Our Leadership

Jennifer L. Barker, Chief Executive Officer

Jennifer studied pre-veterinary medicine at the University of New Hampshire with an additional focus on business development. She has extensive experience managing veterinary clinics including general practice, emergency and critical care hospitals, and referral hospitals with advanced specialties. Jennifer has worked as a veterinary technician and served on the advisory board for Heritage Institute to consider the development of a veterinary technology program.
Jennifer joined First Coast No More Homeless Pets in 2014 and has helped with the growth and development, including assisting with the building design for a second veterinary clinic location. She has a special interest in animal-assisted therapy and helped train miniature horses for therapy programs working with young children. Jennifer has volunteered in many animal welfare organizations, including a horse farm for rescued and abused horses and one of the oldest zoos in Massachusetts.
Jennifer has a genuine interest in supporting people to provide necessary care for their pets and is dedicated to removing financial barriers to treatment. Her own life has been enriched by many wonderful pets and she believes the human-animal bond has powerful health and social benefits.

Dr. Yvonne Kline, Medical Director

Dr. Kline leads a team of 20 full- and part-time veterinarians and manages a full medical team of 50 other professionals at First Coast No More Homeless Pets’ two Jacksonville hospitals, which see more than 90,000 pets every year.
Dr. Kline, a Fernandina Beach native, brings a diverse mix of academic and professional skills to her new position. A graduate of the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine with both a DVM and master’s degree, she completed a rotating medical and surgical internship in New York City with NYC Veterinary Specialists/BluePearl. She worked at the high-volume, non-profit ASPCA Animal Hospital in Manhattan for eight years and has extensive experience in practical medicine approaches, infectious diseases and general veterinary medicine and surgery.
Dr. Kline continues to dedicate significant hours to working with patients on the hospital floor in addition to her leadership responsibilities. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and outdoor activities with her family.

Nancy Kelley, Chief Development Officer


Nancy has dedicated her life’s work serving in the non-profit realm for over 25 years. Inspiring others to “speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves” and connecting hearts to make an impact for change that is meaningful. Especially, one of the most vulnerable groups in our society-animals.

Nancy holds a BS in Business Development with an emphasis on Public Relations and Marketing. In addition, receiving a certification in Philanthropy and Non-Profit Leadership from Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business.

Nancy joined FCNMHP in 2022 and leads the Development Team in individual, corporate, foundation, and event initiatives to connect, invite and encourage people to support the mission of keeping pets out of shelters and into loving homes.

Nancy is very grateful to be working for an organization that leads the way nationally for non-profit shelter medicine. “I know how much my pets meant to me growing up and to my own family/ children. I want to make sure others have a chance to receive life-saving care for their pet so that no animal would be relinquished or euthanized due to the inability to pay for treatment. “

Board of Directors

Mary Coleman

Lesley Roberts
Vice President

Mike Schnell

Lisa Crowley

Rene Kurzius
Anthony Austin
Elizabeth Larey
Dr. Linda Ann Di Teodoro

Laura Davis

Our Founder
Thank you to our founder Rick DuCharme for nearly two decades of commitment to the pets and people of Northeast Florida.