Our Mission: To help these dogs.

To evaluate, transport, and rehome companion animals to approved rescues and adopters. To assist homeless animals with their medical care, spay/neuter, and general welfare and in general give dogs and cats a higher chance of being adopted into appropriate homes. To promote the adoption of homeless animals and encourage spay and neuter through education and life saving programs. 

Board of Directors:

Naomi Covino, President and Executive Director

Naomi retired in 2013 from a software company and began her philanthropic effort to help dogs. She formalized her work by cofounding the non-profit, Brown Dog Coalition, in June of 2015 alongside her daughter, Annie. She lives outside of Boston, Massachusetts with her husband and a brown dog of her very own named Libby who was rescued in Indiana. Naomi is a persistent leader who tirelessly pursues her mission.


Annie Covino, Assistant Director

Annie became fixated on helping dogs after seeing Lady and the Tramp at a very young and impressionable age. She has had a hand in everything from marketing to outreach to coordinating adoption days. She is a jack of all trades with a specialty in dog-petting. Annie adopted her sidekick, Freckle, in July 2017 and they have been inseparable since. 


Katie Covino, Creative Director

Katie memorized the encyclopedia of dog breeds when she was 10. She now lives in NYC and by day she works at a post-production company but by night she creates graphics, flyers and other content for Brown Dog. She is looking forward to the day when she can adopt a Brown Dog of her very own!


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Val Couchon, Adoption Counselor

Val has been a lifelong animal advocate for all creatures. While living in Atlanta, she and Robin became aware of the plight of stray dogs, picking up several off the side of the road to rehabilitate and rehome. Since then, volunteering with rescued dogs has become an integral part of life. Fostering and/or adopting a dog who otherwise wouldn’t have a chance is a great joy! She lives with her two rescued dogs Nellie and NayNays, a household of cats, and a variable number of fosters.


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Robin Micherone, Adoption Counselor

Robin does it all. From being a nurse, to teaching work-out classes, to helping out at adoption days and more—Robin is like that pink bunny with a drum. She spends her free moments taking rescued dogs, Nellie and NayNays, on hikes and adventures.


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Susan Patterson, Adoption Counselor

Susan is a certified professional dog trainer who volunteers at Brown Dog events. Susan facilitates adoptions by training dogs and adopters to be the best they can be! Her training philosophy is based on positive reinforcement, behavioral modification and motivational techniques. When Sue isn't volunteering, fostering or educating, she is riding around on her motorcycle or at her family's coffee shop.


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Jennifer Durkin, Photographer

After more than a decade of various volunteer roles in animal rescue, Jennifer now specializes in dog photography. She captures the adorable in every dog and helps Brown Dogs get adopted through her eye-catching photography. Jennifer enjoys fostering dogs, sometimes a few at a time, and by the time they are adopted, many have full modeling portfolios. Her childhood dream was to help animals, and being a part of Brown Dog has helped fulfill that.


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Debby Nelson, Intake Director

Ten years ago, after Debby retired from her career as a kindergarten teacher and then an interior decorator, she began her journey with animal rescue by meeting a very sick puppy and promising him she would care for him and find him a home. Little did she know, that sick puppy would find his forever home with her own family. Since that first rescue, Debby and her husband have been involved with animal welfare—to them, the most rewarding experience seeing hope reignite in a dog’s eyes.


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Lauren Buckley, Intake Director

Lauren's family jokes that she could bark before she could talk. After adopting her right-hand man, Brooks, in 2015, Lauren set out to learn all she could about animal rescue and the overpopulation problem by moving to Alabama. Lauren now does everything from dog assessments to paperwork to fostering lots and lots of dogs. She has a soft spot for shy and frightened dogs, so when she met a feral dog named Winnie in 2017, her family of two became three. When she isn't at the shelter or dressing her foster dogs up in this season's latest fashions, she works full-time at a human resources firm.