LEADERSHIP TEAM

Jen Self-Aulgur

Executive Director

Jen has been with HHS since September 2016. Previously, Jen was the Director of Education and Programs at Humane Society of West Michigan. Jen has been involved in animal welfare since 2002, creating many programs including humane education programs and camps, low income/cost vaccine clinics, and many community engagement events. Jen has a broad view of animal welfare in the United States and beyond and works to keep HHS progressive and practicing gold standard animal sheltering. Jen holds a Master of Public Administration focusing in Non-Profit Management. Jen has the skillset to create, implement, and oversee multiple projects to both raise revenue and recognition for HHS. In her free time, Jen enjoys spending time with her daughter, husband, 3 rescue cats, and 2 rescue dogs.

Jen Nuernberg

Development Director

Jennifer Nuernberg joined HHS as the Development Director in October 2018, having previously spent 3 years as the ED for Al-Van Humane Society in South Haven. With a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and advertising, Jen spent many years in the marketing field, but made the switch to animal welfare when she realized her passion for community education, animal rights and fighting for the “underdogs” was something she wanted to turn into a career. Jen spends her life with her partner, Steven, and their 2 dogs, Sahara and Dax, but they have owned and fostered many pets over the years. They plan to fill their life with more pets and fosters, their love of travel, family, music and exploring the best local dive bars.

Ashton VanKoevering

Programs Manager

Ashton is the Programs Manager for Harbor Humane as of August 2019. She’s a west Michigan native who graduated from Alma College in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and continued her education at Grand Valley State studying education. She spent two years serving with AmeriCorps at The Bridge Youth Center in Zeeland, assisting and running their after school and summer programs prior to joining Harbor! She loves spending time with my three pets: Peter Parker (a handsome orange/buff tabby), Titan (an 8-year-old lab/cocker spaniel/mutt), and Goose (a 9-week-old Bernese Mountain Puppy). Her favorite thing to do during a long weekend off is to go to the UP and backpack through Pictured Rocks or grab a book and dive in for the whole weekend.

Sara Ybema

Medical Director

Sara Ybema has been the Veterinary Medical Director for Harbor Humane Society since October of 2018. She has more than 20 years of experience in veterinary medicine including general practice, emergency care, opening new practices, and animal welfare. She brings a passion for the science of medicine, a love of efficiency, and a drive to protect the animals to her position.
When she’s not at work Sara stays busy as a mom to her 4 daughters and enjoys music festivals, hiking, camping, and making maple syrup every Spring.

Allison Deters

Operations Director

Allison Deters is the Operations Director for Harbor Humane Society. In her capacity as Operations Director she maintains the organization’s finances, acts as the organization’s human resources representative and manages general facility operations. Allison has been with Harbor since January 2016 and in her current position since June 2016. She has worked hard to simplify and streamline accounting processes, created a new hiring and onboarding process, and assisted with managing several shelter construction projects including the recent kennel updates and laundry room construction. Allison has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a master’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration and worked in the field of law for nine years preceding her employment at Harbor. She is self-taught in non-profit accounting practices and human resource management and constantly works to increase her knowledge through continuing education and training opportunities.

Megan Winters

Shelter Manager

Megan Winters is the Shelter Manager for Harbor Humane Society. Megan has been with HHS since December of 2015, where she started out as the Front Desk Lead. Through continuing education, dedication, and hard work she worked her way up to her current position. Megan is finishing her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and hopes to eventually receive her Masters in Nonprofit Management. Over the years, Megan has become Harbor’s “Cat Lady” with a focus on improving the lives of our felines during their (hopefully) short stay with us. In her spare time, she works a second job as a dog groomer and fosters motherless kittens and cats with medical needs.

Sarah Rapisarda

Behavior Manager

Sarah Rapisarda has worked in her current position as Behavior Manager at Harbor since January 2017. She has bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Writing and has become a certified Canine Good Citizen Instructor. She is an IAABC Affiliate Member of the Shelter Division and has attended many conferences on animal behavior as well as taken continuing education credits to further her general and applied knowledge of animal behavior and behavioral modification. She has been teaching general group dog obedience and puppy socialization classes at Harbor since Spring 2018. In addition to helping animals find homes, her goal is to help animals stay with the families already dedicated to their success. Outside of work, Sarah enjoys hiking and spending time outside with her dog and cat. She is an avid writer and reader who also enjoys playing video games in her spare time.