Inside Scoop

For Employees and Volunteers of the Pennsylvania SPCA

June 2013

Welcome to the newly redesigned Inside Scoop, our newsletter for staff and volunteers of the Pennsylvania SPCA. If you have news items you’d like to share, please send them to Wendy Marano, Communications Manager, at or by calling ext. 249.

Advocacy in Action Awards

At the April 25 Town Hall meeting, in additional to rolling out our new branding, CEO Jerry Buckley also introduced the Advocacy in Action Awards. These awards highlight excellent work and effort of individual staff members, volunteers or supporters who demonstrate through their actions and accomplishments what it means to be an Advocate for Animals. In April, the first Advocacy in Action awards were presented to Dr. JoEllen Bruinooge, Shelter Hospital; Carlos Sanchez, Client Services; and Joanne Spina, Shelter. In May, we honored Kim Jones, Finance; Greg Jordan, Humane Law Enforcement; and Kelsey Beam, Lifesaving.
At the Volunteer Recognition luncheon on May 4, Advocacy in Action Awards were presented to Frank Yhost, Pat Frederick and Debra Schwendeman.Congratulations to all of these outstanding employees and volunteers!If you would like to nominate a co-worker or volunteer for an Advocacy in Action award, you can do so in a number of ways: talk to your manager or supervisor or contact Wanda Reese at in HR or Emma Biederman at in Administration. Please provide detailed information about how the nominee went above and beyond to be an advocate.

Everyone Loves A Parade!

The Pennsylvania SPCA has been invited to participate in the Welcome America Independence Day Parade on July 4th in Center City. Our group will be carrying a large American Flag near the beginning of the parade. We’ll also have the opportunity to bring dogs to participate in the rear section of the parade. Volunteer Coordinator Lara Estomin is coordinating our efforts. If you’d like to participate, please contact Lara at or at ext. 248.

Get to Know...Your Co-Workers!

Ray Rivera - Day Kennel Supervisor

Ray started working at the Pennsylvania SPCA as a Kennel Attendant back in 2010, left the organization for a while and returned to the same position in August 2011. Ray was recently promoted to Day Supervisor in the Kennel. Before working at the PSPCA, Ray worked in catering and in the Maintenance and Engineering department at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.Ray is the youngest of four siblings (two older sisters, one older brother) and he has a nine month old son named Ray, Jr. When he is not working, Ray likes to spend a lot of time with his son. His other favorite pastime is working on his beloved 1999 35th Anniversary Mustang. Ray is also a pretty good cook and has a great sense of humor.

Anthony Kelly - kennel attendant

Anthony started at the Pennsylvania SPCA in December 2007 as a Kennel Attendant. Before working at the PSPCA, Anthony worked as an electrician.Anthony used to be an amateur feather- weight boxer from 1998 through 2004. Anthony’s record was 22 wins and 4 losses. He now keeps in shape by just training.Anthony has a two year old son, Kavyohn, who keep him busy. When he’s not working Anthony like to play Spades, roller skate, shoots pool, play basketball and cook (Italian dishes are his favorites).

DARLENE SOSA - Humane Law Officer

Darlene started working at the PSPCA as a Kennel Attendant back in 2000. From the kennels she became a driver. Darlene then worked at Animal Control as Assistant Chief of Animal Control. Darlene returned to the PSPCA in 2007 as a Humane Law Officer.Darlene is married with 4 boys ages 8-20. When Darlene isn’t working she takes care of her mom and she and her boys like sports activities, especially baseball and football. She also loves to go camping in the Poconos. Darlene likes to play bingo with her girlfriends and sometimes she lets her husband tag along.Darlene has two dogs and three cats as part of her family.


Donna has worked at the Danville shelter for about six years. Before working at the PSPCA, Donna drove a tractor trailer hauling live trees. Previously she was a farmer. Donna Loves horses and spends her time off working with them. She grew up on a farm with horses, which is where her love for them began.Donna was an active baker and cook. She loves driving and transporting horses.Donna Loves John Wayne movies and has a life-size statue of him in her house!

Evelyn Jimenez - Finance

Evelyn started as a temporary Accounts Payable Clerk in the Finance department in June of 2011. She became permanent in November 2011. Evelyn has worked in the accounting field for 10 plus years. She has five boys (one set of twins). Evelyn and her boys enjoy hanging out at the movies and bowling but most of all Evelyn is a true Phillies Phanatic! I bet some of you didn’t know that Evelyn is Eva Casanova’s (Client Services) niece!

CONSUILA F. HARRIS (Connie) - Surgery

Meet one of our hidden treasures here at the PSPCA. You won't see her very frequently in the hallways because she is always busy working on a patient in the Surgery Department!Connie has been working at the PSPCA since August of 2000 when she started as a Kennel Attendant. Following that she moved to be an Assistant Shelter Manager, then Clinic Manager,  and now she works in the Surgery Department as a Vet Technician.Connie has two daughters, one son, and one grandson that she enjoys spoiling. Connie likes to spend her free time going to the movies and loves to take long walks. Although Connie doesn’t own any right now, she loves reptiles. Connie also loves to bake and eat cupcakes.

3rd Annual Utley Be Kind to Animals Mural

The Pennsylvania SPCA was once again proud to be invited to the kick-off event of the third “Be Kind to Animals” Mural sponsored by the Utley Foundation and the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. The event was held at Vare Universal Middle School in South Philadelphia on May 30. CEO Jerry Buckley, Director of Humane Law Enforcement George Bengal and HLE Officer Wayne Smith were among the speakers. The Mural will be completed over the summer and unveiled at a press conference in the early Fall. Hats off to Chase and Jennifer Utley for their ongoing work on behalf of animals and the Pennsylvania SPCA.