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Board of Directors


Dawn Montoya


Vice President


Elaine Sheldon

Board Member

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Dr. Brian Ward

Board Member

Doctor Brian Ward is Pensacola State College’s lead human resource professor, as well as serving as a professor for The University of Maryland and as a Course Lead for Western Governors University, where he maintains course congruency for both new and seasoned course evaluators.


Before embarking on a career in higher education, he served twenty-three years in the United States Air Force where he completed four contingency deployments and served in numerous executive HR and operational positions. 


After his retirement, he went on to work in the private sector as a human resource manager and site operational leader.  In his capacity as lead HR professor, Dr. Ward serves on several cross-functional committees, including PSC’s Community Advisory Board, Scholarship Policy Committee, Academic Appeals Committee, the Sigma Beta Delta Directors’ Committee, and the Business Department’s Hiring Committee. 


He has been recognized as a regional HR Manager of the Year four times, as well as being named as the Senior Operations Manager of the Year, the Lance P. Sijan Leadership Award winner, the Fred Archer Military Leadership Award winner. He has also received the Spirit of Bob Hope Service Award. 


He is married to his beautiful wife Claudia and they reside in Navarre, FL.

Dawn Montoya




Kim White

Shelter Manager

Wabash, Indiana is the place Kim calls “home.” Kim grew up with and developed a love of horses and animals of all kinds.

Kim moved to Okaloosa County in the fall of 2018. When she started exploring her new home, she quickly located the library, the yarn stores, and the animal shelters.


When it came time to look for a new profession, she remembered SOCKS, and knew she wanted to be involved. She began as a part-time cleaner, which quickly grew to shelter technician, and then manager.

Kim holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Southern Indiana. During her time there she was involved in psychology club, Women’s Choir, Chamber Choir, and theatre.

The most important thing in Kim’s life is her family, both back home in Indiana, and her new SOCKS family. She resides with her husband, Ed, and their two SOCKS cats, Bob and Jasmine.


Marti Gordon


Marti's journey at Save Our Cats and Kittens started when she fostered a kitten named Diddle Bug. After choosing to foster, Marti developed an affection for the organization and began volunteering.  


From volunteer to Board member, Marti helps manage the organization's social media accounts, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Marti also continues to volunteer at the Thrift Store several times a month.


A self-proclaimed "crazy cat lady," Marti enjoys spending time with her family when not volunteering. She is a wife of 25 years and has two daughters, five grandsons, and several pets.

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