Joyce Keyes Joyce is a volunteer member of the Executive Board of Directors serving in the position of President of Standish Humane Society. She has been a foster parent for over 30 years specializing in pregnant feral cats and the socialization of feral kittens. Joyce is a volunteer Adoption Matchmaker, oversees the maintenance of Holmes House, oversees all foster homes within our network, works with families for home-to-home adoption, is a Shift Supervisor, heads up the entire trapping team and also works with families as a Post Adoption Behaviorist. Joyce recently retired from her position as a Medical Operations Director which she held for over 35 years with Johnson and Johnson Orthopedics.
Vice President and Clerk/Executive Board Member
Donna Nikalson Donna is a volunteer member of the Executive Board of Directors currently serving a dual role as Vice President and Clerk. She a long-time Standish adopter recently adopting her seventh Standish cat. Donna initially joined Standish as a morning volunteer in 2018. Knowing she had more to offer the organization, she added Volunteer Coordinator, Shift Supervisor and Spay Waggin’ coordinator to her Standish responsibilities. Additionally, she is part of the fundraising committee. Donna retired in 2018 from the manufacturing/financial services industries. Besides her love of animals, she is an avid boater and golfer.
Treasurer/ Executive Board Member
Kathleen Bergeron Kathy is a volunteer member of the Executive Board of Directors serving in the position of Treasurer since 2008. She has been a volunteer at Standish for over 20 years. Kathy started as a weekly volunteer cleaning cages and shelter floors. As her children grew and left the nest, she took on more responsibilities in the office and now oversees the accounting for Standish Humane Society as well as other financial duties. Kathy is a long-time foster home volunteer and serves on the fundraising committee as well. Kathy is a retired accountant having spent 27 years working at a CPA office.
Lynn Allain Lynn, a volunteer member of the Board of Directors, joined the Board in 2014. She previously served as Vice President of the Executive Board of Directors. Lynn creates the videos of adoptable cats which are posted on Petfinder and other social media, and she is involved in the featured cat and cat sponsorship program. Before she retired and moved to Plymouth in 2012, Lynn lived in New Orleans, LA where she practiced corporate law for many years. Lynn currently has Macavity, a Standish Alumni, who loves his life in his single cat home. Lynn Allain Lynn has been a board member at Standish since 2014, and is currently the vice-president. She makes the cat videos that Standish posts on Petfinder, she is involved in the featured cat and the cat sponsorship programs, and she writes for the Tall Tails Newsletter. Her very favorite thing to do, however, is showing potential adopters our cats and making just the right match. Lynn is a retired transplant from New Orleans, Louisiana. She practiced corporate law for many years. During the last few years of her career, she conducted hearings involving judges who had allegedly violated the state judicial ethics code. She, her husband, and their three elderly cats moved to Plymouth, Massachusetts from New Orleans in January 2012 right after she retired to be near their only child who lived Cambridge. Lynn was introduced to cats by her husband who had grown up with them. She was much more familiar with dogs than cats, but over the next forty years, she had five cats, all of whom lived to a ripe old age, some of them making it to 20 or older. Her last New Orleans cat died in 2018, and she adopted a beautiful black Standish cat she named Macavity..
Christine Fitzgerald Christine, a volunteer member of the Board of Directors, adopted her cat from Standish 10 years ago and began volunteering shortly afterwards. Christine helps with the morning and night shifts, socializing, fundraising, and runs the Standish Petco table. Christine lives in Marshfield with her cat Cody and dog Andy. She is a 3rd grade teacher and enjoys playing golf, going to the beach, hiking and cooking.
Sue Moulton Sue, a volunteer member of the Board of Directors, has been involved in cat rescue since the early 1990’s. She joined Standish Humane Society in 2019. Her volunteer efforts focus on feral cats. Sue has partnered with many homeowners trapping feral and stray cats and kittens. Sue has fostered well over 100 kittens and cats. Her foster room is often the first stop for the spiciest kittens. Sue looks for opportunities to educate people about outdoor cats, the importance of vetting them and resources available to improve the lives of these cats. Sue has lived in Plymouth since 2001 and currently works in the vet med field. She enjoys the beach, reading and spending time with her resident kitties.
Julia Fratalia Julia joined Standish in 1991 as the first and only live-in volunteer. She has been the Shelter Director since 2004. Her primary responsibility is overseeing the health and welfare of the cats and kittens at the Holmes House facility. She oversees shift supervisors to ensure cleaning protocols are in place, medical needs of cats are met, and intake and medical paperwork is completed. Prior to joining Standish, Julia worked at Duxbury Animal Hospital for 15 years. She has fostered 100’s of cats and kittens and has provided life-long homes to several unadoptable cats.
Animal Care/ Shift Supervisor
Melinda Collins Melinda, a long-time Duxbury resident, joined Standish in 2019 as a morning volunteer. As an animal lover, Melinda saw volunteering as a segue into a career working with animals. She was quickly convinced she had found her niche in life, and in 2021 transitioned to Morning Shift Supervisor. Melinda’s responsibilities include overseeing shelter volunteers, making sure proper cleaning protocols are followed, monitoring the health and well-being of the cats, advising the shelter director of any cats needing medical attention and administering medications as needed. Melinda worked in the health care industry before joining Standish to follow her passion of working with animals.