Meet the Team

 

The Staff of Humane Society for Greater Savannah is engaging in a proactive approach to end animal homelessness in our community. At its core is the Pet Fix Savannah team, as having a high volume low cost spay neuter clinic is essential to reducing our homeless pet population. Our team also aims to provide a safety net to families struggling to care for their pets through a pet food pantry, housing assistance, training resources and medical care. People will continue to face struggles and have to make the difficult decision to surrender their pets. Our Shelter Operations team is committed to providing high quality care to our community’s homeless pets.

 

Michelle Thevenin
Executive Director
Michelle is the Executive Director of the Humane Society for Greater Savannah. Previously she was Executive Director of Monadnock Humane Society in southwest New Hampshire. Prior to that, Michelle was a healthcare fundraiser at Partners Continuing Care and also raised funds for higher education at Endicott College and Cornell University in the Boston area. She began her fundraising career with Cornell as the Director of Alumni Affairs & Development in New England. She earned both her M.B.A./M.I.L.R. as well as her B.A. from Cornell University. Michelle’s volunteer experience includes board leadership for various organizations as well as volunteering with Girl Scouts and Girls Inc. She loves to be outdoors biking or hiking the trails with her three shelter shepherds, Taylor, Darwin and Phoenix. Her two cats, Maggie and Zachary prefer to stay at home. Michelle is also an avid gardener and has owned several fixer upper homes.
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Leadership Team

William Brown III
Director of Shelter Operations
William brings more than nine years of experience in shelter operations with specialization in canine emergency management, canine training and shelter management. Previously he served as the Director of Global Security at Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation and as the Acting Deputy Director at the Pentagon Access Control Division. Brown is a retired United States Air Force Veteran. In his free time he enjoys creating music, photography and spending time with his wife Letoya, three kids and two dogs (Jaylen and Oreo).
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Becca Bruni
Director of Development and Marketing
Prior to joining the HSGS team in January 2015, Becca spent six years as a healthcare and higher education fundraiser at the University of Augusta in various roles including Assistant Director of Annual Giving and Development Officer. She is responsible for overseeing all fundraising, marketing and public relations efforts at HSGS. Becca is a University of Georgia alumna and she lives in Savannah with her husband and their two dogs – Hadley and Bailey.
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Megan Collins
Director of Public Programs
Megan brings over 8 years of animal welfare and program management experience to her role as Director of Public Programs. She oversees the operations of Pet Fix Savannah – a high quality, low-cost spay/neuter clinic, which opened in February 2016. In addition, Megan has oversight of our public training program, Disaster Preparedness, and our pet retention efforts which currently includes our Safety Net Program. She previously worked for the Asheville Humane Society. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, biking and being active outdoors with her dogs
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Sean Griffin
Director of Finance and Administration
Sean has been with HSGS since 2009 as both a consultant and employee. Prior to becoming an HSGS employee in 2016 Sean operated a financial and technology consulting firm in Savannah working with small businesses and non-profit organizations. He is a partner at Oliver Bentleys, a dog products company based in Savannah, Ga. Sean is a 2005 graduate of Penn State University and lives in Savannah with his wife Brooke, three children (Jules, Max and Molly) and four dogs (Beans, Baxter, Sydney and Pippa).
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Shelter Operations Team

Jalil Bowman
Customer Care Coordinator
Jalil has been greeting and helping customers since he was a child working in his family’s business in New Jersey. He relocated to Savannah from New Jersey in 2015.
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Catherine Buscher
Transport Coordinator
Animals have always been a huge part of her life, and she is beyond thrilled to be able to work at HSGS. She moved to Savannah for a degree in Performing Arts, and quickly realized animal care was where her true dedication lies.
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Courtney Foor
Canine Coordinator
Courtney graduated from SCAD with a degree in Graphic Design and a M.A. in Teaching Art. She was a middle school Media Art teacher for five years in South Carolina and a volunteer leader at HSGS for two years before joining our team. She is originally from upstate New York, but Savannah has been her home for the last twelve years.
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Skyler Spencer
Feline Coordinator
Skyler is from Lawton, Oklahoma and worked as a Kennel Technician at a veterinary office while he was in high school. Skyler began working at HSGS as an Animal Care Technician. He has taken a course through the Humane Society of the United States on cat behavior and has gone on several deployments with the ASPCA in various states along the East Coast.
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Julie Washburn
Medical Department Coordinator
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Resource Development Team

Mary Adair
Development Officer
Previously Mary worked for a coastal conservation non-profit and a fundraising consulting firm in New York City. Mary graduated from Boston College with a B.A. in History. She likes to spend time exploring the Georgia coast and rollerblading with her husband and dog, Oliver.
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Selah Gardiner
Community Engagement Manager
Selah graduated from the University of Florida and has been with HSGS since August of 2013, when she started as our Volunteer Coordinator. In her time with us she has strengthened our Volunteer Program, created our Nuzzle Buddies Reading Program, and has most recently moved into the role of Community Engagement Manager. Selah enjoys walking around the Forsyth Farmers Market with her husband and their two rescue dogs- Rook and Aspen, watching local and touring bands perform and riding bikes around Tybee Island.
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Kim Morris
Thrift Store Manager
Kim has close to 30 years of Specialty Retail Management Experience. She likes to spend her free time with family and watching her granddaughters play soccer. She also loves to spend time with her dog, Louie.
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Ashlei Shaw
Data Entry Coordinator
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Pet Fix Savannah Team

Melanie Combs
Registered Veterinary Technician
From a young age, Melanie spent time volunteering at various rescues and animal shelters because of her passion for animals. She graduated from Ogeechee Technical College with her Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology in 2013. Upon graduating, she worked as a Registered Veterinary Technician at Gateway Animal Hospital in Statesboro, GA. In 2016, she joined HSGS at Pet Fix Savannah. In her spare time, she loves taking her three dogs to the beach and to the park. Her two cats hold down the fort while she’s gone. She also loves playing tennis and spending time on the beach.
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Ashley DeBose
Lead Veterinary Assistant
Ashley has been a member of the medical support team since the spring of 2016. She graduated from Georgia Southern University. She is from Bryan County and has 2 horses, 7 cats and 5 dogs.
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Dr. Valeri Love
Veterinarian
Dr. Love graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Previously she worked as the only full-time veterinarian at the Humane Society of North East Georgia performing up to 40 surgeries per day. Dr. Love’s hobbies include exercising, reading, walking on the beach and gardening. She shares her home on Wilmington Island with her two cats, Mandarin and Pistol Pete.
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