Our values drive our work.

The Maryland SPCA’s mission is to improve the lives and people and pets in the community through education, veterinary services, and humane care. Over 90 full- and part-time staff work side by side with hundreds of volunteers to deliver these services. Together, we’re ensuring the best possible care for animals and people in Baltimore and beyond. We multiply our impact by collaborating with individuals, other nonprofits, and local businesses.

COMMUNITY

We believe in the power of working together. We partner with others to problem-solve and invite and welcome different perspectives.

INTEGRITY

Our actions are based on ethics, including honesty, fairness, and transparency.

COMPASSION

We use our hearts and minds in our decisions, practicing understanding and kindness with pets and people.

RESPECT

We celebrate every person’s uniqueness and listen to their opinions.

INNOVATION

We look for new ways to do things better.

Meet our management team

Andy Beres

Marketing and Communications Director

Andy Beres

Marketing and Communications Director

After 10 years at D.C. public policy nonprofits, Andy joined the Maryland SPCA in 2019. He brings communications, marketing, and fundraising experience to a cause about which he’s passionate: making pets feel loved. Andy graduated from Stevenson University in 2007 with a B.A. in English.

Deidre Carroll

Human Resources Director

Deidre Carroll

Human Resources Director

Deidre earned a BA in American Studies from Long Island University in 1979 and an MBA from Adelphi University in 1988. She is certified by the Human Resources Certification Institute as a Senior Professional in Human Resources and by the Society for Human Resources Management as a Senior Certified Professional. She is a former volunteer at the Maryland SPCA, joined the organization’s staff in 2011 as a manager and has twice served as interim executive director. Her responsibilities include developing and implementing forward-looking policies, programs and services for management, employees and volunteers of the organization. She lives in the Mt Washington section of Baltimore with a house full of cats.

Jennifer L. Dunworth

Development Director

Jennifer L. Dunworth

Development Director

After earning a bachelors of Psychology from the University of Scranton and masters of Social Work from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Jennifer practiced as a social worker before turning to fundraising. She spent 18 years with various nonprofits prior to joining the MD SPCA. With rescue pup Mollie, Jennifer enjoys the sunshine on the back deck, dabbling in fiber arts and returning to Arizona to sing with her choir.

Katie Flory

Community Relations Director

Katie Flory

Community Relations Director

Katie has worked for the Maryland SPCA for 14 years, training thousands of volunteers and members of the community in animal handling and safety. She is responsible for analysis and advocacy of legislation affecting animal welfare and provides educational presentations to local schools, universities, and community groups on animal safety and welfare. She is also Chair of the Baltimore City Mayor’s Anti-Animal Abuse Commission. Katie lives with her three dogs, Lucy Gaga, Hank Williams Jr. and Gov. Tugg Boat Tank Speedman.

Dr. Ana Hodgson

Shelter Medicine Chief

Dr. Ana Hodgson

Shelter Medicine Chief

Dr. Hodgson is a native of Yonkers, NY. She has always appreciated her community and its cultural diversity. An urge to see our country took her west to follow her lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian. She graduated from Utah State University with a BS in animal science. Dr. Hodgson subsequently earned her master’s degree in agricultural extension (with emphasis in adult education) while simultaneously completing veterinary school at Western University for the Health Sciences.

She has worked in mixed animal practice, small animal practice, and shelter medicine in Colorado, Washington, D.C., and Maryland. Shelter medicine and soft tissue surgery have been her passions for several years. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her retired-army husband, two cats, and two dogs. They enjoy the arts, cultural events, traveling, gardening, attending Wounded Warrior events, and cheering for the New York Giants.

Jessica Lanzillotti

Finance Director

Jessica Lanzillotti

Finance Director

Jessica, a South Dakota native, is thrilled to be crunching numbers as the Director of Finance at the Maryland SPCA. She graduated valedictorian of the Towson University Business School in 2002 and worked in public accounting before changing direction and focusing on the non-profit sector. Jessica was the Business and General Manager of Baltimore’s Everyman Theatre for 13 years prior to joining the Maryland SPCA.  Her current menagerie has dwindled to a mere three cats and one dog but is ready to grow at any time…which is why the Maryland SPCA keeps her out of the kennels.

Nichole Miller

Operations Director

Nichole Miller

Operations Director

Nichole began working at the shelter 14 years ago as a part-time kennel technician. Her interest in animal behavior, disease management, and standards of care for shelter pets have informed the development of innovative programs for intake deferment, transport, foster, adoption, and helped decrease length of stay. She continues to strive to maximize the shelter’s lifesaving capacity, while working towards the mission of helping pets and people in the community.

Jim Peirce

Executive Director

Jim Peirce

Executive Director

Jim joined the MD SPCA in January 2017 with more than 30 years of senior-level management experience having led mission-related marketing, communications and business development functions in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors. Jim is dad to Woodford – an 8-year-old American Foxhound/Manchester Terrier mix. When not going for walks with Woodford, he is an avid world traveler having visited nearly 90 countries – and counting. Jim holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Penn State University and a master’s in public/nonprofit management from Carnegie Mellon University.

Our Board of Directors

President: Joanne Pollak

Vice President: Peter Askew

Vice President: Sharon Kroupa

Treasurer: David Beard-Sackett

Secretary: Jody Lemken

Celeste Amato
Tina Beliveau
Randy Brinton, Emeritus
Robin Bozzuto
Tracey Chessare
Barb Clapp
Gregg Gorman
Carin Lazarus
Rachid Medarhri

M. John Meyer
Olachi Opara
Kera Ritter
Kevin Rochlitz
Debra Schubert
Barbara Simmons
Jennifer Viglucci
Estelle Ward, DVM
Howie Wolfe

Our Volunteers

Volunteers give their time and talent to help Maryland’s pets and people.

Our inspiring supporters make a difference every day. They greet clients in our spay/neuter and adoption centers, enrich the lives of cats and dogs in our care, co-organize fundraising and off-site adoption events, and much more. Learn how you can become part of the team!

Volunteer Opportunities

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Volunteer hours logged in 2019.

Careers

Do you want to work at the MD SPCA?

What do animals mean to you? At the Maryland SPCA, we have a deep, unwavering commitment to animal welfare. You’ll join a team of people who believe in our mission and thrive on hard work caring for cats and dogs and finding them loving homes. Take a look at our job postings to find the right fit for you.

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