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Meet The Team

Nina Wingrove

President/Treasurer, Board of Directors

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

Secretary, Board of Directors

Kelly is married, has two sons, two grandchildren, two dogs 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 of Directors

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 large home 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.

Saskia Thompson

Board of Directors

Saskia is passionate about animal rescue and works tirelessly to help place the most needy animals that walk through the shelter doors. She is the proud mother of two children in college and fur mom to five dogs. Saskia has fostered countless shelter animals, specializing in the medically fragile and senior animals which are the most vulnerable residents of the shelter. 

Our Story

Friends of Oconee County Animal Shelter, Inc. is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to giving second chances to the homeless and needy pets of our community.