Staff

Missy Houghton

Missy Houghton

Director of Animal Care and Operations

The rock, and most loyal and dedicated staff member at the shelter: Missy. Missy has been with the Humane Society of Richland County for 13 years and a Humane Agent for 12. This job is her life and her passion. Since she was a little girl, she has been passionate about animal welfare, and actively involved in their care. Prior to working at the shelter, Missy was a volunteer for the Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center, the Dog Warden’s Office, Gorman Nature Center. She also volunteered as a rescue transport, and worked at a kennel for a veterinarian’s office. Throughout her adult life, she has helped any animal she could.

Missy is a mother to her 16 year-old son who shares her love and passion for cats. She is also a mother to 4 dogs (Fergie, Monkey, Asha and Marvel) and 7 cats (Laba, Cat-Bob, Sgt. Stripes, Nopa, Barbosa, Moose, and Vandy). At the shelter, Missy spends her time overseeing all operations, communicating with the public, ensuring that all animals are healthy and happy, and working hard to keep improving the shelter.

Linda Chambers

Linda Chambers

Managing Director

Cleveland native Linda Chambers moved to the Mansfield area in 2006. A love of the arts drew her to the Renaissance Theatre, where she joined the staff in 2009. A love of animals drew her to the Humane Society. Linda joined the Humane Society Board of Directors in January 2017, and served as Board Chair from June 2017 to January 2019.  In February, 2019, she took on the role of Managing Director for the organization.  “I am proud to work with a group of dedicated and caring people who give tirelessly of themselves to ensure that we have a safe and comfortable environment for the animals in our care. I’m also excited to work alongside our incredible board of directors to create a sustainable model that ensures that our organization not only exists, but actually thrives in the future.” As a lifetime animal lover and rescue advocate, Linda feels privileged to be a part of such a wonderful and worthwhile organization.

Linda holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from The Ohio State University and a Master of Arts in Organizational Communication from the Scripps School of Communication at Ohio University. She lives in Bellville with her husband, Jon, their two dogs, and four cats.

Salli Tschantz

Salli Tschantz

Dog Kennel Manager

Salli is our true dog whisperer at the Humane Society- she is dogs best friend. When she was little, she was well known in the neighborhood because she visited everyone’s dogs and cats. There was always a special connection between her and animals. She attended NC State and Ohio State and received her degree in social welfare. She worked at Mansfield City Schools as a special education bus driver for 25 years and has worked at the Humane Society for 6 years. She is a mother to 3 sons and her 3 dogs (Elvis, Karma and Bunny) and a grandmother to 3 grandsons and 2 granddaughters. 

At the shelter, Salli spends most of her days with all of our dogs. She considers all of them to be her dogs until they find their forever home. In her words, “I need them as much as they need me.”

Brandon Gearhart

Shelter Staff/Community Service Coordinator

Brandon joined the staff in April, 2019. Growing up on a farm outside of Bellville, he remembers being surrounded by animals from a young age – and fondly recalls the family always having several dogs.  After graduating high school, Brandon served in the United States Marine Corps.  Since then, he’s worked jobs in construction, manufacturing, and most recently as a counselor for at-risk youth.  Brandon credits his military experience for giving him a strong work ethic, attention to detail, and an adaptability to jump in and help wherever needed – skills that have made him feel right at home at the shelter. “While I would say my favorite time spent here is when I get to take the dogs out for walks, I’ve found that every day is different and with unique challenges and situations.  It’s certainly never boring, and as an animal lover, I find it all to be extremely rewarding.”

During his time off, Brandon enjoys reading, gardening, and any time spent outdoors with his pup.  He lives in Bellville with his wife, daughter, and their chocolate lab, Mia.

Missy Hutchinson

Front Desk Attendant

Melissa (aka Missy 2.0) is an Ontario native, and she now lives in Lucas with her husband and two daughters.  They share their home with two dogs, Hudson and Bronx, and two cats, Sophie and Maggie.  Missy has always had a deep love for animals and rarely remembers a time without a cat in her arms or a dog by her side growing up.

Missy was a certified Pharmacy Technician for 14 years until the hospital she worked at closed.  She wanted to find something she was more passionate about, and came across our posting for a front desk attendant position.  Being a natural people person and having an affinity for animals, she knew it was a perfect fit for her.  Missy says she falls a little bit in love with each animal that comes through the doors.  “I’m so humbled to be a part of the process that gives these animals a second chance at a happy home.”

Barb Timmer

Barb Timmer

Volunteer Coordinator

Barb is a long time volunteer and our volunteer coordinator. An animal lover from a young age, she would bring home any orphaned or injured animal that crossed her path and always had pets growing up. Recently retired from a 39 year career as a OB nurse,  Barb is now enjoying more free time to spend at the shelter, planning adoption events in the community and working on ways to raise money for special “wish list” items for the shelter  (items she’s already funded include an MP3 players to play music for the animals, essential oil diffusers to calm stressed animals, fenced in play areas for the dogs and a much needed storage shed.) Barb has 2 grown sons, 1 dog (Winne) and 1 cat (Trouble) “Since I can’t take all of the animals home with me, I want to do whatever I can to make their stay at the shelter as comfortable as possible while they wait for their forever families to find them.”