Administrative Staff

Jessica Sosebee, Executive Director

Jessica has been in the animal welfare arena for the past twenty years. She directed a humane society in Mississippi then ran the local MSPCA Adoption Center for ten years. Jessica also possesses a graduate degree in political policy with an emphasis on animal welfare issues through George Washington University. Most recently, Jessica has become a District Leader for HSUS where she can focus on making change for animals in the bigger picture through legislation. Jessica saw a vision for a grassroots shelter on Nantucket for many years and is thrilled that she has been able to co-found NiSHA and watch it grow. She is a proud mama to her thirteen-year-old Hound mix Shellbie from an over-crowded shelter in Ohio. And Nantucket-native kitty, Kirby.

Stephanie Henke, Development Coordinator

A lifelong animal advocate and previous volunteer at humane societies in both Seattle and Maine, Stephanie worked for 7 years as the Project Coordinator for the Nantucket MSPCA Animal Care and Adoption Center. She is a founding board member of Nantucket Island Safe Harbor for Animals and a founding member of Vegan Nantucket. She created and manages Nantucket Dog Walk, a website dedicated to the plentitude of dog walks on our beautiful island. She has worked in the development departments of several non-profits, where she has written grants, managed donor databases, and worn the many hats that go along with small staffs doing great work. She is the companion to two cats and two dogs, each of whom tacitly agreed to share their lives with her.


Michelle Perkins, Operations Coordinator

Michelle has always felt strongly connected to the natural world and has volunteered for many animal and environmental causes. On Nantucket she previously worked as a gardener, runs a marine mammal conservation program with her husband, Scott Leonard, and takes care of feral cat feeding stations and traps cats for ‘Cattrap’ Nantucket’s trap, neuter, release program. A committed vegetarian and passionate advocate of animal friendly practices, Michelle strives to involve herself locally and globally in causes that improve the lives of animals and help the environment. She and Scott share their home with three cats – all graduates of the TNR program on Nantucket: ‘Mr Black’, ‘Westie’ and ‘Orange Julius’ live indoors but have an outdoor enclosure on the deck to play in and walk outside everyday on leashes. In 2013 Michelle and Scott added Black Diamond, a 10 month old terrier mix from Little Mountain Rescue, to their family. Michelle is thrilled to be NiSHA’s first Manager and is excited about all that is store for her and the animals she will meet along the way.