Laura Houston

Laura Houston joins the AWA team with over 20 years’ experience working to advance the human-animal bond.  Ms. Houston most recently held the position of Director of Education with the Elmwood Park Zoo (EPZ) in Norristown, PA where she was instrumental in EPZ becoming the first zoo in the nation to become Autism Certified. Prior […]

Maria Giorla

Maria Giorla comes to AWA with more than 25 years of experience in financial management, which includes accounts payable, payroll, banking, financial reporting/forecasting and cash management. She also has experience managing and directing human resources activities.

Nanci Urban

Nanci directly manages the shelter services which includes intake/rehoming programs, animal care, shelter veterinary care, adoptions, animal transport, shelter/public training and behavior programs, foster care program, temporary boarding program and retail shop. She has 25 years of shelter experience under her belt. And can be guilty of taking her work home with her, which is […]

Dr. Emily Seidl

Dr. Seidl received a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Prince Edward Island Atlantic Veterinary College. She became interested in veterinary medicine while working and volunteering in a shelter. The important mission, community involvement and unique case load kept helped solidify her career path. She was recently became an editorial advisory board member […]

Dr. Sara Patiño-Davis

Dr. Sara Patiño-Davis attained her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She practiced as a Registered Dietitian for several years prior to pursuing a career that aligned with her love for animals. She solidified her decision to switch careers while volunteering and working for a local shelter. Her passion for shelter medicine, […]

Dr. Leroy Scott

Dr. Leroy Scott4th grew up in Burlington County and attended Rutgers University. He graduated from St. George’s University in Grenada West Indies. Dr. Scott started his career, working in regulatory medicine with the USDA. While working in government, Dr. Scott witnessed the important role veterinarians play and keeping America’s food supply safe. He now focuses on […]

Elizabeth Stanley-Reicherter CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, ABCDT

Animal Welfare Association Manager of Behavior and Training Elizabeth Stanley-Reicherter

Liz is a certified behavior consultant canine (CBCC- KA).  She is one of only 402 in the world.  Liz is also a certified professional dog trainer (CPDT-KA) and canine good citizen evaluator with a degree in Anthropology from New York University.  She specializes in finding solutions for behavioral challenged dogs, cats and small animals.  Liz designs […]

Katie Nelson

Having always loved animals, and after thriving as a dog walker and pet sitter, Katie joined the AWA in September 2016 as an Adoption Counselor, eventually growing into the role of Adoption and Customer Service Supervisor. She loves benefitting both people and animals by making quality adoption matches. She is excited to support the continued […]

Ashley Prem

Ashley is our Shelter Technician Supervisor and has been a Veterinary Technician since 2012. Ashley has had experience in multiple areas of the veterinary field including Emergency Care and General Practice as well as a Surgical Technician. Ashley joined our facility in 2021 as a part time surgical technician and has since moved into the […]