THE TEAM

[In alphabetical order by last name]

Our Board of Directors

CARE Center Advisory Committee

Michael Bricker

Michael Bricker

Donovan Dodds

Donovan Dodds, CARE Center Director – Atlanta [South Eastern Tier]

janice

Janice Godfrey

Christie

Christie Rogero

Sima

Sima Thakkar

nick

Nick Walton

Michael Bricker

Chief of Engagement, Director of Care Centers, Northeast Tier (June 2021), former Director of Operations for the Shelter Embed Program for Best Friends Animal Society

Donovan Dodds, CARE Center Director – Atlanta [South Eastern Tier]

Donovan Dodds is an 4th generation HBCU educated, Atlantan scholar with a superior record of years of successful community representation and relations as a dedicated and seasoned Community Engagement & Outreach Professional. Donovan was raised with strong family values and learned from a very early age that like the great Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Everybody can be great, because everyone can serve.” He grew up watching his family serve in numerous volunteer leadership roles in church, sororities, and the community at large. 

 Due to his great involvement and volunteerism Donovan was awarded the Bonner Community Service Scholarship while pursuing his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at Morehouse College. It is during that time, working with underserved students, the un-housed population downtown, and even helping with local community organizations, he identified that he truly did have call of service on his life. 

He took those experiences and became focused on providing and connecting people to the resources they need. In 2020 at the age of 23, Donovan was elected Chair of Neighboring Planning Unit ‘R’, which  is a citizen advisory council in Southwest Atlanta that serves as the official avenue for residents to express concerns and provide input in developing plans to address the needs of each neighborhood, as well as to receive updates from City government; making him the youngest person ever elected to serve in that role in City of Atlanta history. 

Donovan brings his intimate knowledge of the Atlanta community and his over 10 years of volunteering in animal welfare to his role as CARE Centers Director, having previously created programming centered around bringing adoption events and services to underserved and under represented communities. Under his leadership, that program has placed hundreds of shelter dogs into loving homes, including 3 pitbulls, Tinkerbelle, Pharaoh and Attikus whom have made his family’s home theirs.

Janice Godfrey

Administrative Support Supervisor for UNC Health Care, former HSUS Pets for Life Coordinator of Philadelphia

Christie Rogero

Program Manager for The Jackson Galaxy Project

Sima Thakkar

Investment Associate at the Raza Development Fund

Nick Walton

National Municipal and Shelter Support, Best Friends Animal Society

    
    

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