SAINT AUGUSTINE – Samuel P. “Sam” Williams has been elected president of the Board of Directors for the St. Augustine Humane Society (SAHS). Williams served as a board member beginning this year and shares a dedication to the nonprofit with board officers including Ron Faircloth, vice president; Christina Bentley, treasurer; Amy Craft Moll, secretary; and board directors Lynne Catoggio, Bonnie Hayflick, Sonya Jensen, Zach Miller, Steven Rhys, and Kristin Sebastian. Additionally, Bryan Shorstein serves on the organization’s advisory board. Bill Gregory was formerly president of the nonprofit’s board of directors for two years, on the board for four years, and as an active volunteer for 10 years.
According to Williams, he is honored to fulfill volunteer leadership responsibilities with Humane Society board members. “I support the nonprofit’s mission and goals which meets with my strong dedication to the community and a great love for animals,” he said. Williams will direct and guide the Board of Directors and work with Carolyn Smith, executive director of the Humane Society, along with staff and volunteers in sharing the organization’s goals and purpose, and community outreach to further encourage growth of the recently expanded facility, programs, and services. Williams added, he looks forward to the Humane Society’s annual and major fundraiser, the 10th Annual Pin Up Paws and calendar release party to be held at the nonprofit’s location on Thursday, October 22 at 7 pm, 1665 Old Moultrie Road in St. Augustine.
Since 1990, Williams has served as a law enforcement professional for Daytona Beach Police Department and the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office in many capacities. Currently, he is Director of Corrections for the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office and was previously Chief of Patrol, District Commander, Patrol Sergeant, Investigations Sergeant, Patrol Deputy, and Traffic Deputy, among other duties. Williams graduated from Fletcher Senior High School in Jacksonville Beach, Fla. He graduated Cum Laude from Vincennes University in Vincennes, Indiana with an Associates of Arts Degree.
Williams holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla. His law enforcement training also includes certification as an FBI National Academy Associate along with numerous awards and honors, and K9 dog training and handling.
He is on the Board of Directors for Betty Griffin Center in St. Augustine, and the crash review board for the St. Johns County Public Safety Council. Williams and his family reside in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
About St. Augustine Humane Society:
The Humane Society’s spay, neuter and surgery clinic is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 8:00 am to 4 pm. The wellness clinic is open every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9 am to 4 pm. Pet owners must pre-register for spay and neuter surgery. The Humane Society’s resource center includes a wellness and preventative care clinic, low-cost spay and neuter clinic, grooming facility, dog training, and a pet food pantry. These and other services enable local pets to live happily and healthfully in their homes for life. Business hours are Monday through Friday from 9 am until 4 pm. Society Pet Spa is open Tuesday thru Sat by appointment. The Humane Society is located at 1665 Old Moultrie Road in St. Augustine.
St. Augustine Humane Society promotes healthy responsible lifelong pet ownership by serving the medical and rehabilitative needs of companion animals in our community. The programs are designed to strengthen human-pet relationships and reduce the need for pets to enter shelters with a goal is to ensure all pets have access to quality veterinary care, prevent overpopulation, and prevent animal suffering.