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.
Darcie grew up in small town Texas. Her family had cats but were never allowed to get a dog. So, when Darcie went off to college at the University of Texas she adopted a Corgi Mix from the local shelter she named Dingo.
After graduation, Darcie began her career in merchant services. Her career path moved her and Dingo all over the state of Texas and eventually to Tallahassee. In 2013, Darcie opened her own business, Morningstar Merchant Solutions.
Dingo has always a huge part of her life, teaching responsibility, patience and was the start of a deeper love and passion for animals.
Wanting to get more involved with animals, Darcie reached out to LCHS in 2015 to become a foster parent for dogs. Her involvement in the organization grew and she joined the board in 2016. While on the board she hopes to make an impact on the lives of animals in need so they can find a forever home and make their owners as happy as Dingo dog has made her over the years.
Darcie is married to Tyler Huston, who has always supported and encouraged her passion to be more involved with animals. In addition to Dingo, they rescued dogs Edgar and Margo and cat Tux from LCHS. They also own 4 chickens and miss their bulldog Jade every day.
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.
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.
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.
Laurie is a Tallahassee native and a graduate of Florida State University in marketing and human services. She and her sister adopted their first pets, sister cats, as young girls which began their life passion for and support of animals. Laurie’s sidekick for 20 years was Sierra, a Chihuahua, who went on all the journeys of her youth from living in Atlanta as a marketing specialist and Spartanburg, South Carolina as the Development Director for the Humane Society before returning to her hometown to raise her daughter, lovely Grace. Laurie’s previous experience as a ballet dancer with the Tallahassee Ballet Company engendered her support of Grace to dance as well. Laurie continues her community support of the Tallahassee Ballet Company. Laurie’s love of animals has been passed down to Grace as well with the wide assortment of four dogs that have come to live with them over the past five years. Laurie is committed to assisting Leon County with expanded educational opportunities for potential pet owners and foster homes. Laurie has been a strong supporter of the annual Fur Ball and other LCHS events and enjoys being a member of the Board of Directors.
Laurie’s previous ten years were spent in medical sales with a highly successful tenure of increased revenue. In order to become more independent, Laurie became a licensed realtor in early 2019. She enjoys working with clients from the initial process of either buying or selling a home to the point of successful closures. Laurie also enjoys travel experiences with her fiancé, Dr. Spencer Stoetzel, as well as the shared companionship of their pets.
Mallory Davis and her husband, James, began fostering shortly after they lost their bullmastiff, Gibbs, in 2014. Their first foster was a 175 lb English mastiff named Tank that needed a foster after opening a fridge and cleaning out the contents. Since then they’ve fostered over 30 dogs and have only failed twice, keeping Catan and Boss. In addition to fostering large dogs, Mallory volunteers with the kitty care program and serves on the Furball committee.
Beyond her work with the Leon County Humane Society, Mallory volunteers with the City of Tallahassee Animal Services as a Level 4 and playgroup volunteer. She is also a member of the Pilot Club of Tallahassee, serving in various board positions since 2014, including the state district level as the coordinator for the youth division, Anchor.
A graduate of Florida State University’s Dedman School of Hospitality, Mallory has been in the hospitality industry for over 15 years and has worked with Marriott for the last 8 in Tallahassee. She is currently the Operations Manager at the Courtyard Tallahassee Downtown/Capitol and is excited to take her hotel pet friendly in 2020.