Ana Zorrilla, a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator, has served as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Louisiana SPCA since November 2007. Prior to becoming CEO, Zorrilla joined the Louisiana SPCA in 2006 as Director of Development. Notably in 2008, Zorrilla led the organization through Hurricane Gustav and the first successful evacuation of companion animals with their pet owners from an American city. She is a member of the Board of Directors of The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement (formerly SAWA), and serves on both the Best Practices & Emerging Trends committee, and the Scholarship Action Team committee.
In 2012, Zorrilla became the first person in Louisiana (and one of less than 100 professionals in the country) to successfully complete the Certification of Animal Welfare Administrators (CAWA). Zorrilla has served as a panelist at several conferences, including HSUS Animal Care Expo, PetHealth’s CEO Roundtable, SAWA’s Management Conference, and keynote speaker at the 2014 PetPoint Summit. In 2015, she served as a panelist on the 10K Panel: Creating a Culture of Preparedness, commemorating the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
Zorrilla has attended the Executive Certification Program in Nonprofit Leadership at the Center for Nonprofit Leadership of George Washington University. She is a Graduate of the 2013-2014 Class of the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute. She is also a member of the 2014 Class of Young Leadership Council Role Models. Previously, she has been the recipient of New Orleans Magazine’s People to Watch 2008 and as one of 50 honorees for New Orleans’ City Business’ Women of the Year 2009.
A New Orleans native, Zorrilla graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans with an undergraduate degree in English Literature and Secondary Education and went on to receive her Masters in Educational Administration from the University of New Orleans.
Chief HR Officer
Aileen Nethery has served as the Human Resources Director with the Louisiana SPCA since 2017. Prior to that, she worked for several corporate companies and other for-profit organizations spanning over 30 years. She originally joined the Louisiana SPCA family as a Board Member and Volunteer. Her passion for working with animals and people to drive the mission of the Louisiana SPCA forward makes her believe that she was in the right place at the right time, and she came on as an employee to push the People Strategy forward with the main purpose of caring for the people who care for the animals. Aileen immigrated to the US from her native Scotland right after Hurricane Katrina, and she calls New Orleans her second home. Educated at Glasgow Caledonian University, Aileen has a Post Graduate degree in Human Resources Management. A lover of animals from an early age, Aileen has 5 indoor cats, and at least 5 porch cats! Aileen fosters cats and especially kittens on a regular basis so that she can set them up for success and be socialized and ultimately adopted by their forever families.
Director of Operations
Kathryn re-joined the Louisiana SPCA team in December of 2019 as the director of operations and brings with her 28 years of animal welfare experience, specializing in animal sheltering, shelter programs, disaster preparedness, response, animal cruelty and animal fighting investigations. Most recently, Kathryn worked at the ASPCA as the director of investigations. She was responsible for overseeing the coordination of animal cruelty and animal fighting investigations throughout the country. In her previous role at the Louisiana SPCA Kathryn served as the animal services director and chief humane officer and was a member of the animal rescue team during Hurricane Katrina. Kathryn has given hundreds of lectures and workshops throughout the country and holds professional memberships with the Coalition of Animal Advocates, the Louisiana Animal Control Association (LACA), the National Animal Control Association (NACA), the International Veterinary Forensic Sciences Association and the Association of Animal Welfare Administrators. Prior to her work in animal welfare, Kathryn was a member of the United States Armed Services as an engineer with the U.S. Navy and served in Desert Shield.
Shana Hayward, RVT
Shelter Director, Plaquemines Parish Campus
Shana returned to New Orleans in 2005 upon completing her BA in Anthropology from Syracuse University. A lifelong animal lover of all creatures from horses to salamanders, Shana joined the Louisiana SPCA team in 2012 as a veterinary technician. In 2013 she received an AAS from Delgado Community College in Veterinary Technology and successfully completed the Veterinary Technician National Examination to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. She has worked with animals in multiple capacities as a naturalist guide in the Costa Rican Rain Forests to assisting in the expansion of our the Louisiana SPCA’s spay/neuter programing at our Community Clinic. In her years at the Louisiana SPCA, Shana’s career has grown across programs from a Veterinary Technician to Spay/Neuter Supervisor to Medical Manager and has now been named the Director of the Louisiana SPCA Plaquemines Campus. Her passion is drawn from the human-animal bond through education and establishing pathways towards access to care for pet owners in our communities. She enjoys traveling and has been known to take her enthusiasm for animal welfare overseas and assist in spay/neuter campaigns throughout Latin America. She enjoys riding horses, flying kites and anything that can be achieved while swinging in a hammock. She has 3 rescue pups, Po’Boy (Louisiana SPCA Alumni Pictured), Lula Pants from the streets of St Bernard and Big Freedia from Jefferson SPCA.
Amelie joined the Louisiana SPCA team in 2019 as the Development Director. Amelie brings over 10 years of experience raising support from individuals and foundations, engaging fundraising volunteers and developing new donor engagement strategies. As a native New Orleanian, Amelie is passionate about animal welfare and shares in the Louisiana SPCA’s vision for providing care to those most vulnerable in our community.
Community Clinic Director
Jessica started her career in the veterinary field at a private practice in 2012. With a BS in Psychology from Virginia Tech, she has been a receptionist, a veterinary assistant, and veterinary technician. In December of 2015, Jessica joined the Louisiana SPCA Community Clinic team as the Wellness Services Supervisor. In December of 2016 Jessica became the Clinic Manager and then in June of 2017, she was named the Community Clinic Director. Jessica has overseen the growth of our Community Clinic over the past three and a half years. Improvements Jessica has overseen includes the addition of a comprehensive dental program, improvement of diagnostic capabilities to better serve our community, and an increase in the number of annual spay and neuter surgeries performed – in 2018, the Clinic performed just under 10,000 surgeries. Jessica has three wonderful canine fur babies of her own. Nolan is an alumni of the LA/SPCA, Monkey was found wandering the streets of New Orleans, and Bessie is her foster fail that accompanies Jessica to work every day!
Alicia Vial, APR
Alicia joined the Louisiana SPCA team in March of 2014, bringing with her an extensive history of public relations experience, including most recently serving as e-Commerce and Revenue Optimization Manager for Hampton Inn Hotels & Suites of New Orleans. Alicia holds an Accredited Public Relations (APR) certification, certification in crisis communications and organization leadership from The Association of Animal Welfare Professionals, is a board member on the Public Relations Association of Louisiana, a member of the Southern Public Relations Federation and a frequent speaker at local universities. Alicia is passionate about the difference the Louisiana SPCA makes on a daily basis and looks forward to her daily interaction with team and volunteers, who she feels are the true heroes of the organization. At home she has three rescue pets ; Gidget, a Boston Terrier/ Chihuahua mix, a cat named Salazar and a Great Dane named Scooby Doo.
Our staff truly make a difference in the lives of thousands of animals each year. If you think you have what it takes to be their hero then consider joining team Louisiana SPCA.