Meet the CARE Team
Meet the members of Cincinnati Animal CARE Humane Society working daily to support the lost and homeless pets of Hamilton County and beyond.
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.
With 10 years experience in the animal services field, Meaghan began her career at spcaLA in Los Angeles. As a Humane Educator, she was part of a team that ran violence-prevention programs pairing youth from at-risk communities with adoptable shelter dogs in positive reinforcement dog training classes. The Humane Education department also included a court-ordered juvenile offender program, 8-week long summer camp, and a foster program for the pets of victims of domestic violence. Meaghan moved on to become Volunteer Manager at spcaLA, overseeing almost 300 volunteers and helped implement a new volunteer levels-based dog enrichment program.
In Cincinnati, Meaghan was the Surrender Prevention Specialist at SPCA Cincinnati. While there, she was a founding member of SAFE (Saving Animals from Eviction), and continued to work with the group when she became Shelter Director at Ohio Alleycat Resource (OAR). While at OAR, Meaghan's team strategically implemented best practices for lifesaving which resulted in the doubling of applications, adoption and rescue transfer numbers. She also led efforts to initiate a new, robust FeLV+ cat adoption program - the first of its kind in Cincinnati. Meaghan is excited to bring her experience and passion for animal sheltering to Cincinnati Animal CARE!
Meaghan holds both a B.S. and M.S. in Education, from The Ohio State University and Canisius College, respectively. She played varsity tennis at Ohio State and is a certified high-performance coach who has worked with nationally-ranked junior players from all over Ohio. Meaghan lives in Covington with 3 cats and 2 Golden Retrievers.
Chief Taylor recently moved from Grand Island, Nebraska, for the opportunity to lead the Animal Care & Control Department for Clermont County. He has more than 6 years of law enforcement experience, including Corrections Officer, Armed ICE Transport Officer, K-9 Unit Supervisor overseeing a team of 7 Patrol Officers, and most recently, he led the operations the Central Nebraska Humane Society Animal Control Department enforcing city, county, state and federal laws.
Chief Taylor has earned numerous certificates in his career including the Field Training Officer distinction. He is a Firefighter/EMT, and holds an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice.
Amanda has been a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) for 16 years and a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care for 7 years. She has worked in a wide variety of veterinary hospitals throughout her career, primarily in the areas of emergency and critical care. Amanda currently works at MedVet and has been in the Emergency and Nursing Department for the past 11 years.
In the world of sheltering, Amanda has fostered for Clermont Animal CARE for the past two years and joined the CACHS team as Medical Director in 2018. She is a graduate of the Maddie's Fund Clinic Management Apprenticeship and loves the challenges of shelter medicine. Amanda often fosters special needs animals and challenging medical cases, including Rocko of “Bucket List” fame. Amanda lives in Clermont County with her husband, daughter, 3 dogs and a variety of other animals who need a place to call home.
Kelsey Maccombs began her career in marketing and communications for nonprofits, but after volunteering for a few years at her local animal shelter in Lansing, Michigan, she knew animal welfare was her life's mission.
Kelsey spent the last 5 years in Philadelphia working for the Pennsylvania SPCA where she served as Lifesaving Manager, overseeing Adoptions, Foster and Rescue departments. Kelsey enjoys hands-on creative problem solving to tackle the daily challenges of sheltering and believes every animal needs and deserves a unique approach. Kelsey's biggest passions in sheltering are improving the day-to-day experience for pets in shelters and creating resources for our community members to keep pets in their loving homes when possible.
Kelsey's home is full with three dogs - Dora, Charlie, and Mira, and two cats - Stella and Luna. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, hiking, or a long rural ride on her motorcycle. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Directors for a nonprofit that provides training resources to folks of marginalized identities who work in specialty coffee.
Born and raised in Cincinnati, in Cincinnati Animal CARE's Northside neighborhood, Captain Corcoran has been in the field helping animals and their people for more than 20 years. A familiar face in the region, Corcoran works to enforce Ohio Revised Code laws pertaining to animals in Hamilton County: picking up stray dogs/cats, saving injured animals, controlling wildlife, and assisting Police and Fire when called upon. "There's nothing else like getting to make a difference for abused pets and reunited lost ones with their owners," Corcoran says.
Outside of the shelter, Captain Corcoran spends time with his children, enjoys working on his home, and loves being outdoors. We are thankful and privileged to have an animal welfare veteran and leader of his caliber on our team.
In 2015 Jessica transitioned from a successful career in Corporate America to the nonprofit sector, focusing on animal welfare. Jessica specializes in Outcomes - getting the animals out of the shelter and into a loving home. Her tireless work ethic also results in reuniting lost pets with their owners, rehoming surrendered pets with new, loving families, and building strong rescue partnerships to help animals within our community.
Jess believes in protecting and supporting the bonds between humans and animals and that the people in our community are the true answer to our lifesaving mission.
Jessica lives in Green Township with her family, and her two shelter dogs - Wrangler and Lily.
With 17 years of on-air experience in Cincinnati radio, it's possible you've seen Ray or have at least heard his voice. Most recently spending over a decade with Mix 94.9, Ray's love of animals frequently found its way onto the airwaves through charity work or stories about his own menagerie at home. In 2018, he launched the Pet of the Day program: each day, Mix 94.9 featured an adoptable animal from various shelters and rescues throughout the tri-state, in hopes of finding forever homes. In less than two years, the program adopted out over 500 dogs, cats, and even a few pigs!
Ray is a lifelong Cincinnatian, growing up in Colerain, just up the street from Cincinnati Animal CARE Humane Society, and a lifelong lover of animals, currently living with two dogs and three cats in his home in Pleasant Ridge. Ray is eager to use his very loud voice to amplify the mission of Compassion. Advocacy. Rescue. Education.
Moving to the Tri-State from Hermiston, Oregon as a teenager, Lieutenant Allen knows his community. Living in Hamilton, Fairfield, Florence, and now residing in Green Township, he's seen firsthand what our community needs from its animal shelter. Lt. Allen takes pride in making sure the animals of Hamilton County are safe and helping their owners provide loving homes; and that loving homes come in all shapes and sizes, "not everyone grew up in the same house on the same street with the same people and because of that each one of us has experiences that make us all unique," Allen says.
Prior to a career in animal welfare, Lt. Allen was (and still is) a certified HVAC technician and certified as a heavy duty diesel mechanic, but after a stint at Grady Veterinary Hospital in Finneytown and becoming a Dog Warden, he knew this is where he belonged and what he was meant for. "I can't see myself doing anything else and being happy."
Laura Person has been in Veterinary Medicine for 12 years, with the past 8 years at MedVet in Emergency and Critical Care as the Clinical Manager.
In addition, she has been fostering animals for almost 10 years and began working as a foster for Clermont Animal CARE last year, when they needed a foster for a medical case. Laura specializes in fosters with medical needs or a need for special care. She has also organized several fundraisers over the past year with her dog Lieutenant Dan to raise money for Clermont Animal CARE. You may recognize Lieutenant Dan as this year's Cadbury Bunny!
At home Laura lives with her husband and 4 rescue dogs: Carrera, Sierra, Sneaky and Lieutenant Dan... and always one additional foster!
Outside of animal welfare, Laura loves spending time outdoors; taking her dogs to the park, hiking and kayaking. She's also an avid runner and just completed the Flying Pig Half Marathon, her 5th half marathon in her running career.
Chris Van Wyk comes to Cincinnati Animal CARE after a stint with our rescue partner, SICSA, as their Animal Care and Behavior Manager. Prior to SICSA, Chris worked at Maricopa County Animal Care and Control in Phoenix, Arizona where they take in 27,000-30,000 animals annually. He moved to Cincinnati in May and is ready to get back into a county shelter.
Chris is CPDT-KA certified and currently working on his CBCC-KA and IAABC Certification as a Shelter Behavior Specialist. Chris is now taking the reins here in Hamilton County as the Behavior & Training Manager, working with each of the dogs in our care to learn about their behavior, personalities, and get them ready for adoption!
Jamie Piccola is a long time animal shelter volunteer who joined the Cincinnati Animal CARE dog walking team over the summer. She has spent the last 8 years in the hospitality industry, so her work with animals and people made her a natural candidate when the opportunity arose for a Volunteer Engagement Coordinator. Born and raised in New York, and spending time with Last Hope K9 in Boston, Jamie eventually made her way to Ohio University, graduating in 2012 with a degree in Hospitality Management and a minor in Spanish and Business.
In her free time, she can be found touring Cincinnati breweries with her boyfriend and her dog Rosie. She also enjoys fitness and "rewarding myself for it with delicious food" afterwards.
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