MEET OUR STAFF

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Abigail Cusick

Executive Director

     

     Abigail joined the Little Guild in 2018 after a decade spent working at NBC Universal. Her extensive background in marketing, digital strategy, and social media will be put to good use as the Guild enters its new phase focusing on expansion and development. During her time as a volunteer, Abigail lent her social media and marketing expertise to various committees and will lead the charge in revamping the Little Guild’s presence in the digital space.   

     Abigail is a devoted mother to her rescue pups, Domino and Scarlet as well as her rescue cat Mac.  Scarlet and Mac are both L.G. Alumni!  Abigail has grown up with dogs, cats, rabbits, horses and turtles. She lives in Falls Village.

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Ashley Innella

Shelter Manager

     

     Ashley joined The Little Guild as a volunteer, walking and spending as much time as she could with dogs.  In late 2015 she became a full -time animal care specialist, and in the summer of 2017 Ashley was promoted to Shelter Manager.  The Little Guild residents are already reaping the benefits of her knack for leadership and teamwork.

     Born and raised in Torrington, Ashley has adopted and fostered multiple animals throughout the years.  In 2006 she adopted her dog Wyatt, and her start at the Little Guild was inspired by Wyatt's passing in 2015.  In addition to Wyatt she has also adopted another dog named Kip, a cat named Naggie, and just recently she adopted two more cats from the Little Guild, Wednesday and Haze.

     Ashley is known for seeking out the special needs, elderly and misfit animals who may not otherwise ever know a loving home.  When she ran out of room in her own home, she started bringing family on board to help foster - and now the "Innella fostering program" is indeed a family affair!
 

Paula Jackson

Assistant Manager

     

     Paula joined the Little Guild as a foster, started volunteering shortly after, and became a staff member in 2017.  Her background in business administration coupled with her love of animals have united seamlessly for her in this position.  Paula lives in nearby N.Y. with her cat Clementine, her original L.G. foster quickly turned to foster fail.  She is grateful for the opportunity be part of such an amazing organization.

Kristen Hale

Kennel Manager

     

    Kristen started at The Little Guild volunteering as a dog walker alongside her husband. She grew up with a passion for helping all animals; from orphaned and injured mice and bunnies to stray cats and dogs. This love for animals led her to the Little Guild where she joined the staff as an animal care specialist in 2019, and was promoted to Kennel Manager in 2020. Kristen lives in Millerton, New York with her husband, Dustin and their Corgi, Bentley and their L.G. Alumni Cattle Dog Maverick!

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Pam Vanty

Feline Manager

     

     Pam first started fostering cats for the Little Guild in early 2017, became a staff member in November of 2018, and was promoted to feline manager in 2020. She has cared for orphaned kittens, pregnant mothers, and semi-ferals that just needed a little extra socialization. Fostering since age 15, Pam fell in love with the ability to change an animals life for the better. 

 

     Pam is from New Hartford, CT where she lives with her 2 rescue dogs and 2 cats. She also fosters a long term medical needs cat for the Little Guild named Spartacus.. 

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Wendy Guerrera

Animal Care Specialist

     

     Wendy joined the Little Guild in 2015 as an animal care specialist, continuing a lifetime of pet and wildlife rescue and advocacy that was inspired by a Kenyan safari at age 13.

     Raised on Long Island, Wendy’s first job was at North Shore Animal League, which is today one of the world’s largest animal rescue and adoption organizations. She subsequently studied wildlife behavior in East Africa, and has been involved in horse and pig rescue. She has served as a board member of the Tiny Tim Rescue Fund, which distributes funds to animal rescue groups.

     Wendy thrives on being part of the day-to-day care, feeding and socialization of the Little Guild’s dogs and cats, and is committed to providing them a clean and comfortable environment.

     Wendy’s pets at home currently include 3-cats and one little Chihuahua who keeps everyone in line. 

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Chris Marro

Animal Care Specialist

     

     Chris joined the Little Guild in 2017 as an animal care specialist, continuing a lifetime of passion for animals and a desire to make a difference in the rescue community.  He brings with him a degree in marketing, and a commitment to making a difference in the lives of our residents.  Chris resides here in Ct. with his Jack Russell Terrier and his three rescue cats.

     

Jill Mahar

Animal Care Specialist

     

     Jill joined the Little Guild team in August of 2019.  Her love of animals has been life-long, starting from preschool when she brought home her first "rescue", a stray kitten from the school parking lot.  Since then she has had numerous pets including two rescue dogs.  She has volunteered for animal rescue since 2007.

     She lives in Harwinton, Ct. with her husband Erik, her two children Lane and Hope; and her beloved rescue dog Darby, a yellow lab.  Jill is excited and happy to be a part of caring for and helping the cats and dogs at the Little Guild to find the loving forever homes that they deserve.

     

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Andrea Czaplicki

Animal Care Per Diem

     

     Andrea joined the Little Guild in 2015, fulfilling a lifelong desire to work with animals in rescue.  She has also fostered and/or adopted COUNTLESS animals with The Little Guild over the years - including one of our longest residents Harriet - who had a wonderful year living with Andrea after having been at the Guild over 8-years.  

     Currently Andrea lives with her husband, Matt, in Woodbury, Ct.  Andrea & Matt have a house full including their son Wes, dog Renni, and Sunny the cat.  Renni and Sunny are both Little Guild alumni.  Andrea's work with the residents of the Little Guild shows her love and devotion to rescue!

 

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Emily Weik

Animal Care Per Diem

     

     Emily started with the Little Guild in May of 2016, but has been involved in animal rescue since age 14.  Having attended various colleges for 4-years, Emily has also worked in healthcare doing hospice work for 2-years.  Her love of animals brought her back into the industry, and lucky for us landed her here at The Little Guild.

     Emily lives in Canton, Ct. with her husband, their daughter Aleah and a menagerie of animal.  Last we checked the list includes two dog, two cats, two ducks, and two bunnies; but we'll keep checking on that tally because we know Emily!

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Brielle Williams

Animal Care Per Diem

     

    Bre grew up in Dutchess County where its beauty sparked her love of nature at a young age. Her desire to make a difference and work hands on with animals brought her to join the Little Guild team in 2018 as an animal care specialist. Bre lives in NY with her beloved Jack Russell rescue, Ella. 

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