Board of Directors

Samia H. Albenberg serves as a board member of Hallie Hill and is also a shareholder in Richardson Plowden’s Charleston office.  She focuses her practice in general litigation, construction law, land use and zoning, appellate law, historic preservation law, homeowners’ association representation, personal injury litigation, and insurance defense. She has taken numerous cases to trial, obtaining complete defense verdicts in many of them.  Ms Albenberg holds law licenses in both South Carolina and Georgia and practices throughout those states.

Jonathan Bayme is the founder and CEO of theory11, a company that produces interactive magic experiences on stage and on screen around the world. Bayme is a frequent collaborator with JJ Abrams, David Copperfield, Jimmy Fallon, and Neil Patrick Harris.

Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, he currently resides in New York City. Among various projects, theory11 is actively involved in charitable projects with (RED), The Fugees Family, World Wildlife Fund, charity: water, 826 National, and Hallie Hill Animal Sanctuary.



One of our team members is Michele Bayme.  Michele is a retired speech pathologist and learning specialist. She lives in West Ashley with her husband Jeff and their three dogs Abby, Remy and Woody. She has two wonderful sons, Ari and Jonathan who live in New York. Michele enjoys the beach, dancing, reading and shopping. She also cherishes family time and her time volunteering at Hallie Hill.

Helen Bradham’s career in animal welfare started in her early years when she began bringing stray animals home, and has essentially never stopped. Through the establishment of Hallie Hill Animal Sanctuary in 1988, Helen created an organization capable of handling over 200 animals at any one time, and has supported the organization financially since day one.  Helen attended Converse College, but graduated from USC with a bachelor’s degree in English.  She lives on Folly Beach with her husband, Dr. Randolph Bradham, 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 Nikla Tesla.



Dennis Coleman is honored to serve on the Board of Directors. He is a Managing Director- Investments for the Coleman Dunleavy Group at Wells Fargo Advisors in Charleston. Dennis earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Tulane University, and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of International Management.

He lives in Charleston with his wife, Kendra, and their two children, Madison and Mitchell. Their family pets are two Golden Retrievers, Buddy Love and Bohicket, as well as a feisty tabby cat named Captain who truly runs the household. Dennis is a golf and fishing enthusiast who enjoys spending time traveling with his family.


Juliana Falk is the owner of Blankets From Emma, a line of fleece pet blankets launched in memory of her dog Emma. For every five blankets sold, one blanket is donated to a pet shelter or rescue organization such as Hallie Hill. A graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the University of Virginia School of Law she is currently restoring the c. 1810 Simon Jude Chancognie House in downtown Charleston.

Dorothy Farfone became a member of The Hallie Hill Board by a circuitous route.  First she learned about our animal sanctuary from a magazine article.  She visited, and being very impressed, returned again. On her next visit, she adopted Peggy Sue…aka “Baby”!  
She and her husband, Frank, are enamored with their new addition.
    When asked to join the Advisory Board of Hallie Hill, she readily agreed. Soon after, she and Frank joined the Board of Hallie Hill.
     Dorothy and Frank relocated ten times and have lived throughout the United States and Canada.  They raised three children and are now living in their thirteenth home, this one on Seabrook Island.  Dorothy is active in many aspects of Island life- golf, Garden Club, Book Club, and Bridge groups.  Off the Island, she is a member of The Harbour Club, The Foreign Affairs Council and the Republican Club. She and her husband are parishioners of Holy Spirit Catholic Church.  Both are very involved with their three grandchildren, four year old twin grandsons and an eight year old granddaughter.
    They feel very blessed to have all their family living in the area and to be a part of the Hallie Hill Family.

After devoting 37 years, Frank Farfone retired as V.P. Of International Affairs  from the Washington, D.C. office of the Dow Chemical Company.  He was very active in the international business community serving as Chairman of the Advisory Committee to The Organization for Economic Development in Paris.  He also was a Board Member for the Business Government Relations Council, a leadership group that represents Corporate America to the public policy process in D.C.

Upon moving to Seabrook Island, he became active in the community as President of the Exchange Club, board member of the Property Owners Association. the Seabrook Island Club, The World Affairs Council of Charleston and now Hallie Hill Animal Sanctuary.

Swedish born art dealer, Helena Fox, a fifth generation art collector, received her Honors Bachelor of the Arts degree in Latin American Political and Economic History from York University in Toronto, Canada. Upon graduating, Fox spent twenty years in the television industry as a production manager in Canada, Costa Rica and the United States. In 2000, the Fox family moved to Charleston, SC from Costa Rica in pursuit of better education for her two young children. In 2002, on behalf of ABC network, she won the National Communications Award for America’s Promise to Children, The Colin Powell Initiative. In 2003, Helena Fox pursued her dream and opened Helena Fox Fine Art in Charleston, SC. The gallery mirrors her passion of the finest of contemporary American
representational Art and upholds standards that reflect her keen eye and intuition. For the past thirteen years, Fox has curated numerous private and institutional collections across the United States, Central America, and Europe.
Board Affiliations
PAR – People Against Rape Charleston SC (2014 until Present)

John Gratiot retired from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire after 28 years, as Assoc. VP for Facilities. John received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Vermont. He grew up in Woodstock, Vermont, and moved to the Charleston area in 2010 after retirement, for the wonderful weather and year round golf. John spent 24 years on the Board of Trustees for a small co-ed prep school in New York State serving at various times as chair of the facilities and finance committees as well as a member of the development committee. John and his wife Kathy, a Hallie Hill volunteer, have owned many rescue dogs and love to help provide the opportunity for others to share that joy.

As a board member of Hallie Hill, Harvey hopes to help the board optimize its ability to serve the strategic objectives of Hallie Hill and to share in its responsibility to achieve them. Harvey moved to Charleston from Chicago with his wife Sherri and their two cats in October of 2012 (partly in a hail storm). Harvey has worked as an organizational consultant with businesses and industries as diverse as wineries, real estate and development and financial services for over thirty years. Based in Chicago, he helped build a successful company culture that was the envy of proprietary trading. He’s consulted with a variety of companies from California to New York and parts of Europe. He enjoys and is active in diverse sports activities; takes pleasure in music, theater and travels with his wife. He has always had a way with animals.  In college he was once hired as a graduate assistant, because his professor liked how he related to a campus dog.

Leigh Wechter has worked 30 years as a Physical Therapist is currently in the home health arena.  She was one of the first volunteers at Hallie Hill Animal Sanctuary and has delighted in seeing Hallie Hill become a 501(c)3 that enables Charleston County to become “No Kill”.  She is a new board member and is on the Marketing Committee as she is committed to getting the word out to our community of the mission of Hallie Hill.

She is married to Pat, her husband of 27 years.  Her “kids” are a lab named Zepplin and a tuxedo cat named Pebo.


Dana Clark is the Volunteer Coordinator and Administrative Assistant. Retiring after 30 years of ownership of a progressive and innovative Logistics Company,  Dana Clark arrived at Hallie Hill Animal Sanctuary in 2015 as an enthusiastic part time volunteer.  Dana has two sons and one very special granddaughter and presently three dogs, Daisy, Luke and Tron.  Dana’s new career path as a staff member at Hallie Hill is by far the most satisfying and rewarding experience of her life.


Harold Haynes is the head of maintenance and works tirelessly to keep the buildings and grounds of Hallie Hill beautiful.  Harold is a skilled carpenter, painter, fence builder, and more!  Everyone appreciates his gentle way with the animals as he often transports the dogs and cats to veterinary appointments. Harold lives in Hollywood with his lovely wife Glynnis and their beautiful daughter Helayna.


Daisy McKenzie is an animal care provider and also assists with maintenance. Daisy distributes medications, feeds, cleans, and grooms.  But this girl isn’t afraid to get dirty- and can also be found mowing the grass and running the tractor.  Daisy grew up in a farm like environment, caring for not only dogs and cats, but horses, goats, rabbits, chickens, and more.  Her love of animals is unsurpassed and she has a very special way with our feline residents.  Daisy graduated from West Ashley High School and lives in Adams Run with her four-legged children: dogs named Penny, Cocoa, Gator, Happy, Sybil, and Maggie and cats named Tiger, Fred and Trixie.


Jennifer Middleton serves as the Executive Director.  With only about 6 years experience in managing a nonprofit- she is a relative newcomer to the industry. Her passion for Hallie Hill’s mission explains her abundance of enthusiasm and a “no quitting” attitude.  Jennifer grew up in the Hollywood area and found herself rescuing animals of all kinds throughout her childhood and into adulthood.  Whether it be orphaned opossums, or dogs from the roadside- she could not turn away from an animal in distress. Graduating from College of Charleston, she enjoyed a successful career as a science and math teacher in Charleston County public schools for 17 years. During her time in the classroom, she achieved National Board certification in early adolescent science and was awarded Teacher of the Year for Charleston County in 2006/2007.  Her passion for learning, teaching, and caring for others has never waned. Jennifer lives in Meggett happily married to Benji.  They have two sons: Ben and Josh.  They also have four-legged children: dogs named Ace and Buck as well as the occasional foster cat from Hallie Hill.  

Sue Winder is an animal care provider who also keeps our social media active by posting heartwarming stories and beautiful photos of the animals at Hallie Hill. Sue spends her time at the sanctuary giving out medications, feeding, cleaning, and grooming.  She is a graduate of Harrisburg Area Community College and Lancaster Bible College.  Sue has worked as a Police Officer, Behavior Specialist, Project Coordinator for Charleston County School District, Church Administrator, and Youth Worship Leader.  She is also a very talented musician.  Sue lives in Ravenel with her husband Stan and their four pups: Lewis, Birdie, Peaches, and Haynes.  Her last three furbabies were adopted from Hallie Hill!