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.


Brad Smith – Vice President

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.

Becky Davis – Past 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.

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.

Joanne Gentile – Treasurer
David Dyer
Edna Volonte
Randy Williams
Jessica Beck Pugh
Tracy Gilmore


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.

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.