Meet the Board


SANDY GRIMES

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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

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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.


PHIL GICK

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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 BRIONES

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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.


CARL GIERKE

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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 HANSON

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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.


ELI PENATE

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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. 


 MAUREEN WAGNER

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Maureen has lived in Putnam County since 1981.  She taught school over 40 years, 37 of them at Cloverdale High School.  She has one son who lives in Houston, Texas.  She have been owned by eight dogs and one cat, all of whom were charity cases.  Gretel, one of her current dogs was adopted from the Humane Society of Putnam County Shelter five years ago.  Maureen joined the HSPC when she first learned of it.  After she retired, she felt lost.  Maureen said her thought was “What do you do if you don’t get up and go to school?”  Then she read an article in the newspaper about Rescued Treasures. She began by volunteering a couple of hours a week.  Now, Maureen volunteers two to three days a week.