Sharon Smith | Board Chair and Operations Director
My name is Sharon Smith. My husband Dale and I have lived in Wilmington since 1991 and share our lives with 5 rescue dogs. I am a former Corporate Human Resource manager and business owner. I have been involved with FFAR since inception serving in various positions as Secretary of the Board, Foster and Adoption Coordinator, Operations Director and became Board Chair in 2018.
My life-long passion for animals and advocacy for their well-being have been the driving force behind my involvement with FFAR and many other animal related ventures and activities over the years.
I served as a Board member of Carolina Canines for Service and Paw’s Place Dog Rescue. I assisted in rescue efforts following Hurricane Katrina with Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Mississippi and Carolina Canines in North Carolina and was a member of the Wilmington Dog Park Advisory Committee.
I am proud to be a volunteer with FFAR and thankful for the generosity and kindness of others who help support our efforts.
April McAllister | Board Vice Chair and Foster & Adoption Coordinator
My name is April McAllister and I am the Adoption Coordinator. We have 3 dogs, 3 cats and 5 chickens of which 4 were FFAR animals. I have been a volunteer for several years and in 2016 decided to step up my involvement and work with families interested in adopting with FFAR. My past involvement has been fostering many dogs, rabies clinic, fund raisers, adoption fairs and walking recovering animals. I love the commitment of FFAR to help and heal animals with medical needs. My goal as well as FFAR is to find the perfect furever home for all that need a special family.
Chris Gillis | Treasurer & Founding Member
I am a retired vaccine and pharmaceutical rep of 24 years from New York and Medical Lab Technologist for 15 years.
I moved to NC in 2006 for a warmer and laid back retirement. I had no idea I would get involved with FFAR to fulfill my passion and love for helping animals.
I have been past Treasurer for five years, on the Finance committee for 2 years and now back serving as Treasurer.
I am so proud to be a part of this organization helping with volunteering, fundraising, fostering (resulting in numerous foster failures), transporting, and supplying blankets for the pets that are adopted and whatever needs attention.
So many animals would have suffered without FFAR who now have loving and forever homes.