Danika Oriol-Morway

Danika Oriol-Morway

Country Director

Education: Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, MS in Animals and Public Policy; Vassar College, BA in Psychology. 


Main Function: Guide and grow the strategic vision and operations of FOUR PAWS USA


Fun facts:  Was an All American Rugby player at Vassar College.  While I have long since retired from the bruises of rugby, I now spend my free time volunteering for a parrot sanctuary and travel annually to Guyana to help protect the last surviving Sun Parakeets in the wild.  I have 2 very large rescue dogs at home who do not appreciate our doorbell, and we live in a tiny house overflowing with exotic plants.

Melanie Lary

Research and Campaigns Officer

Education: Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, M.S. in Animals and Public Policy; Skidmore College, B.A. in Biology 


Main Function: In charge of research, programs, and campaigns for FOUR PAWS USA; work on international campaigns, providing the U.S. perspective and national information, while further engaging in U.S. topics and issues relating to our FOUR PAWS mission and overall work. I also oversee all import requirements to ensure animals rescued from the dog and cat meat trade in Southeast Asia can safely enter the U.S. to find new homes.


Fun Facts: Originally from TX and live in MA with my fiancé Matt and rescued cat Sophie; grew up with lots of animals like Arabian and miniature horses, chickens, fish, cats, and dogs; love to hike, bird watch, travel, and relax at home with my loved ones.

Claire LaFrance

Communications Director / Head of Communications

Education: Wheaton College, MA. Studied Political Science.


Main Function: Manage media relations and develop relationships with media members, influencers, and community leaders. Lead all digital communications through multiple channels including website and social.


Fun Facts: Writer, mom, traveler and reader. In downtime, volunteers as a certified Therapy Dog team with dog Ruffy visiting nursing homes, hospice facilities, hospitals and schools bringing some puppy love to those who need it the most!

Ren Bettencourt

Content Creation Coordinator

Education: Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, M.S. in Animals and Public Policy; Simmons College, M.A. in Teaching; University of New Hampshire, B.A. in English; University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts


Main Function: To create content for our social media channels and website and to manage digital communications for the US office.


Fun Facts: Has published research on public attitudes towards seals and have created several stop motion animated videos about the history and importance of seals in the oceanic ecosystem. While the ocean and marine life are close to their heart, it was Ren’s rescued dog, Tamer who originally sparked a deeper interest in the animal welfare movement. They currently live with their second rescued dog, Ruthie, who also travels with them into the FOUR PAWS office in Boston. 

Keira Haley

Director of Development / Head of Fundraising

Education: University of New Haven, M.B.A.; Gettysburg College, B.A. in Sociology and Women’s Studies


Main Function: Provide strategic leadership for the FOUR PAWS philanthropy program  (i.e. do everything in my power to support all aspects of our rescue missions, sanctuary operations, and investigative work across the globe through philanthropic engagement with our extraordinary and generous supporters).


Fun Facts: Avid movie watcher. Coffee enthusiast. Enjoys floral arranging, gardening, and hikes with family. Mommy to Grant and Ro who run their own animal rescue operation from our playroom -  complete with stuffed animals and ‘Magna Tiles’ transport trucks. Shares an office with a 10 pound mini-schnauzer, Sniddy, who calls the shots.

Jen Wessel

Manager of the Founder’s Society

Education: University of Dayton, B.A. in English


Main Function: Engaging Founder Society members in our mission


Fun Facts: Has a rescued dog named Fletcher who is learning to “sing” along with Jen and her husband to various songs, such as Happy Birthday and Who Let the Dogs Out. Lives in Columbus Ohio and loves to ski, hike, camp, and road trip.

Carly Rome

Annual Giving Manager

Education: Baruch College, Master of Public Administration (MPA) in Nonprofit Management; SUNY New Paltz, B.A. in Sociology and Communications


Main Function: Manage our monthly giving and direct mail programs, support fundraising strategy and donor relations


Fun Facts: Loves hiking, bike riding, traveling, writing, and music. Adores her rescue dog, a pitbull mix named Lavender who joins her on outdoor adventures. Animal rescue advocate and volunteer from a young age, focused her master’s capstone on companion animal welfare and issues associated with puppy mills in the US.

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Kerri Burrows

Senior Annual Giving Coordinator

Education: Regis University, Master’s of Nonprofit Management; Bachelor’s of Journalism, University of Missouri


Main Function: Plan, develop and implement a strategic plan of action for the Four Paws Annual Giving Program.


Fun Facts: Loves all things with water, sunshine and warm weather. Born and raised in the Midwest but has lived all over the world, always hopeful for a permanent location close to the ocean! Working primarily in animal shelters, she’s been touched by many animals in her life, but she is currently at the beck and call of Sunny, a sassy orange domestic cat and Frida, the most loyal mutt on the planet.

Madison Kiley

Digital Communications Officer

Education: Georgia State University, B.A. in Film/Video, Minor in Psychology


Main Function: Manage US Social Media Channels 


Fun Fact: Grew up on a farm where her mother ran a non-profit dog rescue and has had a soft spot for animals & animal rescue ever since! Now lives with 4 rescues (2 dogs, 2 cats) who are all equally spoiled rotten. 

Kelley Reed

Development Assistant

Education: B.A. in Communication from Central Connecticut State University, and a M.S. in Nonprofit Management from Northeastern University


Main function: Responsible for gift and data entry into FOUR PAWS’ CRM.


Fun Facts: Loves coffee, dancing, historical fiction novels and her rescue kitty and pittie.

Siobhan Hansen

Database Manager

Education: Studied Forestry at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale IL and Journalism at Northwestern University, Evanston IL.


Main Function: In charge of managing our database and supporting fundraising operations.


Fun Fact: Has been working in non-profits for over 3 decades, starting out knocking on doors and raising money for Greenpeace in the 80’s, traveling the world even living in Iceland for a few years to monitor the whale hunt. Can speak Icelandic and have met 3 former presidents.

Carolyn Cresci

Digital Fundraising Officer

Education: The New School, MA International Affairs; Long Island University, BA Sociology.


Main Function: Digital fundraising through email marketing and other digital engagement streams


Fun Facts: Prior to joining FOUR PAWS, worked at a number of organizations throughout Tanzania, Uganda, and Peru. Avid traveler. Currently hosts dozens of foster kittens per year and very involved in TNR programs for community cats in northern NJ.

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