The Kennek Foundation, Inc.

Sheila Duncan, Founder

Sheila Duncan is President of Larkin Ltd., holding company for the global children’s character, Trouble the Dog.

Since the creation of the Trouble character in 2006, Sheila has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of the issues children and their families are facing in today’s world. Also, she continues to donate Trouble product to those who need comfort and hope most of all. Trouble is not simply a plush dog, but a proven coping mechanism for those going through tough times. Kids can feel his energy.

This generation of children is more stressed than any before them – they are bullied, homeless, their parents are deployed overseas, they are being abused and so much more. Our kids are in trouble.

Inspired by the generosity of her entrepreneur father, Ken Duncan, Sheila decided to form The Kennek Foundation to expand her reach as the requests for donations and visits from Trouble the Dog are continuously increasing.


Melanie Fleming, Executive Consultant

An accomplished executive leader, Melanie will build upon a proven track record for producing effective marketing and communications strategies that deliver consistent, excellent results for high tech, retail and non-profit organizations.  Melanie is charged with leading the growth of The Kennek Foundation through the development of customized marketing plans and creative public relations and social media strategies. These strategies will generate positive brand affiliation for The Kennek Foundation, its Founder, Sheila Duncan and spokesfigure, Trouble The Dog.  Melanie’s award-winning journalism and compelling storytelling expertise, coupled with incredible passion and creativity, will enable her to meet this goal while engaging multiple audiences with the compassionate story of Trouble The Dog and advocating for children who need hope.

Melanie provides strategic counsel to Founder Sheila Duncan, skillfully positioning her as an expert resource to the media on important topics including: children’s health and well-being, talking to children about difficult topics, leadership, entrepreneurship, women in business and Made-In-The USA initiatives. Melanie will work as part of an integrated Marketing effort to continue to build the Foundation’s national visibility, spearheading communications targeted towards donors, corporations and philanthropic partners. Melanie has negotiated strategic partnerships with like-minded, socially conscious companies and will continue to expand these efforts. She pitches stories to the media and prepares executive talking points and continues to secure impressive media coverage. 

Melanie is directly responsible for strategic planning, public relations, multi-channel campaigns, event planning and effective web and social media strategies. Her depth of marketing experience and creative talents lend to the creation of customized marketing programs. These programs are designed to increase The Kennek Foundation’s resources and visibility, while expanding the geographical reach to help children not only in New England, but on a national and international scale, while educating audiences and bringing hope and inspiration to children and families going through troubling times.

Susan Byors, Accountant

Susan Byors has worked as an accountant for 40 years.  Her career has consisted of positions as Controller of Champion Footwear in New York as well as an accountant for corporations in New England in the areas of mergers and acquisitions and non profits.  Susan brings her vast expertise to The Kennek Foundation where she will be responsible for the daily bookkeeping and accounting tasks being generated by Kennek. 

Susan will also be working in tandem with John Crosby, CPA Principal of Wald & Company in Quincy, MA.

Board of Directors

Susan Donahue, Trade Show Consulting, LLC

Pat Narcessian, Citizens Bank

Sheila Duncan