Dana Ausbrooks is proud to call Williamson County her home for over thirty years. In 2014, she was elected to serve as a County Commissioner for the 12th District. Dana is a skilled attorney, criminal law professor, and business owner. Practicing law for over fifteen years, she currently represents clients in Williamson County and all counties in Middle Tennessee. In addition to running her own law practice, Dana uses her legal skills and knowledge as a criminal law adjunct professor at the Williamson County campus of Columbia State Community College.
Dana has always actively pursued opportunities to give back to her community and to her profession by serving as President of the Williamson County Bar Association as well as a board member in local organizations including the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, My Friend’s House, CASA, Banebow, and Republican Women of Williamson County.
Her dog, Atticus, a WCAC alum, was rescued by her in January of 2015. Atticus won the title of Kuranda’s Dog of the Month in June, 2015 and won beds for the dogs at Williamson County Animal Center. Dana became involved with Friends of WCAC because giving back makes one feel good. Giving a voice to those who can’t speak for themselves is a powerful feeling. Helping provide the necessary resources so that the staff and volunteers at WCAC can find a loving home for the shelter residents is rewarding. When a dog or cat walks out the door of WCAC and finds a forever home, you realize – “this is why I am here.”
Carole Horlacher graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science degree. She is a member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority. Carole was an office manager for a Nashville architectural firm for 35 years before her retirement.
Carole spent ten years as a volunteer for a local humane society and five years as a volunteer for Williamson County Animal Center. She was the co-recipient of the Darrell Waltrip Hometown Hero Award for the month of November 2014 for volunteer services done at Williamson County Animal Center. She was nominated to the WAS board by a former director to be a representative of the WCAC volunteers. She says people that visit the shelter sometimes tell her how sad it is for the animals but she says what would be sad is if the shelter had no volunteers. Carole serves as Board Secretary for Williamson Animal Services.
Carole lives in the Grassland area of Williamson County with her husband, David, and Snickers an adopted 7 yr. old Chihuahua mix and Charlie a 2 yr old border collie adopted from Williamson County Animal Center.
Ashley Tucker Cunnyngham has been involved with Friends of WCAC since 2017. She is on the Tennessee state council for The Humane Society of the United States, and a volunteer for Snooty Giggles Dog Rescue. Ashley lives in Franklin with her husband, Michael, and her two dogs, Peyton and Pippa.
Ondrea Johnson is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin. A lifelong animal lover and champion for all things injured or homeless, she hasbeen in the rescue business since she was about five years old, at least according to her parents (she would drag home strays constantly from a very young age).
Ondrea moved to Nashville in 1992 and rescued a sick kitten from a breeder. From that point on, she was hooked on formal animal rescue, started with cats and eventually moved to dog rescue in approximately 2004. She has been an avid animal advocate ever since, fostering, transporting, and helping with adoption. She fostered for several area rescues and even a few out of state, most notably, the nine Lab puppies that were born at her house while living in Hawaii.
She is a twenty year resident of Franklin and lives on a small "hobby farm" with her husband (who happens to be the Deputy Fire Chief of the Franklin Fire Department), their five children, five dogs, four goats, two cats and two horses. Ondrea could not be more excited about serving this community as the Director of the Williamson County Animal Center. Helping animals has been her life's passion and feels that nothing is better than being able to do that in an official capacity!
Ann Logan began her professional career as a teacher after receiving a B.S in child development at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Other professional responsibilities included working with her husband in his manufacturers’ agency.
Since moving to Franklin in 1979, Ann has been deeply gratified by numerous volunteer opportunities. She was appointed to the Franklin Planning Commission and served as property chair of the YWCA of Middle Tennessee, coordinating the renovation of a building for use as a domestic violence shelter. She was then elected to the YWCA board and nominated for the Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Award given annually in Middle TN for the most outstanding individual volunteer service.
Ann's greatest passion has always been for animal advocacy. She became a charter member of a local non-profit formed to build an animal shelter, helped with fundraising and served as co-chair of the foster & adoption program. Eventually feeling a need to shift focus to prevention through spay/neuter, in 1986 she founded People For Animals (PFA), a non-profit offering spay/neuter assistance. She continues to serve as its president. A secondary, founding mission of PFA was advocacy for the county’s animal shelter which led to her 1989 work in authoring the shelter’s first, mandated spay-neuter program.
Past volunteer service included United Partnership for Animal Welfare where she chaired the Policy & Legislation committee. She later joined the Williamson County Animal Control Task Force which evolved into the non-profit of today…Friends of Williamson County Animal Center. She now serves as president of the Board.
Ann lives in Franklin with her husband and three dogs (two from our shelter) and a cat who was homeless and “chose” them. Their son, an important part of their lives, has four rescued cats--her “grand-cats.” Ann’s passion for benefiting and protecting the lives of animals—individually and collectively-- points to this belief: When many animals still endure so much, we should focus each hour and dollar we commit on efforts that produce the greatest benefit to the most animals. She believes that “Friends…” can accomplish that as a vital shelter partner in the challenge of realizing our potential for improving quality of life for our community’s animals and the humans who care about them.
Emily Magid has been Vice President of FWCAC for the last two years and was Treasurer for the three years before. She was born in Nashville, TN and has resided in Franklin for 18 years. She graduated from Peabody/Vanderbilt with a BA in History and Psychology. She also attended Stephens College and Katharine Gibbs Secretarial School in Boston.
Emily's love and concern for animals has been apparent since early childhood. She worked for 17 years in veterinarian's offices and has fostered animals continually throughout her life. She is on the Advisory Board of Walden's Puddle, which is a wild life sanctuary. Her other communal commitments are board member of the Heritage Foundation, the Franklin Theatre and Advisory Boards of Harpeth River Watershed Association, Franklin Housing Authority, Habitat for Humanity and past board member of Alcohol & Drug Council of Middle Tennessee and Franklin Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association. She was on the Mayor's Commission for Affordable Workforce Housing, Animal Control Task Force and the Old BGA Grounds. She has a conservation easement on her property for the Land Trust of Tennessee.
Emily has four cats and a varied wild life population on her acreage. Her belief in Friends of Williamson County Animal Center stems from her knowledge of the dedicated work of all involved and the well-being of the animals that it helps to fund in various ways.
Judy Hayes was previously employed as a teacher and served as Williamson County Commissioner from 1986 until she retired in 2014. Judy is a native of Williamson County, and she still lives on the farm where she was born. She is married to James (Jim) Hayes and has a large extended family.
Judy currently serves on the Williamson County Fair Board, Executive Committee and Historic Village Chairman; Chairman of Williamson County Convention Visitors Bureau; Williamson County-Franklin Chamber of Commerce, served as board member for three terms; Member of Heritage Foundation of Williamson County and Williamson County Historical Association; Keep Williamson Beautiful, board member. Judy also served as Chair for Animal Control Task Force.
Lisa Carson is a member of Buerger, Moseley and Carson, PLC in Franklin, where she splits her law practice between health care operations law and municipal and employment litigation, including representation of Williamson County and several smaller municipalities across the state. Lisa is a 1991 honors graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Law. Prior to attending Vanderbilt, Lisa graduated from Franklin High School and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Belmont University.
Community involvement is very important to Lisa. She is a member of the Franklin Breakfast Rotary, the Advisory Board of Directors of the Franklin Boys and Girls Club, and the Women Rock for Charity Ambassador Club in addition to her membership on our board. She serves on the Staff Parish Relations Committee and Building Committee for her church, is the Chancellor for the Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church and a member of the Committee on Legal Responsibilities & Corporate Governance of the General Council on Finance and Administration for the United Methodist Church. She is a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation and a member of the Williamson County Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association, the American Bar Association litigation section and the Tennessee County Attorneys’ Association.
Lisa, her husband Byron, and their two dogs Hank and Hope are long-time residents of Franklin. Lisa is a member of our board because she believes that we are stewards of God’s creatures and owe our furry friends our very best in exchange for the value they add to our lives. She served as secretary of the Board in 2013 and 2014 and continues as a member, lending assistance on legal matters as needed. Lisa believes that the work of our organization helps to improve the lives of pets in our communities and their humans through programs that serve not only one animal at a time but also the bigger picture through community pet food banks, spay/neuter programs, and other “gifts that keep on giving.”
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Andy Menzyk retired from Ford Motor Credit Company after over 32 years of service. He held a variety of positions within the organization with the last three as President Ford Credit Canada, President Primus Financial Services, and Vice President of Brand Management Ford Credit. Most of his career was in Dearborn, Michigan with assignments in Oakville, Ontario and Franklin, Tennessee. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and a Master of Science Degree in Statistics from Purdue University.
Andy is an active volunteer at a number of organizations in addition to serving as Treasurer for Williamson Animal Services. He volunteers at United Way of Williamson County. At United Way of Williamson County, he has served six years on the Board of Directors with one year as Chairman and presently is a member of the Emeritus Board. He is also Chairman of Williamson County Long Term Recovery Committee and on the Business Advisory Board for the Jennings School of Business at Middle Tennessee State University. Andy has also served on the fundraising campaign for Happy Tales Humane. In Michigan, he was Treasurer of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Washtenaw County for 17 years and a loaned executive for United Way during their annual fund raising campaigns.
You have no doubt heard the expression that begins with “behind every successful man”. Andy’s wife Karen has been an active animal volunteer for many years. It was through her interest in helping animals that Andy became involved. They -- along with their dog Tara -- call Williamson County home – and cannot imagine a home without animals. Their love of animals has taken them to see wolves and grizzly bears in Alaska, visit mountain gorillas in Rwanda, live among elephants in Botswana and discover creatures great and small in Kenya and South Africa. They choose to make a difference in their community and beyond – and feel blessed to have the opportunity to do so.
Raised in Nashville, lived in Franklin for the past 22 years.
Graduate of Hillsboro High School , Middle Tennessee State University, University of Tennessee and YMCA Night Law School.
Member of Civitan Club, former member of Rotary Club and the U.S. Army.
Worked as Health Planner, Regional and Urban Planner, taught Junior High School and ran a regional ambulance service in East Tennessee.
Fostered over 1500 dogs, presently has 4 dogs, 1 wife, 1 son, 1 stepson, 1 stepdaughter-in-law and 1 step-grandson, 1 grand dog, 3 grand cats and 1 step-grand cat, all living in some degree of harmony.
Supplies and services about a dozen money collection boxes in retail facilities throughout Williamson County, to benefit Williamson County Animal Services.