Board & Staff

Board of Trustees

The Providence Animal Rescue League’s Board of Trustees is comprised of compassionate community members committed to bettering the welfare of homeless animals and furthering the mission and reach of the Providence Animal Rescue League.

Providence Animal Rescue League
Board of Trustees 2016 Executive Committee

Karin Morse – President
Steven Triedman – Vice President
Adam Antonik – Treasurer
Joss Poulton – Secretary


Luann Edwards
Dr. James Harper III
Colleen E. Quigley
Priya Banerjee, MD
Linda Chapman
Chad Nelson, Esq
Cara Bradley

Keena Palmer - Emeritus
Colin L. Robinson – Emeritus

Meet Our Staff

The Providence Animal Rescue League is proud of the compassionate, qualified individuals who comprise our executive, administrative and animal care teams. PARL prides itself on the quality of care we provide for the thousands of animals and people that come to PARL for our assistance on a yearly basis.

Executive Director
Kara Larson

Kara Larson is the executive director of the Providence Animal Rescue League. She has more than 25 years of leadership experience with a wide variety of nonprofits. Previously she has worked for the University of North Carolina, San Francisco Opera, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, and a variety of consulting clients across North America. Most recently, she held a senior management position at Birmingham Royal Ballet in the United Kingdom, responsible for external relations. She has been an active volunteer and board member for many nonprofits over the years, including at the Humane Society of Sarasota, Equality North Carolina, and the Downtown Boathouse in New York. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland and has studied at City University London’s Cass Business School Center for Charity Effectiveness.

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Director of Community Programs
Megan Machnik Yaffe

Megan Yaffe joined the team at the Providence Animal Rescue League in September of 2009. A native of Western Massachusetts, she graduated from Framingham State College in 2002 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. That same year she began calling Rhode Island home and has been ever since. Years spent working in human services as well as animal welfare drew her to PARL where she has worn many hats ranging from Humane Education Coordinator to Volunteer Manager to Community Programs Manager. Megan shares her home with her husband, Matt and son, Gabe, as well as 2 cats, Lola & Mazzy and 2 dogs, Bogart & Griffin.

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Director of Operations
Amy Duskiewicz

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Amy Duskiewicz joined the team at the Providence Animal Rescue League in June of 2012. Amy fell in love with working in animal welfare while studying theatre in Boston over 12 years ago . She has since worked at many different shelters around the country in various roles. Her favorite thing is working with staff to find creative ways to help animals. Amy enjoys spending her off time with her family, two dogs, three cats, and hamster!

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Pet Retention Specialist
Chelsea Fredrikson

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Chelsea joined the Providence Animal Rescue League in 2013 as an Animal Care and Adoption Specialist. She now heads the new Pet Retention Program and is dedicated to helping the community find alternative solutions to surrendering or re homing their family pets. Outside of the shelter, Chelsea is a key member for the print shop at AS220 and loves teaching classes there. She shares her home with her girlfriend, cat Ralph and little pit Whiskey.

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