About Us

Meet the Team

Trina Rhyne, President

Trina is married, has one perfect son and four dogs. She is a life long animal lover, but realized animal rescue was her calling after working with victims of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. She has worked for and volunteered with municipal shelters and rescues in Charlotte, Asheville and now Oconee County, GA. When she isn’t saving something with four legs, you can find her drinking coffee with friends or doing CrossFit at the gym.

Kim Keegan, Secretary

Kim’s passion about animal welfare has been part of her all of her life. She really became involved when she and her daughter Ashton began volunteering at The Humane Society of the Pike Peak Region in Colorado Springs in 2007. The two of them started a Pit Bull Showcasing program at the shelter where they took the dogs out to meet people in the public and educate them that the breed was not bad. Kim and her family fostered many in Colorado Springs. In addition to working with HSPPR, they volunteered at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, UT. In 2011 the Keegans’ moved to Watkinsville where Kim & Ashton volunteered for Angels Among Us as foster parents. Soon after they became involved with the Oconee County Animal Shelter and pioneered the foster program in 2014. Tragically Ashton was killed in a car accident in August 2016, during this time Kim took a small break from the shelter to grieve. Kim continues to support animal welfare and issues surrounding this in order to save as many animals from bad situations. Kim spent 15 years as a Rehabilitation Counselor then a Personal Trainer, but her favorite “job” was that of a mom. Kim lives with her husband and 4 foster failure dogs.

Nina Wingrove, Treasurer

Nina is a life long animal lover. Growing up in Texas she always had a variety of animals from dogs, cats, goats, ducks, rabbits and more. This fostered her love for animals and ensuring that they find safe and loving homes. She has been a volunteer with the Oconee County Animal Shelter since 2015 and works as the Office Manager for a small eCommerce business. Nina is happily married with two sons and two dogs. During her free time she enjoys cooking, watching football, spending time with her family and of course volunteering at her favorite animal shelter.

Kelly Sandefur, Board Member

Kelly is married, has two sons, two grandchildren, a dog and three cats. She and her husband, Bill, moved to Watkinsville five years ago to be closer to family who live in Athens. She is retired from the State of Georgia where she was a Business Processes Manager for the Department of Corrections. Her hobbies include golf, photography, and gardening. Her passion for both photography and animals led her to shelter photography where she hopes she can make a difference.

Ali Anderson, Board Member

Ali loves her job teaching math, engineering and technology to high school students, but her real passion is dog training. She has a special knack for connecting with and rehabbing fearful dogs. For the past 10 years she has worked with other dog behaviorists training shelter dogs to become service animals. When it comes to animal rescue, Ali does not discriminate. She and her husband bought a huge house in the country, so that they could accommodate all of their animals including dogs, cats, pigs, rabbits, rats, mice, ferrets, birds, snakes, geckos and a sugar glider.

Patricia Hall, Board Member

Patricia has always been an animal lover even before she could talk. Being born in to a family with two huge St. Bernard’s, she always believed dogs are family. Patricia originally studied Marine Biology in college for two years but ultimately ended up attending Animal Behavior College to become a dog trainer. She has furthered her experience and studies to become a Certified Professional Dog Trainer. Because Patricia has a soft spot for dogs in shelters, she has been a volunteer trainer at Operation Second Chance-Jail Dogs (Gwinnett County Jail) since 2011. She has made numerous TV appearances including Pit Bulls & Parolees on Animal Planet, CNN, NBC, CBS and monthly appearances on Good Day Atlanta on FOX5. Patricia lives with her eight rescued dogs and two cats. Her hobbies include dogs, dogs, dogs and travel.