While the name is new, we're not new to animal rescue and sheltering. Our team has wide-ranging experience in animal welfare, animal control, business operations and fundraising.
Although we are newly formed as the Clermont Animal CARE Humane Society, we are not new to animal rescue and animal sheltering. Members of our Board of Directors and Advisors include multiple entrepreneurs and Clermont County business owners, and those with a breadth and depth of experience covering a vast array of animal welfare categories. Additionally, our members currently hold and have held staff, volunteer and leadership positions with a vast number of rescue groups. Those relationships will serve as a foundation to fortify CARE’s mission.
OUR Board MEMBERS include:
- Founder of Smith's Pit Stop, a non-profit that has funded the spay/neuter of 1,000 pit bulls since 2015
- Board Member and former Board President of the League for Animal Welfare
- Executive Director and two former Board Presidents of the United Coalition for Animals
- Adoption, Foster & Volunteer Coordinator for Brown County Animal Shelter
- Founder and Board President of My Furry Valentine, a mega adoption event involving 60 local rescue groups and facilitating the adoption of nearly 5,000 animals in 7 years
- Former Board Secretary of HeARTsSpeak, a nationally recognized non-profit organization that unites art and advocacy to increase the visibility of shelter animals around the globe
- Multiple entrepreneurs and Clermont County business owners
- Executive Director of Boone County Animal Care & Control, with success implementing No-Kill strategies at an open-admission county shelter
- President of the Kentucky Animal Care & Control Association
- Midwest Regional Director for Best Friends Animal Society, the nation's largest No Kill animal sanctuary
- Former Chief of Animal Services for the City of Austin, Texas
- Practice Owner and DVM of Park Plaza Animal Hospital
- Emergency Medicine Veterinarian and Registered Veterinary Technician with MedVet Medical and Cancer Center
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Robin is co-Founder and President of Clermont-based Slice of Stainless, as well as the Founder of Smith's Pit Stop, a non-profit organization which provides free spay & neuter surgeries for pit bulls. In the last three years, Smith’s Pit Stop has provided nearly 1,000 free spay/neuter surgeries.
She is also a Board Member for the United Coalition for Animals and My Furry Valentine, and an active member of foster-based rescue group, Adore-A-Bull Rescue. In five years, Robin has fostered more than 60 dogs leading to their successful adoptions and is a vital member of the rescue community.
Carolyn Evans, MBA
Carolyn has a track record of building coalitions and garnering support for animal welfare initiatives. She is the founder and Board President of My Furry Valentine, host of Greater Cincinnati’s largest animal adoption event, bringing together more than 60 local animal shelters and rescue groups over the years and finding homes for nearly 5,000 animals in 7 years. She is the former Board President of United Coalition for Animals, Greater Cincinnati’s first and only high-volume spay/neuter clinic for cats and dogs, performing more 110,000th to date! And she is the former Board Secretary for HeARTsSpeak, an international non-profit organization that unites art and advocacy to increase the visibility of shelter animals. Carolyn has achieved great success in her collaborative approach to addressing community issues around animal welfare. Through these endeavors, she has cultivated many long-standing relationships that will serve to fortify the Clermont Animal CARE Humane Society mission.
In her professional career, Carolyn was a Senior Management Consultant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young and Deloitte & Touche, and she holds an MBA from The Ohio State University. She is now a professional pet photographer with her boutique photography business, phoDOGrapher.
Stephen L. Hood, CPA
Steve is a Principal at Brixey & Meyer. Steve serves as a trusted business advisor to business owners, CEOs, CFOs and boards of advisors, driving value and accountability in the following strategic areas: succession & ownership planning, strategic planning, owners agreement structures, compensation planning, family business advisory & issue mediation, professional management practices, mergers & acquisition strategy, and family charter implementation
Carolyn is a former Board Member and current Executive Director of The Dorothy Francis Charitable Foundation. She also serves on the Leadership Team of My Furry Valentine and has been a volunteer since 2014 with Save The Animals Foundation, a no-kill shelter with approximately 600 animals. She also served as the Volunteer Coordinator with the Oakley Food Pantry from 2010 to 2015. Prior to her retirement, she held the position of Vice President with the Fund Evaluation Group from 2001 to 2013.
Julie O'Connell, DVM
Dr. Julie O'Connell grew up on the west side of Cincinnati and joined the Army after graduating from McAuley High School. She then attended Colorado State University where she obtained her undergraduate degree in Zoology and returned to Ohio and graduated from Veterinary School at the Ohio State University in 1995. Julie has owned Park Plaza Animal Hospital in Clermont County since 1998. She served on the board of the Cincinnati Veterinary Medical Association for many years, and is a past President. She continues to serve on the board of United Coalition for Animals, where she has been involved since it's inception. She has always been an avid animal welfare advocate, including and especially animal rescue efforts, and early spay/neuter initiatives in our area. Julie is mom to five rescue dogs.
Kelli Sieber, RVT
Kelli is a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) in the state of Ohio and currently serves as our shelter Medical Director. She has ten years experience as an RVT, working for MedVet Medical and Cancer Center for Pets for the past seven years, and at CARE Center for three. Kelli studied Veterinary Technology at the University of Cincinnati where she actually obtained some of her practical training at the Clermont County shelter from 2009-2010. As Class President, Kelli led a project to fundraise for the the shelter to donate a Kuranda dog bed for every kennel.
Kelli serves the community as a Board Member of My Furry Valentine and Catholic Residential Services. She is also active in the rescue community through fundraising, volunteering, transport and fostering.
Tammy has been volunteering in the animal world for many years, starting with the Grant County Animal Shelter, organizing adoption events, fundraisers and transporting animals. She is a member of The Friends of The Grant County Shelter, a Board Member of Smith’s Pit Stop, a free spay/neuter program for pitbulls, and a foster and Adoption Coordinator with Adore-A-Bull Rescue, conducting home visits, meet & greets and placements. Tammy is a mom of two adopted pitties and three kitties. Tammy is also a Senior Regional Director of Business Development with First Pacific Corporation earning numerous sales awards since 1995.
In addition to our Board of Directors, Clermont Animal CARE has established an comprehensive Advisory Board to ensure we have guidance on best practices in the areas of animal code enforcement, animal welfare, business development, veterinary medicine and fundraising.
Director, Boone County (Kentucky) Animal Care and Control
Beckey has more than thirty years of experience in animal sheltering and animal control and is currently implementing the “No Kill” programs into the Boone County Animal Shelter. Her expertise includes animal control laws and enforcement, animal licensing and animal behavior, serving as the current President of the Kentucky Animal Control Association and Board Member of PAWS of Dearborn County. Beckey leads the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area’s first open admission, no-kill county animal shelter. Her successes have been recognized nationally by animal welfare organizations and foundations.
Senior Lending Officer, Access Business Development & Finance, Inc.
With more than 43 years of banking experience, Bob has devoted most of his career to lending, managing millions of dollars in loans and serving as a trusted advisor to hundreds of businesses. As the senior lending officer at Access, he matches clients with loans, participates in the underwriting process, and maintains long-term relationships with clients. During his career, he’s especially proud of the way he’s been able to help businesses grow, not only by helping them with financing but also with business advice. With his guidance, businesses that started in an owner’s garage or at a dining room table have grown to do more than $30 million in annual sales and employ more than 50 people.
Bob worked for Key Bank and its predecessors for 25 years, including as a Vice President and Small Business Relationship Manager. He also spent more than six years with WesBanco Bank Inc. as a Senior Vice President of Corporate Banking, specializing in small business lending and development in the Southwest Ohio Region. He has been honored for his work with businesses, including the Small Business Advocate of the Year Award from the Clermont County Chamber of Commerce. He serves as the Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Ohio Small Business Development Center based in Clermont County. Bob holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati.
Bob enjoys helpingcompanies grow and strengthening the community. He is an asset to the Advisory Board with his community relations and financing experience.
Board Member & Fmr. Board President, League for Animal Welfare
Carol is currently on the Board of Directors of the League for Animal Welfare. Founded in 1949, League for Animal Welfare is a privately funded, non-profit organization providing much-needed care for unwanted, lost and neglected cats and dogs in our community. As the oldest and one of the largest no-kill shelters in the area, the League serves the Greater Cincinnati area through initiatives to reduce the number of homeless animals and to help people better care for their pets.
She is also the former Board President for both the League for Animal Welfare and United Coalition for Animals, Chair/Director Emeritus of Pets in Need of Greater Cincinnati and Regional Coordinator for Westie Rescue Indiana. In her professional career, Carol served for 22 years as the Vice-President of Corporate Communications and External Affairs at Federated Department Store.
Chief Executive Officer, Barefoot Proximity
Chris brings marketing and digital advertising expertise to his Advisory Board Role. He is the CEO of Barefoot Proximity, where he is responsible for shaping an agency culture that brings out the best in people and the clients they serve. In recent years, Chris has helped his team partner with other Omnicom agencies to expand relationships at Procter & Gamble, ExxonMobil, Bayer Crop Science and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Chris holds a B.S. in Organizational Behavior from Miami University.
Founder, The Pet Spot, Inc.
In 2005 Jeff Voelpel co-founded The Pet Spot, Inc., offering boarding, dog daycare and grooming facilities, where he currently serves as General Manager. As the midwest’s largest indoor and outdoor doggie daycare facility with nearly 300 kennels, Jeff’ expertise in kennel operations, cleaning protocols and disease prevention are a tremendous asset to our Advisory Board.
Jeff and The Pet Spot are active supporters of animal rescue in the Greater Cincinnati area, providing complimentary daycare for the Save the Animals Foundation shelter, providing an incredible opportunity for these dogs to get much-needed exercise and socialization. Additionally, it is a contributing factor in the decision for many potential adopters, as it results in better socialized and adjusted animals.
Jeff founded Hyde Park K9 Kamp in 2002 which provided both dog daycare and grooming. He served on the Diamond Oaks Vocational School Advisory Board from 2010-2016. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Marketing and Management from the University of Cincinnati.
Kristi Baker, DVM
Emergency Medicine Veterinarian, MedVet Medical and Cancer Center for Pets
Kristi Baker, DVM, is an Emergency Medicine Veterinarian at Medvet Cincinnati where she has been part of the medical team since 2013. Dr. Baker attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine where she earned her doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. In addition to her work at Medvet, Dr Baker is also the chief veterinarian and owner of Veterinary Medical Center of Independence.
Dr. Baker maintains an interest in all aspects of emergency medicine, but also has a passion for veterinary dentistry and dermatology. Kristi currently works with many rescues and shelters at her Medical Center to provide wellness, spay and neuter and other services.
United Coalition for Animals
Melanie is the Executive Director of the United Coalition for Animals. She became interested in spay/neuter after volunteering at a no-kill shelter for 9 years and becoming frustrated when after celebrating each adoption, more animals just kept coming in to fill the empty cages. She realized that spay/neuter was the answer to addressing the root cause of the problem. She also serves on the Leadership Team of My Furry Valentine's for the Rescue/Shelter Committee. Prior to UCAN, Melanie worked as an attorney in private practice for 25 years, focusing on profit and non-profit corporate law, general business law and securities law.
Midwest Regional Director, Best Friends Animal Society
Tawny Hammond, the Midwest Regional Director for Best Friends Animal Society, and the former Chief of Animal Services for the City of Austin Texas, has over 30 years of experience in the public service arena, creating and implementing programs and services for people and their animals, working effectively with appointed and elected officials, creating and leading teams focused on professional excellence and best practices.
For six years, Austin Animal Services has been a leader for municipal shelters and animal control in the nation, saving more than 90% of the more than 17,000 animals that come through the doors each year. Austin is known for being the largest No Kill community in the nation as well as being one of the safest communities for people and pets.
Tawny has a proven track record of success, serving for more than 25 years in municipal government in Fairfax County, Virginia and bringing the Fairfax County Animal Shelter to 90% life outcome in less than two years. Austin reached a new milestone under her leadership in 2017, achieving live outcomes for 98% of the more than 17,000 animals who came through its doors this past year.
Tracy L. Hawkins, Esq.
Tracy is the managing member of Hawkins Law LLC in Union Township and licensed to practice law in Ohio and Kentucky. She is also the Director of the Clermont Small Business Development Center, providing no-cost counseling to small businesses. Tracy is a member of the Clermont County Bar Association and a past member of the Clermont SBDC Advisory Board and its CEO Roundtable. She was named a “Rising Star” by the Greater Cincinnati YWCA Academy of Career Women of Achievement and was recently honored by the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati for outstanding pro bono legal services to residents of Clermont and Brown counties.
Tracy is a current Board Member of the Ohio Police K9 Association, supporting the service and safety of our human and K9 law enforcement. She is a past Board Member of the Cincinnati affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure as well as the Community Outreach & Translation Core of UC’s Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Center. Tracy was an honored survivor speaker at Cincinnati’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign and a past chairperson of the Brown County Relay for Life. She is the 2018 attorney advisor to the Georgetown High School mock trial team and a former judge at the annual high school mock trial competitions held in Clermont County. Tracy is a National Inspiring Coach (Brooks Running, 2014) and a retired track & field coach for Georgetown Jr-Sr High School. She is also a retired coach for the Clermont-Brown Youth Basketball Association.
Tracy’s involvement in the animal advocacy and rescue community began in 2011, in furtherance of shelter reform and animal welfare. She is a foster failure and mom to three pups, and lists freedom rides from shelters among her favorite activities.