The Humane Society of Washington County exists to promote the welfare of companion and domestic animals through educational programs and initiatives that reduce pet overpopulation, endorse fostering, enrich adoptions, and encourage responsible pet guardianship.
The Humane Society of Washington County’s vision is to be the area’s leading resource for animal related issues. Through strong community partnerships, we enhance and protect the lives of all animals by advocating responsible, compassionate relationships between people and animals while providing shelter, humane education, spay/neuter programs and adoptions (2006).
The Humane Society of Washington County was established in November 1921 by Ms. Daisy Derby Whipple. She operated in a one-room building on South Boulevard (now Wilson Boulevard) and began with twelve animals in her care. In April 1938, the HSWC moved to its current location on Maugansville Road. The organization grew and moved into a 13,200 square foot building in December 2001, and in 2015, the HSWC expanded its facility to include a 6,800 square foot Adoption Center and Spay/Neuter Clinic. What started in a one-room building in 1921 has grown into a progressive animal welfare organization that offers a plethora of services to the community.
Kimberley Intino, M.S., CAWA, President/CEO
Ms. Intino has been an animal welfare professional for 25 years and is currently President/CEO at the Humane Society of Washington County.
Kim most recently served as Deputy Director of Development at Action on Smoking & Health in Washington, DC. Prior to that, she worked eight years at The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) as Manager of the Animal Services Consultation program and then as Director of Shelter Services.
Kim’s overall experience includes shelter management and operations, fundraising, legislation, animal care and veterinary assistance, and animal cruelty and disaster response.
Throughout her career, Kim has worked in animal shelters as an animal care supervisor, development officer, and executive director. Additionally, she has worked in zoos as a zookeeper, area manager, and director of public relations, marketing and development. She has served as adjunct faculty at the university level, developing and teaching courses on humane education and wildlife in shelters, and has also been a freelance animal welfare consultant and guest speaker for several school, service, and professional groups.
Kim is a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator, holds a Master of Science degree in Human Resources Management, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychobiology and English, and a certificate in Non-Profit Management from George Mason University and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
Kim was honored in 2001 by New York State’s Mohawk Valley Chamber of Commerce for her leadership and professional contributions to the community and she received The HSUS Circle of Excellence Team award in 2003. Most recently, Kim was selected as a 2016 winner of SmartCEO’s Brava Award for Non-Profit Leaders.
Ellen Taylor, CPDT-KA, CDEP, CAWA, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Ellen Taylor is the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Humane Society of Washington County located in Hagerstown, MD. Her extensive animal welfare career has taken her from coast to coast and many points in between for 20 years.
Ellen’s no-nonsense, upbeat approach has served her well in her previous jobs including Executive Director at the Winchester Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Chesapeake Humane Society both in Virginia, Director of Animal Welfare and Education at American Humane Association headquartered in Washington, D.C., and Director of Community Initiatives for the New York based American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Ms. Taylor's additional roles include helping re-establish animal sheltering programs on the Gulf coast following Hurricane Katrina working as Director of Animal Services at the Humane Society of South Mississippi, Director of Operations at the Cleveland Animal Protective League, and Director of Operations and Interim Executive Director at the Larimer Humane Society in Fort Collins, Colo. According to Ms. Taylor, her favorite job was that of volunteer at the Marin Humane Society in Novato, CA.
Ms. Taylor is a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA), has worked as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and is a Certified Dialogue Education™ Practitioner (CDEP). She served on the board of directors for the Certification Council of Pet Dog Trainers and is a recipient of the Premier Shelter Staff Award. She attended Northern Virginia Community College and the American Institute of Banking and is currently pursuing certification as a Humane Education Specialist.
Kimberly Jones, Director of Volunteers and Animal Initiatives
Kimberly Jones has been an animal rescuer her entire life. From wounded birds to stray cats, life growing up in Southern California was always interesting! However, other than a brief stint at a veterinary hospital, Kim has only been working in animal welfare for six years.
She started with the Humane Society of Washington County in March of 2011 as an administrative assistant. Kim’s tenaciousness paid off as she quickly worked her way up the ranks to become the Volunteer Coordinator, though the shelter only had about 60 volunteers at the time. After attending Animal Care Expo in New Orleans, Kim organized and strengthened the volunteer program which now averages 320 volunteers at any given time, doing everything from dog walking to animal enrichment and anything in between.
With a passion for dog training, behavior and canine communication, Kim began to learn more about training through a volunteer and Certified Dog Trainer. She is currently working toward a dog training certification. She has worked with shelter dogs in desperate need of behavior modification and the training has resulted in adoptions for these once unadoptable dogs.
Kim has advocated for years on the release of captive orcas in an unofficial capacity and in 2016, she was chosen to represent the HSWC in Annapolis for Lobby Day regarding animal rights.
Her willingness to assist wherever she is needed and her passion for animal advocacy and adoption earned Kim the title of Director of Volunteers and Animal Initiatives.
Sonia Nicholson, Director of Animal Admissions and Foster Care
Sonia Nicholson, affectionately known by staff as Momma, began her career at HSWC as a volunteer with her daughter in 2011. Sonia loved helping at the shelter so much that she applied for a job with Customer Service and was hired as a perfect fit.
While serving as a Customer Service Representative, Sonia helped launch a weekend offsite adoption event at PetSmart that’s been running successfully for over 4 years.
In 2013, the HSWC recognized the need for better housing options for kittens and animals that require more time in care before being adopted. Sonia was asked to develop a Foster Care program in her new role as Foster Care Coordinator. With her guidance and insight, the Foster Care program now houses an average of 400 animals per month which more than doubles the shelter’s humane hold capacity.
To better connect foster animals with permanent homes, Sonia and her foster families collaborated to create the Traveling Fosters in 2015. The Traveling Fosters host their own adoption events so that animals in their care don’t have to return to the shelter. Now a nationally recognized initiative, the Traveling Fosters have been featured by the ASPCA® and awarded several grants to help further the program.
Sonia, along with Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Ellen Taylor, created a webinar for the ASPCA® Adoption Ambassador program to help other shelters start their own foster/adoption program.
In 2016, Sonia received a scholarship from the ASPCA® to attend the HSUS® Expo in Las Vegas.
Sonia continues to excel in the field of animal welfare. She now directs Animal Admissions, Foster Care, and shares co-oversight of the Animal Care Department.
Kathleen Cornell, Director of Operations
Kat Cornell has been in the animal welfare profession for over 8 years and is currently the Director of Operations at the Humane Society of Washington County.
Kat is a graduate of Wells College in upstate New York and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biological and Chemical Sciences with a minor in Japanese. She volunteered at her local animal shelter as a youth in a church group long before she was eligible to work and always knew one day she would aim for a career that would help animals in need. She started her career with animals supervising at a veterinary hospital and moved to the animal welfare profession in 2009 when she accepted a job as an Animal Care Technician. She soon began moving up the ranks and took over managing the newly developed Foster Program at Fairfax County Animal Shelter in 2011 as the first full time employee in that position.
Kat received the Volunteer Fairfax award for Best Volunteer Program in recognition of the Foster Program and was nominated for the Council of Governments Animal Care Award in 2012. She also received regional recognition for training volunteers and staff on the unique care of neonatal kittens, socializing feral kittens, and how to foster special needs animals such as cats with cerebellar hypoplasia and deaf dogs. Her work expanded to include closely working with over 80 rescue groups in Northern Virginia and helped increase Fairfax County Animal Shelter’s live release rate from 2011 to 2013.
Kat began employment at the Humane Society of Washington County in 2014 and has been working to help improve both employee development and shelter standards of care. She is currently working to become a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA) and hopes to one day become a guest speaker at the annual HSUS Expo.
Dr. Toni Price, DVM, Veterinary Medical Director
Dr. Toni Price, DVM has worked in both private practice and animal rescue for more than 30 years. Her career began at the ASPCA in New York, but her love for shelter medicine began during a work-study program in high school at the Marin Humane Society in California. Since then, Dr. Price has worked with numerous humane groups. She has a BS in animal science and earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Tuskegee Veterinary School.
Her accomplishments include operating a mobile spay/neuter program sponsored by the Baltimore SPCA, serving on the board of the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, leading as the Veterinary Medical Director in private practice, and practicing surgery exclusively for 20 years.
In her spare time, Dr. Price has a passion for animal rescue work. She enjoys obedience training with her South African Boerboels, sewing, and dancing. She currently resides in the city of Baltimore, just minutes from the Inner Harbor.
Teressa Preston, Administrative Manager
Teressa Preston has been in the administrative management field for 19 years and began working in animal welfare when she joined the HSWC in 2008. She is currently the Administrative Manager, merging both her experience with administrative management and her passion for animal welfare.
Using her knowledge of Human Resources, Teressa maintains a firm but fair and compassionate approach to handling situations involving the shelter’s employees. Her experience has enabled the HSWC to review and revise its company policies to be up-to-date and equitable to both the agency and personnel. Her fantastic negotiation skills with vendors have helped to save thousands of dollars in operational costs. In turn, this has aided the HSWC in allocating more funds toward programs specifically geared to improving the lives of animals in its care. Finally, Teressa possesses both an aptitude for and interest in financial accounting and serves as an invaluable assistant to our staff CPA. Her diligence supports the HSWC’s goals of financial responsibility with regard to Board of Directors’ policies, government regulations, and stewardship of donor funds.
A long standing contributor to her community, Teressa is a certified EMT with the Volunteer Fire Department and serves on the committee that interviews applicants who would like to become volunteers. She is also an active member of her church. Teressa currently resides in Williamsport with her husband, daughter, and family pets.
Jeffrey Yingling, CPA
Jeff Yingling works as a Controller for the HSWC after developing a strong background in the accounting industry. He earned a degree from the University Of Maryland School Of Business and began his career with Price Waterhouse & Co. in Washington, D.C. where he became a Certified Public Accountant. Jeff was also employed by The Marriot Corp before returning to Hagerstown after he and his wife welcomed their first child.
After returning to Hagerstown, Jeff worked in public accounting and also served as the Accounting Manager for the City of Hagerstown. He started his own accounting firm in 1982. After more than two decades, he sold his firm in 2007 and began working as a contract controller. Jeff began employment with the Humane Society of Washington County in June of 2013.
When not working, Jeff enjoys playing golf and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He is also an avid Terp fan. Jeff resides in Hagerstown with his wife, Jamie and their two cats, Guinness and LaRue.