About our Board of Directors

Chase Jackson, President

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I have served on the Board of Directors since 2015 as well as the Board of Directors for Arkansas Weimaraner Rescue. I have 4 rescue dogs (3 Weimaraners, a deaf boxer, and a  Catahoula mix). I love being part of this great organization that gives so much back to the pet community in NWA!

Carla Hodges, Vice President

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I am Carla Hodges and after volunteering for two years, joined the Board of Directors in 2017. My husband Jeff and I currently have 4 dogs, all of which are rescue dogs. I’m honored to work with such an amazing group of people, and for such a wonderful cause. 

Jennifer Cole, Secretary

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Jennifer Cole and her husband have enjoyed living in Fayetteville for over 11 years. She had the distinct honor of joining the HSO board of directors in 2018. In addition to working as a pharmacist at the Veterans Healthcare System of the Ozarks, she supports several local non-profit organizations while enjoying the vibrant community.  When she's not raising funds for animals in need, her two yellow labs keep her busy at home.

Lenny Buzik, Treasurer

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I am excited to be a part of such an incredible organization that does so much for so many animals. I have a 5 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Kirby. He is my first pet (my parents and a NYC apartment prevented it before) and he has changed my life. I have always been an animal lover, and now I have the opportunity to truly help. I was born in Boston, raised in Arkansas. After college at NYU, I spent the first half of my career in finance on Wall St., and the last 6 years have been back in NWA working in the supplier community. I am VP of Sales for a chocolate novelty company, whose mission is protecting animals and the natural world and educating kids. I couldn’t be more excited to get involved and give back. 

Andrew White

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I am a technologist through and through. I love using technology to help someone be better tomorrow than they are today. The people, community, and of course, the animals, is what makes HSO such a great organization to be a part of  

Alison Kimbrough

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Desi Keel

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My husband, Peyton, and I have 2 dogs.  I worked for a major corporation for 40 years before retiring in 2013.  I am involved in the Komen Foundation.  My passion in life has been to make the world a better place for animals.  I am honored to be a part of HSO.  I believe in what they represent and am ardent about helping animals in need. 
 

Amber Johnson

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In addition to being an HSO board member and avid dog lover Amber and her husband Jack are very active in the AKC and HRC hunt test arena. Amber is also the current treasurer for Ozark hunting retriever Association. 

Gail Nebben

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My husband, Curt, and I are the proud owners of two rescue dogs, Chet and William.  I have been a teacher for 33 years and teach middle school science at McNair Middle school.  My passion is to help those innocents that can’t help themselves.  HSO allows me to be the hands and feet for animals in need, and I’m proud to be a part of this amazing organization. 

Shannon McMasters

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I am a long-time resident of Fayetteville and been volunteering for HSO for over 9 years.  I became the volunteer coordinator in 2011 and moved to the Board of Directors in 2015.  My pup Einstein or "Hiney" is a 13 year old Cavalier Spaniel/Pekingese mix that I rescued in 2005.  I love being a part of an organization that is so passionate and dedicated to all animals in NWA.  Advocating for those that don't have a voice truly is my passion.  When I am not with my dog or volunteering, I work full time as a studio manager for Orangetheory Fitness in Fayetteville.