We are an all-volunteer organization. Everyone here volunteers their time for free to support families in need and their beloved pets. Dog walkers, cat caretakers, and transporters are not listed here to protect their privacy.
OFFICERSDaniela Caride – President of the Board
A journalist with over 20 years of experience, Daniela has been volunteering for Phinney’s Friends since 2007 in several capacities. She runs Taildom, a pet blog with product reviews and stories about her 4 cats and 2 dogs. She has a master’s degree in Environmental Sciences from UFRJ, Brazil, and a master’s degree in Journalism from Harvard University, writing her final project on dogs and the U.S. military. Daniela is also the Communications Committee Chair and Volunteer Committee Co-Chair for Phinney’s Friends. She recruits new volunteers and Board Members and searches for the right opportunities for each volunteer.
Judy Bell – First Vice President & Clerk
After 37 years at Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA, Judy joined Phinney's Friends in October 2014. She is also involved with the Minuteman Senior Services’ Meals On Wheels program and previously assisted them in their Money Management and Protective Services programs. Besides being the First VP and Clerk on the Board of Directors, Judy runs most of the fundraisers for Phinney's. After seeing how traumatic and stressful it was for her Quaker parrot and her Conure to lose their homes, and giving them a loving family, Judy is looking forward to helping owners keep their pets.
Shannon Kircher, D.V.M. – Second Vice President
Dr. Shannon Kircher, who attended Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, has experience as both a general practitioner and an emergency and critical care veterinarian, for small animals and exotic pets (including birds, reptiles, amphibians, and small mammals). Shannon is a certified emergency/disaster responder for SMART (State of MA Animal Response Team) and works occasionally with the ASPCA Field Investigations & Response Team. She lives with her 2 cats (Choo and Dinky), her dog (Phillip), and her leopard gecko (Blu). Shannon is a member of the Fundraising Committee, where she focuses on organizing events and programs to raise funds for the organization.
Jan Johnson, C.P.A. – Treasurer
Jan has started volunteering with Phinney’s Friends in 2013. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) who works as a Tax Director at Fleetmatics in Waltham. In her spare time, she fosters animals, transports shelter dogs to their new loving homes, and rescues homeless cats to find them, good families. She owns a cat and a dog. Jan manages Phinney’s finances, coordinates bookkeeping activities and oversees our budget.
Alyssa joined the Phinney’s family in 2018. A professional candy maker and baker in another life, Alyssa now brings her love of animals and her experience in event coordination, merchandising, and sales to the table in her role in fundraising. Frequently in attendance at various Phinney’s events, Alyssa enjoys spreading the word about our mission, meet loyal contributors, inspire new ones, and pet some pups in the process. Alyssa has two fantastic felines of her own and can frequently be found attempting to convince her partner to add to their furry family.
Laura Howes, C.P.A.
Laura became involved with Phinney’s Friends in January 2014. She is a Certified Public Accountant who works at Casa Systems. Animals are Laura’s passion and besides her dedication to promoting the human-animal bond, she is a strong supporter of no-kill animal shelters and she advocates for spay and neuter organizations. Laura rescued a Persian cat and looks forward to rescuing another one in the near future. Laura is Phinney’s Friends Finance Coordinator, leading our Finance Committee, therefore responsible for the company’s day-to-day financial reporting. Laura also works directly with clients to help care for their animals.
Mara Voukydis, Esq.
Mara has been a board member since 2012. She is an attorney who manages a program with the state public defender agency. Years prior, Mara worked as a social services advocate for people with chronic illnesses, and heard about Phinney’s Friends from grateful clients. She is enthusiastic to support an organization that serves both people and animals. Mara brings a focus on program evaluation and risk reduction to her work with Phinney's. She also founded and coordinates our Pet Boost Program, based on our partnership with AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, which helps people with AIDS and HIV keep their beloved pets by providing them with supplementary pet food and other pet supply needs. Mara's family happily includes two extremely fuzzy and ridiculous rescue kitties, Vinnie and Hazel.
Starr Maxwell, a biology major, lifelong animal lover and skilled caregiver, started volunteering for Phinney's in 1998. She has done direct client care for dozens of pets and people in need, and has fostered Phinney's pets for many years. When Phinney's became an independent nonprofit, Starr became one of the founding directors. She added to her responsibilities client coordination and fundraising, later becoming vice president. She now co-chairs Phinney's Client Committee, serving as an advisor and lending a hand when clients most need us.
Lauren K. Terry
Lauren K. Terry became a volunteer with Phinney's in 2013. She started out as a foster parent and media assistant. Soon after, she took on the role of Foster Manager, and now she's thrilled to work alongside Daniela as the Communications Co-Chair. She brings 15 years of experience in nonprofit management, specializing in developing compelling communications strategies for high-growth organizations. She lives in Watertown with her husband, Eric, and a clowder of feline friends.