Cathy Vellucci became involved with CRLNE about two years ago.  Her contributions have included helping transport rescued collies from one destination to another, doing home visits in Connecticut with prospective candidates for placement of a rescue, and helping with fund raising efforts. She is the proud mom to three rescued collies – Boris, Lola, and Oscar. Although none happen to be rescues of CRLNE, she promises us the next one will be. She is also a volunteer for Friends of Cheshire Feral Cats and helps care for two cat colonies.  Rescued cat, Fidget, approves.                                    


Rebecca White has served on the CRLNE board of directors since 2005 as applications coordinator, vice president, president, and foster home coordinator. Rebecca, her husband, Scott, and their two boys have fostered more than 40 rescue collies in their home. They are proudly owned by their rescue dogs: collies HoneyBun and Spencer. In addition to her volunteer efforts, she owns and operates Rising Sun Pet Sitting.


Sue Pacheco makes the deposits, pays the bills, prepares quarterly reports for the board and even does the tax return. She is a longtime board member (since June 1998). Fun fact: She does not (and has never) owned a collie!  We like her in spite of that flaw.

Sherry Ackerman joined the board in 2014. She adopted her first collie in 1982 and has adopted a total of 15 dogs, seven of them being collies. “I fell in love with collies as a child at my great uncle's farm and their beautiful spirits and dispositions are just pure pleasure to be around. I look forward to assisting in the process of helping these wonderful animals find a new and loving home.”                                                         

Brian Littlehale is one of the newest members to the CRLNE team. He is Manager of Training and Development with a focus on leadership in the Transportation industry.

Although he currently resides in Central Pennsylvania, he is a true New Englander, growing up in Massachusetts and going to College in Southern Vermont. Brian, his wife, and two children believe in rescue work and have rescued two Boston Terrier sisters. Maybe one day soon Brian will have a rescue Collie of his own.


Chris Rheaume has been a foster parent with CRLNE since 2005, along with her husband, Mark Gumprecht. Chris grew up with collies, so the breed holds a special place in her heart. 


Kerry Feather has loved collies all of her life. Throughout her childhood, her family took in stray animals, including a collie, a collie mix, and a number of cats, fostering her love of rescue early in life. She hopes that through her involvement with CRLNE, her kids will grow to share her passion for helping animals in need.

Kerry, her husband, Tom, and their three kids adopted collie Charlie from CRLNE in 2013. Since then, Kerry has worked with CRLNE in several capacities.

Janet van Derpoel-Andrea joined the CRLNE Board in 2015 and serves as Recording Secretary. 


Meet the Board