Staff

Kaitlyn Mullen

interim director of operations

I think everyone remembers their first best friend… mine just happened to be a dog. Since the day I fell in love with Basey the bassett hound at the age of 2, animals have been an integral part of my life. As a middle schooler, I volunteered in local SPCA and vet clinics, and fell head over heels for our first family cat.  The day I graduated college I met Gwen, the queen bee of street cats, and brought her home to be the soulmate of my 20s. Since then, I have never considered living without a fur person – because a house is just not a home without them. I currently have two cats that were adopted from the Hancock County SPCA, Jillie and Fred.

Since graduating from the University of Maine with graduate degree in marine science and ocean engineering, I have spent much of my time traveling and working internationally as a marine mammal observer for industrial mitigation, reducing harmful exposure to industrial noise for whales, dolphins, manatees, seals, and turtles. I have also developed several marine environmental baseline monitoring programs in Frenchman Bay on platforms of opportunity, designed to accurately assess the health and well-being of the Bay and its inhabitants. Now, working at the SPCA, I am looking forward to continuing a lifetime of work preventing undue cruelty to animals living right here in my home community.

Nicole Rediker

Nicole Rediker

Animal Care Manager

Hello! Certified crazy dog lady and equally crazy cat lady here! I’ve been affectionately named the “Cat Queen” by one of our wonderful volunteers because you can always find me doing something with the cats.

I’ve been working with animals for over half of my life, from the smallest mouse to the largest horse and I can’t get enough of them. I started my career at the University of Maine where I earned a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. I worked mostly with large animals while in school and developed an immense love for the dairy cows on my college campus. Upon graduation, I began working with small animals at a vet clinic in Hawaii and decided that being a veterinary technician was the best career choice for me. I enrolled in school to become a licensed vet tech while working in a clinic in Maryland. I came back home to Maine after completing school and started at the SPCA in June 2018.

When I’m not at the shelter, I’m spending time with my husband and daughter. Hiking with our 2 dogs (Abby and Jake) and snuggling with our 3 cats (Bruce, Nori, and Kumi) are my favorite hobbies. I look forward to continuing my work in the veterinary field and learning everything I can to help more animals!

Cole Mastroserio

Volunteer Coordinator /
Social Media Rep

What’s in a name? A lot, apparently. As (another) Nicole, I shortened my name to Cole to lessen confusion and establish my identity when I joined the SPCA HC in September of 2019.

My passion for animals began when I was a wee parasite baby in my mother’s womb, where I particularly absorbed her love for cats. Now I work mostly with cats, attempting to combine my self-taught observations with professional experience to give them the best care I can offer.

At home, I have one cat, Tyke, who has two cats of his own. I tried adopting Rita and Dinah, both from this shelter, but they just love Tyke more. I know where I stand in the pecking order and open cans of food on command for Tyke and his kitties.

Hannah Conners-Townsend

Receptionist

Hey! I’m Hannah. 

I started working as the part-time receptionist in December 2018 but originally came to the SPCA as a volunteer in July 2018. 

I can usually be found at the front desk, but I also work with the cats. 

Outside of work I enjoy studying foreign languages, wandering around the lovely city of Bangor and spending time with my best furry friend – my quirky Russian Blue mix named Max. 

I’m thankful to work at such a wonderful place with great people! 

Rhonda

Rhonda Agaman

Service Quality Manager

I started out at the SPCA as a volunteer, helping my daughter get her community school hours. I was here for a year when the receptionist at the time asked me if I would be interested in taking over her position…. that was over 4 years ago, and I’m still here!

I worked for other shelters and non-profits before the SPCA so I was very interested! I did not want to be “just” a receptionist; I wanted to be on the front line doing adoptions and helping with animal care.

My downfall since starting here is wanting to adopt ALL the animals. When I started I had 2 cats and 2 dogs. I now have 8 cats and 4 dogs, and my boyfriend gets very nervous whenever I call him while I’m at work. He claims to not be a cat person but he is ALWAYS sending me pictures of our animals, and memes.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family, walking my dogs and reading.

Kate Pielmeier

Cat team lead

I’m from Connecticut, went to school in Massachusetts, and now live on MDI. I’ve been a cat lady for as long as I remember but I also love dogs.

I spent the last few years doing marine mammal stranding response and rescue but worked at a kennel in the past and loved it. I’ve always preferred jobs involving animal care and I’m happy to be working for the SPCA were I can further expand my animal care skill set.

I have two black cats, Schröder and Suki. Suki (formerly Flick), came from the SPCA in 2019. My “nephew” is a gorgeous German shepherd and cattle dog mix named Simba. Above I’m holding my boy Schröder in his Christmas sweater.

Vanessa Beach

Dog Team Lead

I joined the SPCA team in the fall of 2019.  I work mainly with the dogs at the SPCA.

I wanted to be a cat when I grew up, but that didn’t work out.

I’ve been a group home manager, veterinary office manager, and an animal control officer. At home I garden with my cat and canoe with my dog and husband.

 

Stacie Colin

Animal Care

I was so thrilled to get the call from Diana, the director, back in August of 2018; it was the start of the best job ever. I began that same month, working with the dogs, and now I work mostly with the cats. 

I have 3 animals at home, 2 cats and a dog:  Cuddles, who is 10 1/2, Melody, who is about 6 months, and Maura, who is 8. Melody and Maura are shelter pets.

Nora Baker

Animal Care

A crazy dog lady since Day 1, I originally hail from Washington, D.C., where I started my career in the animal care and veterinary field. I continued to pursue work in the veterinary field until recently when I switched to shelter work where I enjoy the overlap between the two. Though I currently do not have any pets myself, my family back in D.C. has a Jack Russell-lab mix named Wallace, and I am honorary step-mother to a 2-year-old male Siamese mix named Alice.

Above I’m hugging Rocky, one of our SPCA dogs who was looking for a forever home. 

Annie Chalmers

Animal Care

I was born and raised on MDI and have loved animals my whole life. I began volunteering at the SPCA when I was a kid, then later I had to grow up and get a real job.

About two years later, I saw an ad on Facebook for a job opening at the shelter. I just had to get my hands on that awesome opportunity. I ended up getting the job, and it was by far the best thing that has ever happened to me.

My job here has led me to see so many animals find their forever homes, including my newest cat, Beauty. I happened to be working the day she was surrendered, all alone and helpless. She was the smallest, prettiest little black kitten I’d ever seen. I ended up taking her home to foster her, then realized that I wasn’t able to function without her.

Including Beauty, I have three cats and a dog. All of my animals are rescue animals, and two came from this SPCA.

Pamela Karwasinski

Development Director

As a child I was terrified of dogs. Imagine that! My parents helped cure that fear by bringing an adorable Boxer puppy, Timmy, into our lives. From that day on I was hooked. 

As a teen, Dagmar, our beloved curly tailed Norwegian Elkhound, came into our lives. My grandmother “found” her at a grocery store in a box of puppies someone was giving away. I am one of five girls who lived with our mother and grandmother. Dagmar fit in beautifully with our household of girls and she kept us all in line. 

My grandmother also adopted Lily, a stray cat who was always at our door looking for food. Lily became a delightful companion to my grandmother and completed our female menagerie! Lily loved to bring “gifts” to my grandmother, birds and mice mostly. My grandmother would always welcome her at the door praising her for bringing home such wonderful “gifts” and Lily would just beam with pride.

Today, my oldest sister and I live together in a delightful home on Graham Lake in Ellsworth. I am Auntie to her Lab Candy who absolutely loves swimming! Recently I rescued a sweet puppy, Sophie, who is supposed to be a Lab mix. We’re hoping she loves the water as much as Candy, and I’m hoping she likes to ride in my kayak. Right now, however, she keeps us laughing with her puppy antics.

I am honored to be working at the Hancock County SPCA helping to find the funds to nurture cats and dogs until we can find them loving homes. No pet deserves to go unwanted and unloved, and am so grateful to everyone who supports the SPCA and its mission.

Katie Lawson

Animal Care

Hey y’all! You will recognize me when you visit the shelter, just listen out for a southern accent!

I’ve been in Maine for almost 2 years now, but my roots will always be planted back home in Georgia. I am very proud to be a super crazy cat lady. I first started at the shelter as a volunteer for fostering kittens, and I fell in love with the place. I’m a mommy of 2 cats, Kuno, a 12 pound ragamuffin and Bones, a solid black bombay princess.

Working at the shelter has been one of the best things to happen in my life, it is my happy place. I’m so blessed to be part of such a caring, nurturing team of some pretty amazing people. I look forward to meeting you, and caring for your future kitty!

Kit Gurin

Kit Gurin

Animal Care

I believe that every pet should have a home and every home should have a pet! Growing up with several dogs and a cat of my own, I always knew I wanted to work with animals.

I’m currently a student studying animal science, with hopes to one day become a veterinarian. For the time being, however, shelter work keeps my heart full! After having worked as a veterinary assistant and interning on a farm sanctuary, I’m thrilled to expand my animal experience by spending each day with all of my four-legged friends at the SPCA.

Kathy Solley

Community Outreach

At the shelter my title is “Gopher,” since I constantly “go for this, go for that.” I’ve been at the Hancock County SPCA for 7 years.

At home I currently have 4 cats, but have had as many as 8 at one time! I’m the “Crazy Cat Lady.”