AWFNJ President

Executive Director at Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center formerly Camden County Animal Shelter


Vicki Rowland obtained her Bachelors of Science from Christopher Newport University Joseph Luter School of Business in Virginia and graduate degree from George Washington University in human resources and leadership development. Rowland has ten years of experience in animal welfare that involves management, marketing and public relations, strategic planning, and fundraising development. Since 2013, Vicki Rowland has held the position of Executive Director of Animal Welfare Society of Camden County. For the last two years as Director, Rowland has operated the shelter efficiently while adhering to budgetary constraints in order to improve the quality of care for its animals and meet capacity limitations, realigned organizational structure to meet current operational needs and organizational growth.

AWFNJ Vice President

Chief of Law Enforcement and President at Monmouth County SPCA


Ross has more than 30 years’ experience in law enforcement and was most recently a Lieutenant in charge of narcotics with the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. Born in Long Branch, Ross grew up in Eatontown and graduated from Red Bank Catholic High School. At the age of 18, Ross began his law enforcement career at Monmouth University as a campus police officer and then as a West Long Branch police officer. After several years of police work, he joined the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office in 1986 as a detective; he then became a sergeant and, finally, a lieutenant in 2004. Ross is a committed animal welfare advocate and lives with his family on a farm in Marlboro dedicated to rescued farm animals.

AWFNJ Treasurer

New Jersey State Director at The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)


Brian is a lifelong resident of New Jersey, who for the last five years has been a campaign professional and political consultant with a variety of clients running for local, county, legislative, and congressional offices. Recently he served as a Councilman in his town before accepting the position of New Jersey State Director with HSUS. Brian graduated magna cum laude with honors, obtaining a B.A. in political science from The College of New Jersey. He interned in the New Jersey Legislature and worked for Mathematica Policy Research, headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey. Currently with HSUS and a large network of community animal advocates, he is working on a variety of animal protection legislation in Trenton, from puppy mill cruelty prevention, to safeguarding wildlife and marine animals, fighting trophy hunting and improving companion animal measures. He is the proud rescue dad of 6 cats.

CEO at Shelter Animals Count


Sara Kent was named Chief Executive Officer of Shelter Animals Count in September 2017. Before joining Shelter Animals Count, she spent 17 years with as one of the adoption site’s first employees. As the Director of Shelter Outreach for Petfinder, Sara and her team managed relationships with 14,000 animal adoption organizations. During her tenure at Petfinder, she led the creation of Petfinder Pro, the professional side of Petfinder, and was a frequent presenter at national and regional animal welfare conferences. Sara is also the founder of FIVER Cats, an online resource dedicated to community cats and FIV+ cats.

President and Executive Director of People For Animals


Jane Guillaume entered animal welfare in 2007 after having been a nurse (in human medicine) for 30 years. As Executive Director of People for Animals, Inc., she has worked to tear down barriers to spay/neuter wherever she finds them. By adding two additional stationary clinics (Robbinsville and Clayton) to the original Hillside clinic, and adding a Mobile Surgical program, Jane has helped PFA increase capacity from 6,000 surgeries annually in 2007 to over 22,000 in 2016. Jane enjoys advocating for animals at the municipal and County levels, especially for humane public policy including feral cat population control programs. 

Manager at Cape May County Animal Shelter & Adoption Center


Judy has been managing the Cape May County Animal Shelter & Adoption Center since March of 2009 following a 25 year career in law enforcement.  Toward the end of her police career Judy was the Volunteer Coordinator for the Shelter while also serving as a patrol sergeant in the Stone Harbor Police Department. Judy is most proud of the fact that under her management the Cape May County Animal Shelter & Adoption Center has maintained over a 90% live release rate consistently for eight years.  Judy also served as a member of Stone Harbor’s Borough Council from 2010 through 2016 and now serves as the Borough’s Mayor. Judy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Scranton.  She is also a New Jersey  certified Animal Control Officer.  Judy shares her home in Stone Harbor with her husband, Doug,  and three fabulous rescue cats – Buster, Buoy and the Sandman.​


Executive Director of the Cumberland County SPCA aka Southern Jersey Regional Animal Shelter

Bev entered animal welfare in 1988 starting out as a humane educator for the Cumberland County SPCA, now known as the South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter. She went on to shelter management as well as overseeing the humane law enforcement department and eventually taking the executive director position in 2006. She attended Westchester University and served in the United States Marine Corps. Bev is a nature lover and dedicated to improving the lives of all furry and feathered creatures.