Officers and Board Members

Shelley Thayer, President
Executive Director, Cat Depot, a rescue, adoption, education and resource center in
Sarasota, FL

Shelley Thayer has been the Executive Director of Cat Depot, Sarasota, FL since 2009. During the first two months, she doubled the adoption rate, and during the first year, fosters and volunteers quadrupled. In the years to follow, an education center, medical facility, and Cat Care Clinic were added. Progressive and innovative programs remain at the forefront for cats, and those who love them.

Prior to Cat Depot, Shelley spent four years as Circulation Manager and Rapid Response Team Member for Best Friends Animal Society. Three years were spend in field rescue, starting with Hurricane Katrina.

Before entering the nonprofit world, her career included twenty years of marketing. Shelley implemented national roll outs/events and new brand introductions for name brands such as General Mills, PepsiCo, Universal, Disney and McCormick & Company. 

Shelley is a past speaker for HSUS EXPO, and BFAS Conferences, as well as the Vice President for FAAWO. Her family includes three rescued cats, and one rescued dog who is currently the “dog tester” at Cat Depot.

Sherry Silk, Vice President & Communications Chair
CEO, Humane Society of Tampa Bay

Sherry Silk has worked in animal welfare for over 35 years. Prior to becoming the CEO of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, she was the Operations Manager for the Michigan Humane Society in Detroit for most of her career. She oversaw the urban shelter, which housed over 22,000 animals, as well as the cruelty investigation division. In this capacity she appeared on Animal Planet’s Animal Cops for several years. She has also worked for the ASPCA as an Outreach Manager covering six southern states providing assistance, guidance and grants to animal welfare organizations.
In addition to serving on the board of the Florida Association of Animal Welfare Organizations (FAAWO), she also serves on the HSUS Companion Animal Advisory Council representing the State of Florida.

Sherry is married and has two adult children. She shares her home with two terrier mixes and two cats, all of whom were adopted from the shelter.

Anthony Priore, Treasurer
Sr. VP of Administrative Services/CFO, Humane Society of Broward County

After 10 years working for a large corporate for-profit business, Anthony Priore entered the world of animal welfare in 1996 and has never looked back. Anthony started with the Humane Society of Broward County as the accounting manager and is currently the Senior Vice-President and CFO.  During the last two decades, the Humane Society of Broward County has doubled in size, programs, and services provided to the public and have grown from a small local shelter to a well-respected organization serving the South Florida area. Anthony has served on several local and national boards including SAWA (Society of Animal Welfare Administrators). Anthony is a native South Floridian who enjoys the outdoors, several sporting activities and fine dining.

Martha Boden, Membership Chair
CEO, SPCA Tampa Bay

Martha Boden is the CEO of SPCA Tampa Bay.  Located in Largo, FL, SPCA Tampa Bay serves the Tampa-St. Petersburg area and cares for over 10,000 animals each year.  She previously worked as the CEO of the Humane Society of Indianapolis and is an author for the Small Animal Channel website. A past member of two national animal welfare industry boards, Martha also helped found a statewide alliance of animal agencies in Indiana.

Martha grew up riding and caring for horses and began volunteering with the Animal Relief Fund (ARF), an animal rescue group and cat shelter in Minneapolis, MN.  She oversaw ARF’s foster network and facilitated the group’s efforts to collaborate with other local animal welfare organizations. 

Through her work with ARF, Martha met members of the Animal Humane Society (AHS) management team in Golden Valley, MN.  Interested in shelter administration, she eventually left ARF to join the volunteer ranks at AHS, assisting over two years in three different AHS departments: Operations, Development and Veterinary Services.  That experience allowed her to make the transition to animal welfare as a professional when she joined the Humane Society of Indianapolis.  Martha earned a degree in classical languages at Macalester College and worked as an IT project manager before moving into animal welfare.

Martha currently shares her home with Bailey and Annie, two Toy Poodle mixes she adopted as seniors. After more than 40 years up north, Martha is very happy to now live in the warm, sunny climate of St Petersburg, FL.

Rich Anderson, Board Member
Executive Director/CEO, Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League

Rich Anderson joined Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League in June of 2011 as Executive Director/CEO. Serving in the nonprofit sector for nearly 25 years, he started his career at The American Red Cross National Headquarters in Washington DC in 1990. Since then he has devoted much of his life working with animal welfare and rescue organizations, including the Humane Society of Broward County as its Development Director, and as a consultant serving the ASPCA; North Shore Animal League; and World Society for the Protection of Animals.  

Prior to joining Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League, Rich most recently served as vice president of resource development for World Neighbors in Oklahoma City, which has benefited more than 25 million people in 45 countries around the globe by helping rural villages address their own food, water, health and education needs.

A native of Rhode Island, Rich received his bachelor’s degree in print journalism with a minor in international studies from American University in Washington, D.C. Rich lives in West Palm Beach with his wife Lisa, two daughters, and two dogs – Rex and Roxie – six year old Yorkie/Chihuahua siblings.

Stephen Bardy, Board Member
Executive Director, Pet Alliance Orlando 

Stephen Bardy is the Executive Director of Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando (PAGO) which services the community through two shelters, two veterinary clinics and a mobile clinic plus numerous offsite partnerships.  Prior to joining PAGO, he served Florida’s abused and neglected children in the nonprofit and governmental sector for 25 years. He has earned state and national awards for his program initiatives and introduced pet therapy in his foster care group homes.  Steve has served on two national advisory boards. He has led successful fundraising campaigns resulting in more than $14 million of public support. He received his BS in Business from the University of South Florida and his Master of Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University. From a young age, he has shared his life with dogs who were once living in shelters. Each one left an indelible mark on his life. He is blessed with two current family dogs, Milo and Sophie.

Amy Carotenuto, Board Member
Executive Director, Flagler Humane Society and Animal Services

A native Floridian, Amy has devoted the last 34 years to protecting and advocating for animals. 

Carotenuto worked through the ranks as a cruelty investigator, veterinary technician and supervisor at Halifax Humane Society in Daytona Beach and became the director of Flagler Humane Society and Animal Services in 1992. Over the course of fifteen years, she led the organization through tremendous growth and construction of new building.  She prosecuted large scale animal cruelty cases including the Brinkley puppy mill in which over 500 dogs were rescued and received international attention.  That same year there was a county-wide evacuation due to forest fires. FHS was the lead animal rescue agency, safely relocating hundreds animals that had been left behind by owners.

She became the Administrator for Edgewater Animal Services, worked with Volusia County to establish and operate a mobile spay/neuter hospital, and founded “Rescued Hearts”, a non-profit animal welfare organization.  Back at Halifax Humane Society from 2010 to 2013 she played an integral role in the formation of the Prison Pups and Pals Program and the opening of an offsite spay/neuter facility.

In 2013 Amy was asked to return as Executive Director of Flagler Humane Society and Animal Services.

Since her return: * FHS opened a pet food pantry for pet owners in temporary financial crises * A thriving wellness clinic was established * Stray intakes have decreased 21 percent * Adoptions have increased 21 percent * FHS began helping animals from less fortunate shelters, thus animals saved through transfers have increased 99 percent * The number of animals euthanized has decreased 82 percent * The live release rate has increased to 92 percent

She has been a certified humane euthanasia and stress management instructor for 25 years, providing input for the current manual and test.  It is her passion to ensure that if we must euthanize, it is done with respect and compassion. 

Carotenuto is currently on the board of directors with Florida Animal Control Association.

Stacey Hannouche, Board Member
Executive Director, Humane Society of Pinellas

Growing up in a military family, Stacey’s childhood was spent living in various countries and states before settling in the Tampa Bay area. Stacey attended the University of South Florida, where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, followed by her MBA. One of Stacey’s greatest joys in life is utilizing her over 20 years’ business and management experience to improve and grow non-profit organizations, and she is excited to begin using those talents at HSP. For 13 years, Stacey served as CEO of the Emergency Care Help Organization, a social service agency in Hillsborough County. During her tenure, Stacey successfully transformed this struggling charity into a thriving and growing pillar in the community. Stacey has two wonderful daughters, Hannah and Emma, as well as Stamkos, a lab mix, whom they rescued three years ago. In her free time, Stacey enjoys spending time with family and friends, outdoor activities and traveling.

Karen Slomba, Board Member
Associate Director, Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue

Karen Slomba is the Associate Director of Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue, a unique animal sheltering and adoption complex located in Bradenton, Florida.

A ten year veteran of the animal welfare industry, Karen has worked tirelessly to save the lives of thousands of animals, with an emphasis on cats.  Her career in this arena began in 2007 in Buffalo, NY where she was the Director of Operations for Ten Lives Club, Inc., responsible for the overall management of two free-roaming cat shelters, an off-site infirmary, and a mobile clinic.  She was also a founding member of the Animal Alliance of Western New York, which launched the Maddie’s Pet Rescue Project of Erie County, a 5 year, $5,000,000 initiative designed to create a no-kill community.  The project was a resounding success.

In 2011, sunshine and a state-of-the-art cat shelter lured Karen to the west coast of Florida, where she became the Director of Operations for Cat Depot. In 2013, her attention turned to both dogs and cats when she was hired in her current position at Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue.  She has provided much of the leadership and experience to achieve considerable growth and recognition for this well respected organization.

Having a love of both felines and football, Karen has also been a sports television producer and was instrumental in establishing Mike Ditka’s Gridiron Greats Charity, a 501(c)3, designed to provide dire need financial assistance and social services to retired professional football players.

Adam Stanfield, Board Member
Chief Executive Officer, SPCA Florida

Adam Stanfield has 30 years of business development experience in both the for-profit and nonprofit arenas. Currently he is the Executive Director at SPCA Florida where he has transitioned the organization over the course of the past two years.  Prior to this, his previous experience included serving in executive leadership positions within Piedmont Henry Hospital Foundation, Inc. and Hands of Hope Clinic, Inc., both located in Stockbridge, Georgia. Throughout his career Adam has acquired and applied business development, operational management, human resources, and transformational skills to successfully guide business entities to their next phase of development.

Originally from Maryland, Stanfield grew up in Alexandria, Virginia. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science in Finance supplemented with a minor in Sociology, and obtained his Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Stanfield and his wife Stephanie met the first day of college at Virginia Tech and have been together for 32 years. They have two children, Kelsi, who graduated from the University of Tampa and recently joined McKenzie Consulting to launch her career and Zack, who recently graduated from the University of Georgia. Zack has also started his career at the Corporate Headquarters of Regions Bank located in Birmingham, Alabama where he is currently part of Regions MA program.   Their family also includes three dogs.

Heather Thomas, Board Member
Executive Director, Alachua County Humane Society

Heather Thomas is the Executive Director of the Alachua County Humane Society, Gainesville Pet Rescue & Helping Hands Pet Rescue in Gainesville, FL. All three organizations are members of the Alachua County coalition of six animal rescue groups seeking to achieve a sustainable 90% live release rate. The coalition has decreased euthanasia in Alachua County by over 90% since 2000 thanks to the group’s partnership, planning and patience.

Heather has served as Executive Director since 2010 and has worked in animal welfare for over 7 years. Heather’s expertise is in coalition building, collaboration, optimization of resources, strategic organizational development and mergers.

Janet Winikoff, Board Member
Director of Education, Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County

Florida Association of Animal Welfare Organizations


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