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

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is a 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,
please consider applying to

Join the Board of Directors.


Susan Rossnick, President

Susan joined the board in 2011 and became president in 2013. She has a background in engineering, marketing and general management and is vice president of a Massachusetts-based high-tech company where she has been recognized for her outstanding leadership and strategic thinking. Susan has applied the same skills in her guidance of Baypath – helping to establish best practices and our vision for our future. Under Susan’s leadership, the Board has created a strong framework for...

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Kristin Fitzpatrick, PHR, SHRM-CP, Vice President

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 Executive, G & A and Nominating Committee’s, as well as Vice President of the Board.

Kristin has a professional background in management and human resources. She holds a...

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Courtney McFarland, CPA, Treasurer

Courtney was elated to join the Board of Directors in the spring of 2019 and took on the role as Treasurer in early 2020.  As a lifelong resident of Hopkinton, she has seen how Baypath has changed the community, and how the community has grown to support the organization.  Courtney has adopted multiple cats from Baypath over the years, all of whom have brought great joy to her and her family.
Courtney received her Masters Degree in Accountancy from Bentley...

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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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Alyson Cox

Alyson’s lifelong love of animals drew her to join the board at Baypath. The organization’s mission is something she feels passionate about. With over 17 years of experience in communications and marketing, and professional experience in the non-profit sector, Alyson has found a way to connect her passion with her work. Alyson is also serving on Baypath’s Development Committee. Alyson currently runs her own marketing consulting firm, ALC...

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Amy Schrepfer-Tarter

Amy originally became involved with Baypath Humane Society at the suggestion of a veterinarian-friend because she wanted to honor the memory of a beloved cat. She joined the Board in 2019. Amy has a lifelong love of animals, started by Kitty, her very first cat. Amy teaches Latin at a local high school and earned her MA in 2007 from University of Arizona in Classical Philology and a PhD in Educational Policy and Leadership in 2013 at Ohio State University. She is excited to help plan...

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Andrew Bonetti, CFP ®

Andrew joined the Board of Directors in the spring of 2019 after looking for a way to get more involved with the organization.  As a boy, Andrew and his family adopted multiple dogs from Baypath and currently his wife serves as a volunteer with the cats and doing animal transports.

Andrew achieved his Masters Degree in Business Administration from Northeastern University and is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP ®). ...

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Bridget Allen-Laehn, CPA

Bridget joined the Board in September 2020 after looking for an opportunity to become involved in the community and have significant impact in an organization with a meaningful mission.  Animals have always been a passion and Bridget has adopted many dogs and cats throughout the years, always keeping her home quite busy. She resides in Upton MA with her husband Dan, 3 dogs (Milo, Maddie, and Harley) and 2 cats (Alvin and Allie).

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Elizabeth Jefferis, Executive Director

Liz 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, Baypath...

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Jennifer Matthew, PHR, SHRM-CP

Jenn joined the Board in June 2020 after being extremely impressed by Baypath’s Signature Events and their role in the community.  Having fostered a few dogs, she was seeking a way to further positively impact the lives of animals.  She is a member of the Events, G&A, and Nominating Committees.

Jenn graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Management from Fairfield University and MBA from Assumption College.  She is Lean Six Sigma...

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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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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 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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