500 Legacy Farms North, Hopkinton MA 01748 508-435-6938

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is a 16-person volunteer organization chartered with advancing the mission of Baypath. The Board is responsible for budget planning, financial management and capital goals (including new equipment, building improvements). Each board member is also deeply involved in fundraising as only a portion of the monies needed to run the shelter is covered by adoption fees. As a team, the Board provides professional expertise, community perspective, time and organizational credibility to the administration and management of affairs at the shelter.Board members are also seated to various specialized committees, which focus on a specific area or initiative, such as grant writing, marketing and community outreach.
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Susan Rossnick, President

Back in 2011, as a longtime resident of Hopkinton, Susan was looking for a local organization to join, become involved with and contribute to. She wanted to give back to community - bringing together her 30+ years of corporate experience and her passion for animals. Susan started as a volunteer at Baypath – walking dogs on Sunday mornings. Like many of the Board members, she looked for ways  “do even more” and joined the Baypath Board in 2011. She became President of the Board in 2013.

Susan has a professional background in engineering, marketing, and general management and leads a global engineering group for a Massachusetts-based software company. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Rutgers University.

Susan has one cat named Waffles. Waffles is a domestic long hair cat found on the streets of Lynn in 2007. She has a ton of personality - particularly when greeting visitors at the front door. Nothing makes Waffles happier than hearing Susan pick up her favorite laser light and preparing for the chase. Susan is honored to serve on the Baypath board, and leverage her corporate experience in support of the shelter.

Sarah Cleveland, LICSW, Vice President

Sarah is a Social Worker for the Town of Westwood Youth & Family Service Department. Sarah is a graduate of Merrimack College, where she received a Bachelor of Arts, and Simmons College, where she earned a MSW. Sarah has been on the Board of Directors since August 2013. Sarah is an active member on the Board's Outreach Committee and 5K Planning Committee. Sarah enjoys time with family, friends, and especially being with her rescue dog, Noelle.

Heather Holt, CPA, Treasurer

Heather joined the Board of Directors in August 2016, shortly after adopting a kitten from Baypath. Heather attended Bryant University where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Masters in Professional Accountancy. She is a licensed CPA in Massachusetts that started her career as an auditor at a Big Four accounting firm in Boston and now works as an Assistant Controller for a public REIT. 

Currently, Heather and her husband live in Franklin with their three fur babies Boone, Ava and Dany.

Alissa Gedman, Secretary

Alissa’s passion for dogs & cats lead her to volunteer at Baypath as a dog walker in November 2015.  Having her own dogs and cat didn’t stop Alissa from also adopting a bonded pair of dogs and fostering a dog in need from Baypath.  Wanting to make an even bigger impact, Alissa joined the Board of Directors in June 2016 to provide support and bring experience to Donor Development.  Her academic background includes attending Boston Latin School, a BA from Holy Cross and an MS from Boston College.  Professionally, Alissa has worked in Enterprise Sales for over 15yrs.  She resides in Hopkinton with her husband, Mark, and her two children, Morgan & Dylan, where they enjoy waterfront living on Lake Maspenock.

Amy Karls, DVM

Amy recently joined the Board of Directors in January 2016, about a year after Baypath helped place an FIV+ senior cat that she fostered. A veterinarian for over 15 years, she was looking for a way to become more engaged in shelter medicine through involvement with a well established companion animal shelter in central MA.

Amy is a graduate of Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. She is currently employed as a professional consulting veterinarian for Hill’s Pet Nutrition, and is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, the American Animal Hospital Association, the Association of Shelter Veterinarians, and the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association. She has been a volunteer surgeon for the past eight years with the community cat/feral cat clinics hosted by Tufts and MRFRS, and has been a foster mom to a number of rescue cats with challenging medical issues. Amy is also a member of our Outreach Committee and enjoys educating pet owners on ways to keep their furry family members healthy, happy, and fit.

In August 2015, Amy began work on her Master of Science degree in Shelter Medicine through the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. She plans to complete this degree in 2018.

Cheering her along through all this are her husband Michael and her four cats Isis, Calaf, Maya, and Cider. Although her life always seems to involve cats in one way or another, she also enjoys going to concerts, reading (especially science fiction and fantasy), hiking, and visiting her friends and family in CT.

Elizabeth Jefferis, Executive Director

Liz first got involved with Baypath in 2010 as a volunteer and foster parent. Later, Liz joined the staff and eventually became the Executive Director of the shelter. Liz attended Smith College, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, but left the finance industry to pursue her lifelong passion of helping animals. Liz is the proud parent of four dogs, two cats and an African grey parrot.

Kathleen Maroney

Kate is a long-time contributing friend to Baypath.  In 2016, combining her love of animals and a wish to be more involved in her community, she became a Baypath event and committee volunteer.  In 2017 she welcomed the opportunity of joining Baypath’s Board where she continues to advance her commitment to humane animal treatment, shelter, care, and placement.  

Kate received her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, launching a career in banking focused on business and not-for-profit clients with borrowing and other financial service needs.  Kate resides in Hopkinton with her family, which includes two very smart, and much-adored, dogs who rule the roost.  


Kelly Lockwood Primus

Kelly joined the Board of Directors in April 2016. Passionate about animal welfare, Kelly has adopted many dogs and cats over her lifetime, and has been a supporter of Baypath and other animal welfare societies. Currently, she and her husband have two cats they rescued while living in Texas.

With over 25 years of experience in creative marketing, communications, business and brand development, Kelly will put her skills to use with the donor development and event committees.

Kelly is the SVP, Strategic Client Solutions for Leading Women, a management consulting company focused on closing the leadership gender gap for Fortune 500 companies. Kelly and her husband, former NBA player Stuart Primus, live in Holliston.

Kristin Fitzpatrick, PHR, SHRM-CP

Kristin joined the Board of Directors in February 2016. Kristin’s love of cats and animals in general sparked her interest in Baypath and the opportunity to be a member of a team dedicated to improving the lives of animals. Kristin serves as the HR Specialist on the Board and is a member of the Finance & HR Committee.

Kristin has a professional background in management and human resources. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Bryant University and a Master’s degree in Human Resources from Framingham State University.

Kristin and her husband David live in Wrentham and have two sweet and spoiled Ragdolls, Sidlee and Bentlee, who rule the house.

Lauren Drago

Looking for an opportunity to combine her love of animals and the chance to give back to her community, Lauren joined the Baypath Board of Directors in August of 2017. Lauren has over 10 years of extensive fundraising and development experience with the YMCA of Greater Hartford & Greater Boston.  She is currently serving as the Chair of the Baypath Events Committee where she is eager to work towards advancing Baypath’s mission. 

Lauren attended Emmanuel College in Boston where she studied English Communications.  It was there that she met her husband, Pete.  Pete and Lauren live in Marlborough and have two Baypath alums in their life; Murphy, an 8-year-old bloodhound/coonhound mix who is Pete’s family dog and Pappy, a sweet 9-year-old pup from Louisiana that they recently adopted.  Professionally, Lauren works as a Customer Success Manager at SmashFly Technologies.  She is passionate about helping enterprise organizations manage and measure their talent acquisition strategy by helping them to attract and hire the best people.

Patty King

Patty joined the Board of Directors in 2015 following her passion for animal welfare her desire to give back in her community. Patty has a professional background in Accounting and Finance and served as Treasurer on several not for profit organizations. She is a member of the Board’s Finance Committee.

Patty attended Bentley University where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and furthered her studies at Babson College where she obtained a Master’s degree in Business Administration. She is a licensed CPA in Massachusetts.

Patty enjoys spending time with her cat Otie, a 12 year old orange tiger cat that she has had since he was a kitten.  

Sandra Gittlen

Sandra recently joined the Board of Directors in January 2015. She has been involved with Baypath as a volunteer since 2010, and helps with adoptions, tech support, and social media campaigns. Sandra is a multi-time adopter (including her dogs, Lily and Nellie and cats, Fenway and Kai) and multi-time foster parent. Sandra's passion for Baypath is such that she runs the Boston Marathon annually for the shelter, raising more than $20,000 throughout the last few years.

Professionally, Sandra is a journalist covering technology, healthcare, business and lifestyle. She is a contributing writer to Computerworld as well as other large-scale publications.