We’re All Animal Lovers!
The people nominated and elected for board positions are those who have made a commitment as volunteers to serve in two year terms to help guide and provide vision for our organization.
Cindi Owen Briley
Cindi started doing real estate closings in 1982 and in 1989 opened up Owen Title Company, Inc. She works with lenders, realtors, buyers and sellers and is honored to be a part of the homeownership process and the celebration of a closing. She has served on the boards of The Mortgage Bankers of Tallahassee, Women’s Council of Realtors and Tallahassee Board of Realtors.
Cindi was introduced to the Leon County Humane Society (LCHS) in 2000 by a past board member to be a sponsor of the Fur Ball. She became a member in 2000 and has been active with the Fur Ball, Dog Washes and Friends Fur Life each year since. She has been a member of the LCHS Board of Directors from 2007-2012 and served as Board President in 2013.
Cindi would like to see Humane Education, specifically Spay & Neuter programs, expand within our community. It is so important that people that have the privilege to be pet owners be responsible with their pets. Also, a priority to Cindi is educating and teaching children how to become responsible and caring adults with their pets. If children learn early on how to take care of animals it can only help them in life with becoming caring and compassionate adults.
Cindi and her husband Randy have a 7 year old Springer Spaniel named Maggie.
Darcie adopted her first dog, a Corgi Mix she named Dingo, as a sophomore in college at the University of Texas. This was the point in Darcie's life where she was truly taught a lesson on patience and responsibility.
After graduating college, Darcie began her career in merchant services. This career path required constant travel around the state of Texas to which her companion, Dingo Dog was in the passenger's seat along for the ride.
In 2009 she adopted an American Bulldog, Jade, who joined their working road trips. This was the point in Darcie's life where she was truly taught a lesson on how owning a mini coupe and a 110Ibs dog was not feasible.
Darcie, Jade and Dingo relocated to Tallahassee, FL in 2010 where she continued her career in merchant services and eventually opened her own company, Morningstar Merchant Solutions in 2013.
That same year, Darcie started a professional networking organization called Southern Hospitality Consultants (SHC). SHC acts as a prime referral source for its members which are comprised of service providers and vendors whose target industry are restaurants. She is currently the acting President for the organization.
Darcie reached out to LCHS in 2015 to become a foster parent for dogs. Since then she has participated in many events held by LCHS and is very proud that her bulldog Jade made the 2017 LCHS Calendar! With Darcie's local connections and passion for the care and need of animals, joining the board was a natural fit. She plans to bring the same energy and passion to the board that the LCHS staff and volunteers bring to the cause every day. She hopes that each family that adopts an animal from LCHS will experience the same love, responsibility and fulfillment as she has from her own dog children.
Darcie is married to the love of her life, Tyler Huston, who has always supported and encouraged her passion to be more involved with animals.
Sandi Poreda, APR, is the president of Bulldog Strategy Group, a local public relations firm that specializes in crisis management. Being the president of her company means she sets the office pet policy, which means at least one of her three rescue dogs - Charley, Brady and Ella - comes to work with her on a regular basis.
In addition to her work in the public relations industry, Sandi volunteers, fosters and fundraises for local animal rescue organizations; she also serves on the Board of Directors for the Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Florida State University, where she currently serves as an adjunct professor for the College of Communication & Information.
Sandi and her husband Jason met at the dog park (Charley was Sandi's dog and Brady was Jason's) and rescued a runaway dog on their first date (she was chipped and returned to her owner!). A few years later they found Ella... a few more years later Sandi named her company after Ella, and the rest is history.
Jason Norris works for James Moore & Co., P.L where he specializes in not-for-profit audits. Jason was born and raised in Valdosta, Georgia. He attended the University of Georgia, where he earned a BBA in Accounting in 2008 and a Masters of Accountancy in 2009. Jason has been a Certified Public Accountant since 2010.
Jason met his wife, Angie, in Tallahassee in 2012. Jason and Angie have a son, Brantley, who is 5 (going on 35). Jason and his family love to garden, swim, take on home improvement projects and hang out with their brood of animals. Jason and Angie are both very involved with the Humane Society and also regularly rescue and TNR animals that come across their path.
I am a lifelong resident of Tallahassee and a graduate of TCC and FSU. I am currently employed by Carroll & Company, CPA’s and have over fifteen years of public accounting experience. I am passionate about animals and want to make a positive difference in their lives through community service and education. I have had the pleasure of owning animals all my life and currently the owner of Bella, a Basset Hound/Beagle and three cats, Thomas, Jasper & Oreo. In addition to my love for animals, I am an avid reader who enjoys all genres, including historical fiction and mystery novels. I love spending time with my family on our annual beach trips and canoeing with them on the Wakulla river. I am active in the local chapter of the Florida Institute of CPAs and currently serve as their CPE Liaison.
Russ Franklin and his wife (Amy) and their three children have fostered kittens for LCHS for several years. They have three full-time cats: Monster, Creature and Pirate. Russ teaches creative writing and comic books at Florida State University. He is the former chairperson of Stuckey Timberland, Citizens Corporation and the W.S. and Ethel Stuckey Foundation. He has served on the boards of the Forest Landowners Association. He was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and a Kingsbury Fellow at FSU. He is the author of the novel, Cosmic Hotel.
Kevin Brumfield DVM
Dr. Kevin Brumfield has been an Honorary member of the Leon County Humane Society Board of Directors since 2009. Kevin is a local veterinarian and co-owner of Northwood Animal Hospital and The Animal Hospital and Pet Resort at Southwood.
As a veterinarian, he sees first hand the medical, financial and ethical hurdles that rescue and adoption groups must endure. Whether it is a stray, injured pet or an owner who wishes to relinquish ownership of a pet they can no longer care for, veterinarians deal with great animals in bad situations on a daily basis.
In 2008 Kevin started “Rescue Relief”, a program to raise needed supplies and funding for local rescue groups. Since its inception his hospitals have raised over $80,000 in donations. In 2012, he and his partners founded CARE, a nonprofit organization, that provides necessary medical and surgical treatment to homeless pets and then subsequently finds them forever homes.
Dr. Brumfield hopes that bringing his medical knowledge and rescue experience to LCHS will truly make a difference dealing with the local homeless pet population. He will be returning to serve as an Honorary Board Member again this year and hopes to help LCHS grow and spread its positive influence throughout Tallahassee and beyond.
He and his wife, Lauren, have an 8 year old daughter named Avery. As for furry family members, they have three dogs - Ack, Baxter, and Toby - all rescues.