Staff & Board
Founder & Executive Director
As a child, Rick DuCharme would bring home any stray pets he came across. Together, he and his mother would bring the pets to the city shelter. One day, Rick’s mother revealed to him that the pets they brought to the shelter may not have made it out alive. The seed for a life in animal welfare was planted.While working in the heavy equipment industry, Rick began volunteering at various animal shelters and rescues. For years, he observed and researched the issues surrounding homeless pets and became an advocate for an effective spay/neuter program in Jacksonville. Rick brought experience in sales, marketing, and management from his previous career when he was appointed to the “Mayor’s Task Force for Animal Control” in 2001.
With Best Friends Animal Society serving as his mentor, Rick founded First Coast No More Homeless Pets a year later with the mission to end the killing of dogs and cats. Many programs later, FCNMHP has helped reduced euthanasia rates in Jacksonville, Florida by an astounding 90%.
Rick is also the Co-Founder and Director of the Target Zero Institute (TZI) which is designed to help the entire nation reach No Kill status by 2024. TZI combines experts from around the nation with best practices to mentor individual organizations in bringing an end to the killing of cats and dogs in their community. Those mentored then “pay it forward” and help others do the same.
|Dr. Kelly Farrell
Dr. Kelly Farrell achieved her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. Dr. Farrell has previous experience in establishing new high volume spay/neuter programs, as well as expanding existing ones. She helped launch the Planned Pethood Clinic, the first in the region, in Boones Mill, Virginia. Likewise, she established Angels of Assisi in Roanoke, Virginia which covered 10 counties and included both a mobile unit and fixed clinic.She served on the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and PetSmart Charities Spay/Neuter Task Force from 2006 to 2008, and assisted in the publication of The Association of Shelter Veterinarians “Veterinary Medical Guidelines for Spay/Neuter Programs” in 2008. She currently presents at humane and veterinary medical conferences around the nation on topics such as Early Age Spay/Neuter and Feral Cat Coalitions. She is a member of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians, Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights, American Veterinary Medical Association, Florida Veterinary Medical Association, and the Jacksonville Veterinary Medical Society.
Dr. Farrell has also helped create feral cat clinics and no-kill adoption centers. She joined FCNMHP in 2009 and organized the start-up of our Community Pet Wellness Clinic, including assisting with the building design. As the Medical Director, she supervises the FCNMHP clinic to ensure patients receive consistent high-quality care.
Cameron Moore holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public and Social Services from Kennesaw State College. Prior to entering the non-profit field, she served as the Marketing Specialist and Project Coordinator for the world’s largest corporate real estate services company. There, she routinely handled large-scale projects and million-dollar transactions.In 2005, she founded Lucky Cat Adoptions, a non-profit cat rescue organization. Lucky Cat Adoptions has successfully found homes for over 3,500 cats in the Jacksonville area.
Cameron joined FCNMHP in 2008, bringing with her the experience gained from both the large corporation and the smaller rescue organization. As Program Director, she oversees spay/neuter grants, as well as programs that target low-income families, zip code specific areas, and high-risk animals including pit bulls and feral cats. She also manages the FCNMHP cat adoption initiative.
Along with Rick DuCharme, Cameron also dedicates her time to the Target Zero Institute (TZI) which is designed to help the entire nation reach No Kill status by 2024. TZI combines experts from around the nation with best practices to mentor individual organizations in bringing an end to the killing of cats and dogs in their community. Those mentored then “pay it forward” and help others do the same.
Nicole is a graduate of Purdue University with advanced training from the University of Massachusetts and University of Auckland, New Zealand. Nicole has traveled extensively studying and educating people on the marine environment, with a focus on whales and dolphins. Her work with marine mammals and in education has taken her to Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Hawaii and Cape Cod, where she conducted educational classes concerning the environmental issues impacting their habitats.
Nicole has extensive experience in marketing, fundraising, strategic planning and grant writing in the non-profit, corporate and educational arenas. Nicole also has helped create equine-assisted therapy programs for non-profit groups. For several years Nicole served as Executive Director of the Flagler County Education Foundation, completely re-branding the organization and creating programs to enrich the lives of children. During that time, she worked closely with the local animal welfare community. As a current active member of the Board of Directors for the Flagler Humane Society, Nicole also served as interim director.
Nicole was also Vice-President of Business Development for CIC Planning Group, Inc., located in Florida. In that position, she oversaw planning and grant development, working with a diverse group of clients that included government entities and educational institutes.
Board appointments have included Jacksonville Mayor’s Animal Task Force, Second Chance Rescue, Big Brothers Big Sisters of NE FL, Mayor’s Task Force on Health and Wellness for NE FL, George Washington Carver Foundation, and the Women’s Health Council. From a young age, Nicole has been active in her community, involved not only in animal welfare but also with various other efforts, such as Rotary. Nicole currently hosts a Florida-based radio show, “Speaking of Animals”.
Nicole brings a lengthy history of dedicated and passionate advocacy for animals and children, and has a considerable depth of experience and success with fundraising and grant writing.
- Debbie Fields - Board President
- Tom Moilanen – Treasurer
- Kelly Delaney
- Lee Conway
- Joseph A. Strasser – Clinic located in the Joseph A. Strasser Animal Health & Welfare Building
- Pat Delaney
- Matt McAfee
- Judy Noon
- Michele Mastrean
- Justin Ashourian