Board of Directors
President and Executive Director
Nancy Russ Schimmer has been involved with Save Our Cats and Kittens as a volunteer and board member since 2007.
After a 25 year career in information technology she took the reins of SOCKS in 2009. With the help, guidance, and support of the SOCKS board, as well as the founders, Sara and Cecil Demonbrun, she has overseen the improvement and stabilization of the financial status of SOCKS, as well as the improvement of the facilities.
SOCKS’ standing in the community has improved each year and has become a fixture in the Florida panhandle with a
reputation for cleanliness, a healthy environment, and a concern for all felines in need.
Nancy is a Florida native, born in Panama City. She received an AA from Okaloosa-Walton Community College (now Northwest Florida State College) in 2000.
Working with other rescue organizations and shelters, as well as the local county and municipal governments, Nancy hopes to improve the lives of all domesticated animals in our community.
Terry is a hospitality professional with over twenty years of specialized experience. He has held leadership positions in both corporate and independent hospitality organizations. For the majority of the past decade, he has devoted his time to assisting independent restaurateurs develop, launch, and expand new and existing lodging, food and beverage, and entertainment concepts throughout the region.
Through operating high-volume establishments, from casual themes to fine dining, Terry has a recognized skill set and expertise focused on continuous improvement, process development, and business analysis.
During his time at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, he earned a B.S. in General Management and Business Administration, served on the Dean’s Student Advisory Board at the Miller College of Business, was Vice President of the Collegiate Entrepreneur’s Organization (CEO), and acted as Vice President of the University Program Board. Terry also obtained minors in Entrepreneurship and Hospitality and Tourism Management. He is currently pursuing his MBA at the University of West Florida (UWF).
Terry currently serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors for Save Our Cats & Kittens (SOCKS), is a member of the Board of Directors for the Northwest Florida Ballet, and participates on the Mentoring Emerald Coast committee at the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce and 1MC (One Million Cups).
Ayesha Haider is an Assistant Director at the Florida SBDC, where she manages the region's Capital Access and Government Contracting programs. Ayesha has 10 years' experience as a business consultant and, prior to joining the SBDC, she worked for the British Embassy in Saudi Arabia advising UK SMEs on how to expand into the Middle East.
Ayesha has also worked as an accountant for the Air Force, as an independent business consultant for numerous private sector businesses and (her favorite job) as a Sales Assistant at a student run university bookstore in Canada.
Ayesha holds a BA in Economics from Carleton University in Ottawa and an MBA from York University in Toronto. She recently completed a Graduate Certificate in Government Contracting from the University of West Florida and she is also a Certified Business Appraiser.
In her spare time, Ayesha likes to go to the beach, travel the world, read books, workout and binge watch Star Trek (the original).
Ayesha's dream is to own a house full of dogs, cats and other animals. However, her cat, Chutia, does not get along well with others and will not allow it. Luckily, Chutia gets along very well with Ayesha's husband, Damian.
Carole, from Rhode Island, is a licensed insurance agent by trade.
After moving to Florida, she became involved in animal rescue with Hotel for Dogs and Cats in Pensacola in 2009. In 2012, Carole's volunteer loyalty shifted to Save Our Cats & Kittens. It didn't take long and Carole became a foster taking home her first cat, Savannah. Several additional fosters would follow.
With Carole's financial acumen and insurance background, she started to recognize ways the organization could save money and operate more efficiently. Carole quickly accepted the role as Treasurer.
Carole played an instrumental role in the renovation of SOCKS, including the reconstruction of facilities and the addition and update of organizational systems.
According to Carole, fostering is, by far, the most rewarding experience she has encountered.
Currently, Carole resides in Rhode Island, allowing her to spend more time with her family, namely her grandchildren. She participates as a full board member remotely.
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.
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.
Thrift Store Manager
Pat's experience lies primarily in corporate management. She held various management positions during her career at Southeast Toyota Distributorship in Jacksonville, Florida.
In 1992, she moved to the Emerald Coast to care for her family. Always community-minded, Pat volunteered at her son's elementary school and local charities, such as Sharing and Caring.
She is currently the SOCKS Thrift Store Manager. Pat highly enjoys the SOCKS family and guests of the Thrift Store.
She embraces the philosophy of "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" and enjoys helping others find hidden treasures within the Thrift Store.
Her favorite part of the day is bonding with the Thrift Store's resident cats, Gabbi and Ace.
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.