Laura currently serves as the President of the Chautauqua County Humane Society board of directors and chairs the Humane Education and Personnel Committees while also being on the Finance Committee. She joined the CCHS board in 2018. Laura is a retired human resource consultant with a background in employee relations, international human resources, and training and development. She and her husband, Michael, have two grown children and a dog, Kazi. Along with volunteering at CCHS, Laura enjoys knitting, cycling, yoga, hiking, and being a member of Zonta.
Heidi was born and raised in Chautauqua County, graduating from Falconer Central School. She went on to get her BA in Business Administration and Public Communications from Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio. She began her career running her family’s company, Voting Machine Service Center, which was the last company to service and sell the Automatic Voting Machine. For the past 10 years she has owned and operated JB Liquor Store in Jamestown. She previously served on the Board for the Reg Lenna Civic Center and joined the CCHS board in 2020. She serves as board co-vice president and is on the Development/Fundraising Committee and the Finance Committee. She also chairs the 2nd Chances Thrift Store Committee. Heidi makes her home with her husband, Pete, two young daughters, Laine and Carly, three dogs (one of which was adopted from CCHS), three chickens, eight fish, and two snails. The love of animals began in her youth with many dogs, hamsters, birds, mice, and any other animals that her parents would allow her to have. Heidi’s hobbies include golf, travel, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.
Lee was raised in Falconer and currently resides in the Town of Ellicott. Other than four years of active military service, Lee has always lived in the area. Lee and his wife, Wendi, own Jamestown Advanced Products, Corp. and Happy Hounds Hotel & Day Spa. They have one son, who is in the MBA program at The George Washington University. They are also the proud parents of two Giant Schnauzers. Lee joined the CCHS board in 2020 and is currently a co-vice president and a member of the Finance and Building Committee.
Mary is an attorney and partner at Fessenden Laumer & DeAngelo, PLLC in Jamestown. She graduated from Duke University in 1982 and received her JD from University at Buffalo School of Law in 1987. Mary currently serves on the board for the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and the Chautauqua Cemetery Association, as well as being a member of the Rotary Club of Jamestown and chair of the Village of Mayville Zoning Board of Appeals. In addition, Mary is currently in her second term on the Chautauqua County Humane Society board, having also previously volunteered as a dog-walker at CCHS for many years. She currently chairs the Nominating Committee and is a member of the Strategic Planning and Legislative Committees. Mary and her husband Charlie reside in Mayville with their dogs Wiggles and Angus, both adopted from CCHS.
Dr. McConnon received his undergraduate degree from Maryland University/American University and his veterinary degree from Ohio State University. He has also practiced at Cornell University and Moonbrook Veterinary Hospital in Jamestown. Dr. McConnon, who has three cats at home, is especially interested in bovine and equine medicine. When he isn’t working he enjoys building and construction and is on the CCHS Building Committee, having joined the board in 2018.
Marion, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is currently the Director of Development at the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown. She worked as a Staff Attorney with the U.S. District Court for the N.D. of Ohio in Cleveland for 21 years until her retirement in 2014. That same year, Marion remarried and moved to Jamestown to be with her husband, Rod, a recently-retired history teacher at Southwestern High School. Marion currently chairs the Development and Fundraising Committee at CCHS and is on the Governance Committee, having joined the board in 2018. Marion and Rod live in Jamestown and enjoy off-highway trips throughout the country. Her son lives and works as a full-time musician in Brooklyn, New York. Marion grew up with a lifelong love of animals, but now (living in a pet allergy home) is aunt to three dogs and four cats she visits as often as possible.
Stephanie was born and raised in Albany, New York. Throughout grade school, she worked at a horse stable, was a pet sitter, and worked at a boarding kennel. Stephanie went to the Rochester Institute of Technology and graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering, Masters in Mechanical Engineering, and an MBA. While in college, Stephanie interned at Rochester Gas and Electric as well as Anheuser-Busch. Also throughout college, she worked for the RIT Tech Crew, which involved running event production (sound, lighting, power) for many events on campus. After graduating, Stephanie received an engineering job offer at Cummins and she moved to Jamestown. She joined the CCHS board in 2018, has held the office of Secretary since 2019, and is a member of the Finance and the Development/Fundraising Committees. Stephanie and her husband have two dogs, both adopted, and one of them is from Chautauqua County Human Society. Stephanie’s hobbies include volunteering at CCHS, working on cars and boats, shooting sports, and karate.
Holly was born and raised in Chautauqua County, graduating from Frewsburg High School and Jamestown Business College and has made a career as a paralegal. She joined the CCHS board in 2018 and is a member of the Personnel, Nominating, and Humane Education Committees. Holly is a West Ellicott resident where she makes her home with her husband, Chris, and her two English Bulldogs, Khloe and Bentley. Holly has an extraordinary passion for animals, especially dogs. She has fostered English Bulldogs for rescue groups and has rescued others from bad situations. Holly enjoys spending time with her family, dirt track racing, traveling, and helping others.
Carol is a self-employed CPA who lives near Jamestown with her husband Spencer and their CCHS adopted dog, Howie. She has a love for creatures who cannot speak for themselves and is happy to serve CCHS to the best of her abilities as Treasurer and as a member of the Finance and Humane Education Committees. Carol joined the CCHS board in 2021. Her interests include hiking, spending time in nature, and playing the bagpipes and other musical instruments.
Ron, originally from Buffalo, has lived in Chautauqua County for over 25 years and is a recently appointed CCHS board member. He resides in Fredonia with his wife Mary Jo, their Golden Lab Daisy, and their two college-bound children, one of whom is studying at Ohio State to be a veterinarian. Ron joined the CCHS board in 2021, is chair of the CCHS Building Committee and helps advise the group on immediate building and infrastructure upgrades, as well as assembling the Society’s long-range facilities plan.