Before coming to Cherryland Humane Society, Heidi was the Executive Director for The Humane Society and Animal Rescue of Muskegon County(HSAR). The Michigan Pet Fund Alliance awarded HSAR the 2013 Outstanding Performance Award for most improved limited admission shelter in Michigan while Heidi was at the helm. She has been involved in animal welfare for over 18 years. She has two rescued pit bulls and two cats.
Billie arrived as a stray in 2017. She was skinny, sick, and managed to charm her way into the office, where she is now a permanent member of the staff. Her duties include working with the behavior team to see how other pets respond to cats, and sometimes even helping socialize animals. Billie’s ever positive attitude and love of all creatures make her a natural at what she does. In addition to her work with the behavior team, Billie does PR, provides humane education, visits nursing homes, and “assists” her coworkers with their emails. She especially loves “helping” the accountant and executive director. If you stop in, please thank Billie for all her hard work!
Shelter Administration Manager
Elizabeth has worked as an Animal Care and Adoption Specialist at CHS since 2012. She has a Bachelors degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Management and loves all animals. She currently has one spoiled dog at home who is her baby. She has always had pets in her life and is happy that her job now allows her to help other families find their “fur-ever” pets!
Laurel has been on staff at CHS since 2009. Her job consists of managing donor software program, is responsible for acknowledging donor contributions and handling end of day bookkeeping keeping her busy! Although she dearly loves both cats and dogs, she has a real place in her heart for dogs. She and her husband have one dog who is very spoiled and loved very much.
Medical Coordinator & Adoption Specialist
Kelsey has worked as a kennel technician at CHS since May of 2016 after being a volunteer periodically for a few years. Kelsey manages the medical needs for all animals in our care. She recently graduated with a Bachelors degree in Zoology and plans to work with animals forever. She currently has a hamster, a fish and a Boxer-mix but will certainly be adding more pets in the future.
Shelter Animal Welfare Manager & Animal Behaviorist
Tia graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelors degree in Zoology, Animal Behavior and Neurology. She has been involved with companion animals her entire life and currently spoils her black lab, Isabelle, who she rescued from CHS. Tia adores all the animals that enter the humane society and is passionate in finding them their forever homes. In addition, Tia is heading a program for enrichment, stress reduction and behavioral training for the animals at CHS’s as well as assisting the public with adoption and behavioral counseling.
Volunteer/Outreach Coordinator & Office Manager
Melissa Plamondon has been a volunteer for CHS for 9 months and is well known amongst her friends as the “crazy dog lady.” Along with her husband, they have 4 dogs, 2 cats, with dreams of rescuing and fostering many more. Melissa comes with a background of building businesses, running a branding and photography studio, and coaching entrepreneurs and small business owners to become more profitable and purposeful. She looks forward to connecting and building soulful relationships within the community as she begins her new role.
Fund Development Specialist
Grace has worked at CHS since July 2017 and was previously a volunteer and member of the marketing committee. She adores cats and dogs equally and is thrilled to be working in animal welfare after years working in various other fields. Grace has one cat who she loves very much.
Floor Operations & Animal Welfare Specialist
Rebecca was born and raised in Traverse City. She attended Northwestern Michigan College and joined the CHS team in October of 2016. Rebecca loves working at CHS and says her favorite thing is helping the animals find their “purr”-manent homes!
Customer & Animal Welfare Specialist
Emma has been an animal lover all her life. She rode horses as a girl and even taught her goldfish tricks. She attended Michigan State University to further her passion by getting a degree in Zoology, with an emphasis in zoo and aquarium science. Today, as the newest member of the Cherryland team, she strives to help every animal that walks through the doors find their Furrr-ever home.
Animal Welfare Technician