The Board & Staff


Board of Directors

The PEI Humane Society Board of Directors is comprised of volunteers from the community. The members of the Board are dedicated to the organization and provide the Society with their expertise and time. The Board meets monthly to manage the Society’s business. Learn more about Volunteer Board FAQ.


Tom Keeler, Past President

Tom KeelerTom Keeler is a lawyer practicing with McInnes Cooper in Charlottetown, who was called to the bar in June of 2012.  He joined the board of the PEI Humane Society in June of 2013, and was named President in 2016.

Tom is grateful to the hundreds of volunteers who donate thousands of hours annually, and believes that with all of our combined efforts the PEI Humane Society will continue to provide world class, necessary services to communities across Prince Edward Island.


Debby Miller, Presidentdebby

Recently retired, after 35 years in the petroleum business, Bill and I moved to PEI, back to where I have spent the summers throughout my life, getting closer to family and friends. Our dog, Shooter easily traded Toronto city life for days spent on the shoreline. In my retirement, I wanted to volunteer for an organization where I am strongly committed to its’ mission and goals,

In 1988 I adopted my dog ‘Nugget” from the Humane Society in NB, and this malamute was a dog with spunk and loved running the sandbars on the island. Companion animals provide so much joy in our lives, their care and welfare has always held a special place in my heart. As a board member for the PEIHS I am looking forward to leveraging my skills and commitment to help a successful organization continue to improve the lives of companion animals throughout PEI.

Doug Shackell

PEIHS - Doug Shackell - Bio - photo 3

After 35 years in communications and public relations, Doug decided to use his talents to do some things that are more fun and that also benefit his community. Being an almost-Islander (he’s only been here for 34 years); he has always looked for ways to give back to his community. “My love of animals, especially dogs, makes me want to help these animals in any way I can. Working towards enhancing the process ensures that awesome dogs like Dale here in the photo are placed in good homes. Look at that face!” Doug has two adopted dogs at home.

Doug joined the Board in 2013.

“I am looking forward to helping  pets and educating the public on all things companion animal related.”

Judy ShawJudy Shaw

Judy Shaw has recently retired from a large agribusiness company where she worked in the government affairs and Industry relations fields. She is a long-time supporter of not for profit organizations including the Humane Society. She has always been an animal owner (starting with a hamster and a very young age and graduating to dogs, cats and horses). She has now retired to a farm with her very active Border Collie, Skye.

Judy joined the Board in the fall of 2013 and is “proud and honoured to be involved in such an essential animal welfare organization”.

Karen ChinKaren Chin

Karen’s love of animals is what has driven her to join the PEIHS Board of directors. Karen has grown up around animals and treats them as part of the family. She believes that no matter how bad the day has been, animals seem to have the uncanny ability to cheer you up and offer you unconditional love and companionship.

Karen holds an Executive MBA from UPEI as well as a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto. She has been in management roles with Invesco, since 1999, and is currently the Assistant Vice President for the North American Training and Knowledge Management team.

Karen wants to see PEI Humane Society become a world class shelter which offers high quality care and finds homes for animals in our community, educates people on responsible pet ownership, and is at the forefront of preventing and solving animal homelessness.

Jenny Mason Jenny

Jenny is a proponent of welfare and justice for all animals. She is excited to be a Member
of the Board for the PEI Humane Society, an organization that plays an essential role in promoting and enhancing the welfare of companion animals in PEI. She is inspired by the staff and volunteers of the PEIHS, who compassionately and tirelessly care for the shelter animals, aim to find the animals loving and suitable homes, and provide public education on caring responsibly for companion animals.

Jenny and her spouse, Jeff, share their home with their two beloved ‘fur babies’ – cats Charli and Tia.”


Penny Walsh-McGuire

Michael Zimmerman

Todd Gregory

Melissa Jones

Carey Arsenault


Executive Director – Marla Somersall

902-892-1190, Ext.22

Shelter Manager – Cathy Kenny

902-892-1190, Ext. 23

Development Coordinator – Jennifer Harkness
902-892-1190, Ext. 24

Marketing & Development Assistant -Emma Turner

Adoption Intake Coordinator – Reese Perreault

902-892-1190, Ext. 29

Client Services Coordinator – Lesa Donnelly
902-892-1190, Ext. 21

Shelter Veterinarian – Dr. Rhonda MacDonald

Shelter Attendants – Tammy , Jossie,  Breanna, Melissa, Chayleigh

Animal Protection Officers –  Doug, Mike, Jacob