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

Elle O'Haire

Board Treasurer

Avia Yudalevich

Board Member

Peter Rodriguez

Board Secretary

Nathan Silva

Board Member

Melissa Heilborn

Board Member

Christopher McKenna

Board Member


Patrick Cole

Director of Development and Communications

Kelly Rogers

Operations Manager

Head Volunteers

Pam Dow

Green Thumb Supervisor

Tom Freitas

Handyperson Supervisor

Jesse Dufault


Katie Rose

Technical Operations

Karen Orsi

Educational Tour Guide