Animal rescue

Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League Appoints New CEO


Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League has a new CEO.

The shelter recently announced that Sue Berry, CAWA, is the executive director of the nonprofit animal rescue organization.

“I am so happy to join such an incredible team of dedicated animal lovers,” Ms Berry said in a statement. “Having worked for over 20 years in animal welfare in New Hampshire and California, I look forward to bringing my knowledge and leadership to Palm Beach County. I look forward to working with our staff, volunteers and supporters to build on this incredible organization.

Ms. Berry began her career in ANIMAL WELFARE as a volunteer for the New Hampshire SPCA in 2001. She joined the staff in 2004 as Director of Administration and worked for more than a decade for support animal welfare in New Hampshire and beyond. She led the organization’s disaster response team and served on the board of the New Hampshire Federation of Humane Organizations. Ms. Berry enjoyed working directly with animals of all shapes and sizes, from birds to horses during her tenure.



Most recently, Ms. Berry served as Director of Operations for the Woods Humane Society in San Luis Obispo, California, where she oversaw all aspects of animal care, admissions, adoptions, behavior and training and maintenance of facilities at two locations. While there, she implemented innovative adoption and admissions processes, more than tripling the number of adoptions from the shelter.

She graduated from Daniel Webster College with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Management and Technology. She became a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA) through the Association for Animal Welfare Advancement in 2020. Ms. Berry now lives in Loxahatchee with her husband, four adopted dogs, Mason, Dudley, Jellybean and Tansy, an adopted cat named Gemma and three adopted parrots, Vito, BeeBee and Jingle.

A group of wildlife refuges operates Figueroa



Elizabeth (Liz) Figueroa has been appointed as the South Florida Regional Partnership Specialist for the National Wildlife Refuge Association (NWRA) to introduce a major urban outreach program to reach underserved youth called the South Florida Urban Wildlife Refuge Project. It will be a partnership with the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge west of Boynton Beach.

In 2014, staff at the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

(Refuge) introduced an urban outreach program based on a program similar to an NWRA program in Southern California.

To help expand this program, Ms. Figueroa will build on the success of the pilot program in Southern California and expand capacity in South Florida to engage new audiences, strengthen and grow partnerships, and engage public officials and private donors and sponsors around conservation and wildlife. shelter issues. This program takes place both at the Refuge and in community spaces.

Palm Beach County is an especially key area to begin expansion, given population growth and the high impacts of climate change and sea level rise. Broward and Miami-Dade counties, who are also part of this program, have experienced the same problems.

Ms. Figueroa has a background in education, law and non-profit work and has a particular interest in urban planning and environmental justice. It will engage in environmental advocacy efforts by fostering partnerships with schools, religious groups and other community organizations.

Ms. Figueroa completed a Masters in Coastal Zone Management from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (RSMAS) at the University of Miami in 2021. Her experience also includes Yale University in the Law Ethics & Animals program as as an environmental policy research assistant and as a policy intern at Miami Waterkeeper in Miami. She is originally from Washington, DC and, as the daughter of two career diplomats in the United States Department of State, spent her childhood abroad in Russia, Belgium and Spain.

Snow Scholarship Appoints Career Development Officer

The George Snow Scholarship Fund has hired Lisa Rossi as Director of Career Development. She will be responsible for a new program that provides career guidance and mentorship to GSSF Fellows with the goal of securing internships and employment opportunities in Palm Beach County.

As Director of Career Development, Ms. Rossi’s role is to develop and implement a comprehensive career planning program for Snow Scholars. Its program will provide a roadmap for students to excel in skills for their college and career goals, with the hope of landing them an internship and employment upon graduation. Rossi will network and partner directly with top employers in Palm Beach County, to bring their expertise and knowledge to scholars, in a variety of industries.

Prior to joining GSSF, Ms. Rossi served as a senior executive at Zimmerman Advertising, where she worked for over 15 years. ¦