Our staff oversees award-winning and innovative programs including Adoptions, Foster Care, Spay/Neuter Clinic, and Pet Re-homing that help more than 15,000 community pets in South Jersey. Our dedicated team is headed up by the following senior staff.

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Maya Richmond, Executive Director.    director@awanj.org

AWA animal shelter directorMaya Richmond was Director of Operations and Program Development for the Maryland SPCA in Baltimore before coming to AWA. She enjoys designing innovative programs like high-volume spay/neuter clinics, earned income ventures, staff development, building new spaces, and helping shelters develop sustainable programs and fundraising so they can do more for the community’s needy pets. She shares her home with 2 cats, 2 dogs, an understanding husband, their young daughter and her elderly mother.



Joan Powell, Director of Finance and Administration.   joanp@awanj.org

Joan Powell has served as AWA's Director of Finance and Adminstation since 2011. Her work strengthens the administrative and financial functions with AWA's core mission. Her extensive accounting and financial background have been in the education and financial services sectors. She earned a B.S. in Accounting from Drexel University. The variety and diverse nature of the work, the people, and the Organization's mission provide her with stimulating challenges. "It's something different every day," says Powell.

Stacie DaBolt, Director of Operations.    stacied@awanj.org

Stacie DaBolt has extensive management and animal welfare experience. She has been an animal shelter manager and has also worked at the Arizona Humane Society where she led their EAMT program. Her field team investigated and managed cruelty cases for over 6000 pets annually. Stacie's passion for operations, management and programs and ensures the efficiency of AWA's daily functions. 

Maria Clarke, Director of Events, Business & Community Relations.    events@awanj.org

Maria Clarke brings 13 years of leadership, development and event planning to her position as the Director of Events, Business and Community Relations. Maria joined AWA in 2012 as the Events and Business Relations Manager and is responsible for AWA’s Signature Fundraising events, corporate engagement and business relations. Her role at AWA has recently expanded to include oversight of AWA’s Volunteer Engagement Program as well as Humane Education and Community Outreach Programs. Maria loves to find innovative ways to engage members of the community to help support AWA’s mission. She is very passionate about non-profit work and most of all her family which includes her husband, two adult kids, her 2 dogs and senior cats.  

Nanci Keklak, Shelter Services Manager.   nancik@awanj.org

Nanci Keklak manages the AWA shelter facility, pet intake, and pet adoptions. She brings 18 years of shelter management experience to AWA, including medical, behavior, adoptions and rescue/transport.

Christie Camnitz, Assistant Shelter Manager.   christiec@awanj.org

Christie Camnitz works with AWA's clients to ensure the best possible adoption matches.

Michael Lacivita, Clinic Manager. michaell@awanj.org

Michael Lacivita brings many years of experience in private veterinary practices to AWA. He is inspired by AWA's mission to provide high quality, low cost medical care to pets in our community.

Dr. Erin Henry, Chief Veterinarian

Dr. Erin Henry graduated from Bucknell University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Behavior. She completed her veterinary degree at the University of Pennsylvania in 2012. Throughout veterinary school, Dr. Henry enjoyed participating in humane education efforts focusing on dog bite prevention and humane pet ownership; she spent multiple weeks traveling with the HSVMA Field Services (formerly known as RAVS), providing free veterinary care to underserved, rural communities. It wasn't until her third year of veterinary school, when she began volunteering at Philadelphia's Animal Care and Control shelter, that Dr. Henry realized she had found a niche for herself in shelter medicine. She went on to complete a one year intensive internship in shelter medicine at Cornell University, where she spent time working at the university and in local shelters, improving her skills and teaching veterinary students about shelter medicine. Since joining the Animal Welfare Association, Dr. Henry has taken time to continue honing her surgical skills, working side by side with other high volume spay neuter surgeons at Humane Alliance.

While Dr. Henry is interested in all aspects of this field of veterinary medicine, infectious disease control, humane education/outreach, and affordable spay/neuter programs are among her favorites. Outside of work, Dr. Henry is often found going on adventures with her husband and their two rescue dogs, Karma- an 11.5 year old Great Dane, and Bruce- a 7 year old shepherd mix, or baking something to bring into work the next day.

Dr. Elizabeth Schatz, Staff Veterinarian

Dr. Schatz comes to AWA from a mixed veterinary practice and has significant experience with small and large animals as well as pocket pets. She is making a career change into the field of animal sheltering and is dedicated to pet wellness and AWA's mission.


Dr. Donna Alfieri, Staff Veterinarian  

Dr. Alfieri graduated with honors from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. Prior to working at AWA, Dr. Alfieri owned and operated her own animal hospital in Morris County, NJ, which she sold in 2014. When not at AWA, you can find Dr. Alfieri on her farm in Hunterton County, cleaning and caring for her dogs, cats, horses, chickens, and a donkey named Dusty. In her spare time she tries hard to learn the art of dressage and yoga. Dr. Alfieri feels strongly about AWA's mission and is happy to be a part of it.

Katie Miller, Volunteer Coordinator.    volunteers@awanj.org

Katie Miller manages all of the amazing volunteers who help to support AWA's mission. Katie provides volunteer training and opportunities for the community to be involved in meaningful service work. Katie has dedicated her life to helping animals from volunteering at various animal shelters and joining a pet rescue society in college, to earning a Bachelors of Science degree in Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation from Canisius College in 2012. She has also owned many pets in her life and currently has a chihuahua named "Dakota", two rabbits named "Tremelo" and "Basil" and a cat named "Fiona" (an AWA foster failure!). 


Julieanne Lombardo, Education and Outreach Coordinator.    outreach@awanj.org

Julie comes to AWA with almost a decade of experience in the no-kill animal shelter world, both in volunteering and being staff at the Humane Society of Ocean City. A 2003 graduate of nearby Stockton University, she has a degree in both Teacher’s Education and Psychology. Before entering the world of homeless pet sheltering, she taught kindergarten for four years at a private school. Julieanne is the proud mother of her dog, Molly, a beagle/lab mix she adopted from the Humane Society of Ocean City. She also is the proud aunt to four nieces, and three nephews!


Elizabeth Stanley-Reicherter, Behavior Coordinator.    behavior@awanj.org

Liz has her certification from Animal Behavior College, has extensive hands-on volunteer experience with Ruff House Rescue and the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter, and operates her own dog training company. In addition, she has over fifteen years of management experience and a bachelor’s degree from New York University. Liz believes strongly in building better relationships with animals using positive reinforcement. She applies the principals of "Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive" (LIMA) to all situations. Training is less of an exercise in obedience and more of a way to strengthen the bond between people and their companion animals. Liz comes to AWA with over five years of training and behavior experience.