Our Team

Meet the Sarge's Team:

Nancy Bulluck

Founder

With great sadness, we announce the passing of our Founder, Nancy Bulluck. Sarge’s wouldn’t exist without Nancy’s vision and drive, and we are blessed to have her guidance over the last 16 years. Nancy was preparing her Christmas Cards and was going to include these words with them. We’re thankful to be able to share her message with you. Thank you, Nancy, for all you’ve done. Nancy Bulluck 5/8/49 – 12/15/21 —– Dear Friends and Family, I wish I had profound words of wisdom to share with you, but the best I can do is to remind you of what you already know. Live every day as if it is your last, because it may well be. Take care of yourself, but enjoy life as well – eat good food, drink good beer, laugh a lot. Hang out with younger people – the energy they share with you will slow your own aging process, and they benefit from your wisdom and experience – a win-win! Find a purpose – something you are passionate about, and throw your whole heart, mind and soul into it. All the good you put out into the world will return to you multiplied many times over. Live life without regrets – if you make a mistake, learn from it and move on. If someone makes a mistake and hurts you, learn from it and move on. If you have a success, learn from it and move on. Keep your life light – no need to collect baggage that you have to carry through life, because you’ll need that energy for more useful endeavors. Remember we are just walking each other home. When it is time to part ways, say farewell with grace and gratitude, and let go. The universe will support you. There’s no need to struggle and resist. Just relax and let it carry you to where you need to go. -Nancy.

Nikola Rubley

Kennel Manager, Social Media Specialist

Nikola has been with Sarge’s for over two years and enjoys keeping the adoption center looking it’s best as well as spending time with the resident rescues. Nikola adopted her first dog from Sarge’s in 2010; a dog named Roadie who ended up changing her life. Since adopting Roadie Nikola has changed her career to become a Veterinary Technician and has become involved in several dog sports with her second dog, peanuT. She also loves to travel, learn new things, and always keeps an eye out for wayward animals who need a little extra help.

Sunshine

Official Mascot

Sunshine came to Sarge’s in November of 2016, by way of the Haywood County Animal Services’ rescue of 140 dogs from a hoarding case. She was hugely pregnant, and gave birth to her litter within a day or two of arrival at their temporary shelter. She raised her litter, they were all happy healthy puppies who were adopted as soon as they were old enough. We then discovered that Sunshine is diabetic and has a condition called exocrine pancreatic insufficiency or EPI, so she requires daily insulin injections and a strict diet with a supplement to replace her pancreatic enzymes. In short, she was a difficult fit for most adopters to take on. We also discovered that she is a terrific nanny, so when we have singleton puppies we put them with her for cuddling and warmth, and she takes great care of them. She is a playful participant in our playgroups with other dogs, and is quite comfortable with her routine at Sarge’s Adoption Center. So we decided to make it official and give her an honored position on our team. Welcome aboard, Sunshine! Get your Sunshine shirt here!

Jeff McDonald

Adoption Manager

Jeff is originally from New Haven, CT but has called Western North Carolina home since the summer of 2014. We lives Waynesville with his 4 year old son, raising him as a single father since just after his first birthday.  He came to Sarge’s in July of 2019 with a love for animals and has always been an advocate for the underdog. He worked many years in the corporate management world but decided there wasn’t a much better time to pursue something that he would actually enjoy. Jeff is grateful to have had the opportunity to meet the wonderful humans and animals of the community!

Emily Johnson

Kennel Staff

Emily moved to North Carolina from Southern California in 2017, and started volunteering at Sarge’s while searching for an accounting or tax job. In an unexpected turn of events, she found her ideal job working with Sarge’s. Emily loves all animals, but especially loves working with cats. She and her family currently live with 6 rescued cats – Burrtec, Sammy, Luna, Dilly, Esme, and Flair – and 3 dogs – Arwen, Eva, and Dottie.

Pamela Wilcox Smith

Interim Executive Director

Growing up in Waynesville as a daughter of a Dayco Engineer, she rode motorcycles with her Golden Retriever Duke running by her side. She graduated from Tuscola and then High Point University. Her desire to be a prosecutor took her to law school in Michigan, and that dream came true when she prosecuted for the State of NC for eight years after law school. She married a Highway Patrolman she met in the courtroom and brought him back home with her. After their wedding he surprised her with a Golden Retriever puppy, Jake. She left the DA’s office after they had her first child and entered private practice in Waynesville.  She left the stress of a solo practice in 2017 and is now the director of the Paralegal Program at Southwestern Community College and teaches the law courses. She lives in Waynesville with her husband who is now a retired Sergeant of the Highway Patrol, their 15-year-old son [who plays Tuscola soccer], their 13-year-old daughter [who wants to be a Veterinarian], a Boxer [Tank], a Golden Retriever puppy [Chief, another surprise from her husband] and a cat named Trooper.

Bri Rose Holland

Kennel Staff

Bri came to Sarge’s in May of 2022 and has worked with furry friends as a veterinary assistant prior to working at Sarges. She has a dog and 6 cats in her home. She loves to extend a helping hand in animal care in the kennels as well as the public.

Farrah Stevenson

Kennel Staff

Farrah came to Sarge’s in August of 2021. She has lived in Haywood county most of her life. She has a special place in her heart for bully breeds and is a hardworking, motivated, and important part of the team! She has 4 children, Kallon, Bentley, Ryker, and Jaelynn, and her furry children include 3 dogs, Spanky, Dax, and Addy. She helps keep afternoons running smoothly and loves taking pictures of the animals.

Kevin Mueller

Behavior Coordinator

In October 2022 Kevin jumped at the opportunity to fill Sarge’s new Behavior Coordinator position and is thrilled to be developing the new behavior program. He first became interested in a second career in the field of dog behavior in 2018 when he was trained to help dogs with fear and aggression issues as a behavior team member at the Contra Costa County animal shelter in the East Bay area of California. In July 2019 he accepted a position with Asheville Humane Society’s behavior team where he furthered his dog training skills. Prior to this, Kevin had a successful 20-year career as a professional conservationist working on wildlife protection and National Forest preservation in Utah and the Intermountain West. Kevin earned a Bachelors in Island Biogeography from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 1997 and grew up in Rochester, NY and the Great Lakes Region. Kevin lives with his wife Colyn and their dogs in Candler where they love exploring USFS lands in Western North Carolina.

Sara Cabe Dodson

Animal Care Manager

Caroline Ledford

Events and Fundraising Coordinator

Caroline’s love for Sarge’s started in her childhood when her family adopted their cat, Mojo, from the shelter. She later moved to Austin, TX to earn her MBA and adopted her cat, Luna, from the local shelter where she was also a volunteer and dog foster. As a native of Haywood County, she is excited to be back in the Western North Carolina community. In her free time, Caroline loves gardening, spending time with family, shelling at the beach, and hiking. If you’d like to have an event with Sarge’s please email her at events@sarges.org.

Lyndsey L. Tate

Volunteer and Foster Coordinator

Hail and well met, travelers! My name is Lyndsey E.L. Tate, formerly Lyndsey E. Long, as of September 17th. And I am your Volunteer and Foster Coordinator! I have lived in Haywood County for my entire life, and count myself lucky for that. As a teenager, as most teenagers do, I wanted nothing more than to flee as far away from this “podunk” town as I could. But when I set my heart to leave and began to plan out where I would be going, I decided to lay out some parameters for my new home. A town that’s not too big but not too small, with lots forests to explore and rivers to sit next to while sipping coffee, hiking trails and camping spots, somewhere with a reasonable night life scene, nothing crazy, maybe somewhere near a city. And then it hit me; I was already exactly where I was supposed to be. I met the man who would eventually ask me to marry him and we explored the mountains we call home together. We fell in love with each other and this place, together. We now have a beautiful little home with our fur-babies, a sweet Border Heeler named Booker and two cats, Faye and Samantha. It is easy to say that I have always loved animals, but it also incredibly cliché. Because I feel like it goes deeper than that. I have always been drawn to them. They are so much easier to get along with than my two-legged counterparts, and they provide the simple and perfect companionship that I believe is necessary to thrive as a human. My heart is for them first, always. I worked at the Pet Vet on Patton for most of the formative years of my life as a kennel technician, with a short stint as a vet tech assistant. And no matter where I went afterwards, whether it was working as a barista or a fledgling teacher, none of it ever felt right, or true to myself. Then this position came across my desk and I felt the pull of destiny, and who am I to deny destiny? If you have ready any of my emails, I am sure you can tell how excited I am to be here. And I can promise you, it’s 100% genuine giddiness. I get to wake up every day and know that I am actively making a difference. I am seeing to it that these babies are being lovingly and attentively seen to as they patiently wait for their forever homes. So, in short, I am happy to be here, and I am so excited to work with you all. Can’t wait to meet you! “Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I have found it is the small things, the everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay… simple acts of kindness and love.” –Gandalf the Grey

Meet the Sarge's Board of Directors:

Caitlin Morrow

Board Member

Caitlin graduated in 2006 from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science, in 2007 graduated with honors from the Animal Behavior College and in 2012 graduated with honors with an Associates degree in Animal Medical Technology to become a Registered Veterinary Technician in North Carolina. Caitlin obtained her CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed) in the fall of 2011, and is also a Fear Free Certified trainer. As a Certified Canine Behavior Consultant, Caitlin helps Sarge’s to improve the behavioral health of animals in our care, is a creating training programs to make our animals more adoptable and working with dogs struggling with their transition into an adoptive home. Caitlin has been involved with Sarge’s since 2007, and has her own dog training business working with owned dogs, and trains service dogs as an important part of her work. She and her husband have two young daughters, Rosie and Lizzy, as well as three dogs, LS, Granger and Tina.

Dr. Chase Bixenman

Board Member

Chase was born and raised in Amarillo, Tx and moved to Haywood County in August 2021 to join a local Chiropractic Office.  Animals large and small have always been a part of his life. He currently lives in Waynesville with his Wife Sarah, Dog Sophie, and 3 cats: Retro, Nico, and Luna. Chase is new to the Sarge’s Board this year and hopes to bring his experience with other Nonprofits to the team to help Sarge’s succeed and grow.

Jessie Metcalf

Secretary

Jessie Metcalf first came aboard Sarge’s in 2018 as an administrative intern. She then returned the following year as an employee coordinating the foster and volunteer program, as well as events. The little animal rescue that could, Sarge’s will forever hold a special place in her heart. Today Jessie lives in Cullowhee with her husband, four kids, ten chickens, and three dogs (Ellie Mae, a pit mix from a Charlotte shelter; Jake, a yellow lab; and Porter Wagoner, a catahoula leopard dog). She is currently completing her Master of Public Affairs degree from WCU, where she studies all things related to nonprofit leadership. Every time she finds her way back to Sarge’s, it feels like coming home. A board member since May of 2022, she recognizes that serving in this role is an honor and a privilege. She would like to extend her gratitude to the staff, volunteers, donors, adopters, and community that make the life changing work of Sarge’s possible.

Richard Gould

Treasurer

Sarah Richards

Board Member

Sarah is originally from northern California, but grew up from a young age in Boiling Springs, SC. After attending college in SC, she moved to WNC in 2004, and currently resides in Waynesville, NC. Sarah has a background in accounting and human resources and specializes in payroll. She enjoys being connected to her community and has been a life-long animal lover since her first dog at age 5. She is currently the mom of Berra the border collie, and Annabelle the Siamese. Sarah joined the board in 2022 and hopes her accounting and HR experience with other non-profits and government agencies will benefit and support both the wonderful humans and furry friends at Sarge’s.

Windy McKinney

President

Windy was raised in Haywood County, and wandered back home after graduate school abroad, beginning her role in rescue as a volunteer at Sarge’s in 2011. She is an avid animal advocate, having always had animals in her life, and if its up to her, she always will! She has volunteered and fostered with animal rescues in both the US and UK, and happily brings this passion for animal welfare with her to work every day. Currently working in canine behavior, she has a special interest in shelter behavior, and is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer. She hikes regularly with her two dogs, Bandit and Pearl, while Arthur, the family cat, often joins them for strolls through their Waynesville neighborhood. When not hiking, working, or spending time with her family, Windy is a cultural historian who researches and writes from home, with the family cat for company.

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