How did CarolinasUnite come about?

SCACCA and NCAF first partnered in 2008 to bring together animal welfare professionals for education and networking.  In 2013 the two organizations formed what is now known as CarolinasUnite.  This was an effort to make a bigger impact  and offer higher quality training for industry professionals.  Over the years, the combined efforts of SCACCA and NCAF have attracted more a more diverse vendor base and high quality speakers for attendees.  In addition, this partnership allows us to leverage our resources and offer attendees the opportunity to learn in a beautiful environment, away from the stresses of the job.  The shared knowledge and efforts of the two organizations has created improved training opportunities for professionals in both states.


Meet the Team

During their spare time, these folks work on bringing you to the most relevant and up-to-date topics from the best speakers possible.


Jessica Arias

Animal Services Director
City of Burlington

As you navigate through the rest of  your life, be open to collaboration.  Other people and other people's ideas are often better than your own." - Amy Poehler


Josh Fisher, MHA

Shelter Manager
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Care & Control

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
–Margaret Mead


Barbara Bryant

Director of Animal Services
Charleston Animal Society


Marli Drum

City of Columbia Animal Services

"Animal care and control is a crazy and fun adventure.  You never know what is going to come out of each day, you just have to enjoy the ride."


Shelly Moore

President & CEO
Humane Society of Charlotte


Jorge Ortega

Animal Services Director
Guilford County



Shelly Simmons, CAWA

Division Manager
Greenville County Animal Care

“Allow yourself the uncomfortable luxury of changing your mind.”

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Pearl Sutton

Senior Director of Animal Services
Charleston Animal Society


Nancye Bailey

Carolina Event Consultants

"Real courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway." From the book Cowboy Ethics