Mary Beth Cooney - Executive Director
Mary Beth is a seasoned administrator with more than 25 years of experience in non-profit management, event planning, volunteer facilitation, and fundraising. She has always been interested in holistic healing and is an active volunteer herself for her local Rotary Club. With her skills and experience, Mary Beth is carrying on the excellent work begun by our co-founders, Annie Murphy and Joan Baer, and furthering the growth of Creature Comfort Pet Therapy. Mary Beth is certified for pet therapy with Coby, her family Shih Tzu. Her favorite activities include hiking, biking, gardening and walking Coby and his mom, Maggie.
Karen Clark - Volunteer Manager
Before starting a family, Karen worked on large-scale web application projects as a Project Manager. Once the family started to grow Karen left the corporate world to follow her passion and began working part-time in animal-related fields. Karen has worked as a Veterinary Technician, owned a pet sitting/dog training business, occasionally fosters bully breeds for local rescues and raises service dog prospects for Canine Companions for Independence. Her detail oriented nature and experience working with animals makes her a perfect fit for Creature Comfort as the Team Manager. Karen has a Great Dane and rabbit certified for pet therapy and mostly visits nursing homes and facilities for special needs. Karen loves getting out on visits or anything related to the outdoors with her family.
Kim Farrier - Development Director
Kim worked for many years as a marketing manager with Verizon. After leaving the corporate world, Kim pursued her passion in radio, volunteering and working for WFMU, a non-profit radio station in Jersey City. As Operations Director she managed the day to day operations and helped with their fundraising events, all while hosting and producing her own weekly radio talk show! Through it all, Kim has always had dogs in her life. If Kim knows anything, she knows of the emotional bond that is possible between humans and our four legged friends. Her canine intuitiveness along with her management and planning skills are being put to good use as Creature Comfort's Development Director. You can often find Kim walking with her dogs Otis, a Greyhound mix and Pippi, her Papillon Spaniel mix who is a certified therapy dog.
Nancy Fernandez - Scheduling Coordinator
Nancy became a Certified Pet Therapy team with Creature Comfort in October of 2014 with her dog Daisy. In January of 2015 she took on the role of Scheduling all of the CCPT team visits as well as onboarding all of the many new facilities. Nancy recently rescued an American Bulldog, Snuggles from a Newark, New Jersey kill shelter, rehabilitated him and he too is a Certified Pet Therapy dog with Creature Comfort.
Amy has more than ten years of experience in Human Resources with a focus on Talent Acquisition. After spending much of her career in the corporate world, mainly in the pharmaceutical industry, she decided to make a change and work for a non-profit organization where she feels she can help make a difference. She‘s very excited to be part of an organization that shares the comfort and healing power of animals with others. Amy holds a bachelor‘s degree in English and a master‘s degree in Human Resources Management from Rutgers University. You can often find her walking her dog, Gracie, around the neighborhood. Gracie is a very energetic and snuggly Cockapoo. Amy also enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time outdoors.