Our Key Personnel
Sherry Mansfield, Executive Director – Sherry became a volunteer and Board member in January 2015 and then Executive Director of the Shelter in May 2015. She is a Florida native, growing up in Mandarin and Orange Park. She has lived in the US Virgin Islands as well as England and is back home to Clay County. As an Elementary school teacher, Environmental Educator and wildlife rescuer for many years, Sherry strongly believes that “Pets Are for life… Not Just For Christmas” and that more education is needed in schools for children to learn how to be Stewards of the Animals and the Earth. When she isn’t working at the shelter, she can be found on the tennis court or gardening at home with her three kitties.
Board of Directors
Chris Scott – President – Chris has 40+ years Human Resources experience. Experience in employee hiring, employee mediation, employee benefits, compensation including employee life cycle. Includes Banking, Medical Management and a variety of client Human Resource Management. Chris and her husband Tim live in Middleburg with their 5 dogs, 4 rescues and 1 born at their home. The dogs have filled the void of their 2 sons as they started their families.
Charlie Robinson – Vice President – Charlie is a native from the Metro Detroit area and has lived in Clay County since 2011. He is a healthcare executive with over 19 years of revenue cycle experience. In 2012, Charlie and his family lost their beloved “Mr. Drake”, the family Chocolate Lab, which drove him to Safe for volunteer dog walking. Since then, Charlie and his family have adopted two new family members, Gus and Rocco, from Safe and they continue to provide support by volunteering and donating.
Lauren Barron – Secretary – Lauren is an attorney who manages the law firm Barron Legal, PLLC. in Fleming Island. Lauren began volunteering at the shelter as a dog walker in June of 2015 after she and her husband adopted their dog, Kona, from the shelter. After witnessing the dedication and compassion of the shelter volunteers during the adoption process, Lauren could see what a great organization Safe Animal Shelter is and wanted to be a part of it. Lauren lives in Fleming Island with her husband, Jay, and son, Ryan. Along with their dog, Kona, they have a rabbit, Toby. They have fostered some kittens from the shelter but as of now, do not have a full-time cat.
Tim Coleman – Treasurer
Sandi Chavis – Sandi Chavis grew up in a Chicago suburb dreaming of the Florida sun. Her first cat, Tuffet J, made a lasting impression and fostered her lifelong love of animals. She believes deeply that animals bring peace, love, and joy into our lives. Sandi began volunteering at the Safe Animal Shelter’s annual dinner and auction in 2013 and has become a regular shelter volunteer with her family. She joined the Board of Directors in 2017 where she serves on the Public Relations and Annual Auction committees. As a member of the Safe Animal Shelter board, Sandi is passionate about increasing awareness of the Shelter’s activities. Sandi lives with her husband, grandson, two rescue cats, and puppy. They can be found trying to train the puppy and convince the cats to be friendly with the puppy.
Mary Hardin – Mary is a North Florida native who has been rescuing animals since she was a child. She spent the majority of her career in the banking and financial industry and recently combined her passion and love of animals with her extensive financial knowledge to form Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming Fleming Island. She has been on the Board of Directors with Safe Animal Shelter since 2014 serving on the financial committee as well as the public relations committee. She and her husband Pete reside in Fleming Island with their two human children and four fur babies.
Pete Hardin – Pete is a 34 year veteran of the banking industry and holds a Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) credential. One of his many hobbies includes volunteering with the Safe Animal Shelter. Although Pete is allergic to dogs, he has found ways to use his talents to help our best friends. Pete helps organize Shelter activities through the various committees and employees of SAFE. Pete and his wife Mary have four canine fur babies of their own and are also owners of the Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming – Fleming Island.
Janice Kirkwood – Janice was a Navy “brat” who grew up in Jacksonville. Janice worked for a few years in the insurance industry but was lured away to the lifestyle and travel opportunities in the airline industry. She worked for 21 years as a flight attendant, based in Miami, but retired from the business in 1991 when Pan American Airlines went out of business. She was pursuing a degree in graphic arts when husband Jim, a United pilot, decided to move to Jacksonville to shorten his commute to his home base in Chicago. In Jacksonville, Janice discovered the fulfillment that comes from volunteering, first with a homeless shelter at the Beaches, and then with Safe Animal Shelter in Clay County. Safe is the perfect fit for Janice since she wants to save all animals — possums, ducks, butterflies and six little dogs that currently share her home.
Jim Kirkwood – Jim is the World’s greatest fighter pilot!!! Univ. of Pittsburgh 1965 BS Mathematics. Navy carrier pilot, and airline pilot. Proud owner of 6 rescue dogs. Bad golfer, but I try.
Mark Mihalik – Mark completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Toledo, and earned his graduate degree from Kent State University. He currently resides in Fleming Island with his wife, daughter, and two adopted dogs, Bernie and Tank.
Lee Oliver – Lee recently retired as a school Principal with the Clay County School District. She lives in Middleburg with her husband, Randy, and Doberman, Petra. They have two grown children, Chad, and Amber. At a very early age, Lee brought strays home and cared for them. Her love for animals continues. As a school principal, one of her favorite service projects was sponsoring a food drive for the Safe Animal Shelter in Middleburg. Lee graduated from the University of North Florida with a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s in Leadership.
Amy Pipas – Amy has worked for a variety of non profits for over ten years. She lives in Middleburg with her husband, son, three dogs, and a cat. She wants to rescue every animal she sees so instead she started volunteering at the shelter in 2016 to help make a difference in animals lives. She is also the co-owner of Eagle Eye Bookkeeping Services, LLC and LawnCare Concierge.