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 Evans is Cincinnati Animal CARE's Executive Director. She is a founding member of Cincinnati Animal CARE Humane Society, and previously held the same role at Clermont Animal CARE. Carolyn has more than 20 years experience launching, building and successfully leading animal non-profit organizations in our region including United Coalition for Animals, My Furry Valentine and Clermont Animal CARE. She is a graduate of the inaugural class of the Best Friends Animal Society/Southern Utah University Executive Leadership Certification, the world’s first and only post-secondary program for animal welfare professionals. Carolyn holds an MBA from The Ohio State University and has almost a decade experience in the private sector as a management consultant, experience she draws on regularly in her role as Executive Director.
Meaghan Colville is Cincinnati Animal CARE's Director of Lifesaving Programs. She is a founding member of Cincinnati Animal CARE Humane Society, and previously held the same role at Clermont Animal CARE. She is a graduate of the Best Friends Animal Society/Southern Utah University Executive Leadership Certification, the world’s first and only post-secondary program for animal welfare professionals. Meaghan has been working in animal welfare in a variety of roles for over 10 years in Los Angeles and Ohio, including for SPCA Cincinnati in 2017-18. She has a Masters Degree in Education from Ohio State University.
Troy Taylor is Hamilton County's Chief Dog Warden and Cincinnati Animal CARE's Director of Field Services. He is a founding member of Cincinnati Animal CARE Humane Society, and previously held the same roles at Clermont Animal CARE. Troy has more than 6 years of law enforcement experience, earning numerous certificates in his career, including the Field Training Officer distinction. In his role as Animal Control Supervisor and Lead Animal Control Officer, Troy oversaw the operations of 3 Officers at the Central Nebraska Humane Society.
Amanda Taylor is Cincinnati Animal CARE's Medical Director. She is a founding member of Cincinnati Animal CARE Humane Society, and previously held the same role at Clermont Animal CARE. Amanda has worked in veterinary medicine for over 15 years and is a Registered Veterinary Technician as well as one of only 9 Veterinary Technician Specialists-Emergency Critical Care in the State of Ohio. She has worked in the critical care unit of Medvet for the last 10 years and specializes in emergency trauma and triage. Amanda often fosters special needs animals and challenging medical cases, including Rocko of “Bucket List” fame.
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.
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!
Now serving as Cincinnati Animal CARE's Media and Community Relations Manager, Ray is the voice of the shelter on our social media platforms and frequently seen and heard on traditional media as well. 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.
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
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!
Amanda Graus is Cincinnati Animal CARE's Foster Coordinator. Amanda oversees our foster program and has grown the program from 0 to nearly 700 foster homes over the last 8 months. We currently have more than 300 animals in foster, greatly expanding our capacity for care and our lifesaving ability. Prior to joining us in September 2020, Amanda interned with the Lexington Humane Society in their foster department while completing her studies at University of Kentucky as a marketing major.
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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