2016-17 Board of Directors


Board Officers

Julia Sullivan
Partner, Stone & Sullivan, LLC
Julia H. Sullivan practices law at her firm located in downtown Savannah. Julia has a B.A. in Anthropology from Beloit College. She obtained her J.D. from Southwestern Law School. She has a range of professional experience including- an internship after college with the AIDS Care Network in Rockford, Illinois, serving with the United States Peace Corps as a Rural Health Education Extension Worker in Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa, and working with various legal services organizations during law school. Julia is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Children's School at St. John's Church and the Pro Bono Committee of the Savannah Bar Association. Julia enjoys cooking, reading, jogging, travelling and spending time with her family. In addition to her husband and three children, she shares her home with her rescues- a cat, Stella, and a dog, Lucy, whom is a HSGS alumna.
Jimi Meuse
Ellen Schoolar
Partner, Lowe & Schoolar
Ellen Schoolar is a partner with the law firm Lowe & Schoolar. She is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the American Bar Association, the Savannah Bar Association, the American Association for Justice and the Environmental Law Institute. She has a B.A. in Classical Studies from Millsaps College. She obtained her J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law. She enjoys volunteering for a number of non-profit corporations.

Board Members

Bryna Gordon
Manager of Corporate Communications, Memorial Health
Bryna Gordon is the manager of corporate communications at Memorial Health. She served as Humane Society president in Tallahassee, Florida before moving to the Savannah area. While in Tallahassee, she also served on the city’s animal shelter control board overseeing the staff and daily operations of the shelter. In addition, she was a board member for St. Francis Wildlife Refuge. Since moving to Savannah, she has been an active volunteer with several animal rescue groups including PAWS of Effingham. Bryna lives on a farm in Effingham County with her husband, daughter, and several rescued animals.
Jessica Kelly
Principal Partner, Engel and Volkers
Jessica Kelly is a principle partner of Engel and Volkers. Jessica specializes in property sales in Historic and Metro Savannah. Jessica earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Carolina in 1999, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Jessica owns a small boutique called Twinkle in Downtown Savannah’s City Market. In her free time, Jessica enjoys exploring Savannah’s thriving art and music scene. She lives in the historic Gordonston neighborhood with her husband Joachim and their animal family, including a lab, Rodeo, adopted from HSGS. Jessica’s affiliations include the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Business Association, Historic Savannah Foundation, and the national, state and local Board of REALTORS.
Vandana Murty Abrams
Associate Attorney, Bouhan Falligant LLP
Vandana Abrams is an attorney with the law firm, Bouhan Falligant LLP. , Vandana became a patron of HSGS within a month of moving to Savannah in 2013 when she took home her first fur-baby, Bella. Since then, Vandana volunteered at various HSGS events until eventually joining the Board in 2017. Vandana is currently the Director of Governance for the Board and is committed to making the Greater Savannah area a better place for pets and their people. A reluctant weekend-jogger and avid dog cuddler, Vandana lives in Savannah with her husband and their two spoiled dogs.
Chris Player
Vice President, Regions Insurance Group
Chris Player is an insurance broker with Regions Insurance Group in Savannah, GA. Chris has 12 years of experience in the insurance industry and is a graduate of the University of Georgia. Chris is a member of the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce’s Ambassador Council, Savannah Jaycees and is a Board member of Heads Up Guidance Services (HUGS). He enjoys spending time with Ozzie, his 15-year old dog, friends and family. Chris also enjoys traveling, attending sporting events and concerts, and playing baseball in the Savannah Adult Baseball League.
Nancy Reyes
Controller, Savannah Morning News
Nancy Reyes works in the role of Controller at Savannah Morning News, a division of Morris Publishing Group. Previously Nancy served as Budget Manager at Memorial Health. She has also held financial leadership roles at Gulfstream Aerospace and Suntrust Bank. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Mercer University with a B.A. in Finance and Management. She received her M.B.A. from Georgia Southern University. Nancy is a native of Savannah, GA and currently resides in Pooler, GA with her husband, 2 children and many adopted pets.
Linda Rice
Branch Manager, BankSouth
Linda Rice is branch manager at BankSouth’s Stephenson Ave location. She has more than 20 years’ experience in the banking industry. She has served as treasurer for Warren Women of Today and also served as a counselor for a group of girls through weekly classes and at a summer camp. Linda has two daughters, one son-in-law and two grandchildren.
Kathryn Williams
Co-Owner, North Beach Grill
Kathryn Williams is a retired educator of nearly 30 years. She has an M.A. in Education and is co-owner of the North Beach Bar & Grill on Tybee Island. She is the third member of her immediate family to serve as the president of the board of directors of the Humane Society for Greater Savannah and follows her mother, Gloria Leonard, and late aunt, Joyce McDowell in this position. Kathryn lives on Tybee's Back River with her husband Steve, their rescue dogs Talley and Zeke, and Cleo, a 17-year-old orange tabby cat.