Board of Directors

Elaine Adair, President 

Retired US Air Force, Lockheed Martin


Elaine Adair is the founder and President of Mississippi Spay and Neuter (MS SPAN) and Vice President of Operations for MS SPAN's delivery systems: Big Fix Clinic, transport and targeted voucher programs as well as the statewide referral program to other clinics and voucher programs.

She has in depth knowledge about the intricacies of running high-volume spay/neuter clinics as well as first-hand experience in coalition-building with Mississippi SPAN. She has been a consultant for establishing non-profit animal organizations and foradministrative processes and services. In 2016, she with two other animal welfare advocates founded a 501(C)(6) non-profit group called AAIM. The Board of Directors will be involved in promoting animal-related initiatives that engage in educational activities, advancing laws, ordinances, and policies in support of political subdivisions and non-profit organizations involved in animal welfare and protection emphasizing the welfare of dogs and cats in Mississippi as well as the following.  

Ms. Adair also has a background in the administrative support necessary for needs assessment, organizational development, and strategic planning that has extended over a 20 year profession starting with the United States Air Force and ending with an early retirement from Lockheed Martin Corporation and the Air National Guard.

She graduated with Distinction from University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Distributive Studies: Communication, Theatre, English and Psychology and from Southern College of Technology in Georgia with a Master’s Degree in Technical and Professional Communication. In 2012, she and her husband and their precious petsincluding 4 feral cats who all survived the wrath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 are nowliving back in Gulfport after living in Vicksburg for 4 years.



Julie Parks, DVM

Northwood Hills Animal Hospital
Vice President


Anne Anderson


Phillip Bushby, DVM, MS, DACVS

Mississippi State University

Phil Bushby is a 1972 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.

Phil is a Board Certified Veterinary Surgeon who served on the faculty at

Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine for 36 years. Although he recently retired from Miss State he still holds the Marcia Lane Endowed Chair of Humane Ethics and Animal Welfare at Mississippi State University and works at the College part-time. His primary focus has been spay/neuter taking junior and senior veterinary students to animal shelters in north Mississippi providing basic wellness care and spay neuter services for animals eligible for adoption for over 20 years. The services significantly increases the adoption rates at the participating shelters, provides the students with an exceptional surgery experience and sensitizes the students to the plight of animals in shelters. His program was honored five years ago to be a featured display in the Smithsonian Institute’s folk-life festival in Washington DC.

Dr. Bushby’s interest in shelter medicine and spay neuter dates back to his internship and surgical residency at the Henry Bergh Memorial Hospital of the ASPCA in New York City. He states that his primary goal is to make sure that the next generation of veterinarians understands the problem of overpopulation of unwanted dogs and cats and recognizes their role in assisting in addressing the problem.

Dr. Bushby serves on the Board of PetSmart Charities, Inc., Mississippi Spay and Neuter and previously served on the Board of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians. He is a member of the organizing committee for the specialty board in shelter medicine and received the ASPCA’s Henry Berg Award in 2008, the AVMA’s national Animal Welfare Award in 2012 and the Association of Shelter Veterinarians Meritorious Service Award in 2015.


Lindsey Slater

Meteorologist, WISN Milwaukee

Lindsey Slater joined the WISN 12 Weather Team in June of 2016. 

NWA TV Weathercaster Seal of Approval #1604075.

Lindsey graduated from Carroll College in Waukesha, Wisconsin earning a B.S. in Environmental Science. She also has a B.S. in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University.

She has always been fascinated by the weather, in all its forms. Lindsey first became interested in weather while living at home in Milwaukee. While severe weather doesn’t plague the Upper Midwest as often as it does in the south, when it did Lindsey hurriedly ran outside, taking snapshots of storms with her camera. 

Lindsey began her weather career in 2006, interning at WISN in Milwaukee. She also worked with the WKOW Weather Team in Madison, Wisconsin where she polished her on-camera skills. While at WKOW Lindsey helped with on-air coverage during several severe weather events. Lindsey has also interned at the National Weather Service (NWS) in Sullivan, Wisconsin. "When I was at the National Weather Service, it was amazing to see what went into issuing watches and warnings". During her time with the NWS, Lindsey became a certified storm spotter. Lindsey is a member of the American Meteorological Society.

When she's not tracking weather ☈, Lindsey loves to go to the theater. Movies are her second passion: you name it, she's seen it! Lindsey also enjoys baking, reading, volunteering at local animal shelters, and spending time with her husband Mark with their two cats Memphis and Maverick.

You can see Lindsey on WISN 12 News Saturday-Wednesday evenings at 5, 6, and 10pm.

If you have comments/questions for Lindsey, e-mail her at, "Like" her page on Facebook, or tweet her at LindseySlaterTV.



Don Picolo
Picolo Accounting Solutions

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