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KAREL MINOR, Chief Executive Officer: Karel is the President & CEO of Humane Pennsylvania, one of Pennsylvania’s largest animal welfare organizations. Karel has over 30 years of professional experience in the animal welfare sector. He has brought his skills in non-profit management and organization transformation to numerous animal welfare and environmental organizations. He has served in a wide variety of positions ranging from executive leadership to operations, education, fundraising, and development.

Minor served as past president of the boards of the Pennsylvania State Animal Response Team and Federated Humane Societies of Pennsylvania, past member of Humane Society of the United States Companion Animal Advisory Committee, and other state and national committees and advisory boards. Minor is a regular presenter and trainer at state, regional, and national animal welfare conferences. In addition to his role at Humane PA, Karel is Executive Director of the Humane Pennsylvania Foundation and CEO of Animal Welfare Management Services, LLC., Humane PA’s national consulting company.

Karel holds a Bachelor’s degree in Earth/Space Science from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, is married to a brilliant educational administrator, and has three equally brilliant and beautiful daughters. | (610) 750-6100 ext. 210

DAMON MARCHChief Operating Officer: For more than thirty years, Damon March has specialized in animal welfare and non-profit corporate operations. He has been responsible for the oversight, management, and transformational improvement of several animal welfare organizations.

March is an expert in executing successful start-up or turnaround operations plans and is skilled at rapidly bridging the gap between the current capabilities and aspirations of any organization. Damon is a recognized expert in Euthanasia by Injection training, authorized and accredited by the Humane Society of the United States, and has presented nationally on animal welfare issues. | (610) 750-6100 ext. 218

DR. ALICIA SIMONEAU, Chief Veterinary Officer: Dr. Simoneau is a Western University of Health Sciences graduate in Southern California. She attended Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, PA, attaining a BS in Biology before veterinary school. Her special interests include holistic and integrative medicine, spay/neuter surgeries, and nutrition. She practices classical homeopathy and will be certified to perform acupuncture on dogs, cats, and horses. She adores the three rescued Siamese/DSH cats and two adopted Thoroughbred horses. | 610-921-VETS (8387)

MICHAEL BACHChief Financial Officer: Mike obtained his Chartered Accountant from England (the English equivalent of a CPA and MBA) in 1979. He has more than 25 years of demonstrated history working in a variety of industries and brings to Humane Pennsylvania a strong background in financial reporting, budgeting, forecasting, cash management, insurance, strategic planning, and accounting department management as well as HR administration. Mike aspires to improve the financial reporting and HR and IT systems within the organization; to strengthen its relationship with outside business partners; and to ensure that the organization is financially able to achieve its vision of enhancing and continually improving animal welfare services to the communities it serves.

Mike and his wife of 31 years, are involved in the Tri-State Basset Hound Rescue and have adopted an 8-year-old rescue named Dozer, as well as a 9-year-old Bagel (Basset/Beagle Mix) named Tilly. | (610) 750-6100 ext. 224

LAUREN HENDERSON PIGNETTIDirector of Development: Lauren has been a member of the Humane Pennsylvania team for over five years. As a graduate of Penn State University and receiving her Principles of Fundraising Certification from Villanova University, Lauren applies her knowledge of event development, fundraising, and corporate relations to create meaningful donor experiences. With a focus on continuously evolving her skills, Lauren is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Berks County.

In her spare time, you’ll find her at the Reading Fightin Phils or helping her dad’s small business, Carl’s Cards & Collectibles, a sports memorabilia store. She lives in Wyomissing with her husband, Anthony. | 610-750-6100, ext. 211

LISA MALKINDirector of Veterinary Services: Lisa graduated from Mercer County School of Nursing in 1985 and worked in human nursing in geriatrics, oncology, and pediatrics before making the jump to veterinary medicine in 2000. She has worked as a veterinary nurse in Oncology, emergency, and general practice. Lisa has experience in hospital management in both corporate and private sectors. She shares her home with her husband and her fur babies, Sophie, a Pitbull adopted from our Lancaster Shelter, Dozer, an American Bulldog born at our Lancaster Hospital and Ashes, a cranky old cat. | Berks 610-921-8387 | Lancaster 717-826-9762

CHELSEA CAPPELLANO, Donor Relations Manager: Chelsea joined the Humane Pennsylvania team in 2015. Starting as an Adoption Counselor, she became HPA’s Office Coordinator and now serves as Donor Relations Manager. Chelsea strives to create meaningful relationships and experiences through fundraising, donor relations, and partnerships throughout the community.

Chelsea is currently working toward her Principles of Fundraising Certification to further her education and skills through Villanova University. In her spare time, she spends time with her family and friends or with her Humane Pennsylvania alumni, Duke, Reuben, Bronson, and Paw Newman. | 610-750-6100, ext. 299

JENNIFER HENNE RVTVeterinary Team Manager: Jennifer has been with Humane Pennsylvania since 2018. Starting as a Veterinary Technician, Jennifer applied her in-depth knowledge of veterinary medicine and was recently promoted to Lead Veterinary Team Manager. As a graduate of Columbus State Community College majoring as a Veterinary Technician, Jennifer applies her 15 years of experience in veterinary medicine to both Humane Veterinary Hospitals (Reading and Lancaster).

In Jennifer’s spare time, you will find her at home spending time with her family, hiking, and scrapbooking. | 610-921-8387

AIDA MAYShelter Manager (Lancaster): Aida has been with Humane Pennsylvania for over a decade and is based at the Lancaster campus. Starting as a Customer Service Representative, she moved to a Kennel Technician, Animal Care Coordinator, and now to Shelter Manager. Aida specializes in cat behavior and shelter medicine. She utilizes her knowledge to assist our community in caring for their pets and helping her team grow to their full potential.

Aida lives in Eastern Lancaster County, where she was born and raised, and enjoys spending free time with her husband, three kids, and her adopted cats and dogs. | 717-393-6551, ext. 239

BRANDEA TAYLORShelter Manager (Berks): Starting as an Adoption Technician, Brandea applies her past experiences caring for exotic and domestic animals to expand HPA’s animal care capabilities. A Bachelor’s degree in zoology with a minor in criminal justice from Northern Michigan University informs and supports Brandea’s work in animal welfare. Brandea continuously pursues educational opportunities and integrates them into daily operations to make Humane Pennsylvania the best place to be an animal.

In her free time, Brandea can be found working in the garden, playing with her pup (an HPA Alumni), or spending precious time with family. Brandea lives in Schuylkill Haven with her partner Josh, and her new baby. | 610-921-2348, ext. 426

ALEXANDRA YOUNGCommunity Outreach Programs Manager: Alex has a diverse background in retail, food & beverage, international trade, apparel, and medical device industries and holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a BFA in Textile Design. She has lived in several states and overseas, but her driving passion for animal welfare and rescue has always been the one constant factor. A cardiac assist device technology transfer project resulted in her relocating from Cleveland, Ohio (go Browns!) to Reading in 2001, where fostering rescued kittens quickly led to her total immersion in trap-neuter-return (TNR) and an ongoing mission to slow down kitten overpopulation. She led animal rescue relief efforts with Alley Cat Allies after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. She is experienced in helping a shelter reach no-kill status by creating and implementing progressive cat life-saving programs.

Her hobbies include gardening, reading, dog agility, long-range travel trailer road trips with her husband, and rescued dogs, Onya and Rotor. She loves to design and build outdoor cat enclosures (catios) and custom indoor cat playgrounds as enrichment for her furry crew of feral, reformed ferals, other rescued cats, foster kittens, and clients. | 484-869-2916

Lifesaving Programs Coordinator
Berks 610-921-2348
Lancaster 717-393-6551, ext. 240

Animal Care Coordinator
610-921-2348, ext. 425

Animal Care Coordinator
717-393-6551, ext. 234

Events Coordinator
610-750-6100, ext. 232

Media Specialist


The Board of Directors of Humane Pennsylvania represents a broad cross section of the community and provides the organization with a wide variety of skills and expertise. The Board of Humane Pennsylvania provides organizational and fiscal oversight and guidance and works with the professional staff to ensure adherence to and direction of Humane Pennsylvania’s mission.

Our Board mem­bers are elected com­mu­nity vol­un­teers who donate their var­i­ous areas of exper­tise and end­less amounts of time to gov­ern the poli­cies and finances of the organization. Through their guid­ance we have an appre­ci­a­tion of the community’s heart and voice. Their sole motiva­tion is con­cern for the shel­ter and the ani­mals we serve, and we thank them for their dedication.

Correspondence with the Board of Directors can be forwarded to the attention of the Board of Directors via mail to Humane Pennsylvania, 1729 N. 11th Street Reading, PA 19604 or via e-mail to

  • Robert Barto – Firm Administrator for Rick Stock Law
  • Caitlin Calvaresi – Commercial Lines Account Executive, Tompkins Insurance Agency
  • Carolyn Chenworth – Project Scheduler, J.F. Kiely Service Co.
  • Alyssa DiSalvatore – Aesthetics Account Manager, Galderma
  • Karen Linder, Chair – Charitable Giving Coordinator, Performance Toyota
  • John M. Herman, Esq. – Principal, NAI Keystone Commercial & Industrial, LLC
  • Alicia Luke, Esq. – Counsel, Fox Rothschild, LLP
  • Janice MacKenzie – Director of Sales & Marketing, Keystone Villa at Douglassville
  • Justin Manning, Treasurer – Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking, Mid Penn Bank
  • Bob Massino – Vice President, Cash Management Sales Officer, Tompkins Financial
  • Tracy Marrella, Secretary
  • Karel Minor, President (ex officio) – CEO, Humane Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Kristen Sandel – Tower Health Phoenixville Hospital
  • Heather Sharpe – Director, Office of Commonwealth Libraries
  • Kevin Wolfe – Commercial Real Estate Agent, NAI Keystone