In the last several months, NEADS has made several staffing updates to our Raiser Team and our Medical Team.
We have added two members to our Raiser Team. Puppy Raiser Instructors Bailey Sullivan and Sam King will be working with both Weekend and Full-Time Raisers in their new roles. Both Bailey and Sam were part of NEADS staff before transitioning to Puppy Raiser Instructors.
Along with instructing our Raisers, Bailey Sullivan will help assist with breeding/whelping duties when needed. Bailey has had a range of experiences in her past, from Assistant Director at a camp to working at a wolf sanctuary, where she was responsible for their enrichment. Since Bailey has been at NEADS, she has assisted with growing the breeding program, implementing BCLs, overseeing the Nursery and ELC, and onboarded sitters and on campus volunteers. Bailey’s new passion is paddle boarding with her dog Wally. Wally doesn’t yet have the same passion for it.
Sam King will instruct our Raisers and will also assist in the Hawkins Canine Center/Early Learning Center/Nursery as an attendant in some capacity. Sam has acquired a great deal of kennel and instructor experience over the past 6 years. She has taught positive reinforcement-based group training classes, agility classes, and obedience and socialization classes for pet owners. Sam has provided excellent care of NEADS dogs in her time as an attendant. When Sam is not competing, hiking, and hanging out with her four dogs, she likes to read and listen to music.
Please welcome our new Medical Team to NEADS. Karen LaPierre and Taylor Rhoads will be working together to oversee all of the Veterinary Coordinator responsibilities for our program dogs.
Karen LaPierre has a B.S in Biology from Worcester State and has been a Certified Vet Tech since 2006. She has in-depth experience in veterinary medicine – primarily in the private practice setting. Karen has always been drawn to the pairing of science and medicine that is involved in being a CVT and finds the component of helping people and animals very rewarding. While Karen has always had a dog in her life, she is currently in a transition in which her home is dog free (but she is greatly missing a canine presence). In her spare time Karen likes to read, plant flowers, and drum up opportunities to learn new things.
Taylor Rhoads has a B.S in Veterinary Science from Becker College and her CVT. Almost every position Taylor has held has had an animal component – she has worked in several kennel settings and veterinary practices ranging from general practice to ER facilities. Taylor has even come across some NEADS dogs in her time in general practice. Taylor currently has a 70 pound lab mix named Luke Skywalker. In her spare time Taylor likes do yoga, Zumba and hike.