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.
Dianne Wiles is a life-long animal lover. At eight years old, she cared for her first pet – a feral kitten that went on to live to be 23 years old. Dianne now lives with an eight year old Dachshund-Catahoula mix named Lilly, a five year old Labrador-Pit mix named Phoenix, and a 12 year old fat cat named Butterball.
Dianne graduated from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in 1992. As a professional photographer, she owned a photography business from 1997 to 2011. Dianne entered the animal welfare field initially by volunteering as an Advanced Dog Walker at FCNMHP’s partner organization, the Jacksonville Humane Society.
Dianne was first introduced to the mission of FCNMHP when her business participated as a pet photography vendor at the annual event Dogtoberfest. When the financial recession caused business overall to slow, Dianne was allowed more free time to explore her love of animals professionally, and she looked to FCNMHP.
Dianne brought her creative abilities and business experience with her when she joined FCNMHP in 2011. As the Development Director, Dianne manages all fundraising efforts including marketing, public relations, planned giving, online giving, and grants. She also directs the volunteer program, Mega Adoption events, and other community affairs. Dianne is proud to be a member of FCNMHP and support the mission of ending the killing of dogs and cats through spay/neuter. Her award-worthy photography skills can be seen throughout our publications and website.
- 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