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Humane Society of Harrisburg Area
7790 Grayson Road
Harrisburg, PA 17111
Phone: (717) 564-3320
Fax: (717) 564-1867

For general questions about adoption, specific pets, appointments, lost & found, etc., please email frontdesk@humanesocietyhbg.org.

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Administrative Staff:

Amy

Amy Kaunas
Executive Director
Amy Kaunas has been HSHA’s executive director since November of 2006. In her position, she works collaboratively with the community to ensure the health and safety of all animals and also oversees all shelter operations and the overall execution of the organization’s strategy. Since becoming executive director, Amy has developed multiple new programs, including low-cost spay/neuter services, a rehabilitation program, and a pet food bank. Prior to becoming executive director, Amy was an attorney and most recently practiced at Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP. Amy received her B.S. from the Pennsylvania State University and her J.D. from The Penn State Dickinson School of Law. She lives locally with her family, which includes four dogs and two cats.


Charlotte

Charlotte Hassman
Director of Animal Care
Charlotte began her career at HSHA in August of 2003. As the Director of Animal Care, she provides leadership and guidance to many departments within the shelter including the medical, intake, adoption and behavior teams and she is integral to the shelters low-cost veterinary service initiatives. Charlotte’s passion for animals was deepened she and her family raised 8 puppies for The Seeing Eye. Her favorite part of the job is when animals find the right home. Charlotte, a graduate of Central Dauphin East High School and Bloomsburg University, lives locally with her husband, Larry, and the four-legged family members of their family (all former Humane Society residents) Angel, Blue, Cici, Mahpee, Max (all Pit Bulls/Pit mixes), and Lucy (a fat Beagle).


Aspasia Yeager
Director of Resident Services
Aspasia joined the HSHA staff as Director of Resident Services in 2017. In her position she leads a team of dedicated kennel technicians to ensure the animals at HSHA receive the highest level of compassionate care while they await adoption. Aspasia has worked in leadership positions at 3 different animal shelters throughout Central Pennsylvania over the last 14 years. She has a passion for legislative advocacy relating to animal welfare and enjoys volunteering in the community - with both human and animal related organizations. Her most meaningful volunteer commitment is traveling with NAVS (Native American Veterinary Services) on annual trips to the Zuni reservation in New Mexico to provide free veterinary clinics to the people and pets who reside there. Aspasia is a graduate of Millersville University and holds a B.A in Philosophy. She currently resides in Harrisburg City with her fiancée, Ross, and their beloved 4 feline companions and 2 Chihuahuas, all adopted from local shelters.

Christina Christina Wiley
Human Resources & Accounting Specialist
Christina Wiley worked at the shelter from 2004-2006 and returned in 2010 to fill the Human Resources and Accounting Specialist position. She has an Associate’s Degree in Accounting and brings to the table a decade worth of working experience in the HR and Accounting fields. Christina always enjoyed animal company of any kind. Her favorite part about working at HSHA is to see shelter animals go home with their new family. She lives locally with her rescued "FUR" family of nine. When she is not gardening, she is usually hiking or swimming with her dogs.

Patrick Patrick Noll
Director of Shelter Programs
Patrick started working at the Humane Society in 2004 as an entry level kennel staff member. He quickly became invested in all aspects of the organization, holding a variety of positions and responsibilities. Patrick took an early interest in animal behavior, leading him to participate in conducting temperament tests, rehabilitating shelter residents and handling animals with severe behavioral issues. He would later take the position of Kennel Staff Trainer, making him responsible for organizing training efforts of new staff, assessing staff performance and selecting staff for advanced training. Then, as Kennel Manger, he would interview and select new employees, collaborate with other managers on global policy issues, assist with medical and behavioral care, address complex customer concerns and occasionally speak to students at local schools. Currently, Patrick oversees the Behavior, Intake and Medical Departments. He serves as a Humane Society Police Officer and directs the expanding Cruelty Department, refining the current processes to provide the animals in the community with ever-improving service and protection. He also leads the Safety Team and organizes internal safety efforts, with a focus on educating staff on OSHA standards and providing a safe work environment. Patrick was raised in Cressona, Pa, located in Schuylkill County. He moved to the Harrisburg Area about ten years ago to be closer to the Humane Society. He currently lives with his girlfriend, five Pitbulls, Labrador Retriever mix and cat. During his spare time, Patrick enjoys cooking, drawing, writing, movies and spending quality time with his friends and family.

Megan Megan Glass
Behavior Team Leader
Megan Glass has been a dedicated employee and instrumental team member with the organization since November 2009. Starting her career on kennel staff, Megan welcomed additional responsibility and was quickly promoted to supervisor and later to current position as Behavior Team Leader. Determined to achieve professional growth, Megan often engages in continual education courses specializing in animal behavior, psychology, and training. Megan has also initiated and created several new programs during her tenure, including adoption support classes, animal rehabilitation programs, and specialized animal behavior counseling. Each of these are offered to our adopters. Most recently, Megan passed the Federated Humane Societies of Pennsylvania’s two-part Humane Police Officer training program. Prior to joining HSHA, she worked in retail and was a Boscov’s area manager. Megan lives locally with her rescued family of two Pit Bulls, a Yorkie, Chihuahua, Rottweiler and two cats. Megan enjoys were her K9 pack, camping, and gardening.

Megan Strausbaugh
Director of Marketing

As the Director of Marketing, Megan is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the shelters' three largest events, communication materials, mentoring the customer service staff, and website management. Prior to joining the Humane Society staff in November of 2014, she worked in the hotel industry and later for a large state association. However, Megan's passion has always been for animals of all kinds. At HSHA she now has the opportunity to pair her education, skills, and experiences with this passion. Megan is a graduate of Messiah College with a degree in Marketing and Graphic Design and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Today, she resides in Camp Hill with her HSHA alumni pets, Beckham – a shepherd mix, Natalia – a pit bull, and three cats – Logan, Lucy, and Betsy.


Dr. Brenda Fijalkowski
Veterinarian

Dr. Fij joined the HSHA Medical Team in June 2013. She has 27 years of private practice experience and completed training in High Volume/ High Quality Spay/Neuter Surgeries with the Humane Alliance. She volunteers with the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association's Rural Veterinary Service, providing surgical care for pets on Indian Reservations in the US. Dr. Fij graduated from Penn State and received her VMD degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She and her husband have 3 children and share their home in Lancaster County with 3 dogs and 2 cats.


Kristi Ehrhart
Adoption Center Team Leader

Kristi joined the team at HSHA in 2016 with years of experience in customer service. As the Adoption Center Team Leader she oversees HSHA’s retail store Furget-Me-Not, supervises the staff at the adoption center, keepsFinder up-to-date, and so much more. Her favorite part of the job is the opportunity to witness many animals leaving the shelter to go into their FURever homes. Previously, Kristi worked as the Director of Sales at the Comfort Inn for 9 years. There she took an intensive course and lengthy exam to earn her hospitality supervisor certification (CHS). Personally, Kristi is a passionate advocate for the bully breeds and owns two pit bulls herself. She is a loving and dedicated wife and mother to three boys. Her family currently resides in Palmyra. There she is heavily involved in the athletic programs and gives back to the community through her involvement on the Board for Palmyra Elementary Wrestling Program and the Palmyra Civic Baseball Association.


Jennie Krebs
Medical Department Team Leader

Jennie's career at HSHA began in 2008 as a kennel employee. She learned about all the basic care, needs, and functions of the many different animals she encountered. Later, she transitioned to the front desk where she was able to use her first-hand knowledge about the animals to assist those interested in adoption. Today, her experiences as kennel staff and customer service at the front desk have led to her role as the Medical Department Team Leader. Jennie leads the medical team to evaluate and treat the many medical requirements of the hundreds of animals that reside at the shelter ranging in severity and diagnostics. In addition, she assists the veterinarians in animal surgeries, administers vaccinations, tests animals for varying illnesses or diseases, and organizes the administrative needs of her team. Outside of work, Jennie is a dedicated wife and mother. Her family has three dogs, a pit bull and two Boston terriers. She also has passion for elephants and hopes to one day visit an elephant reserve located in Tennessee.


Karen Baranick
Intake Center Team Leader

Karen originally got involved with HSHA as a volunteer in 2010 but in less than a year transitioned to a full-time employee working at the front desk. There she provided quality customer service to all visitors, processed adoptions, and maintained other administrative responsibilities. At that time, the adoption center also processed the intake of animals brought in as surrenders, public drop-offs, and through municipal contracts. In 2012, after fundraising through a capital campaign, HSHA built an addition onto the existing facility which included an entrance dedicated to the intake of animals. Karen was promoted to her current position and is well versed in managing all aspects of animal intake. She works directly with the public to schedule low-cost clinic services, works with municipal employees to accept stray animals from their service areas, assist with lost-and-found inquires, manages three employees, and coordinates a number of programs and services with varying departments at HSHA. Karen resides in Duncannon with her husband and her daughter “on the way.” They own five HSHA rescued animals – two pit bulls, Marvin and Juno, and three cats, Skipper, Nepeta, and Cora. Karen enjoys camping, visiting food and craft beer festivals, and relaxing at home with her family.


Joe Wojtysiak
Building Manager

As the Building Manager, Joe is responsible for maintaining the building, operating equipment, overseeing vehicle safety, and coordination of other large operations at the shelter. In addition, he coordinates trash pick-up, lawn care, snow removal, and pest control. Maintaining the condition of the kennels, HVAC systems, boiler, and other equipment is a key aspect of his job too. As a non-profit organization donations are key to a successful business. Joe is responsible for ordering, pick-up, and storage of all donated supplies. Prior to joining HSHA, Joe’s careers included Bethlehem Steel where he was Superintendent of Plant Services and Harrisburg Area Community College as the Senior Director of Facilities Management. He is also a retired Major from the Air National Guard. He graduated from the University of Baltimore with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management and a Certificate in Labor Relations and later earned a Master of Science in Administration from George Washington University.



Dr. Lauren Ritchey
Veterinarian

Dr. Ritchey-Northup is originally from Hershey, Pennsylvania. She earned her veterinary degree from the University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine in Scotland. She has completed High Volume/ High Quality Spay/Neuter training with Humane Alliance and has always had a special interest in shelter medicine. Her studies and interests have taken her all over the world- from Africa, where she helped to rehabilitate baboons and other primates, to Cyprus, where she helped care for and spay and neuter stray cats and dogs. She enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, kayaking, and being outdoors/in nature. She shares her home with her husband Jeff and their 3 rescue dogs- Ziggy (Pit bull), Molly (Pit bull mix), and Olive (Yorkie mix).


Board of Directors:

Adam Santucci, President
Jenna Wagner, Vice President 
Donald Bowman, Treasurer
Jason Benion, Secretary
Zachary Khuri
Kevin Kline
Beth Peiffer
John Rampulla

Photography courtesy of EKLucas Photography

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Events

December 2 | Holiday Open House & Adopt-A-Thon

January 1 | Penguin Plunge

Events Calendar

Workplace Giving

CFC (Combined Federal Campaign) – 77697
SECA (State Employees Combined Appeal) – 4401-0027
United Way – 3022