Board Members

Cheryl Iski- President             Cheryl

Cheryl has been a foster mom for HSJC for many years and enjoys finding homes for animals and people! Her passion for animals has driven her to stay involved with this great cause since 2007. She loves all animals and dedicates her passion to her late German Shepherds Dakota & Ransom.  Broker/Owner of Bulldog Brokers, a full service real estate company serving Atlanta to Athens.


Becky Davis – Vice President

She has rescued animals since a child ~ Becky has  campaigned relentlessly for 4 years and got Chief’s Law passed, a law named after her German shepherd that requires a bittering agent in antifreeze. She received the animal hero award from the American Red Cross for saving a service dog that was lost in the rain on I-85 in 2013. She is currently a nurse and has 3 dogs.

Vicki Rosenbaum – Treasurer

She has her Ph.D. in Applied Social Research and is a Medical Marketing Research Consultant.  She has been a Long Term Care Ombudsman  and volunteer for the community for many years and resides in Nicholson with her husband Mickey and loving German Shepherd.

Jude Preissle – Secretary

A retired professor at the University of Georgia, Jude has lived in Jackson County since 1976.  She volunteers for Schnauzer Love Rescue (SLR), a group serving the southeast region of the United States, as well as for HSJC. She and her spouse Mark Toomey started fostering for HSJC in 2008, and they also contribute to both groups by transporting animals, home visits, and other activities. They are currently at household capacity with seven dogs and a cat.

Joe Wirthman

Police Officer since 1977; he is retired from Florida, and is the Jefferson Police Chief since 2006. He is married to Kathy, they have   three children and two rescue dogs.

Mike Cotton

He grew up in Jefferson & Athens area – joined the US Airforce and proudly served our country with his last duty station being in a “resort area” of southeast Asia known as Pleiku AB in the central highlands. After returning he started in the garment industry holding positions down such as: distribution manager, customer service manager, production development & merchandising/marketing. He then went on to truck & automobile sales with Jefferson Motor Co until retiring in 2010. He lives in south Jackson County with his wife, Dr Carol Cotton, faculty at UGA in the college of public health. They have 2 Golden Retrievers – Scarlett & Walker.

Monica Reames

Monica is an avid animal lover!  She is the mother of three children ~ Emit, Norah and MandyKate, two gerbils~ Calina and Sweetie Pie, two cats ~ Shepster and Lils.  She has a wonderful and understanding husband Bo, who doesn’t mind gallivanting around the area to see all their favorite horse friends.  She is currently chairing the Outreach Commitee and heading the Humane Education Program for HSJC.

Traci Mathis

Traci is a stay at home mom of four fur children ~ Bindi, maci, Zoey and Stella.  She lives in Jefferson with her husband Greg and together they have been animal lovers their whole lives.  They adopted Zoey in June 2011 and began fostering soon after that. They built 2nd Chance Dog Park for their foster animals ~ named after their beloved Chihuahua Chance.  Traci is the Events Committee Director and enjoys her family, scrap booking, card making and treasure hunting with her husband when she isn;t volunteering.

Margaret Lang – Past President 2012, Treasurer 2010 and Secretary 2014

Retired professional with management, publishing, and marketing experience, HSJC volunteer since 2007, she lives in  Jefferson with her husband John.

Brad Smith

I am the District Attorney for the Piedmont Judicial Circuit since 2009.  Before that I was an Assistant District Attorney since 1997.  I am married to Christine and have two sons.

Steve Perry

Steve and his wife Angel own the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Jefferson and have lived here for 10 Years. They have 2 kids, Heather is a senior at Jefferson and Jackson is in the 8th grade at Jefferson.
Their family includes two dogs and three cats all of which have been adopted or rescued over the years.