Board of Directors

The Society voted its first official board of directors into office in 1975, and in July of that year the HSPRAC became a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Today the HSPRAC continues stronger than ever driven by the giving hearts of like-minded business individuals in the community serving on our Board. Find out more about our Board of Directors below.


Bentley H. Johnston: President

El Presidente Bentley da man JohnstonIT Professional, Professional Photographer, Professional Margarita Connoisseur along with many other talents.

Bentley is a lifelong resident of Etowah County. He attended Etowah High School, Gadsden State Community College and Jacksonville State University. Professional accomplishments include, Microsoft Certified Professional, A+ Certified Professional
and Network Professional.

Bentley is President and CEO of Micro Excell Inc AKA Micro Excell Computers. He is married to Martha P. Johnston, they have one child, 2 grandchildren and 6 dogs.

In his spare time he really enjoys writing about himself in the third person, and, he intends on making the shelter great again!

Kevan McGehee: Vice President

Kevan McGeheeMcGehee is a lifelong resident of Etowah County and resides in Southside with his wife, Aleece, and their three four-legged children Alfred (pictured), Ethel, and Greta. Kevan also has a wonderful human child, Elizabeth Mixon, and is a smitten Pops to granddaughters Batey Claire and Millie Mixon. He retired in 2011 after 26 years of service with UPS. Kevan volunteered his wife Aleece to work a rabies clinic many years ago and that began her journey as a volunteer and board member. She recently returned the favor and volunteered Kevan to serve and he cheerfully agreed. He loves animals and is passionate about his role in helping HSPRAC accomplish it's mission.

Mona Maddox: Secretary

Mona MaddoxGrowing up in the Muscle Shoals area, then in Richmond, Virginia, I was raised with sisters and brothers who had four legs. They were members of our family.  Around 1999, fairly new to Gadsden, I reported a cruelty case to the Humane Society and realized I'd found my niche with kindred spirits needing organizational help behind the scenes.   While working a summer at the old shelter on Chestnut Street, with an up-close and personal view of the clear and immediate need for change, I made a personal commitment to help improve conditions for these sweet souls, find alternatives to euthanasia and increase adoptions through better outreach for funding. After volunteering and meeting supporters, I was invited to join the Board and now look back on an incredible journey, while looking forward with immense and positive hope.  As an Administrative Professional and animal rescuer, the HSPRAC has given me an outlet to give back some of the love I've received from decades of animal companionship.  They have proven that all resources, small and large, are needed and appreciated in our goal of reducing the number of homeless animals and treating them all as part of our families.

Tim Russo

Tim RussoI grew up in Centre Alabama via Atlanta Ga. I have been in the Automotive industry for most of my life. I have a retail and wholesale operation in Marshall county. I have always loved animals and I sincerely care about what happens to them in finding a new home. I have always supported the Etowah County Humane Society and I'm excited about being in a position to share my compassion for animals in an advisory position. I'm married to Linda Vreatt and together we have 7 children, 2 dogs and a cat. I hope I can help in any capacity.

Toni Edwards

toni and audreyGraduated from Auburn with a BA in Psychology, MS in Psychology, and a PhD in Educational Psychology-Research and Statistics.  Held positions in Human Resources for 23 years to include Compensation Manager for University of Notre Dame and Director of Human Resources and Risk Management for Troy University. Currently serves as an Assistant Professor for Troy University teaching statistics and human resources. Has served as a volunteer and foster for the humane society for the past four years. Has two adult children, four doggies, and a wonderfully supportive husband who usually doesn't mind all the shelter dogs coming in and out of the house.

Christy Lee Turner

Christy Turner 1024xI am a lifelong resident of Gadsden, AL. All my life, my parents have instilled in me a great work-ethic and to give back to our community as much as possible. As long as I can remember, my dad, Mike Turner, owner and founder of Etowah Chemical has worked hard to build a family business that is respected and goes out of the way to make customers happy and satisfied with the products they buy from Etowah Chemical. He has built a family business based on hard work, trust, honesty and dedication.

I now work at J. P. King Auction attending real estate auctions and showings. Since I was 15 years old, I have worked at Etowah Chemical on and off while being an elementary teacher and Reading Specialist in Gadsden City Schools for 17 years. With the experiences of teaching kids and dealing with other teaching professionals and parents, I’m very used to being involved with the community and many non-profit organizations. Knowing what it takes to work with people has made me more involved with the community and spending a lot of my time volunteering.

I’m on the Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters, Board Member of Humane Society Pet Rescue and Adoption Center, a member of Kiwanis, Gadsden Public Library Blank Page Society, Etowah Chamber Ambassador, United Way Community Thanksgiving Board Member, Gadsden Runners Club member and attend Coosa Valley Baptist Church. I love to help volunteer for the non-profits I’m involved with and extend the names of Etowah Chemical and J.P. King Auction to as many people and businesses as possible.

Debbie Carden

Debbie CardenI have lived in Etowah County all my life and am a proud graduate of Etowah High School, Go Big Blue, and a member of First Baptist Church of Attalla for over 47 years. My home in Rainbow City is shared with my babies (of the four legged family) Gigi, Andy and Bandit. Although I do not have children of my own I am the proud aunt of Mike, Chris, Alli, Jackson, Garrett, Sydney, Stone, Cash, Justin, and Ruby Jo. of whom I love as my own. Just ask them they will tell you they are rotten….

My professional career up until 2014 was in the grocery brokerage business…Layman terms…I sold groceries to grocery stores for over 30 years. Four years ago I had the opportunity to go to work for the City of Attalla and have loved the move. I am the Director of Business and Economic Development/Marketing for the City. I love what I do and believe in working as a team as we often have to do in a small town.

My personality is one of serving and helping those when I can. I am honored to be on the committee of Man vs Beast, One Attalla and now the board of the Humane Society Pet Rescue & Adoption Center. I look forward to being a part of such a wonderful cause.

Our HSPRAC Family Supporters



We Appreciate the Support of our Sponsors

  • TAMERON Honda Gadsden
  • MicroExcell Computers
  • BLACKSTONE Pub & Eatery
  • Alabama Publishing Group
  • MATER'S Pizza & Pasta Emporium
  • Jim Burke Nissan

Animals that have been euthanized in the United States this year.

Humane Society Pet Rescue & Adoption Center
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The Chamber, Gadsden/Etowah County