach
Adoptions Manager
Ashley has been employed at the HSHC since July 2007. She owns one yellow Labrador Retriever named Noor. She has had the opportunity to work in the Tech Department as well as Adoptions. She takes great pride in helping the homeless animals of Harford County, rehabilitating them and helping them to find their forever homes.
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.
 Jill Laporta Jill LaPorta
Adoptions Counselor
Since the summer of 2015 Jill is one of the friendly faces at the front desk in our Adoptions department. She is ready to help you find your next 4-legged friend or answer your animal-related questions. 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.
Gayle Lewis
Animal Care
Gayle has been employed at the HSHC since September 2009. She enjoys working with the variety of animals that come into the shelter every day. You never know what type of animal will be coming through the door next.
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 10 years and she is the step-mother to his 17-year-old daughter, Tamsyn. Erin holds a BA in Communications from Elizabethtown College with dual minors in Business Administration and Visual Arts.
 kerry-milliken Kerry Milliken, DVM
Shelter Veterinary Director
Dr. Milliken has been a practicing veterinarian for over 20 years, most recently at Baltimore County Animal Services. She graduated from the prestigious UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1995 with an emphasis in food and small animal medicine. Since that time, she has dedicated her life to the treatment, management and preventative care of all animals, but especially exotic animal species. Her career has led from high volume spay/neuter surgeon to working as an emergency clinician for an emergency veterinary hospital. Dr. Milliken is proficient in surgery, medicine, emergency medicine and diagnostics.
Angela Angela Perrera
Adoptions Counselor
Since June of 2013, Angela has eagerly greeted customers and pets at the Adoptions desk. When asked why she likes working at HSHC, Angela enthusiastically says, “I love working at HSHC because it brings me so much joy watching our animals being placed in their new and loving homes.” Angela shares her life with Maddison, a 13-year-old Maltese mix, and Morgan, a 4-year-old Chesapeake Bay Retriever who was adopted from HSHC in March 2012.
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.”
Processed with VSCOcam with m3 preset Emily Rose
Animal Care
Emily is HSHC’s resident reptile expert! In addition to her family’s Great Dane and Lab mix, her pets include an albino boa constrictor (pictured), green tree python, purple albino reticulated phython and an iguana. Emily has volunteered at and fostered for HSHC for 6 years, so getting a job here was only fitting. “Being at work is easy for me, simply because I get such a sense of fulfillment working with animals of all types,” she says. “Not many people can say they get to work with and find forever homes for animals everyday, and I’m proud to say I do!”
Emily Schenning Emily Schenning
Animal Care
Emily began 2017 with a new job at HSHC, but she’s no stranger to working with animals! Emily’s spent time in both Kenya and South Africa studying wildlife and she’s also worked on a horse farm. “I love taking care of the dogs and knowing that what I’m doing is improving the lives of so many animals,” she says. In her spare time, Emily enjoys traveling, reading, camping, playing golf, snowboarding, and hanging out with her friends. Emily’s dog is a 12-year-old tri-color collie named Tess. “She’s a total sweetheart and the most gentle dog I’ve ever met.”
 Jenn Seidl Jenn Seidl
Vet Tech Assistant
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
Foster & Rescue Coordinator
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.
Matthew Suchman Matthew Suchman
Volunteer & Community Outreach Coordinator
Matthew joined our staff in January of 2017, and we are absolutely thrilled to have him. He is 2015 graduate of Towson University, where he majored in Strategic Public Relations. He is extremely excited to come on board and help elevate the volunteer program to never before seen heights. Prior to getting his Bachelors degree, he was a touring musician (drummer) for 6 years. He is a huge snake and emu fan, and of course loves dogs. His favorite breed is the Boxers.
Desiree Thompson Desiree Thomson
Adoptions Counselor
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
Adoptions Counselor
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!