A Tennessee native, Elizabeth had a 20+-year career in Customer Service and Account Management before leaving the corporate world to pursue her passion for animal welfare full-time in 2004. She spent most of her spare time fostering, bottle-feeding, and holding adoption events with several small rescue groups prior to becoming a founding member of Companion Animal Rescue League (CARL) in 2003,. Recognizing the lack of available spay/neuter resources in her home county of Gwinnett, in 2009 she co-founded Planned PEThood of Georgia. CARL remained a well-respected rescue group and later merged into Planned PEThood. Elizabeth’s emphasis has always been on outstanding customer service, collaboration with other organizations, and accommodation of clients’ individual needs. When presented with a challenge, particularly one involving an animal in need, her usual response is “We’ll figure it out.” Elizabeth and her husband, Cliff Brown, are the proud pet parents of a rescued dog who is very smart for her breed, and several cats.
Before coming to Planned PEThood in 2015, Dr. Odum served as the veterinarian at local Atlanta municipal shelters for 7 years. Dr. Odum’s years of service at local area shelters, make her one of the most experienced shelter veterinary medicine practitioners in the Atlanta area. Dr. Odum also has extensive experience in both cruelty/neglect cases and forensic exams and served from 2011 to 2014 as an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri Extension Service Law Enforcement Training Institute/National Animal Cruelty Investigations School. Dr. Odum has been in the veterinary field since 1995 and earned her DVM from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008.
Dr. Odum oversees medical policy and procedure for our veterinary team at our Duluth Spay/Neuter Clinic, Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement, and for our rescue operations. In her down time Dr. Odum spends time with her husband and three children.
Dr. Simpson graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. After working in general practice for three years, she joined our team at Planned PEThood. When Dr. Simpson isn’t working, she enjoys the company of her husband, two dogs, Zeke and Pepper, and her collection of more than 300 beta fish. Dr. Simpson shows and breeds Beta fish in competitions.
Akisha is a registered veterinary technician (RVT) with almost ten years of clinical experience. Her training and work history are a huge asset to Planned PEThood’s patients. She is skilled in pet first aid and CPR, and oversees our daily surgery patients alongside our veterinarians. She is mom to three cats, one dog, and a human child. In her down time, she enjoys reading, watching anime with her daughter, and considers herself an MMO gamer.
Andrea’s love for animals has been prevalent since she was young. She grew up on a farm with horses, cats, dogs, chickens, and cows. When she was younger she showed horses. Andrea started working in rescue about 8 years ago. She is experienced with fostering bottle babies and difficult medical cases. In her free time, she is a self proclaimed video game nerd and cool mom to her son.
A South Carolina native, Jane Stewart began her career in rescue as a foster parent and volunteer. She was shocked by the number of animals that lost their lives simply because there was no place to put them. From that moment, she made it her life’s passion to help animals in need. Jane has worked in animal rescue for the past fourteen years serving as the Executive Director at the Georgia SPCA and Athens Area Humane Society before joining Planned Pethood as their Executive Director last year.
Jane has been married to Tim Stewart for 31 years. Together, they have two children, three cats, and two dogs. They even have three grand-dogs and four grand-cats! Though she is a Clemson Graduate, her family are strong UGA Dawgs Fans. They spend most of the football season in Athens at Football games. Jane loves the DAWGS as much as the Tigers, and definitely loves college football.
Jane said, “I am very excited to work with a group that approaches rescue as a problem solver and not just a band-aid.” Jane puts a strong emphasis on helping people as well as animals, and truly enjoys working with both.