The People

Please get to know us.

Staff

Shelley Greenglass, Shelter Manager

Shelley has been with the Manchester Animal Shelter for 8 years. She has been in the animal industry for over 25 years and has a degree in Animal Behavior and Science. Shelley came to the shelter with the background of working as an Animal Control Officer and NH Equine Abuse investigator. She also managed one of the largest boarding and training kennels in Mass. that also specialized in training Police K9, protection and narcotic dogs from all over the United States and Europe. Once she moved to NH, she then managed for several years a boarding, training, grooming and daycare facility.

She is founder and Past President of Weare Animal Guardians (WAG) a non- profit organization to help stray animals. Shelley also has her certification in Red Cross Animal First Aid and is also certified Technician 2 with the American Boarding Kennels Association.

At home she has 5 german shepherds, 1 cow and a horse. Her dog Jule is a certified therapy dog, canine good citizen, Temperament tested certified (TA) and Schutzhund 2. Shelley and Jule make many appearances a year to schools to educate children on animal care and also are very pleased to be involved in the “Reading to dogs” program.

Samantha Stein, Assistant Shelter Manager

Sam and RaiderSamantha has been an animal lover all her life and as a young girl she would raise money and collect donations for local animal shelters. She work studied at the Friends of Manchester Animal shelter through Southern NH University during her Sophomore through Senior years. She graduated from SNHU in 2009 with a Business Administration degree and the assistant manager position became available and applied with great enthusiasm.

She currently has four cats, two of which were rescued from the shelter, and two dogs. Her latest addition to the family is a friendly pit bull named Raider who was brought in by Animal Control as an abandoned dog. Raider is a great ambassador for the breed and is eager to greet everyone that comes into the shelter.

Board Officers

Cassandra Gatsas, Co-President

Political activist and proud wife of Manchester’s Mayor Ted Gatsas. Member of FMAS since its inception, as well as a member of the Board of Directors since 1995. Currently serves as Co-President. Proud owner of 3 cats: King Scotty Kimba, His Majesty Cufki  and Emma.

Journey Ewell, Co-President

Journey has been in the animal rescue field for over 10 years. She has been with FMAS since March 2003 and joined the board in March 2006. Journey’s passion has always been spay/neuter, the only way to end the over pet population. In 2009, she established two successful spay/neuter programs for FMAS; the Quick Fix Clinic and Fix-a-Pit. Journey also implemented the Pet Food Pantry, Southern Dog Transport Program and Reading to Dogs.

In 2006 Journey was voted Volunteer of the Year by her peers. Journey is heavily involved in fundraising for the shelter. She chairs the annual wine and chocolate event held in October. Journey shares her home with her rescued cats and her adorable rescued Pit Bull named Glory. She also serves as the Vice President of Animal Rescue Veterinary Services.

Marcia Rosenn, Secretary

Marcia Rosenn joined the board in the fall of 2008 and looks forward to helping fulfill FMAS’ mission. She graduated from Amherst College with a degree in psychology and received her law degree from Boston University. After practicing law in the civil arena for a few years, she switched to criminal law and became a prosecutor. After five years of handling felony cases at the Rockingham County Attorney’s Office, she transitioned to prosecuting for the Derry Police Department. Marcia and her husband share their home with three cats, all rescues, and often have feline house guests, as they foster cats and kittens. Marcia also does adoption counseling occasionally, as she wants to help kitties make sure they find good homes, especially the ones she has fostered!

Donna Hebert, Treasurer

Donna is the Corporate Treasurer of Merchants Automotive Group in Hooksett, where she oversees the company’s finance and tax areas. She joined the board of FMAS in September 2013 and is excited to share her years of finance and operations experience with the organization. Donna resides in Hooksett with her cat, Emma, and dog, Charlie – both adopted from the Manchester Animal Shelter.

Board Members

Mark Hopkins

Mark Hopkins is a Senior Software Quality Assurance Engineer at Patientkeeper, a leading provider of healthcare applications for physicians. Mark is a veteran of the US Navy having served as an electrician. Mark worked as a Marine Electrician before entering the tech industry. Buddy, at the time, a 9 month old feral domestic shorthair cat, found Mark in another state while Mark was working on a project, and adopted him.

Board Advisors

Kathleen A. Davidson, Esq.

Kathleen is an attorney with Hage Hodes, PA in Manchester who joined the board in 2013. She is also a member of the board of Child Health Services in Manchester. Kathleen is especially fond of Manchester as her and her husband met in undergrad attending St. Anselm College. Kathleen has volunteered with the shelter since 2009, photographing animals and keeping the Petfinder website up to date along with the rest of the Petfinder team. She can also be seen working at shelter events. After undergrad, Kathleen spent a summer doing cat care as a volunteer at a Massachusetts cat sanctuary. She has also volunteered as a dog walker at a shelter in Maine. Kathleen’s mom is rumored to have a direct connection to St. Francis because her parent’s family home has never been without a stray cat that adopted them. When one passes on, another shows up at their doorstep. Kathleen and her husband presently pamper their southern rescue rottweiler-shepherd, Faith, and their orange and white double-pawed diabetic cat, Maddox.

Kria Sakakeeny

From guinea pigs to African tree frogs to cats, Kria Sakakeeny has always lived with an animal in her life and owes much of her daily joy to her pets. Kria Sakakeeny is a Boston native and moved to New Hampshire in 2005. She works as a broadcast news reporter for WMUR-TV where she also anchors the weekend evening newscasts. Kria became involved with the Friends of Manchester Animal Shelter by fostering litters of kittens and eventually adopted one of her foster cats, Lilly, who she adores. Kria eventually joined the FMAS Board of Directors in the winter of 2008.

Since moving to New Hampshire Kria earned her Master’s Degree in Community Economic Development from SNHU. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Boston University. Kria believes strongly in community service, she has worked with Literacy Volunteers of America and Emcee’s annual events for charitable organizations throughout New Hampshire. Her commitment to FMAS is largely in honor of her cat Eartha, who has passed away but whose love is ever present.

Jennifer Smith

Jen is the Principal at On Demand Marketing, a virtual marketing agency that helps technology companies with plan, create, implement and measure marketing and advertising programs – she designed and developed this very website for our Shelter! Jen has always had animals from day one – cats, dogs, horses, chickens – you name it! Now that she lives and works from her home office in Manchester, she resides with her two kitties, Lily and Sophia, that were adopted from the Manchester Animal Shelter.

Giving Animals a Better Tomorrow.