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Vikki ScottOrganization Chair & Director of Friends for Life Center

  • Originally from Alexandria, Virginia.
  • Graduated from D.W. Daniel High School in Clemson, S.C. in 1969.
  • Attended Winthrop College, then transferred to the University of South Carolina where I received a Degree in Nursing in 1972.
  • Married Henry (Hank) Collum Scott in 1978 and we have one married daughter.
  • Owned The Partridge Shoppe from 1987- 2013.
  • President and Board of Directors member of the Animal Advocate non-profit organization since 2005.
  • Director of the Friends for Life Foster and Adoption Center since 2013.
  • Director of the MeowMate/MuttMate program at Allendale Correctional Institution since 2013.
  • Sat on the Character Restoration Initiative Board of Directors from 2014-2018.
  • Allendale Correctional Institution’s Art4Hope program Co-Chair since 2015.

Susan HouckVice Chair & Grants Committee

Susan Houck has served as Animal Advocates Vice President since 2017. She served on the grants committee prior to that. When she is not working with Animal Advocates, Susan works at a clinical social worker in Aiken, SC. She lives in Barnwell, SC with her husband, Danny and her two dogs, Coco and Bentley.

Carolyn WilliamsTreasurer & Grants Committee

I live in Barnwell and am a retired Superintendent of Education for Barnwell Schools. I live with my 2 dogs: Patches and Cely, rescue dogs. I am the Treasurer of Animal Advocates of Barnwell.

Craig HarperSecretary

Craig Harper serves as Secretary on the Animal Advocates Board of Directors. Craig has always had animals growing up , from dogs, cats, rabbits, ducks, guinea pigs, and hamsters. Dogs really found a place in his heart when he was younger, and when he married his wonderful wife Sandy, their first child was a Jack Russell, and they never looked back, continuing with owning Jack Russells, and adopting a retired racing Greyhound and adopting a Fox Terrier. They have two great kids, and their oldest just made them Grandparents, as she adopted a English Bulldog from a rescue group in GA.

Denise ParkerCo-Chair of Pick of the Litter

Denise Parker joined the Board of Directors in February 2005. She is appreciative of the opportunity to be a member of a group dedicated to improving the lives of animals. She is currently serving as the Co-Chair of the of the Pick of the Litter Shoppe. Denise has a professional background in education. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Limestone College, Master’s Degree in Education from Converse College, and Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina. She is a Library Media Specialist at a 4th-6th grade elementary school.

Denise is the proud parent of two adult children, Avery and Connor. Canine grandkids are Juno, Reese, and Marble.

Jenny MayoCo-Chair of Pick of the Litter

Jenny retired from the medical field after 42 years in Radiology/Nuclear Medicine. She attended Richard Memorial School of Radiologic Technology and completed her training in Nuclear Medicine Technology at Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University. She has been on the Animal Advocate Board for 4 years. Co-chairs the Pick of the Litter thrift store as well as volunteers.

Scottie MooreGrants Committee

Scottie Moore is a retired school teacher. She also worked at the Savannah River Ecology Lab Outreach Program where she took local wildlife animals to schools, libraries, etc for educational programs. She also lead ecologist for a day programs once a week during the school year. Scottie operated a baton twirling/dance twirl studio for years and is a member of the Baton Twirling Hall of Fame. She was feature twirler for the University of SC Marching band from 1964-1968. She now operates a Bed and Breakfast in Barnwell, SC. She is married to Tim Moore and has two sons and 4 grandchildren.

Kimberli ScottFundraising Chair

Kimberli Scott resides on the Board of Directors for the Animal Advocates of Barnwell County and is Fundraising Chair. She is involved with the InMates/Mutt Mates/Meow Mates Program within the Allendale Correctional Institution. Ms. Scott’s true passion is to provide care for abandoned and abused cats and dogs and place these animals in stable and loving homes. Kimberli’s love for animals is demonstrated by her own 12 rescued dogs and 4 rescued cats that she lovingly regards as her children.

Additionally, Ms. Scott is a Board of Trustee for the Original Six Foundation which serves as a catalyst for uniting community leaders and resources to identify and address the challenging issues in rural communities in SC particularly in areas of education. She is Ambassador for Dreams Imagination and Gift Development Program (DIG) whose mission is to develop STEM opportunities to further rural growth and development through education, mentorship, recreation, and community engagement. She is also on the Advisory Committee of the US2020 STEM Coalition Grant.

In her spare time, Ms. Scott is the Director of Human Resources for Collum’s Lumber Products, LLC in Allendale, SC. where she is one of the three 4th generation family owners. Industry related, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Lumber Manufacturing Association and is a member of the Government Affairs Committee. She serves on the Finance Committee for the Softwood Lumber Board and is the Chair of the Nominating Committee for the Treated Wood Council.

In 2014, she was named South Carolina Ambassador for Economic Development for Allendale County by former Governor Nikki Haley. In 2018, was recognized by the South Carolina Arts Commission and honored as the first recipient of the Image Award for community involvement. The following year, was issued the Longevity Award by South Carolina Department of Commerce.

Lora OdermattSocial Media

Cosmetologist at Amazing Artizens in Aiken, SC Married to Kurt Odermatt. Proud parent to 4 fur babies, Dogs, Willow and Barkley, tuxedo cat Fanny Bobbit and a pygmy hedgehog called Astrid ( also several finned friends in my home aquariums!). I have loved and cared for animals my whole life and I am so happy to serve on the board of the Animal Advocate's.

Elizabeth RingusChaplin

Elizabeth (Liz) Ringus, Board Member since 2013. Master Potter, owner of Little Red Barn Gallery in Barnwell; Pottery Instructor (volunteer) of Jeremiah 18 Prison Pottery Program at Allendale Correctional Institution which I developed in 2014.

I’m married to Paul Ringus and we’re proud parents of two successful adult children, one talented grandchild and ‘pet mom’ to 4 rescue kitties.

Will KeelChair of Maintenance & Repair Committee

Will is a graduate of USC. He lives in Barnwell and is a State Farm agent. He has been an Animal Advocate board member for approximately a year.

Davey AtkinsonChair of Maintenance & Repair Committee

My name is Davey Atkinson with McCain Atkinson Insurance. I am a 2013 graduate of the University of South Carolina With a degree in Insurance and Risk Management. I have an 8 year old Boykin Spaniel named MoJo. A part from Animal Advocates I am on the Board of Ducks Unlimited’s Lexington, SC chapter and Volunteer for a Children’s advocacy Center in Lexington called “The Dickerson Center.”

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