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Board of Directors
Christine Hadlky - President
Christine (with milo photobomb) works at New River Air Station. She holds a Masters degree in Human Resources from Western Carolina University. She volunteers at the facility weekly providing animal care, helping with volunteer coordination and focusing on fundraising through social media. Christine is very eager to work and helps out wherever she is needed.
Carla Aldridge - Secretary
Carla is a retired business owner and avid volunteer with Possumwood Acres, Emerald Isle Sea Turtle Patrol and seabird rescue team, and the North Carolina Aquarium in Pinke Knoll Shores. Her organizational skills and love of educating community members and vistors make sharing her passion for animals a natural fit on the Possumwood Acres Board of Directors.
Debbie Morton-Cannon - Director
Debbie is the owner and manager of Webb Apartments and Webb Mini Storage. She is a long term member of the Board and has generously supported Possumwood Acres Wildlife Sanctuary with resources and her time,
Debbie supports the Executive Director.
Ron Paquet - Director
Ron is a retired retail Jewelry store owner, goldsmith and musical Instrument repair technician. Ron's technical skills and business experience make him a great asset to the Possumwood Acres Board of Directors where he has acted as interim Treasurer and is currently the director of IT and Merchandise. He has been instrumental in operations management, product development and works with his family to create and sell merchandise to support PAWS.
Laurie Conrad - Director
Laurie managed SeaWorld California's Bird Rescue Program before retiring and moving with her family to North Carolina where she is currently a real estate agent with Barefoot Chandler & Associates Real Estate. Laurie volunteers as part of the seabird rescue team with Emerald Isle Sea Turtle Patrol and hopes her animal care experience and business management background will help strengthen the organization's mission to rescue injured and orphaned animals because helping animals is the right thing to do.
Michelle Cox - DVM Director
Dr, Michelle Cox is the owner and veterinarian at Island Pets Veterinary Hospital. Since she believes in giving back to her community, through Island Pet Veterinary Hospital she and her team provide care and services at a discounted rate for Island Cat Allies and Protectors of Homeless Pets rescue groups and has been known to sponsor fundraisers for animal and human victims of natural disasters.
John Lillard - Consultant
John served as Vice President and Director before resigning in 2022. John advises the Board on Governance and assists the Secretary with historical record keeping and archives. He was instrumental in formalizing board procedures in cooperation with Ron Paquet and continues to work on an as needed basis with the Board.
Gail Sabino - Treasurer
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