About the Board of Directors

Brandy Elhommoud, President


 A Human Resources professional with a passion for animals. Brandy is a long-time and devoted volunteer with the Harris County Animal Shelter. She has volunteered by providing a foster home to many shelter pets over the years, as an Adoption Counselor and serving with the Friends of CountyPets Board of Directors. She enjoys helping others find their furry family friend and helping transition homeless county pets (fosters) into someone's lifelong family member. 

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Ken Broughton, Vice-President


  A managing partner of the ReedSmith’s Houston office, a first-chair trial lawyer, and an experienced litigator. He has assisted many corporate and individual clients for over 30 years in a broad spectrum of business and employment disputes and litigation. Ken is a devoted animal advocate who has adopted multiple HCAS pets, and has served on the Friends of CountyPets Board since inception.  He has also participated in AniMeals on Wheels for many years. 

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Leslie Heinsohn, Secretary


 A mom, wife, and lifelong volunteer. In March of 2010, Leslie was formally appointed to serve on the Board of Directors. Over the years, she’s extremely honored to be part of such a dedicated, compassionate team and watching her shelter flourish. Leslie’s love for animals goes back as far as she can remember, with pets of all varieties. In her spare time, she enjoys practicing positive reinforcement dog training with her BFF, Charlie, adopted in 2008. (Since then life has never been boring!) 

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Daniel Garcia, Treasurer


When not working with Reynolds & Associates, a local CPA firm, he spends his time with his daughter and two rescue cats, Bruce Wayne, and Eddie Brock. One is an HCAS alum and the other from BARC. He has worked with various non-profits during his time in public accounting and has provided services in both audit and regulatory compliance. Daniel joins Friends of CountyPets board in August 2019 and looks forward to the great things that can be done with the organization’s cause and with the shelter.

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Pauline Alderete, Board Member


 As an animal lover, Pauline provides a foster home for the shelter during each kitten season. She enjoys providing a warm bed and training to all her fosters so they can become loved county pets in their future furever homes. Currently employed at the Harris County Federal Credit Union, and joined the board in March 2019. She hopes to provide many more fosters a temporary sanctuary while also helping many other county pets through the organization. 

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Michael White, DVM, MS, Shelter Director (Ex-Officio)


 When not working to protect the residents and pets of Harris County, Dr. White spends much of his spare time caring for sick and injured animals as an active shelter foster home. With over 30 years of experience in veterinary medicine and over 13 years in the Veterinary Public Health field. Currently, he serves as a board member of the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, the Friends of CountyPets non-profit organization (past president), and a member of the Harris County Disaster Animal Management Task Force (past chairperson).

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Friends of CountyPets

Additional Information

Friends of CountyPets was created by Harris County Commissioners court to secure alternative funding for the Harris County Animal Shelter. We serve the Harris County Animal Shelter by providing resources for shelter pets, as well as the shelter as a whole. We encourage responsible pet ownership in our community through education and outreach. 

Our mission is to help provide funds to support the Harris County Animal Shelter's efforts to provide care for county animals and reduce the homeless pet population in Harris County.