The SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare team is here for one reason…. we all share an abiding love and passion for the animals we serve! We also are here to serve the community and their beloved pets through the services provided by the SPCA Albrecht Center. Please feel free to contact us with your questions and/or concerns. We’re here to help!
Barbara moved from the Chairmanship of the Board of Directors to the role of President and CEO in March 2013. This created a smooth transition of Directors and key staff, as the Albrecht Center adjusted to its new adoption facility and its expanded role in offering affordable and accessible spay and neuter surgery through its high volume surgical clinic.
A faithful, no nonsense advocate for our animals, Sybil Altman has been serving the Albrecht Center forever! She began working in the kennels, was promoted to Adoption Counselor in 2008 and then to Shelter Manager in February 2011. Her family includes Kim and their two dachshunds, Marley and Midge, a turtle named Rainbow Unicorn, and Sadie and Henri, the forever foster dogs.
Sarah joined the Albrecht Center team in 2012 as Volunteer Coordinator; recruiting, training, scheduling and encouraging supporters to volunteer their talents and skills to help pets in need. During this time, she also proved her knowledge of all things digitally oriented and showed affordable ways to gather support, garner donations, and increase awareness through technology, resulting in a promotion to Marketing Director in 2015. Three short years later, she filled what is now her current role with the organization, Operations Manager. Sarah lives in Aiken with her husband Tom, their three Albrecht Center adopted cats, Bastian, Luna & Grady, plus two-four former feral cats who take advantage of the shelter and consistent meals.
Miranda Ewing joined the team at the SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare in February 2020. She has committed her life to volunteering and fostering homeless animals, and believes the strength of a community shines when we can lean on each other. A 2012-2013 AmeriCorps alumni and Rescue Volunteer for Team Stinkykiss (a local CSRA animal rescue), she is an advocate for all animals and all people! Her family includes her husband, who knows all critters may find a temporary home with him (even if he’s allergic to some).
Claire is a graduate of College of Charleston where she majored in Nonprofit Management and worked with Redux Contemporary Art Center and Charleston Animal Society. After graduation, she moved back to Aiken to pursue her goal of giving a voice to the voiceless in her hometown. In September of 2016, Claire joined the team as the Community Outreach Director and was promoted to Development Director in early 2018, and now to the Communications Director – handling marketing, media correspondence and grant writing.
Henri is often one of the first faces you’ll see when entering our lobby. She’s friendly, loves treats and back scratches and makes everyone smile.
Henri came to us as a stray in the summer of 2014. Our Shelter Manager immediately fell head-over-heels in love with her and decided to adopt her. Since then, Henri has accompanied Sybil to work daily and serves as our shelter mascot, staff and volunteer motivator and public greeter.
HENRIETTA ‘Henri’ BEANS
CAT CARE SPECIALIST
PET CARE SPECIALIST
PET CARE SPECIALIST
PET CARE SPECIALIST
VET CARE CENTER
VETERINARY PRACTICE MANAGER
EMILY BEATY, DVM
LISA JAMES, DVM
LICENSED VET TECH
My name is Bryan Melvin and I prefer to go by Bryan. I’m 21 years old and entering my senior year at Anderson University in Anderson, SC where I’m pursuing a biology major and a biomedical sciences minor, and also serve as the Anderson Science Association President. I’m currently in my first application cycle for veterinary school and am excited to get, work, learn and get to know everyone!
PT VETERINARY ASSISTANT
THRIFT STORE ASSISTANT MANAGER
STOCK ROOM ASSOCIATE
STOCK ROOM ASSOCIATE
RETAIL SALES ASSOCIATE
MEET OUR BOARD
Barbara choose the SPCA Albrecht Center as a charity to spend her time and financial resources on because of the organization’s commitment to help animals and the community as well. She likes working with well-organized non-profits that are transparent in their accountability to donors, and that have strong boards made up of diverse, successful people who take their commitments seriously. Helping animals is a selfless effort and a passion she knows the staff, volunteers, donors, and board members all share.
Russ has been a resident of Aiken, SC since 2006. He spent 45 years managing troubled companies in the store fixture industry. He worked with national retailers in their store design and merchandising concepts.
In 2006, he and his wife Jennifer retired to Aiken when they decided to own and run a restaurant and catering business.
Russ would like to assist the SPCA Albrecht Center in continuing its mission providing a no-kill shelter for adoptable animals.
Lisa is a 1984 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. She has been practicing in Aiken since 1988 and built the surgical/medical hospital, Carolina Equine Clinic, in1993. Lisa is married to George, a Department of Defense contractor, and they have two boys-George III and Alex. Lisa and her husband also have a two year old wire-haired pointing griffon, named Yemassee, who is also Lisa’s running partner. She has watched the SPCA grow into its new facility with pride and looks forward to helping as much as possible.
LISA HANDY, DVM
Robert spent most of his career doing legal, tax and financial work, mostly in the oil and gas industry. Having lived mostly in Texas, Los Angeles and Maui, he and his wife, Patricia, moved to Aiken about 11 years ago. They live in Mallet Hill and are part owners of Outdoor Hands, LLC. Outdoor Hands is proud to support The Lydia Project in Augusta.
His interests are golf, travel, the arts, food & wine and helping others, humans and animals! In addition to animal welfare, Robert and Patricia are also particularly concerned about hunger and children’s’ medical care.
Mary Guynn was born in Aiken, South Carolina. She received her undergraduate degree from The College of William and Mary and thereafter obtained her Juris Doctorate Degree from Emory University. She is a partner in the law firm of Smith, Massey, Brodie, Guynn & Mayes.
Ms. Guynn is married to Justin Moore Pimsner, a professional polo player, and they collectively have four dogs and many horses. Her civic involvement includes the SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare, the Aiken Land Conservancy, Aiken Homebuilders Association, Greater Aiken Integrated Trails Foundation, Aiken County Habitat for Humanity and Aiken Equine Charities. She enjoys showing hunter/jumpers in her free time.
Mary became involved with the SPCA when she rescued several pit bulls puppies. Since that time, she has been a strong advocate against dog fighting and animal abuse of any kind.
At the end of 2017 Al retired as Board Chair of the SPCA Albrecht Center after four years in that role. His business career spans 56 years including the founding of Interim Healthcare in 1966. He has also served on several NYSE Boards as well as a Director and/or Chair of numerous small public companies and privately held entities.
One of Al’s favorite songs is “Bless the Beasts and the Children” sung by Shirley Bassey. The lyrics include….. “for in this world they have no voice, they have no choice”. Perhaps that is why his long involvement working for animals without a ”voice or choice” with the Humane Society in Broward County, Florida continued with the SPCA after moving to Aiken in 2004. The Sorensen family has always included four legged members which currently includes Pepper, Thumbelina, Henry, Pinkie and Sammy.
Amy and her husband CP own Aiken Saddlery. Amy & CP moved to Aiken from NJ. Amy spent 20 years at Monmouth Park in Oceanport NJ. She competes her OTTB in jumper shows on the east coast. They have 2 dogs and three chickens. Through their business, Amy & CP support many local charities and strive to help the Shelter with its mission.
AMY HEBERT DOREMUS
CP and his wife Amy moved to Aiken 8 years ago. They purchased Aiken Saddlery and have made Aiken their home. CP ran a successful medical call center in northern New Jersey and now is happy to call Aiken home. They live close to downtown with 2 dogs and 3 chickens. In addition to running Aiken Saddlery CP owns real estate in downtown Aiken. He is a dynamic volunteer to the SPCA.
CHARLES “C.P.” DOREMUS
Both Steve’s father and grandfather worked for the SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare for many years. As lifelong animal lovers, Steve lives on a six-acre farm with two horses and four dogs, one of whom is a three legged Labrador named Lacey.
In addition to serving on our board, Steve is very active in the community and is a member of the Aiken Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Aiken. He is the owner of Auto Tech, Inc. here in Aiken.
When Pam was little, she thought that she could talk to animals, and that they would talk back. Pam loved all kinds of animals. Living in the South, she has become even more aware of the urgency in finding homes for animals in need. Pam believes this can be achieved through education, marketing and partnering with the animal-loving public. She hopes that involvement with the board of the SPCA Albrecht Center will give her a chance to help make Aiken a safer and better place for animals of all kinds.
Pam lives on a farm in Wagener with a number of horses, dogs and cats, including Chase, who came from the SPCA in early 2007.
Sharer Dale is a local Real Estate Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Tatterall Group, specializing in Equestrian, Fine and Recreational Properties in the greater Aiken area. She is from Chagrin Falls, Ohio and is an avid Equestrian with a primary focus on show Jumping young horses all the way to Grand Prix. Sharer was moved by the dedication and commitment of the folks at the SPCA Albrecht Center. She has adopted several dogs and assisted in placing numerous others. The day of the ribbon cutting for our new facility she met and fell in love with Nelson, a big, black hound/shepard/dane mix that had been at the shelter for three years. Nelson now lives HAPPILY with his brother, Rubin, a half pitty-bulldog mix, and sister, Maggie (bird dog/jack Russell), along with three cats: Foxy, Prissy & Taylor (SPCA rescue kitties) and six horses at Greystone Farms, on 67 conservation acres on Aiken’s eastside.
Jack is a native of Atlanta, GA and he can’t remember ever not having a dog or a cat in his home, nor ever will. He received his bachelors’ degree in Mathematics at Georgia State and currently sells real estate in Aiken with the Carolina Real Estate Company. His wife Katie and he (along with their 7 year old – Standard Schnauzer “Sammi” , and 2 year old Giant Schnauzer “Maximus”) have been in Aiken since 2007. Jack has always been a proud supporter of the SPCA Albrecht Center, as well as the Aiken Land Conservancy and Hitchcock Woods. Upon first moving to Aiken, his wife spent many years as the Campaign Coordinator to raise funds for the new SPCA Albrecht Center facility. His hobbies are woodworking, photography, hiking, mountain biking, tennis and golf.
Nancy moved to Aiken almost six years ago from Northern Westchester County, NY, when her husband retired from practicing Orthopedic Surgery. She is a Federally Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator and has been working with and rehabbing birds of prey for almost 35 years. Nancy has a 14 year old registered APHA paint mare, an 8 year old AQHA appendix gelding, four rescued mini-donkeys and two Wheaten Terriers that are 14 yrs old and two years old.
After many years of working in retail stores and retail support sales Russ & Jennifer Richardson retired to Aiken and opened a BBQ restaurant. Upon closing the restaurant Jennifer has enjoyed volunteering at the local SPCA Thrift Store – “Where Shopping Saves Lives.”
Rebecca von Schweinitz is the Co-Owner and US Director of Sales and Marketing for Hit-Air, an equestrian and motorcycle safety air vest company. After spending parts of the past ten years living in Aiken while competing in three day eventing and show jumping, she decided to permanently relocate from Charleston SC and make Aiken her home. Rebecca is always ready to come to the rescue of those in need, both 2 and 4 legged. During the Historic SC Flood of 2015, Rebecca spearheaded a Charleston to Columbia donation network making multiple trips with her horse trailer packed full of supplies for both people and pets displaced by the flooding. She also enjoys giving her time to Habitat for Humanity, and through her company is the Volunteer Sponsor for Aiken Therapeutic Riding Center. Rebecca was introduced to the wonderful community of the SPCA Albrecht Center through Mary Guynn when she volunteered at “Yappy Hour” and looks forward to being an active force for corporate sponsorship of the Center. She, her Vizsla Dali, horse Limited Edition and rescue cat Sergeant Tibbs make their home in New Bridge.