Meet the Team

West Place is made possible by a long list of talented, kind, and generous Board Members, employees and volunteers.
Each individual plays an important role in the day-to-day operations of the sanctuary.

Wendy Taylor began West Place in memory of her beloved animals who perished in a house fire. From that traumatic experience, she gained strength and focus and West Place was born. She left the practice of law after twenty years and has dedicated her life to improving the lives of animals who have been victims of cruelty, abuse or neglect.


Watch her powerful TEDx Talk here

Wendy Taylor

Founder &

Executive Director

Board of Directors

Thomas has worked in various engineering, sales and management roles at APC/Schneider Electric for the past 20 years primarily in electrical and mechanical aspects of the data center business. Currently the Business Development Manager for Modular Data Centers and Design Services he is responsible for strategy development and implementation for Prefabricated Systems for Data Center, Edge Compute and non-IT applications.

Thomas is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a B.S. in Civil / Environmental Engineering, and the current chairman of the board of West Place Animal Sanctuary.

Thomas D. Humphrey

Board Chair

James Crossen

Board Member

Peter Rodriguez

Board Member

Elle O'Haire

Board Member

Pamela Holmes

Board Secretary

Supervisors and Administration

Dawn Ferrari

Animal Care Supervisor

Kelly Rogers

Animal Care Supervisor

Lilian Hanson

Animal Care Supervisor

Pam Dow

Green Thumb Supervisor

Maureen Rondeau


Tom Freitas

Facilities Supervisor

Jesse Dufault


Katie Rose

Technical Operations

Hannah Pacheco

Social Media Manager

Karen Orsi

Educational Tour Guide

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