Sandy is a lifelong resident of Putnam County and, being raised on the family farm, became involved in the care and love of a variety of animals. Sandy, her husband Barry, and her children owned Grimes Quarter Horses, a business that included the breeding, raising and showing of State Champions, National Snaffle Bit Champions, National and World Champion Quarter Horses. Upon hanging up her spurs, Sandy served as a docent at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art and as a past HSPC board member. Currently, Sandy volunteers at Rescued Treasures as a store manager.
Don Williams is retired and resides with his wife Mary at Heritage Lake. His main hobby is bird watching, and he participates in several bird walks weekly. Don is an active member of the Heritage Lake Clean Up Committee, Siltation Committee, and Audit Committee. He is also a member of the Indiana Daylily-Iris Society and the Big Walnut Bird Club. Don was initially asked by a friend to help out with the bookkeeping for the Friends of the Humane Society which quickly led to him becoming the treasurer of the board. Don also volunteers a significant amount of his time at Rescued Treasures.
County Council Appointee
Phillip Gick is a Putnam County native who returned to Greencastle in 2006 after serving in the U.S. Army for thirty years. Phil received his bachelor’s degree in History from Indiana University and a master’s degree in National Security Affairs from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. Phil recognizes he grew up in a great community– people helped their neighbors and supported their community. Phil embraces this philosophy. Phil is passionate about American history and preservation. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of Heritage Preservation Society of Putnam County since August of 2007 and its President from March 2008 to March 2012. He was appointed to the Putnam County Council in December 2010 and has served as the Council’s representative on the Board of Directors of the Humane Society of Putnam County since February 2011.
Jessica has lived in Putnam County her entire life. She went to South Putnam High School, received her undergraduate degree in Sociology from IUPUI, received her Masters degree in School Counseling from Indiana State University and will be working on her Clinical Mental Health licensure starting in the fall. She is currently a freshman school counselor for Indiana Connections Academy, a completely virtual school. Her favorite past times are spending time with her family and friends as well a photography. Jessica, along with her parents, is also the proud owner of a pleasantly plump beagle named Toby and a curious cat named Mia. Mia, unfortunately, was dropped off in a rural area outside of Greencastle a few years ago and found her way into Jessica’s yard. After some convincing Mia was officially welcomed into the home and has been happy there ever since.
Jada Buchanan returned home to Putnam County in 2014. A graduate of South Putnam High School (2006) and Ball State University (2010), she is currently the Manager of Alumni Programs at the National FFA Organization in Indianapolis. Previously, she was Manager of Marketing at the American Quarter Horse Association in Amarillo, Texas. Jada is an avid equestrian and lover of dogs and cats. She firmly believes that an active Humane Society serves a vital role in the overall quality of life for both the humans and animals that reside there.
Carl has lived in Putnam County since 1967. He is self-employed, but looking forward to retirement in the not-too-distant future. He enjoys woodworking in his spare time. He has helped with the work to restore the current shelter building in an effort to make it a safe and habitable place for animals. He and his wife, Charlene, reside south of Cloverdale and are slaves to one yellow lab and four demanding cats.
Leslie moved to Greencastle in 1986. She and her husband Bryan raised two children and are currently raising two rescue dogs. Leslie was the owner of Bright Futures and has also served on the Greencastle Park Board and is currently an officer with the Greencastle League of Women Voters. She is a frequent volunteer at Rescued Treasures.
DePauw University Bonner Scholar
Eli Penate is a Bonner Scholar at DePauw University. He is a biology major, who is on track to graduate with a pre-vet distinction. Eli holds the position as Volunteer Coordinator for the Humane Society of Putnam County and is also a DCS (DePauw Community Service) Coordinator. Born and raised in Chicago, his love for animals stems from the abuse and neglect that he has witnessed in the city. Back home, Eli houses many different types of pets: a bearded dragon, a dog, multiple tropical fish, 2 conures, and a cat. I guess you can say he is a little obesssed. When Eli is not focusing on his academics, he spends a lot of his time at Rescued Treasures. He is willing and ecstatic to be working with the Humane Society of Putnam County.
Christina Shinovich has always had a love for animals. It’s no surprise she spends so much time outdoors and volunteering at the HSPC. She is currently furthering her education as she is registered in classes at the Vet Tech Institute in Indianapolis where all of her classes are accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA). That ensures she will be able to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) upon graduation. At that time she plans on giving even more of her time back to the HSPC and the community she loves. She is also a proud member of the Heritage Lake Garden Club. Christina is the club secretary and event photographer. She has an amazing family of her loving husband, two beautiful kids, two munchkin cats and Hoosier, the family dog.
Frances volunteers at Rescued Treasures once a week. She has housed and cared for the HSPC resident cat, Maggie, during the shelter’s closure and takes her to visit nursing homes. Frances also volunteers at the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Recycling Center in Greencastle, and is in charge. She is also the treasure of the “Over 50 Club”.
Anastasia has lived in Greencastle with her husband and son for eight years. Anastasia is a librarian at DePauw University and volunteers her remaining time to several community organizations. Anastasia’s dynamic speaking skills and passion for animal welfare also secured the 100 Women Who Care grant monies for the HSPC in 2014. She has one dog, 3 rescue cats and 4 chickens. Anastasia has been involved with the HSPC for several years and has been a Rescued Treasures volunteer for a year and a half, including being the Saturday Manager. Anastasia also works to educate and assist the public with TNR (trap-neuter-release) and feral and community cat initiatives.
Bill Wieland is an Episcopal priest, recently retired after serving as rector of St. Andrew’s Church in Greencastle for twenty-three and a half years. Far from the two daughters and two grandkids in California, Bill and his wife Lucy currently share their space with two cats, Rosie and Hobbes, and Canute, a huge black and tan hound with a little something else thrown in. Canute is their fourth rescue. Upon election to the board, he was immediately tapped to parade around downtown in a dog suit. Bill also led a task force that was successful in re-opening a much needed shelter program for individuals and families in the Greencastle area.