Adrienne Linnell, President and Treasurer
After adopting two cats from SCFAW in 2004, Adrienne became a volunteer and was asked to fill the position of Volunteer Coordinator for the organization. She has been an active participant in many of SCFAW's programs, including staffing and participating in feral cat clinics, adoptathons, and fundraising events.
In 2005 Adrienne became a member of the Steering Committee and in 2006 moved into the position of Director of Marketing & Publicity. She was elected to the Board of Directors as Clerk in the 2007 and became Treasurer in 2008. She was appointed Executive Director in early 2010 and became President later that year.
Adrienne holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and received her MBA from the University of Michigan. She has extensive corporate business experience, having held senior leadership positions in finance, operations, program management, strategic planning, and consulting.
Stephen Beckwith, Director-at-Large
Stephen spent more than 25 years in the semiconductor industry, where he managed worldwide sales, marketing, and engineering teams for various companies, including Intel Corporation, Samsung Semiconductor, Inc., QC Solutions, and NEC. He is founder and owner of Beckwith Strings, of Bolton, MA, a builder of fine acoustic guitars. His contributions as a Board member include tactical and strategic direction and marketing expertise.
As well as serving on the Board of SCFAW, Stephen has served as President of the Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston (2009-10) and on the Governing Board of the First Parish of Bolton (2006-07).
James Bolger, DVM, Director, Veterinary Medical Adviser
A graduate of Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, North Grafton, MA, Dr. Bolger has worked as a veterinarian since 1994. He opened Clinton Veterinary Hospital in 1999 and partners with SCFAW to conduct Quick Fix Clinics and supports our spay/neuter and Scratch’s Patch-Up Program services.
Mary E. Compton, Director-at-Large
Mary became acquainted with SCFAW through her membership in the Massachusetts Animal Coalition, and began volunteering for SCFAW in 2007. She gradually increased her involvement, helping with fundraising events and the Barn Cat Placement Program.
Because of Mary's experience as a Board member and volunteer with the MetroWest Humane Society, she was asked to become a member of the SCFAW Steering Committee in 2008. Shortly thereafter, she was elected to the Board of Directors.
Mary holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME, and received her MBA from Yale University. Her corporate business experience includes consulting, equity analysis, and trust management. Within the animal services industry, she has held management positions in veterinary hospitals and the pet boarding industry. Today Mary owns and operates Apple Valley Farm, a dressage training and boarding stable in Harvard, MA.
Emily McCobb, DVM MS DACV, Clerk of the Board, Director, Veterinary Medical and Animal Welfare Adviser
Dr. McCobb received her DVM degree in 2000 from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. In 2001 she completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital, Springfield, MA. She then obtained a master's degree from the Center for Animals and Public Policy at Tufts, where she focused on issues surrounding racing greyhounds and animal shelter design for stress reduction.
After spending a year in small animal private practice, she returned to the Tufts Cumming School of Veterinary Medicine (TCSVM) for a residency in anesthesiology. She completed her residency and board certification in 2006. She currently works as a staff anesthesiologist at the TCSVM affiliated TuftsVETs hospital in Walpole, MA. She is also a clinical faculty member at TCSVM, teaching at the Center for Animals and directing the Shelter Medicine Program.
Dr. McCobb is a member of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM), the Massachusetts Veterinary Medicind Association (MVMA), and a founding member of the New England Veterinary Regional Pain Group. In addition to serving on the SCFAW Board of Directors, she is a member of the Board of the Massachusetts Animal Coalition and the Advisory Board of the Animal Rescue League's Center for Shelter Dogs.
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Jan Beckwith, President Emeritus and Founder
Armed with a trap and a passion for animals, cats in particular, Jan was inspired to create Second Chance Fund for Animal Welfare in October 2000. She had recently trapped one cat and realized how this simple act could reduce cat overpopulation and the suffering of homeless cats in her community. Jan formally founded SCFAW in July 2001.
During a career in the corporate world as an IT specialist and program manager, Jan earned her MBA in 1990 from Bentley University, Waltham, MA. She also holds a bachelor's degree from Smith College, Northampton, MA, and served as Chair of the Governing Board of the First Parish of Bolton, MA, from 2006-2007.
Jan left her corporate post in 2002 to put her management, team-building, and strategic planning talents to work fulltime for SCFAW, serving as Executive Director. This gave her the chance to focus more fully on the organization's humane mission. In 2010, SCFAW tapped Adrienne Linnell to succeed Jan as Executive Director, and then President. Jan's exclusive role now as President Emeritus is to provide advice to SCFAW's Board of Directors.