Columbus Lowndes Humane Society

50 Airline Road  •  Columbus, MS 39702  •  (662) 327-3107 phone  •  (662) 798-0063 fax  •  Find Us on Facebook

Meet Our Employees

Karen Johnwick

Director of CLHS since Dec 2007
Married to Jeff Johnwick for 20 years, active duty military wife for over 20 years. Mother of two wonderful teenagers that attend Columbus Christian Academy, 7 dogs and 2 cats. Born in Florida, lived in Ohio, England, and Mississippi. Karen has worked with animals most of her life and hopes to continue to do so as long as she lives.

Jason Nickles

Manager (or as he likes to call himself “Jack of all trades”) for CLHS since 2006 
Has a B.S. in Business and over 15yrs experience assisting veterinarians. Married to Cassidi Nickles and father of Rushton. When Jason is not saving cats and dogs, you can find him racing motorcycles most weekends.

Trudy McDanell

Senior Care Animal Attendant for CLHS since 2011 
Married to Dennis McDanell, mother of three sons. Originally from California, moved to MS 2003. Trudy has rescued 5 furbabies from CLHS and have fostered countless.

Lisa Richard

Office Manager for CLHS since 2010 
Lisa is a proud mother of 2 boys Justin & Chase. She was born & raised in Birmingham AL. Lisa was employed as a hairstylist & modeled clothes, until she moved to Columbus MS in 1990. She has 4 rescue animals. They are the loves of her life. Piper, Gizmo, & 2 spotted geckos. Plus the 2 she already had, Cole & Echo.

Darlene Brown

Head Cat Attendant for CLHS since 2010 
Born in Cat Fish Alley Columbus, MS, moved to MI and married Clyde Brown. Has two sons Seth and Phillip. Grandmother of 2 boys and 2 girls. 

Nicole Fain

Volunteer Coordinator and Animal Care Attendant for CLHS Since 2011 
In addition to serving as volunteer coordinator for the past 3 years, Nicole has also had the pleasure of volunteering at off-site adoption events, fundraisers and supply drives. In early 2014 she began working part-time as an animal care attendant. Other areas of interest include fostering mother cats with litters, bottle feeding orphan kittens, writing grant proposals, and advancing TNR projects. She grew up in Virginia and is a RN. Her husband is a retired air force pilot, currently working as a simulator pilot. They have been married 23 years and have six children, ages 7-17. They live in Caledonia, MS.

Mikayla Reed

Animal Care Attendant for CLHS since 2014 
Currently enrolled at East Mississippi Community College and majoring in Psychology. Future goals involve becoming a Psychiatrist in the World’s Greatest Air Force! Mikayla’s weekends are spent racing motocross with her awesome dad and she absolutely adores going to school and working at CLHS!

Chris McDanell

Animal Care Attendant for CLHS since 2011 
Moved from California to Mississippi in 2002. Helped with fostering dogs with his mother Trudy for years. 

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The Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society has a contract with the City of Columbus and Lowndes County to provide Animal Care for unwanted or stray animals from the city. We are dependent for the remainder upon...

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