Board of Directors


Mark Wilch, President
Mark retired in 2014, after 27 years of service, from Verisk (a national data information supplier to insurance companies). After living in Salisbury, VT for 14 years, Mark and Barbara with daughters Kate and Cari moved into Middlebury last year.  Mark grew up in Colorado, but has lived in the Quad Cities, Saratoga Springs (NY), and Oak Park (IL).  He is currently Zoning Administer for Salisbury and serving on the Board of Middlebury Parks and Recreation.  He loves to make furniture, renovate homes, and play with his dog Mike.  Mike is a golden retriever, age 3 who lives with the Wilch family as well as Pipen (cavalier dog), Oscar (cat), a goldfish with no name, and of course the humans.


Hilary Hatch, Vice President
Hilary is a violinist and has been with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra for 33 years and she also works as an RN at Porter Medical Center and is VP of the Porter Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals.  Hilary has two grown sons and two grandchildren. When she’s not making music with the VSO, talking with Porter Medical Center patients or volunteering her talents to Homeward Bound, you can find her working in her perennial gardens or playing with her three cats at her home in Leicester.

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Kris Pearsall, Treasurer
A life-long animal lover, Kris is very excited to join the Homeward Bound board and to be a part of the important work that this organization undertakes.  Kris brings along her experiences in managing a large animal veterinary practice and years spent on a dairy farm while raising a family, as well as her background in the financial industry.  Kris lives in Bristol with her family which includes two dogs (Ralph, an English Mastiff, and Cynder, a Belgian Tervuren Shepard) and Homie, the cat.


Anja Wurm, DVM 
Anja is owner of Full Circle Home Veterinary Care, a veterinary house call practice caring for small animals in their homes in Addison and Southern Chittenden County. She is the veterinarian of record at Homeward Bound and helps to develop protocols, guide treatments and helps with the general well-being of the animals at the shelter.  She has really enjoyed learning the ins and outs of shelter medicine and is proud to be associated with such a progressive, well run shelter.

Margaret Fox

Margaret Fox
Margaret and husband, Gary Sarachan just moved to Salisbury, Vermont from Saint Louis, Missouri two years ago.  They are the proud custodians of three pugs and two cats (one a Homeward Bound rescue). Margaret is a retired attorney and mediator.  She spent most of her professional career involved in domestic, employment and discrimination issues.  On the happier side, she also had the opportunity to manage a landscape architecture firm in Saint Louis for 5 years.  She is currently Vice-President of the Board of Trustees at Shard Villa in Salisbury. Being able to serve on the Board at awesome Homeward Bound is a wonderful opportunity for her to associate with and learn from experts in the field.

Maria Farnsnworth

Maria Farnsworth, Secretary
Maria is a Reiki Practitioner focusing on animal Reiki. She has been volunteering at Homeward Bound for two years. She is a member of Vermont Disaster Animal Response Team (VDART) and is working to start a local Addison County chapter of the organization. Rescue is her favorite breed and together with her husband, Michael they have two dogs (1 from Greece) and one cat. When not spending time at Homeward Bound, Maria enjoys cheering her grandsons at their sports events. Maria works full-time at Middlebury College. Maria enjoys spending time in her flower garden.

Matt Lavalle

Matt Lavalley
Matt started his career working with animals in 2000 as a veterinary technician. During this time Matt managed a practice and taught a veterinary assistant program for Middlesex Community College in Connecticut. In 2010 Matt open Wag On Inn a canine and feline grooming and boarding business located in Waltham VT. Matt has also volunteered for Homeward Bound since 2010. Matt lives in Middlebury with his fiance Nick and dog Troy.

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