About our Board of Directors

Beth Murray, President

My husband, Bryan and I have six rescue dogs. Gauge – Vizsla mix, Dax – Blue Heeler Mix, Jasmine and Hadley – Weimaraners and Sophie - Blue Lacey adopted from Arkansas Weimaraner Rescue and Ruger – Plott Hound adopted from HSO.  When I am not with our furkids, or volunteering for AWR or HSO, I work full time as an analyst for a fantastic company located in NWA.  I enjoy running, traveling, working in our yard and spending time with friends.   I am honored to be a part of HSO because of the love and dedication the entire organization shows for animals; working together with many other teams to ensure dogs (and cats) are rescued and adopted to loving families.

Chase Jackson, Vice President

I have served on the Board of Directors since 2015 as well as the Board of Directors for Arkansas Weimaraner Rescue. I have 5 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!

Holly Langton, Secretary

I have a rescue dog - Indiana, he is a Labrador Retriever and I have a cat, Marley. I work full-time for a Non-Profit,  I have volunteered for numerous HSO events, and am an active Foster parent for HSO dogs. I got involved with HSO through my good friend Beth Murray, and have come to really love the work HSO is doing for the animals in NWA. In my free time I enjoy running, hanging out with my friends and family, taking my dog out, and traveling. 

Carol Waddle, Treasurer

Carol is a long-time resident of Fayetteville where she lives with her husband, Jonny, and her adopted Miniature Schnauzer, Bailee Rae.  She works at Signature Bank of Arkansas, where she was a mortgage lender for 11 years and is currently a Business Development Officer.  She loves to travel, ride bikes on NW Arkansas’ wonderful Razorback Greenway, and loves Razorback baseball.  Bailee Rae picked Carol for a mom when she saw her at the Poteau Valley Animal Shelter over 7 years ago, and it has been a continuing love story.  Carol is happy to be able to give back to the community through the Rotary Club of Fayetteville, the Humane Society of the Ozarks, and Arkansas Coalition Against Sexual Abuse, where she currently serves on the board as treasurer.

Carla Hodges

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. 

Amber Johnson

Amber is a true Fayetteville native.  She loves helping animals in need.  She and her husband also compete in hunt tests with their Labrador retrievers.

Alison Kimbrough

Alison joined the HSO board to be part of a group that protects and advocates for animals.   She enjoys being with adoptable dogs while working adoption events.  "The feeling of being part of the first dog adopted, after joining the HSO, continues to be the same for every dog that gets a forever home, over the moon!"

Alison and her husband William currently share their home with Izzy a black lab, Bentley a rescued black lab and Louie a rescued black lab mix.

Desi Keel

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. 

Gail Nebben

Two beautiful dogs rescued my husband and me, and our lives are better for it.  HSO has given me the opportunity to try and make a small difference in the lives of animals that need an advocate for them.  As a middle school teacher I tell children it is our mission to make a positive impact in this world.  I’m grateful to put feet and hands to that mission and work beside people that share my passion.

Dr. Laura Hokett, DVM

I have been practicing Veterinary medicine since 1987 and have always felt it was my duty to give back as much as possible through various humane organization partnerships. I have been back in northwest Arkansas the last 14 years and have grown very fond of HSO and their unique programs that are much needed in our area. I am proud to be a board member and serve this organization and the animals.

Frank Johnson

Andrew White

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  

Megan Kelsey


I grew up in Hot Springs, AR working in my family’s pet boutique, La Pet Pourri.  We were very active in the Garland County Humane Society and this sparked my love for rescuing animals.  My husband Daniel and I have lived in Fayetteville for 10 years and I currently own Something Urban Boutique.  I recently started my own line of pet inspired tees called Basic B Collection for people and their pets, and a percentage of every tee sold goes to the Humane Society of The Ozarks.  My husband and I have three rescue animals whom we adore, two Siamese cats and one Pomeranian. 

Lenny Buzik


As the newest member of the board of HSO, 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. 

Shannon McMasters