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.
Linda Abel: President
Graduate of Gadsden High School, Auburn University and Birmingham School of Law. Background in Public Relations, Advertising and Sales. Currently Senior Account Executive with Comcast Business Services. Mother of human son Jace and canine sons Cash and Dusty.
Bentley H. Johnston: Vice President
IT 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!
Mona Maddox: Secretary
Growing 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.
Brittney was born and raised in Gadsden and now resides in Gadsden with her husband Chris Hill. She is a graduate of Auburn University where she received a Bachelor of Science with a major emphasis in Accountancy. Brittney has ten years of public accounting experience and has been with Back Forty Beer Co., L.L.C. for two years serving as the Controller. It is through Back Forty that she came to know the amazing people of HSPRAC.
Through Yappy Hour and other fund raisers, she has been blessed to meet and adopt Kai. In just one year Kai has changed Chris and Brittney’s lives greatly. Brittney looks forward to getting involved with the HSPRAC and getting to better know some really amazing pets and humans.
When not working or volunteering with HSPRAC or United Way, you can find Brittney peddling the roads of Alabama, Georgia, or Tennessee on a bicycle. If lucky, she gets to do all three of those states in one day.
Nola Kelley, PHR
Nola is a life-long resident of Etowah county. She graduated from Hokes Bluff High School and has a BS in Human Resources Management from Jacksonville State University (Go Gamecocks!).
She has worked as the Human Resources Manager at Gadsden Job Corps for over 22 years. Nola is passionate about animals and has served as a volunteer for the HSPRAC for many years. She currently has four dogs (Abbey, Butter, Monkey, and Talullah), all of whom allow her to be their mom and spoil them.
She enjoys traveling, partaking of Filipino food with her mother, and is the #1 fan of the great recording artist, Rick Springfield.
Dana Calhoun is co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Camp Calhoun, her blended family of 5 kids, 1 dog, and husband, Kevin.
When she's not on mommy-duty, she is a licensed social worker on a Behavioral Health Unit. She enjoys running, reading, and traveling. In October 2015, she completed her first Half Marathon.
She was born and raised in Gadsden. She graduated from Gadsden High School and The University of Alabama.
Grew up around a wide array of dogs from German Shepherds to Labs to Pitbulls to Chihuahuas to Beagles. Currently have 2 dogs: Sadie (Chihuahua terrier) and Bango (Beagle Terrier)
Works at Regions Bank as day job, Americrown at Talladega for the races. Got involved helping Christiane with the St Patty’s day event. Would rather see an animal adopted and loved, than bought at high dollar breeder
Brian Batista is an internationally recognized private and commercial photographer. He was born & raised in Gadsden, Alabama and is currently working on many projects for animals. He’s traveled the world teaching photography workshops and the wildly popular project Tattoos & Rescues has been seen on CNN, The Huffington Post & Animal Planet just to name a few. Brian's photographic style covers a wide range of influences from landscape, high fashion & alt glamour genres that he applies to his work with pets. Each of these are combined to create a look that is immediately recognizable and unique. Through his business, Brian Batista Photography, he volunteers his time to local shelters photographing their adoptable pets who lie in wait for a second chance. Brian has been an animal lover and rescue advocate as far back as he can remember and it is this passion that has fueled his work in recent years. Showing their personality and potential in photographs is how we can change lives.
Mark is a life-long resident of Gadsden. 1977 Graduate from Emma Sansom High School. 1981 BS in Advertising/Marketing from University of AL . Worked 10 years in Advertising Department of Gadsden Times before joining a start-up direct mail company in Helena, AL where he worked for 22 years before retiring in persecute of a second career as community leader. Mark and his wife, Barbara Johnson, have been married 38 years. They have one daughter, Claire Hedgspeth (married to Jay Hedspeth) and one grand-daughter, Hadley. They are both very active in the community and are active members of Gadsden First United Methodist Church.
McGehee 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.
I’m Laura Bone and I couldn’t be more proud to serve the animals of our county. I’m married to Sam Bone, and we have one son, Brooks. I have a Great Pyrenees named Aslan and two rescue cats, Bear Cat and Stella. Igraduated from Gadsden City High School in 2007 and The University of Alabama in 2011 with a B.S. in elementary education and a B.S. in special education. I work for the Gadsden City School System providing specially designed instruction at the Gadsden Alternative School and Emma Sansom Middle School. I am the Alpha Gamma Delta Gadsden alum club president, and I also serve as a board member for Beautiful Rainbow Catering Co. I enjoy traveling, Mexican food, and taking pictures of my family.
I 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.
Moved to AL from MI in 1970. Worked for South Central Bell/BellSouth 1970 to 2000. Worked for Vicki Meeks at old Humane Society as Adoption Counselor for one year. Decided volunteering was better suited, but missed helping homeless find homes. So worked for Central Valley Animal Hospital for 6 years as Adoption Counselor. Ironic. Left about 6 years ago to volunteer again. Now help with transportation and just about anything Christi Brown asks me to do. I have 5 rescue dogs and 1 husband. I've lived in RBC for past 23 years.