Board of Directors


Sue Hoxie, President
Sue is a Brandon resident. An adopter of many shelter and rescue cats and dogs, her current menagerie includes Milo, Dixie, a golden-colored mutt and Pixie, the fluffiest cat ever.


Anja Wurm, DVM Secretary
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 veterinary 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.


Leslie Blow, CPA Treasurer

Leslie is a Middlebury resident who lives with her husband Dave and kitties Eddie (a New Jersey animal pound rescue) and Dice (a Homeward Bound alum).  She is a CPA and owner of Accounting Your Way, an accounting services business providing customized solutions to business challenges.  Leslie has been involved with Homeward Bound since moving to Vermont in 1998 and looks forward to participating on the board as an additional way of supporting such a wonderful organization.


Mark Wilch
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
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.


Brenda Blacklock
Brenda has been involved with Homeward Bound as a volunteer, donor, and adopter for more than 8 years. She has worked as a probation officer for the past 26 years and, with her husband Brian, co-owns Beaudoin’s Auto Radiator and Air Conditioning.  They live in Panton with Odin and Homeward Bound alum Rhea.  Brenda believes that an organization’s best work is done collectively and she is eager to bring her diverse skills and experience to the table to benefit Homeward Bound.

Contact Details

Adoption Center Hours

Tuesday - Saturday
12pm to 5pm

Homeward Bound is currently seeking engaged community members to join our Board of Directors.

If you'd like to learn more about this opportunity, please email