BOARD MEMBERS

 

Officers:

Jennie L. Hoyt, Founder/President/Executive Director

Carrie R. Taylor, Secretary

Jason C. Hoyt, Treasurer

VOLUNTEERS

Administrative:

Jennie Hoyt, Executive Director

Carrie Taylor, Secretary

Laura Schlegel, Bookkeeper / Accountant

Jessica Swanson, Scheduling 

Tanja DeZalia Chanowsky, Administrative Assistant / Records & Grants

Trevor Fortenberry, Small Animal Rehome Coordinator

Scott Higgins, Bonding Specialist 

Adoption Events / Adoption Counselors / House Rabbit Educators:

Jessica Swanson, Team Leader / Lead Volunteer

Jennie Hoyt

Jason Hoyt

Carrie Taylor

Laura Schlegel

Meredith Swanson 

Jillian Roach

 

Transport:

Carrie Taylor

Jennie Hoyt

Jason Hoyt

Laura Schlegel

Tanja DeZalia Chanowsky

Store Care Specialists / Rabbit Care:

Carrie Taylor

Jason Hoyt

Jennie Hoyt

Jessica Swanson

Meredith Swanson

Scott Higgins

Vicki Hufham 

Tanja DeZalia Chanowsky

Meredith Swanson

Laura Schlegel

 

Shelter Care Specialists / Rabbit Care:

Jason Hoyt

Jennie Hoyt

Jessica Swanson

Meredith Swanson (Store Care and Bunny Hospice Care)

Scott Higgins

Laura Schlegel

Tanja DeZalia Chanowsky

Trevor Fortenberry

Kendall Powell

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Jennie Hoyt

Founder / President / Executive Director

 

August 2015 - Present

 

Jennie has nearly two decades of cumulative professional experience in Veterinary Medicine, Shelter Medicine, and Animal Rescue work. She has work experience in animal handling and restraint, animal behavior, animal husbandry, vaccinating, Grooming, Veterinary Technician and Veterinary Surgical Technician skills, Rabies, and Public Health.

 

Jennie learned most of the skills that she applies to her rescue from a combination of both her work experiences at the Vet and the animal shelter. Jennie first started fostering and rescuing rabbits from the shelter through another 501c3 nonprofit rescue group called Adopt an Angel. She jumped in by fostering many nursing litters of kittens from the shelter that were later adopted through Adopt an Angel.

 

Jennie has professional experience in Government Administration and working knowledge of Chapter 5 of the New Hanover County Ordinances. She is also well versed and knowledgeable of the North Carolina General Statues relating to animal law. In addition to being knowledgeable in animal law not only on the county level but the state level; she also has extensive knowledge of the rabies virus and exposure protocol.

 

Jennie has always had a passion for animal and animal welfare. When she was a child she was often driving her parents crazy bringing in orphaned and injured animals to help them and released them when they were nursed back to health. Today, she uses her skills to help re-write local animal laws to help strengthen the protections of the animals living in her county. Jennie gives all of her credit to God for giving her the gift to help animals in need.

 

Jennie is also a skilled animal photographer and takes all the public photos posted for the rabbits in the rescue that are on our online adoption sites.

 

Board of Director responsibilities: Active member on the board of directors that is jointly responsible for overseeing activities, voting on any matters brought to the boards attention by any member on the board of directors. The board of directors is accountable to, and might be subordinate to, the organization's full membership, which has the equal vote from all members of the board.  Authorized to delegate non-board member duties. 

 

President responsibilities: Managing and overseeing all activities of the organization in every aspect to ensure that all members of the board are actively working together in their assigned capacities aligned with the board of director’s code of ethics.

 

Administrative responsibility: Authorization to oversee that the assigned secretarial duties are being carried out. Authorized to answer emails on the behalf of the organization and all of our social media accounts. Authorization to have access to our shelter software database. Authorization to maintain (add/delete) adoptable animals on petfinder, adoptapet or other similar accounts that promote adoptions. Authorized to creating and maintain files, forms, and other data. Authorized to maintaining the organizational websites. Authorized to keep and maintain intake records, adoption records, medical records, volunteer records, legal forms, and kennel cards. Authorized to oversee any and all records maintained by the organization. Authorized to market adoptable animals. 

 

Finical responsibility:  Authorized to oversee the Treasurer. Authorized to open/close accounts on behalf of the organization. Authorized to purchase supplies on behalf of the organization. Access to move or transfer money to accounts and/or accounts payable. Authorized to accept payments for adoptions. Authorized to pay bills (accounts payable) and authorized to deposit money at the bank on behalf of the organization. Authorized purchasing rights on behalf of the organization to replenish any supplies needed to continue to provide for our owned animals that are maintained at partner stores; such as purchasing and disturbing food and cleaning supplies for our partner sites (fixtures housing our rabbits at the pet stores) or animals in our shelter.

 

Transport responsibility: Provides transportation support to and from shelters as needed, in addition to emergency veterinary transport or spay and neuter transportation. May also be responsible to refill prescriptions and make and schedule appointments to veterinarians and/or pay for any provided veterinary care or medications provided to animals owned by the organization; authorized by the board of directors. 

 

Educator responsibilities: House Rabbit Educator. Skilled and knowledgeable speaker - capable of presenting educational segments to the public on rabbit care as needed. May appear in media, news, articles; Etc. Active public speaker on domestic rabbit welfare issues.  

 

Adoption responsibilities:  Adoption counselor. working most Saturday adoption events. Skilled adoption counselor teaching the public proper rabbit care. May schedule and meet prospective adopters for pre-arranged adoption appointments. 

 

Other responsibilities; Bunny slave! Maintains and treats and medicates sick rabbits in isolation and assesses behavior and health of animals at time of intake to adoption. Trained veterinary technician. Skilled in nursing newborn orphaned domestic rabbits from birth to weaning age. Skilled in animal photography and responsible for taking and editing all photos of animals adopted by the organization and promoting adoption profiles on public websites. Animal Welfare Activist, house rabbit welfare activist. Public speaker and media public outreach.

 

Contact:  Jennie@nhc-rabbitrescue.com

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Jason Hoyt

Treasurer

 

August 2015 - Present

 

Jason serves on the board as Treasurer. He is a mechanic by trade and skilled bowler even though he refuses to admit it. In his spare time, he enjoys rebuilding classic cars and riding his Harley. He is a country music fan and loves the outdoors.

 

Jason helps this organization tremendously but always down plays his role.

 

Jason has a love for animals and his special pet is a Chihuahua named Foster who was a shelter dog that Jennie brought home from the Shelter that was treated for Parvo and survived.

 

Jason secretly is a rabbit whisperer...  oh no… now his secret is out!

 

Board of Director responsibilities: Active member on the board of directors that is jointly responsible for overseeing activities, voting on any matters brought to the board’s attention by any member on the board of directors. The board of directors is accountable to, and might be subordinate to, the organization's full membership, which has the equal vote from all members of the board.  Authorized to delegate non-board of director duties. 

 

Treasurer responsibilities: Keeping and maintaining all financial records. Authorized to open/close accounts on behalf of the organization. Authorized to purchase supplies on behalf of the organization.  Access to move or transfer money to accounts and/or accounts payable. Authorized to accept payments for adoptions. Authorized to pay bills (accounts payable) and authorized to deposit money at the bank on behalf of the organization.

 

Administrative responsibility: Authorization to answer emails on the behalf of the organization and all our social media accounts. Authorization to have access to our shelter software database. Authorization to maintain (add/delete) adoptable animals on petfinder, adoptapet or other similar accounts that promote adoptions. 
 

Finical responsibility: Authorized purchasing rights on behalf of the organization to replenish any supplies needed to continue to provide for our owned animals that are maintained at partner stores; such as purchasing and disturbing food and cleaning supplies for our partner sites (fixtures housing our rabbits at the pet stores) or animals in our shelter. 
 

Transport responsibility: Provides transportation support to and from shelters as needed, in addition to emergency veterinary transport or spay and neuter transportation. May also be responsible to refill prescriptions and make and schedule appointments to veterinarians and/or pay for any provided Veterinary care or medications provided to animals owned by the organization; authorized by the board of directors. 

 

Educator responsibilities: House Rabbit Educator at adoption events. Skilled and knowledgeable speaker - capable of presenting educational segments to the public on rabbit care as needed. May appear in media, news, articles; Etc. Active speaker domestic house rabbit welfare advocate. 

 

Adoption responsibilities:  LEAD volunteer. Working Saturday adoption events, skilled adoption counselor fully capable of teaching the public proper rabbit care. May schedule and meet prospective adopters for pre-arranged adoption appointments. 

 

Other responsibilities; Head bunny slave! Maintains adoption equipment, responsible for setup and break down of equipment at adoption events.  

 

Contact - Jason@nhc-rabbitrescue.com

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Carrie Taylor

Secretary 

 

October 2016 - Present

 

My name is Carrie, I am a single mom of three (one boy and two rabbits). We were introduced to the NHC Rabbit Rescue when we started looking to adopt our first rabbit and needed more information.

 

We fell in love with rabbits after our family dog passed away; we wanted something to love but were not ready to go the same route. We have grown to love these sweet babies and everything that makes them unique, learning more every day.

 

I am excited to be a part of such a special and needed organization. I have grown to love not only Kovu and Rambo, the two rabbits we have at home, but also all of the ones I've been able to snuggle through the rescue. They need help finding their special homes and people to care for them on their journey.

 

I enjoy helping with the NHC Rabbit Rescue adoption fairs and events and talking to people about my experiences so far being a bunny mom as well as helping to see if adopting a rabbit is the right step for their family.

 

Board of Director responsibilities: Active member on the board of directors that is jointly responsible for overseeing activities, voting on any matters brought to the board’s attention by any member on the board of directors. The board of directors is accountable to, and might be subordinate to, the organization's full membership, which has the equal vote from all members of the board. Authorized to delegate non-board of director duties. 

 

Secretarial responsibilities: Sending tax deductible receipts to donors and keeping records of such transactions for the organizations tax records. Keeping minutes of official board of director meetings and other duties not otherwise specified. 

 

Administration responsibility: Authorization to answer emails on the behalf of the organization and all our social media accounts. Authorization to have access to our shelter software database. Authorization to maintain (add/delete) adoptable animals on petfinder, adoptapet or other similar accounts that promote adoptions.

 

Finical responsibility: Authorized purchasing rights on behalf of the organization to replenish any supplies needed to continue to provide for our owned animals that are maintained at partner stores; such as purchasing and disturbing food and cleaning supplies for our partner sites (fixtures housing our rabbits at the pet stores) or animals in our shelter.  Authorized to accept payments for adoptions. 

 

Transport responsibility: Provides transportation support to and from shelters as needed, in addition to emergency veterinary transport or spay and neuter transportation. May also be responsible to refill prescriptions and make and schedule appointments to veterinarians and/or pay for any provided Veterinary care or medications provided to animals owned by the organization; authorized by the board of directors. 

 

Educator responsibilities: House Rabbit Educator. Skilled and knowledgeable speaker - capable of presenting educational segments to the public on rabbit care as needed. May appear in media, news, articles; Etc. Active domestic house rabbit welfare advocate. 

 

Adoption responsibilities:  Working periodic Saturday adoption events, skilled adoption counselor teaching the public proper rabbit care. May schedule and meet prospective adopters for pre-arranged adoption appointments. 

 

Contact: Carrie@nhc-rabbitrescue.com

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Laura Schlegel

Bookkeeper / Accountant

 

June 2019 - Present

 

My name is Laura and I’m a proud USMC spouse, mom to two awesome kids, and a very happy bunny mama to Zoey and Sophie. I got introduced to the NHC Rabbit Rescue when I was doing research on adopting a bunny (my daughter had one as a class pet and we fell in love with him!). Jennie and Jason were so helpful answering our MANY questions and preparing us to bring home our first bunny, Zoey (they even walked us around the pet store and showed us exactly what we needed!). It wasn’t long before we decided that Zoey needed a friend, so after doing some bunny “speed dating”, Sophie came home with us. We cuddle with our sweet girls on the couch each night, they sit on my desk during the day when I work, and they even come running at night when we say “Salad!”….can’t imagine our family without these beautiful, spoiled rotten bunbuns! We would go and visit the bunnies on Saturdays at the adoption events and were so impressed with all that the NHCRR does for the bunnies that we tried to help out however possible (they are a non-profit and do this alongside fulltime careers!). From sewing cage liners, to helping with adoption events, and grooming the rabbits (seriously the best part of my week!), I still felt like I could do more. My love of financial math and taxes have offered a great way to get involved in a larger way and I am so excited about this new position…gives me an excuse to spend even more time with the sweet bunnies at the rescue!

 

 

Responsibilities:

  • Records daily financial transactions and maintains accurate ledgers

  • Verifies receipts and makes payments to the bank through cash or cheque

  • Monitors office expenses and pays vendor invoices

  • Aids in the handling of tax forms

  • Verifies accuracy of transactions and makes sure they’re correctly entered in ledgers

  • Develops daily and monthly financial and statistical reports for management

 

Contact: laura@nhc-rabbitrescue.com

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Jessica Swanson

Team Leader / Lead Volunteer

   

January 2017 - Present

 

Jessica has been with us the longest of any non-board member volunteer. With the support of her parents, Jessica has been the most active and committed to working our adoption events. She started when she was only 14 years old and she has volunteered nearly every Saturday with us since January 14, 2017! 

 

Jessica is a full-time student who enjoys learning new things. She dreams of being a Veterinarian and she is interning to learn and soak up whatever she can to fulfill that dream.


Jessica adopted her first rabbit Alice from our organization back in 2017 and she adopted her second rabbit Lee-June in February of 2019. 

 

Jessica had been with us for a year before we promoted her to Lead Volunteer. On February 9th, 2019 after a board meeting - she was promoted to Team Leader which is still lead volunteer but with added responsibilities. She was put in charge of managing and training all new volunteers working adoption events; in addition to maintaining consistent coverage for those volunteers assigned to cleaning the cages at the pet stores that house our rabbits. Jessica along with another volunteer helps us clean rabbit cages at the shelter twice a week in addition to the rest of her assigned duties. 

 

Jessica is very dependable and takes the lead role very seriously. She can be seen working our adoption fairs on Saturdays and she also cleans our fixture at PetSense on her assigned days. 


We are very lucky to have her as a part of our team!

 

 

Responsibilities: Provides guidance, instruction, direction, and leadership to our team of volunteers at adoption events, educational events, and fundraising events. Working as lead volunteer at adoption events; in charge of overseeing the training of all new volunteers at adoption events. Providing additional volunteer support by managing and maintaining consistent coverage of volunteers assigned to cleaning duties at partner pet stores (i.e. fixtures at petsmart and petsense). May be assigned other duties such as adoption counselor responsible for educating perspective adopters of proper house rabbit care at adoption events. Jessica is also is one of the administrators of our Instagram account. 

 

Contact: Jessica@nhc-rabbitrescue.com