Our Board

President  —  Alan Weissman

Alan Weissman is the owner of Sunsational Travel a luxury travel company specializing in upscale cruises, tours and all-inclusive resorts.  Alan has been active in the travel industry for over 30 years and has a passion for making your vacation stress free.

Alan started his working career with Wendy’s Hamburgers learning the fast food business and eventually moved into management and was responsible for operating two stores in the Tampa Bay area. Alan then went to school to become a licensed Optician and was offered a position as a Sales Representative for Gucci Eyeware covering North and Central Florida.  Alan continued his education and became licensed to sell Property and Casualty Insurance. He assisted in formulating and developing the rates for the newly established state run Citizens Insurance Company in Florida. Alan was then bitten by the travel bug and opened Sunsational Travel and has had the opportunity to assist hundreds of clients fulfill their dream vacations. Alan hopes to lend his business and entrepreneurial expertise Purr Nation so they can continue grow and prosper.

Alan lives in Woodstock with his wife Dr. Rachel Myers, PHD an Associate Professor of Nursing at Kennesaw State University, and their cats Bodhi and Peanut.  Alan enjoys travel, camping and visiting breweries.

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Vice President  —  Maria Blackburn

Bio coming soon

Treasurer —  Carrie Hughes

Carrie holds two undergraduate degrees in Anthropology at University of South Florida and Chemistry at The University of Tampa. She also received her Doctor of Optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry in 2013. Carrie is currently licensed to practice medical optometry in the state of Georgia and works part time providing the utmost eye care to the local and surrounding communities. Throughout her life, Carrie has always been passionate about animals, especially cats. In fact, growing up, she dedicated a lot of her time to local rescues and shelters as well as babysitting her neighbor’s pets. When Carrie moved to Roswell with her husband and fur children in 2017, she started volunteering with Refuge Rescue Cats in early 2018 which later became Purr Nation Cat Alliance in 2018. Her love for Purr Nation’s mission led her to become a member of the Board of Directors in early 2020. Beyond Optometry and cats, Carrie also enjoys spending time with her friends and family, baking sweets, surviving crossfit workouts, creating artwork masterpieces, and reading vampire novels.

Secretary  —  Camille Godwin

Camille Godwin graduated in 1992 from the Florida State University College of Law. Licensed to practice in nine states, she primarily represents clients throughout the southeast in litigation and appellate matters involving elder abuse and neglect, corporate malfeasance, and civil rights. If she had free time, Camille would like to spend it on beaches or in mountains with books and refreshing beverages. Unfortunately, she is owned by a harsh brood of taskmaster felines who do not understand the concepts of personal time or space and who will only allow her out of their sight to go to work and earn coins for their upkeep. She kind of likes it that way, allegedly.

Member — Sarah O’Shea

Sarah is a practicing hospital pharmacist, graduating with her PharmD from Mercer University in 2015. She has always been an animal lover and advocate, growing up with pets her whole life. As an avid kickboxer, Sarah learned about Purr Nation at a charity event at her gym, and began volunteering shortly after, first by cleaning cages at PetsMart, then transitioning to her roles as an active foster and application team leader. Sarah lives in Acworth with her husband and five fur-babies, two of which were former Purr Nation fosters! When not working, she enjoys traveling, photography, fitness, and being outdoors.

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Member  —  Tyler Watkins

Bio coming soon

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Member  —  Dr. Rory Hekking

Bio coming soon