Elaine Adair (1950-2019)
Elaine Adair was 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 had 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 was a consultant for establishing non-profit animal organizations and for administrative 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 was 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.
Ms. Adair also had 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 pets- including 4 feral cats who all survived the wrath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005- moved back to Gulfport after living in Vicksburg for 4 years.
Elaine passed away in 2019 due to complications from MDS, a rare blood cancer.
Dr. Megan Craven, DVM
Primary Contract Veterinarian
Dr. Megan B. Craven is a rural Mississippi native. She identified early with the suffering of companion animals due to overpopulation and unwanted litters. She began volunteering with Spay/ Neuter organizations during veterinary school. A 2008 graduate of Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine,
Dr. Craven implemented her honed skill for High Quality High Volume Spay/ Neuter at various organizations before finding her home at MS SPAN's Big Fix Clinic in 2017. Her passion for animal welfare combined with her determination to end the needless suffering fuels her daily commute from Biloxi to Richland. Hers is a labor of love.
Sharon was in a career that she didn't enjoy, so in 2003 she followed her passion for animals and began working at the Humane Society of Southern Mississippi. She began working at Mississippi Spay and Neuter in May of 2009 as the Big Fix Clinic Manager. In 2019, she was promoted to Executive Director.
Medical Care Manager
Tamara is a graduate of Western Career College Vet Tech Program and has been a veterinary technician since 2004. She moved to Mississippi in 2008 and began working with Mississippi Spay and Neuter in 2011.
Lead Veterinary Assistant
Ray was a vet tech when he was younger and living in Puerto Rico. He spent nearly two decades working as a store manager at Whole Foods, and in 2017 he decided to return to his passion of helping animals by joining the team at MS SPAN.
Gina is a mom, pet mom and foster parent for wayward creatures. She worked for a private practice veterinarian before joining MS SPAN in 2018, where she began as a veterinary office assistant.
Shelby moved to Mississippi from the West Coast, where she was the Program Assistant at the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon. She started as the volunteer events chair at Mississippi Spay and Neuter in 2013 and joined the staff in 2014.
Lauren is a wife and mom who loves helping animals.
Veterinary Office Assistant
Veterinary Office Assistant
Big Thrift Lead Retail Associate
Edward was born and raised in Mississippi, and left the state upon joining the army after high school. He spent decades living in Milwaukee, WI. He retired and moved back to Mississippi in to care for family. He began volunteering at the Big Thrift once a week, and soon was volunteering every day! He joined the team in 2017.
Big Thrift Online Sales Associate
Joni is a migrating Coastal resident who has found a passion in helping the MSSPAN cause.
Big Thrift Sales Associate