2019 Board Members

Sharon adopted her first dog from Animal Aid in 2012 and since then, her family has adopted four more. Sharon began fostering our dogs in 2016, works on the Friday shift, odd weekends, and extended hours on Sundays.  She also does evening meds at the shelter on the first Tuesdays of the month.  A member of the Events Committee since last year, she felt her next natural step was running for the Board.  Unanimously selected as President, she is excited and looking forward to the opportunity to take our shelter forward into the future!

Contact: president@animalaidsociety.org

Sharon Bilyj  President 

Vice President 

Karen started volunteering at Animal Aid in the spring of 2009.  A past Fundraising Chair, Karen is now a second Sunday Shift Leader and part of the fourth Tuesday night meds team.  Karen is also a two-time foster failure/winner. Karen said, “I have always felt that the pups who come through AAS have won the doggy lottery ticket due to love and caring of our volunteers.”  She knows our shelter is facing new state regulations which will require major changes. Karen’s professional background in construction/contract management and knowledge of local, state, and federal regulations and codes will be helpful to ensure our shelter meets all the new requirements and we can continue to save the pups.   

Contact: treasurer@animalaidsociety.org

Karen Taylor  Treasurer

JoAnne began volunteering at the Shelter 18 years ago. Her training consisted of successfully giving a hot dog to Bear, a furry black dog that closely resembled a Bear (her words). Luckily, Bear liked her.  She volunteers on the second Sunday, is a member of the Events Committee, and helps with evening meds and feedings on the fourth Tuesday of the month.  She has adopted three awesome furry kids from Animal Aid. She and her husband, Charlie, currently reside with five furry dog kids, Bentley, Candi, BJ, Phoebe, and Cricket. She looks forward to working with the Board, serving the volunteers, and loving our shelter dogs until they find a FURever family of their own.

JoAnne Ragland  Secretary 

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