Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Habersham Humane Society – Board of Directors – 2019

Julie Whitt - PresidentJulie Whitt – President
Julie is a native Georgian who lived in the Atlanta area until 2006 when her husband Dennis and she relocated to Habersham County. Her professional career was in Operations Management with Avon Products and Select Service and Supply Company. Julie then chose to follow her heart in a second career working as a special education paraprofessional until retiring in 2016. She now enjoys walking her rescue dog Bella and spending time with family and friends. She currently serves as the president of the Habersham Humane Society.

Bill Calloway - Vice PresidentBill Calloway – Vice President
Bill spent 37 years with Ralston Purina Petcare and then Nestle’ Purina Petcare before retiring in 2013 as Plant Manager in Flagstaff, Arizona. He has chaired the boards of Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Northern Arizona, and Greater Flagstaff Economic Council. Bill and his wife Lois have rescued many dogs and cats over the years and currently have three wonderful rescue dogs. He looks forward to participating on the HHS Board.

Tom Wigley – Treasurer
Tom has a long history of involvement in professional and volunteer organizations during his Atlanta-based career in Auditing and Internal Controls at various entities within The Southern Company. He adopted a rescue dog in 2008 (Mitzi) shortly after retiring, which quickly won his heart. Moving to Habersham in 2016, he is happy to devote time to HHS which does so much to benefit animals in our area.

Claudia Jessup - SecretaryClaudia Jessup – Secretary
Claudia moved to Habersham County with her husband Bud in 2009 after a 30-year career in real estate development in Atlanta. Her passion for animals began with a fat kitty named Will followed by various beloved felines who have shared the Jessup home for over 45 years. She is proud and gratified to serve as newsletter editor and Secretary of HHS.

Glad Simmons - Education Committee ChairGlad Simmons – Education Committee Chair
Glad has lived in Habersham County for almost 20 years with her husband, Marty. Their family also includes three rescued animals: Harold, Belle, and Meadow. They own and manage a fly-fishing business, Fern Valley on the Soque. She has worked with animal rescue for years as a foster parent. Glad is also a retired teacher, and she now enjoys serving HHS in the area of Education. She is available to speak with civic, church, and school groups.

Terri Todd - Grant CoordinatorTerri Todd – Grant Coordinator
She lives in the beautiful area of Batesville in Habersham County with her husband David and three rescue dogs. She has served on the Board of Directors of Habersham Humane Society since 2011. She currently serves on the board of Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School. She also enjoys the great outdoors and exploring the scenic life of North Georgia.

Sarah Tilley – Member at Large
Originally from North Carolina where she completed her BS and DVM at North Carolina State University. While being trained in all aspects of veterinary medicine, Sarah had a poultry focus and then went on to complete a residency program specializing in Avian Medicine at UGA. During that time She was employed by Fieldale for overseeing the health and welfare of the entire live program. During veterinary school, Sarah enjoyed working with and in animal shelters, low-cost vaccine/spay/neuter clinics and feral cat spay/neuter mobile clinics. She has recently worked some weekends as a contractor to provide basic vaccine/health check of small animals. Sarah is on the Board of Governors of the American College of Poultry Veterinarians (ACPV) and a member of various committees with the American Association of Avian Pathologist (AAAP). She lives with three spoiled rotten cats and enjoys gardening and cooking. Sarahs’ purpose for sitting on the Board of Directors for the Habersham Humane Society is to help the shelter have more public perception and in turn more support for the animals and services they offer.


Emily Allison - Member at Large Emily Allison – Member at Large
Dr. Emily Allison graduated from the University of Georgia in 2007 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Agriculture. She also went to veterinary school at the University of Georgia and graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. Dr. Emily opened Cornerstone Animal Hospital in Alto, Georgia in May of 2016 and practices mixed animal medicine. She is thrilled to be allowed to serve as a member of the Humane Society Board in order to further care for the animals of Habersham County!

Janet Chambers (not pictured) – Billy Cain Ford / Lincoln , Cornelia