ACHS Board



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 she tried to sneak it into the house. Growing up, Amanda spent summer months and winter breaks in Michigan visiting family. She learned many life lessons and moral values on her grandpa’s farm, and if there was dirt to be found, she was probably rolling in it. She is not afraid to get her hands dirty and put some love and labor into a project. While Amanda serves as our board president, she is currently employed at Rocky Boots. In her spare time she teaches people what doTERRA Essential Oils are and how to use essential oils. Amanda has German Shepherd/Akita who is her biggest baby, a Lab/Irish Setter who is her step-dog-child and a rambunctious cat named Zoe. Amanda serves as a board member, fosters adoptable cats, writes our newsletter, and offers help in any way possible.


Jamie Lambert has loved animals from her earliest years, while growing up in southeastern Ohio. She later became a two-time alumna of Ohio University. Jamie is now a marketing instructor in OU’s College of Business. She has been a member of the ACHS Board since 2010, and is currently the board secretary. She lives outside of Athens with her husband, daughter, and their four-legged “kids” (three dogs and two horses). When away from work, 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.


Mom and Kitty Butt

Living in Athens since the early eighties, Chris Yost is a Bobcat cubed, earning three degrees from Ohio University. In addition, she is a CPA, which helps her with her ACHS duties as our treasurer. She has taught accounting since around 2004, and has held various teaching and administrative positions at OU since the mid-eighties. Chris loves working with the students. Prior to joining the ACHS board, she was a member of the Developmental Disabilities board for four years, and served as the finance chair. She has four grown children, and four adorable granddaughters. A lover of traveling, she has visited over 50 countries, and has worked on five of the six continents that she has been blessed to experience. Her family has also had many, many pets throughout the years, with most of them being from rescue organizations.


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 serves as advisor to the spay/neuter committee. She lives with her rescued pets; a 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.



Being 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 then. 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 Pittsburgh Steelers, gardening, cooking and roller skating. After joining the board in 2012 , Karen became the adoption coordinator for the cats of Athens County.



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 coordinator.  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.