ACHS Board

Arianna Rinaldi-Eichenberg, born and raised in Athens, graduated from Ohio University with a degree in hearing and speech in 2006. She currently manages the office at Cetide. She joined the ACHS board in spring 2008, and currently is ACHS President and Spay/Neuter Coordinator. She lives with her feline companion, PJ, and two beloved dogs, Petey and Booger, who demand and deserve constant attention! In her spare time, she enjoys running, quilting, and reading.


Jamie Lambert has loved animals from her earliest years, when she was growing up in southeastern Ohio.  She later became a two-time alumna of Ohio University.  Jamie is now a marketing instructor in Ohio University’s College of Business.  She has been a member of the ACHS Board, as well as its Volunteer Coordinator, since 2010.  She lives outside of Athens with her husband and their four-legged “kids” (three dogs and two horses).  When not working, Jamie enjoys spending time with her furkids, watching and playing sports (go Bobcats and Buckeyes!), and traveling. She is a fan of music, movies, and trying new things.

karen_mcguireBeing raised by nomadic parents, Karen McGuire knew Athens was home to her when she moved here in 1993. Karen graduated from Wright State University in 1992 and has worked in retail management since. Karen , her husband and son love quiet country living with their 4 dogs and 2 cats (who are all rescues). Karen enjoys family time,the Steelers,gardening, cooking and roller skating. After joining the board in 2012 , Karen became the adoption coordinator for the cats of Athens County.

Sherry Klingaman was born in Grandview Heights, Ohio. From there, she calls herself an Air Force brat! Therefore, many places became home. She graduated from Ohio University with an master’s degree in speech & language pathology and was active in that profession for 30 years. She has been a member and past President of the Athens County Humane Society for 21 years! She was very active in the building and overseeing the former Cat Shelter on Hoon Drive. She has had MANY cats and loved them all. Presently she has only one cat and two small dogs. She is retired and travels to Arizona for two to three months in the winter, but Athens is still home. She loves to hike, walk the dogs, read and watch the Browns.

Amanda Pugh; born and raised in Athens, Ohio and animal lover since day one. It didn’t matter the size or breed of the animal, if it was lost, hurt or scared more than likely I tried to sneak it into my house, just ask my father where all the rabbit’s came from. I was born in Athens, and went do school here, but during the summer months and winter breaks I was up North in Michigan visiting family. I learned so many life lessons and moral values on my grandpa’s farm, and if there was dirt to be found, I was probably rolling in it. I am not afraid to get my hands dirty and put some love and labor into a project. Currently, I work at The Athens Real Estate Company for Susan Barga, and in my spare time I teach people what doTERRA Essential Oils are and how to use essential oils. I love what I do, everyday is something new and I don’t think of it as a job. I have a 5 year old German Shepherd/Akita who is my biggest baby, a Lab/Irish Setter who is my step-dog-child and a rambunctious cat named Zoe. I volunteer to foster with the ACHS, and offer my help in any way possible, whether it be with the newsletter, RASCAL clinics, or where ever I can be of help. My favorite thing to do is to give back to the community that’s given me so much.


Heather McDowell settled in Athens county after graduating from Ohio University with a bachelors degree in social work in 1991.  Her animal family began while she was a college student, adopting from the county shelter and acquiring stray cats and dogs.  Passionate about animal welfare Heather joined the board of ACHS in the fall 0f 2014 and holds the position of education officer.  She is employed by Hopewell Health Center based at a local elementary school as a mental health case manager. With love and support from her husband and stepdaughters, Heather’s family continues to consist of rescued cats and dogs.