I oversee, supervise and maintain efficient operation of the Brown County Humane Society’s Animal Shelter (at least that is what my job description says!). I will celebrate my 4-year anniversary with BCHS in March.
As a young’un, I always felt called to work with animals. I thought maybe I would be a vet, or animal control officer (like the ones I saw on Animal Cops on Animal Planet). Early in my high school years, I felt my need to help others would land me in social services of sorts. I feel like our work at the humane society allows me to embrace both worlds. Not only are we here to serve the animals who need us, but to serve the humans who love those animals as well.
Most of my spare time is spent with my husband and our fur kids including a 9-year-old German Shepherd Joley, 4-year-old cat Jonah, and two senior paint horses, Dozer and Bonnie. I am 3 years into a kitchen remodel project (we are SURE this is the year for us to finish) Occasionally I even find time to go line dancing or catch up on the Mandalorian with my husband.
My role at BCHS is a little bit of everything. My main duties are carrying out the marketing efforts of the organization including our newsletters, media relations and social media. I also coordinate the over 100 volunteers that dedicate their time to helping us do what we do. On occasion I also bug the animal care staff by “helping” out at the shelter.
I have always had a great love for animals and have always wanted to work in animal welfare. When the opportunity for this position came open, I knew I had to jump on it. I love knowing that I am playing a part in helping animals find a home that will love them forever.
My free time is generally spent with either my significant other or my family. We have three “kids” that take up most of our time – a senior beagle named Tippy who might be the most stubborn, diva dog on the planet as well as our two cats – Felix and Lola who spend most of their day avoiding the dog. During normal times I enjoy going to the movies or spending a lazy day around the house.
Describing my “area of focus” is not easy or a short response. We all do a little of everything around here. I love that every day has different priorities and we all have to pitch in to ensure everything is completed. I have been a part of BCHS for 8 years.
I enjoy coming to work in the early morning and being greeted by all the cats and dogs. They are always so happy to see us every day for their shelter, food and fun activities.
My husband and I love our home and life in Brown County. We are always excited to share it with our two dogs, cat, horse, family and friends.
My role at BCHS is to help provide our animals with all of the “Five Freedoms.” These include freedom from hunger and thirst, freedom to express normal behaviors, freedom from fear and distress, freedom from discomfort, and my ‘area of focus’ is providing freedom from pain, injury, or disease
My favorite part about working in shelter medicine is being able to be a part of the “transformations” that can happen when a little TLC is provided to an animal that may have not been cared for in their “previous life” before coming to the shelter.
I have worked with BCHS for almost three years now. I have spent almost 10 years as a veterinary technician and I have found working with shelter animals brings me the most joy.
When I am not at the shelter, I am outside in nature with my partner Zach and my best friend Lundy, my dog. Lundy is my favorite breed of dog, a “brown dog.” He is a spoiled only child but loves when I bring him home kittens to foster. We love hiking, swimming, kayaking, foraging for edible plants and mushrooms, gardening, and if I must be indoors, playing on the ceramic wheel.
Brian Blessing Animal Care Staff
My responsibilities at the shelter allow me to tend to the needs of the dogs in our care – cleaning kennels, enrichment, feeding and adoption counseling among other things. I’ve been with BCHS for eight years.
What I like most about working here is the people I work with. From board members to volunteers and staff, we are all aiming to achieve a common goal. I also enjoy spending time and working with the critters at the shelter. I have a solid belief that there is a home out there for each and every animal.
I am married to my wonderful wife and my only child is a Beagle mix named Francy. I like to spend my time off playing golf, riding my motorcycle or just enjoying most outdoor activities.
I was a small business owner for 25 years. Since retiring from a successful career, I have concentrated my full-time efforts in Animal Welfare. I have served eleven years on the Board of Directors, with eight of those as President. I have served on several committees within many areas of the shelter.
I lead a successful Spay/Neuter program that is responsible for reducing our intake by 50%+ during the past ten years. In addition, my passion is for fostering for the organization and I have adopted out hundreds of puppies, kittens, and other adult dogs that needed special care.
I am married to the love of my life, Evan. We both share the passion of animals and improving their lives. Evan and I continued our passion by establishing an endowment at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine to provide funding for research and treatment for animals and humans with cancer.
Greg Bennett Secretary
I have been around and run manufacturing plants all of my career. I have a chemistry degree along with an MBA and a Masters in Organizational Effectiveness. I am fortunate to have my current position with Clifbar as the company truly believes in protecting the environment, maintaining health by using organic ingredients, valuing their people, community service, and trying to assure that the world’s farmers are treated with respect.
I became involved with the Brown County Humane Society back in the early 80s. We had some very dedicated leadership in those days – like Ruby Plummer and Fran Fears. The shelter in those days was still on Cramer Road. I have served over the years as the Society’s President, Treasurer, and Secretary. The current leadership of the BCHS and local community has done wonders in supporting the new shelter.
I am blessed that my mother is still alive at the age of 85. My wife Vicki and I have two adult sons, and 4 grandchildren. My hobbies focus on the out of doors and travel. I love to hit tennis balls, golf balls, bike, fish, snow ski, and play an occasional game of chess.
Jane Weatherford Treasurer
I first joined the board in 1982. It’s a family thing! My great uncle was involved early in the BCHS organization and my dad served as Treasurer for many years. My mom was also on the board. When I moved to the county in 1982 I immediately started volunteering for the shelter and have served in many capacities, from committee chairs to President.
I had a wonderful career as a biologist at Eli Lilly and Company for 34 years but was so excited to retire so I could devote full time to my passion – animal welfare. I enjoy all aspects of the organization from fostering pets to raising money. I can’t imagine doing anything else in retirement!
My husband, Scott, and I share our home with one dog and one cat and a variety of foster pets. He never knows what I might bring home! I enjoy spending time in nature and especially like to go on hikes with our dog. Wildlife watching is also a favorite activity and I have enjoyed several trips to Africa, the Galapagos Islands and Costa Rica where the wildlife is amazing.
My first interaction with BCHS was when we adopted Misty and Amelia as kittens in 2011. I first got started as a volunteer with BCHS after responding to a LinkedIn post seeking volunteers. That was in 2015, and since then I’ve had the opportunity to get more involved through events like the Barn Sale and Chocolate Walk.
After receiving my BS in Accounting from IU-Bloomington, I got my CPA (now inactive) and worked for around 15 years in public and corporate accounting. Today, I work as a pre-sales consultant for Oracle, demonstrating financial systems to hospitals and healthcare organizations across the country.
I live in Brown County with my husband, Tim, daughter, Serissa, and three cats, Misty, Amelia, and Koko. When I’m not working or volunteering for the shelter, I like to crochet, read, watch movies, and play games with my family.
I started volunteering with BCHS shortly after moving to Brown County in 2002. I began working with our off-site adoption events and have continued to become more involved in the organization, joining the board in 2017.
I have a BS in Forestry from Purdue University and a Master’s in Public Administration from Indiana University. I have worked at the Indiana Geological and Water Survey in Bloomington for the past 18 years as a Database Administrator/GIS Analyst.
I live in Brown County with my two dogs, Jessie and Woody. I am an avid outdoors person, and enjoy backpacking, birdwatching and just about anything else that connects me with the natural world – most of all hiking with my dogs. I volunteer with the Canine Express Transport Project as well as the Indiana Transport Group. Whether it is a small puppy or kitten or a huge St. Bernard, I enjoy driving these special passengers and getting them to their new homes. I am also a RedRover responder, assisting with emergency sheltering for animals displaced by natural disasters and other crises.
I became involved with BCHS in early 2000 shortly after moving here from Houston. Actually, my husband Donald and I became involved when we thought we were attending a BCHS social event and it was actually a board meeting. We have been a part of the organization ever since.
I attended Indiana University from which I attained my BA in Biology and my MA in Geology. I went on to work for Exxon Houston for 17 years. Industry-wide layoffs “sent” me back to college to become a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT). I am now retired and my current career is to take care of our 19 kitties – several of which are special needs.
Donald and I spend hours every day taking care of the kitties. When, and if, I have the time I like to read.