Cincinnati Animal CARE Board of Directors
Meet the Board Members of Cincinnati Animal CARE Humane Society working to support the lost and homeless pets of Hamilton County.
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.
Carolyn is a founding member of Clermont Animal CARE Humane Society (CACHS) and volunteers as the organization’s Executive Director. It was Carolyn's vision to support the Best Friends Animal Society No Kill 2025 Initiative that led to the formation of CACHS in October 2017 and the decision to bid on the contract for the Clermont County animal shelter.
Carolyn's extensive collaborative work in the Cincinnati-area animal welfare community enabled her to pull together a strong coalition of like-minded individuals and organizations to work toward implementing proven lifesaving programs and the successful animal shelter bid. She is the founder and Board President of My Furry Valentine, host of Greater Cincinnati’s largest animal adoption event celebrating more than 7,000 adoptions in 9 years; 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 than 132,500 surgeries to date; and former Board Secretary for HeARTsSpeak, an international non-profit organization that unites art and advocacy to increase the visibility of shelter animals.
Carolyn holds a B.S. in Management from Purdue University and an M.B.A. from The Ohio State University. She has a decade of experience as a management consultant. She’s a proud graduate of the inaugural Best Friends’ Animal Society Executive Leadership Program, the first lifesaving certification for animal services executive level leaders in the nation.
In addition to her charitable work, Carolyn’s pet photography studio, phoDOGrapher, has been photographing pets & their people for nearly two decades. She lives in Mt. Adams with her husband, their two animal-loving boys, and 3 rescue dogs Abby, Capt. Jack, and Sanchez, a CACHS alum.
Cici is a Magistrate with the Warren County Common Pleas Court handling criminal felony arraignments and civil cases. Carolyn is also a founding member of the Warren County Drug Court Treatment Team, which provides alternatives to incarceration for substance users seeking change. Carolyn grew up with her sister and fellow board member, April Besl, on a 30-acre horse farm with wire hair fox terriers and standard poodles. An animal lover, Carolyn was a competitive equine eventer and would often be found trail riding with the family dogs by her side. Today, Carolyn lives in Hamilton Township and is on the hunt for her next canine best friend.
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