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.
If you are interested in participating in the long-term development of Baypath,
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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 to do even more and joined the Baypath Board in 2011. She became President of the Board in...

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Sarah Baroud, 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.

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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...

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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...

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Beth LeFleur

Beth joined the Board of Directors in January 2018 after looking for a way to continue her involvement with animal welfare after volunteering at other shelters. She currently works for Bose Corporation as a Human Resources Business Partner and has been in the HR field for nearly 18 years. She has a BA in Communications from Keene State College and a MS in Human Resources from Suffolk University. 

Beth is an active member...

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Elizabeth Jefferis, Executive Director

Liz Jefferis began her career in the financial industry and ultimately moved on to pursue her lifelong passion of helping animals. She joined Baypath in 2010 as a volunteer and dog foster parent and later joined the staff. In 2014, she was promoted to executive director of the shelter, where she fosters a spirit of innovation in animal care, operational efficiency, and transparency.

Her strategic vision is enabling the shelter to take great strides forward. Under her guidance,...

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Jonathan Miller, Esq.

Jon joined the Board of Directors in May 2018 after looking for a way to get involved in an organization that creates meaningful and substantial positive impact.  Dogs have always been a big part of Jon’s life and he's excited to help further Baypath’s mission and success.  Jon is an attorney licensed to practice law in Massachusetts. Jon holds a JD from Northeastern University School of Law and a BA in history from Tufts University.  During...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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.

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Sharon Shepard

From the time she was a little girl, Sharon has had a soft spot for all animals which has been reflected in her adoption of and caring for over 30 animals... so far. Sharon has been a supporter of not only Baypath over the years but other shelters, rescues, institutions, and animal-related causes. She is committed to continuing to strengthen, and be a trustee of the community while also advancing the mission of Baypath to...

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