2016-17 Board of Directors

 

Board Officers

Kathryn Williams
President
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.
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Vandana Murty Abrams
Vice President
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.
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Jimi Meuse
Treasurer
Ellen Schoolar
Secretary
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.
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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.
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Brian Harn
President, The Print Shop of Savannah CEO, The Shave Barber Company, Atlanta
Brian Harn, a native Savannahian and Benedictine graduate (’91), began his career in printing as The Print Shop’s delivery person in 1989. After graduating from the University of Georgia in 1995, Brian returned home to Savannah to serve as general manager of The Print Shop and later became the company’s president with its purchase in 2000. Brian, his son Jack and their ridiculously large Bernese Mountain dog, Riley, currently live near Forsyth Park in downtown Savannah. Brian is a true animal lover, historic preservationist and loves spending time outdoors, especially on the water. Brian has served as president of his neighborhood home owners association and as a United Way volunteer. In 2017, after more than 25 years in the printing industry, Brian needed to spice things up so he purchased The Shave Barber Company in Atlanta. Brian now splits his time between Savannah and Atlanta and enjoys all of what each city offers.
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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.
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Cliff Murse
Cliff Murse is a Founding Partner and Associate Broker at Three Oaks Realty with offices in the  Historic Landmark District and Wilmington Island.      Originally from Alabama, Cliff enjoys spending time outside and on the water with his family,  friends and their new puppy Gracie (Aka Lil’ g). Cliff has had many four­legged rescue loves in  his life and truly believes there’s always room for one more dog.  In 2018 he brought the  concept of For the Love of Paws to Savannah, a fundraising event to benefit the Humane  Society in all of it’s programs to better the lives of pets and people. 
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Christopher Page
Christopher Page is the owner of RSCO and weknowgoats.com and the founder of the DAP Foundation, which donates proceeds to different nonprofit animal rescues every month. Christopher adopted a beautiful maine coon mix kitten from HSGS within a month of moving to Savannah and actively pursued opportunities with the organization until being able to humbly serve on the board. Christopher attends Free Point Church and lives on Wilmington Island with his two young sons Stef and Wes and their fur-babies - Linabear the border collie and Tootie Boo the maine coon.
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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.
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Linda Rice
Savannah Area Retail Manager/Assistant VP, 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.
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Jenna Solari
Deputy Chief, Criminal Section, United States Attorney's Office
Jenna Solari is the Deputy Chief of the Criminal Section of the United States Attorney's Office in Savannah, Georgia. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law and magna cum laude from the University of Richmond. Jenna has previously served as a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Navy, a Special Agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), and a Senior Instructor at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC). A native of the Boston area, Jenna now lives in Bryan County with her husband and her dog.
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