Leadership Team

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Jerry Buckley, Chief Executive Officer

Jerry Buckley was named Chief Executive Officer of the Pennsylvania SPCA in May 2012. Jerry is a seasoned executive with a broad background in business, communications and philanthropy.

Prior to joining the Pennsylvania SPCA, Jerry served in dual roles at the Campbell Soup Company, as senior vice president of public affairs and chairman of the Campbell Soup Foundation during his 16-year tenure. Previously, Jerry  was a journalist with several leading news organizations, including bureau chief and correspondent for Newsweek magazine, senior writer and senior editor for U.S. News & World Report, and assistant managing editor for The News Journal, Wilmington, Del., a Gannett publication.

Jerry has provided leadership and guidance to numerous non-profit and community based organizations, including serving on the Board of Directors of WHYY, the New Jersey Academy for Aquatic Sciences and the Catholic Partnership Schools in Camden, New Jersey.  Additionally, he was president of the Ronald McDonald House of Southern, New Jersey and is co-chair of the Parents Executive Committee of Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Jerry and his wife have four children and the Buckley household is home to two terriers, Torre and Jeter. Contact: Jbuckley@pspca.org

Mary Jo

Mary Jo Bernardo, Chief Operating Officer

 

Mary Jo Bernardo was named Chief Operating Officer of the Pennsylvania SPCA in November 2013.  Mary Jo recently returned to her home state of New Jersey after serving six years as COO of Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) in California, a large non-profit organization founded by the former manager of the Oakland A’s.  Previously, she served as Executive Director of United Cerebral Palsy of the Golden Gate and Executive Vice President and COO of Easter Seals Bay Area in Oakland.

Mary Jo is a graduate of William Paterson College of New Jersey, having earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Services.  Her family includes twice-saved Jersey, a 4-year-old cocker spaniel who survived homelessness and then parvovirus.

Contact: mbernardo@pspca.org


Patricia Mecca, Director of Development

Patricia Mecca joined the Pennsylvania SPCA in 2013. She has more than 20 years experience in fundraising and development management.

Prior to her appointment, she was Associate Director of Marketing and Development for the Arc of Philadelphia and Philadelphia Developmental Disabilities Corporation (PDDC). Previously she worked as Manager of Fundraising and Development for the Associated Services for the Blind, Philadelphia, as Corporate/Foundation Relations Officer for the Deborah Hospital Foundation, Browns Mills, NJ, and as Corporate Underwriting Executive with NJN Public Television, Trenton.

She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers, The State University of NJ, Camden.

Patti is responsible for managing the Pennsylvania SPCA’s fundraising efforts including major gifts, annual giving, corporate giving, foundations and grants and special events. She also oversees the volunteer program. Contact: pmecca@pspca.org


George Bengal, Director of Humane Law Enforcement

George Bengal has been the Pennsylvania SPCA’s Director of Humane Law Enforcement since 2007.

George began his career into animal welfare and humane law enforcement after spending 20 years as a Philadelphia police officer. He has served as Chief Humane Officer for the Women’s Humane Society in Bensaslem, Pa., and as Field Services Manager and Director of Law Enforcement for Delaware County SPCA in Media, Pa.

He studied criminal justice at Temple University and completed training at Philadelphia Police Academy.

George and his family have a Pekingese dog, Snickers. Contact: GBengal@pspca.org


Rebecca Glenn-Dinwoodie, Director of Humane Litigation

Rebecca Glenn-Dinwoodie joined the PSPCA in 2013. She is a Pennsylvania attorney and graduate of Temple University Beasley School of Law.

For more than a decade, Rebecca has worked for and with various animal shelters and advocacy organizations in both volunteer and professional capacities, working within communities to prevent animal abuse, collaborating with law enforcement to enforce the animal cruelty statute, and lobbying elected officials in Harrisburg to strengthen the law surrounding animal protection. Prior to her appointment to the PSPCA, she was in private legal practice specializing in civil and family litigation.

Rebecca’s family includes two dogs, a Jack Russell Terrier, Limerick, and a pitbull mix, Sonnet. Contact: rglenndinwoodie@pspca.org


Lisa Germanis, V.M.D., Head Veterinarian, Forensic and Shelter Medicine

Dr. Lisa Germanis has been a veterinarian with the Pennsylvania SPCA since 2010.

Dr. Germanis completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship at the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in New York City. She was an associate veterinarian at a specialty practice performing emergency and critical care medicine prior to joining the PSPCA.

She earned her VMD from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008 where she was a member of the Phi Zeta Honor Society and also earned her VBMA Business Certificate.

She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Environmental Science from Saint Joseph’s University.

Dr. Germanis serves on the board of the Red Paw Emergency Relief Team. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Veterinary Forensic Sciences.

Her family includes Puffers the dog and two cats, Ralphie and Termé. Contact: Lgermanis@pspca.org


Adam Corbett, V.M.D., Head Veterinarian, Surgery

Dr. Adam Corbett joined the Pennsylvania SPCA staff in 2010.

Adam is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. He is an expert in High Quality/High Volume Spay/Neuter techniques, and he oversees the spay/neuter clinic and surgery department. Prior to joining the Pennsylvania SPCA, Adam was the veterinarian and surgeon for the Animal Welfare Association, an animal shelter and rescue organization in Voorhees, NJ. He also provides spay/neuter services to other high volume clinics in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.

Adam is on the Board of Directors of the Animal Care and Control Team, the Philadelphia region’s largest animal care and control service provider. Contact: Acorbett@pspca.org


Mike Mansfield, Director of Facilities

Mike Mansfield has been with the Pennsylvania SPCA since 1991. He oversees the maintenance and construction at the Philadelphia and Danville Shelters, fleet maintenance of all Pennsylvania SPCA vehicles and the transport of animals between shelters. One of his favorite tasks was building the dog park.

During his tenure at the Pennsylvania SPCA, Mike has also been involved in Humane Law Enforcement and animal rescue. Mansfield family pets have included Elvis, a mixed breed dog, and two cats, Boozy and Liza. Contact: Mmansfield@pspca.org


Sarah Eremus, Communications & Marketing Manager

 

Sarah Eremus joined the PSPCA in March 2013, initially in a development role and then assumed the role of Communications and Marketing Manager.

Sarah earned her Bachelor’s degree from Lafayette College and was a Fulbright scholar in Japan. She also holds a Juris Doctor from UNLV and a Master of Laws from Temple University. Prior to joining our team, Sarah worked as an attorney representing undocumented immigrants in Philadelphia.

Sarah is responsible for PSPCA’s internal and external communications, media relations, and marketing and promoting PSPCA programs and services.

Sarah’s family includes PSPCA rescues “Wally,” a 2-year-old chihuahua/terrier mix and “Mewki,” an 8-year-old cat who was emaciated when she entered the shelter. Contact: seremus@pspca.org

Allison Wurst

Allyson Wurst, Director of Humane Education 

Allyson Wurst, an experienced educator and school administrator, joined the PSPCA as its Director of Humane Education in February 2014. In this newly created role, Allyson will develop and present animal welfare programs to local schools and organizations and build community partnerships to raise awareness of animal protection issues. 

Allyson has 12 years of experience as a teacher and program administrator in urban, culturally diverse communities in the Philadelphia region. She has spent the past 10 years in the Southeast Delco School District, first as an elementary school teacher and most recently, she was responsible for designing and implementing OST (Out of School Time) programs funded by three 21st Century Community Learning Center grants. She is currently a member of the Pennsylvania Department of Education PSSA Review Committee.

Allyson earned her B.S. Degree in Elementary and Kindergarten Education and her Master’s Degree in Education from Penn State University.

Allyson has a rescue dog named Bailey who was born into a puppy mill and saved after being illegally auctioned off. Contact: Awurst@pspca.org

 

Michelle McCool

Michelle McCool, Director of Human Resources 

Michelle McCool, PHR joined the PSPCA in January of 2014 as the Director of Human Resources. Michelle will strategically run all aspects of the Human Resources department in correlation to the organization’s goals and values.  

Michelle previously worked as Director of Human resources for a credit control organization with 4 offices nationally. She has extensive experience in recruitment, training, and retention of employees and managing employee benefits programs.

Michelle earned her bachelor’s degree from West Chester University and holds a PHR certificate in Human Resources.

Michelle has two young children and enjoys running for local charity events. Her family includes two rescue dogs, Oreo and Riley, and a Rottweiler named Madison.

Contact: mmccool@pspca.org

 

Jennifer Green

Jennifer Green, Financial Controller 

Jennifer Green, CPA, joined the Pennsylvania SPCA in February 2014 as Financial Controller. Jennifer oversees PSPCA’s budgetary planning processes and supervises financial reporting.

Jennifer is a Certified Public Accountant with more than 13 years of experience in accounting and auditing. Previously she worked at Schectman Marks Devor, PC as Senior Litigation Support Manager overseeing complex accounting and auditing issues.

Jennifer earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Villanova University, where she graduated summa cum laude. She is a co-chair of PSPCA’s Young Friends group and has a 12-year-old rescued Airedale Terrier named Beau.

Contact: jgreen@pspca.org