If you were to pull back the curtains of the Capital Campaign, you would see the staff team hard at work to ensure the soon-to-be Animal Resource Center goes up without a hitch.

From meetings with the town of Wilton, to planning sessions with architects and construction teams, to fundraising, to planning major events like the groundbreaking ceremony and ribbon cutting, the team at CHS is dedicated to making this critical project happen as seamlessly as possible so that pets and their families can stay Together Forever.

Read on to meet the CHS Staff working directly on the Capital Campaign.

James Bias, Executive Director

As Executive Director, James brings a wealth of knowledge and perspective to the project having worked in animal welfare for over 40 years. He works alongside architects from Animal Arts and Amenta Emma, the team at Viking Construction, the town of Wilton and more major players to ensure the new Animal Resource Center provides the best care and solace to pets and families in Fairfield County.

“Building an animal resource center and low-fee veterinary clinic in Wilton will be life saving for pets—bringing vital resources for keeping pets and families together forever.”

Contact James at jbias@cthumane.org or 860-594-4502 ext. 6300.

Theresa Geary, Director of Operations

In addition to managing operations at CHS’ three facilities, Theresa works with the architect and construction teams to ensure the new facility will be able to provide all things necessary for daily operations including animal care, pet intake, adoptions, medical care, and behavioral care. She is also leading the charge on interviewing and hiring new CHS staff members who will be based at the Wilton facility.

Contact Theresa at tgeary@cthumane.org or 860-594-4502 ext. 6320

Barbara Naugle, Director of Development

Barbara is the force behind the dollars that will turn this dream facility into a reality. While focusing on the fundraising piece and donor relations, it is imperative that every donor sees the true impact of their contributions to the pets.

“It has been wonderful to talk with individuals about pets that have changed their lives and the whys behind their giving. I do what I do because of how a pet changed my life, and hopefully, I’m paying it forward for the next 50 years of pets that will be coming through this Animal Resource Center.”

Contact Barbara at bnaugle@cthumane.org or 860-594-4502 ext. 6324.

Kayleigh Shettleworth, Development Manager

The newest member of the team, Kayleigh, joined CHS in July as the Development Manager of Fairfield County. Kayleigh has a deep connection to CHS’ mission, having fostered pets from CHS to many years since she was a child.  As the “feet on the street” in Fairfield County, Kayleigh will be focused on donor relations, responding to campaign questions, planning and executing events and fundraisers, and scheduling tours of the Wilton property.

“I am proud to be a part of such an incredible project. The low-fee veterinary clinic, pet food pantry and accessible humane education are critical pieces of a puzzle that will provide adaptable resources to pets and families.”

Contact Kayleigh at kshettleworth@cthumane.org or 860-594-4502 ext. 6307.

Kimberly Salamone, Capital Campaign Assistant

Having worked in animal care for three years prior to her role as Capital Campaign Assistant, Kimberly can attest that this Animal Resource Center is exactly what pets and families in Fairfield County need to ensure the best care. Kimberly assists with a number of campaign related tasks including gift entry, donor recognition, third party events and tablings, and more.

“There are pets that already have a loving home, but just need a little bit of help. Whether it’s through the low-fee veterinary clinic, or access to pet food, these resources are so valuable and I’m excited that we’re able to expand the help provided in Fairfield County and surrounding areas.”

Contact Kim at ksalamone@cthumane.org or 860-594-4502 ext. 6613.