Helen Bradham’s career in animal welfare started in her early years when she began bringing stray animals home, and has essentially never stopped. Helen established Hallie Hill in 1988 creating a safe-haven capable of caring for over 200 animals at any one time. Helen attended Converse College, but graduated from USC with a bachelor’s degree in English. She lives on Folly Beach with her seven dogs and one cat from Hallie Hill. She is very proud of her three children: Elizabeth, Margaret, and John. When not rescuing animals, Helen enjoys renovation projects and reading about Nikola Tesla.
Marsha Alterman’s commitment to loving and respecting animals has been an integral part of her life for as long as she can remember. In grade school, she would ride her bike on weekends to the shelter to play with the dogs even though she had several of her own at home. One of her fondest memories was the day she purposely popped a hole in her tire so her father would have to come “rescue” her. He arrived to find her in a cage refusing to get out unless Linus was rescued as well. Linus joined the family and lived with his beautiful wife, Geraldine (another rescue). No surprise that was Marsha’s last day at the shelter but not her last day rescuing dogs!
There has been only one time in Marsha’s life when she didn’t have dogs: Graduate school at GW University and while working in DC (9yrs). Marsha moved back to Charleston to marry Doug and to get dogs. She has 2 incredible daughters (Lily and Rosie who are blessed with the “dog” gene), 2 amazing dogs (Olive and Maddie), and 2 hysterical turtles (Ethel Mertz and Frida Kahlo).
Marsha recent retirement from Tricounty Family Ministries has afforded her the opportunity to volunteer at Hallie Hill as well as join the Board.
She believes there is no such thing as an ugly dog, having too many dogs, or a dog that doesn’t need a hug.
Ms. Bradham, a native of Charleston, South Carolina, received an A.B. cum laude from Princeton University and an M.B.A. with distinction from Harvard University. She started her career in investment banking at Salomon Brothers Inc in 1985, and then moved to the Mergers and Acquisitions Group at S.G. Warburg Inc. From 1995 to 2005, Ms. Bradham was a partner at Rothschild Inc.
Mrs. Bradham’s nonprofit experience is focused primarily on early childhood education and animal welfare. She served on the board of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (“ASPCA”), headquartered in New York for 12 years, and was involved with the founding of two schools for underserved children in New York, The O’Gorman Library and Harlem Academy. Mrs. Bradham is past president of the Gibbes Museum, the Preservation Society of Charleston, Social Venture Partners Charleston and Charleston Animal Society. She currently serves on the board of Hallie Hill Animal Sanctuary, Project Chimps in Morganton, Georgia, and the Humane Society of the U.S. (“HSUS”), headquartered in Washington, D.C.
Pat is a native South Carolinian and graduate of the University of South Carolina in 1985. He is married to his wonderful wife, Becky. They have three sons ranging in age from 27 to 11. Pat founded a medical staffing company in Houston, TX in 1977, which he subsequently sold in 1988. Since that time Pat has been a local real estate investor who also owns and operates the Links at Stono Ferry, as well as the Plantation Golf Course at Edisto. He and Becky are proud owners of their dog, Spike.
George Aaron was born in Savannah, but fortunately, when he was six weeks old, his family moved to Charleston. He is a veteran and served as a U.S. Navy Corpsman who was stationed at the old Naval Hospital on the Naval Base in Charleston for several months. He was deployed to Vietnam in early 1968, and served in combat operations with a U.S. Marine Corps infantry platoon providing routine and emergency medical care. Following his honorable discharge from the service, he studied Marine Science and graduated from the University of South Carolina. In addition, he earned two degrees in Physical Therapy from the Medical University of South Carolina, spent several years on the faculty there and practiced as an Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapist for 35 years, earning Board Certification and Fellowship status. He returned to live in Charleston for the fifth time in 2012 with his wife Karen. They both have had rescue dogs and cats during their individual lives and together. Currently they live with their rescue lab, Marvelous Maggie in Hollywood, where George serves on the Board of Governors for the Poplar Grove community. He is honored to serve on the Board of Directors for Hallie Hill and loves spending time gardening, listening to music, volunteering as a Master Gardener, playing golf, and serving as a peer mentor with the PGA Hope program for disabled veterans in Charleston.
LaDon Wallis, DVM relocated to Charleston several years after she graduated from the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. She wanted to become a veterinarian since the age of five, and remembers interviewing her family vet when she was ten years of age. Her profession affords her the ability to educate and influence people and care for animals that many consider family. She also has a passion to preserve and protect the environment and Lowcountry habitats. She considers Charleston one of the most beautiful places and takes every opportunity to enjoy the outdoors with her husband, whether it be hiking, paddling, or photography.
She was recently appointed to the State of South Carolina Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners to represent the First Congressional District. She is excited to further her profession in this capacity, as well as serve on the Board of Directors for Hallie Hill Animal Sanctuary.