Linda Gage, Chair
Linda began her professional animal career in 2005, deploying to Hurricane Katrina and then helping to create one of NJ’s first animal response teams in Hunterdon County. Since then, she’s helped manage responses involving a deteriorated sanctuary, puppy mill bust, and hoarding situations. The last 15 years Linda worked for Best Friends Animal Society as the northeast regional representative. Her role enabled her to work with shelters, rescues and other national organizations. Recently retired, Linda is spending her time learning about wildlife rehabilitation, animal communication and volunteering on several animal response teams – Best Friends Animal Society, HSUS, CCDART. She is also a board member of VDART and VT-CAN!, a low cost spay neuter resource in VT. Linda lives in Hinesburg with her husband and 5 fabulous felines.
JoAnn Nichols, Vice Chair
JoAnn Nichols started in the animal welfare and animal rights movement in the late 1970s. Over the decades she has worked undercover for an animal rights organization photographing cruelty in the factory farm systems, to cleaning oiled wildlife from oil spills. Working in Animal Sheltering for over twenty years, currently she is the Humane Investigator and TNR Specialist at the Humane Society of Chittenden County, she enjoys the challenges the work brings and partaking in making a difference for just one animal in need. JoAnn is the part-time Animal Control Officer for South Burlington and operates her own wildlife business, HEART Wildlife Removal, providing humane solutions for homeowners when wildlife moves into their home.
Barry has been with the Humane Society of the United States since 2015, previously serving as the Vermont State Director. Before moving to Vermont, he served for eight years as a congressional aide for Rep. James P. Moran (VA), assisting his work on the House Committee on Appropriations and providing counsel on a range of policy matters. During this time, Barry served as the primary staffer for the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, a bipartisan organization that helped advance animal welfare policies in Congress. He is on the board of the Vermont Disaster Animal Response Team (VDART) and the Vermont Humane Federation (VHF).
Lynne has been on the CCDART board since its inception. She has worked in hospitality, office management and as a dog trainer. She has been involved with the Chittenden County Humane Society for over 6 years where she both volunteers and works part time. She is currently on the Animal response Team for both the Humane Society of the United States and Red Rover. She has a lifetime affinity for all creatures great and small and truly enjoys her involvement in her volunteering at HSCC and the deployments she has been involved in. She lives in Williston with her husband, their dog Ziggy and Snowball the cat.
Lori is an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner focusing on inpatient Orthopedic Trauma at UVM Medical Center. In her spare time, she has volunteered for many years at the Humane Society of Chittenden County. She is also a volunteer with HSUS Animal Rescue Team (ART) where she has met many wonderful animal lovers, activists and friends from across the country as well as internationally! She has also been lucky enough to participate in the Spay-a-thon for Puerto Rico with the Helping Paws Across Borders group, many of whom she met deploying with the ART. She is the ultimate team player willing to get involved at the local, state, and national level to improve health and welfare of animals.