Chief Investigator Michael Melchionne (retired)
Dr. Karen Dashfield, DVM
Heather Cammisa. CAWA
Ms. Cammisa is a New Jersey native. She is currently the President & CEO of St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center with shelters in Madison and North Branch, New Jersey. Prior to joining St. Hubert’s in May of 2010, Ms. Cammisa worked for the Humane Society of the United States where she held several roles, most notably she was responsible for research, development and implementation of a spay & neuter campaign along with shelter outreach and targeted infrastructure investments in Louisiana and Mississippi, partnering with other national organizations and foundations. Prior to joining the HSUS, Ms. Cammisa was the Executive Director of the Jersey Shore Animal Center for five years and led the design, fundraising and completion of its new shelter and implemented cruelty investigations and other programmatic initiatives.
Becky Burton is the Vice President of Direct Animal Care and Life Saving Partnerships for one of the largest animal sheltering, adoption, and rescue operations in New Jersey at St. Hubert’s Giralda, Madison NJ. In her role as shelter manager Becky manages a large group of employees and volunteers responsible for the daily care and re-homing of 100’s of animals including cats, dogs, rabbits, birds, guinea pigs, etc. Becky has been a NJ Certified Animal Control officer for over 20 years and is a NJ Certified Animal Cruelty Investigator. She has been involved in numerous out-of-state animal rescues including; the Joplin Mo. F5 tornado, the largest animal cruelty rescue in history at Caboodle Ranch in Fla, the Bronx Dog fighting case, Hurricane Sandy HSUS sheltering on the Jersey Shore, a large cat hoarding case in South Jersey. Her numerous other certifications include: HSUS swift water animal rescue, CPR and first aid for animals, Red Rover first responder, ASPCA & HSUS emergency responder, Morris County CART, FBI animal emergency responder qualified to respond to federal dog fighting cases, as well as numerous FEMA and ICS certifications. She began her career in animal welfare in high school as a kennel attendant, groomer, and doggy day care camp manager. She has also served as an assistant to the president of St Hubert’s. In her “spare” time she is mother to two children, 3 dogs, and 4 cats (all of the animals are rescues). One “fun” and inspirational fact about Becky….at a early age, while other girls her age were putting up posters of bands and rock stars in their rooms, Becky was plastering her walls with pictures of dog breeds proving that working with animals is her passion not just her job!
Marjorie Ford was a licensed New Jersey wildlife rehabilitator for 19 years. From 1997 to 2006, Margie was the founder and Director of Brookview Wildlife Center, a registered 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization located in Boonton Twp., NJ. The Center provided care to native NJ mammals and offered a variety of education programs to the public (adult and children), veterinarians and Police Departments. Margie participated in St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center’s Pet Assisted Therapy program for many years and served on their board of Directors for eight years. In addition, Margie was part of a team that conducted a trial immunocontraception program on White-tailed deer at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum from 1997 through 2001 in cooperation with the Morris County Park Commission and the Humane Society of the United States. She is a past president of the New Jersey Association of Wildlife Rehabilitators, and a member of the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association. Margie was the 2006 recipient of the Animal Welfare Federation of NJ (AWFNJ) “Hero to Animals” award. She has given seminar presentations for St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare and AWFNJ, in addition to teaching the wildlife section of the Animal Control Officer Certification course at several New Jersey colleges.
Timoteo (Tim) Vazquez
Timoteo (Tim) Vazquez is the founder and chief instructor of Aikido Centers of New Jersey (ACNJ) Manasquan; and, is also the founder of DT Pro - Defensive Tactics for Professionals. Tim has studied a variety of martial arts and compliance systems. He has over 20 years of law enforcement experience and 30 years of martial arts experience. Tim is retired as a State Investigator for New Jersey. Some of Tim’s extensive law enforcement expertise includes:
John C. Saccenti
John C. Saccenti attended Fordham University where he received his Bachelors in Education, Masters in Education and Political Science, as well as his Educational Specialist Degree. After service as an Army officer and undercover work with the FBI, Mr. Saccenti served as a teacher and administrator before working with the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice. Before his retirement from that agency, his primary responsibility was the development of all Basic Law
Enforcement Training. His work included the design and writing of the Basic Course for Investigators,
the redesign and writing of the Basic Course for Police Officers and other major basic
and advanced law enforcement courses.
Geoffrey R. Goyette
Mr. Goyette spent almost 40 years managing private sector organizations from small start ups to multi- national corporations while living in Wisconsin, Illinois, California, New York, Louisiana, and New Jersey. He simultaneously spent 5 years as a Major League Baseball Player Agent, negotiating contracts for professional baseball players while continuing a successful full time management position. He is a certified New Jersey Animal Control Officer and Animal Cruelty Investigator and has worked as an Animal Control Officer and Animal Control Officer & Shelter manager. He is a member of the Sustainable Jersey Animals in the Community task force and co-founded an all volunteer 501c3 animal rescue organization. With CDI he instructs Pet First Aid for the ACO in the Animal Control Course as well as Communications, Media & Community Relations in the Animal Cruelty Investigator Course. He holds numerous certifications including that of NJ Police Training Commission Instructor. As the Bureau Chief of the Middlesex County Animal Rescue Team he has responded to a number of disasters. In 2011, he was recognized by the United Way as a “Hometown Hero” for his volunteer work with animals. His teaching partner is a state and nationally recognized certified therapy 10 year old golden retriever named Belle.
Belle is a 10 year old golden retriever who is a nationally recognized therapy dog and Pet First Aid instructor. Belle has received recognition from the American Kennel Club as well as is enshrined in the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association Animal Hall of Fame for her work with children, senior citizens, and nursing home patients. Belle has achieved certifications as a Canine Good Citizen and AKC Therapy dog. Belle has also been featured on a statewide television program, Aging in Middlesex County as well as having various article written about her.