About HSFC

The Humane Society of Forsyth County (HSFC) is an independent, privately funded, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving the people and pets of Forsyth County for over 40 years. Established in 1975, HSFC has adopted more than 20,000 animals into permanent, loving homes.

As the largest no-kill, non-profit humane center in Forsyth County, GA HSFC is dedicated to:

  • Saving the county’s homeless cats and dogs
  • Reducing pet over-population
  • Educating our community about “responsible” pet ownership

How we do this is with people like YOU!   Even the smallest contribution can make a BIG DIFFERENCE.

As a private, independent organization, we are not affiliated with the ASPCA, Humane Society of the US or Associated Humane Societies.  HSFC is not a government agency and receives no funding from federal, state or local governments. Our ability to care for the community’s animals is supported solely by modest fees and donations.  All contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law.


Leadership Team

The leadership team at Humane Society Forsyth County (HSFC) shares an endless love for animals and works tirelessly to build a compassionate community that enriches thousands of lives. The leaders you will learn about are a mix of volunteers and employees. Learn about the people leading our mission to save and enhance lives!


Mark Schullstrom Jr. – Executive Director (Volunteer)

Mark has been serving as Executive Director since February 2014 on a volunteer basis.  As Executive Director, Mark provides oversight and Management expertise for all our programs to ensure they conform to the visions and policies of the Board.

Email:  mark@forsythpets.org


Justine Daniel – Shelter Director

Justine has 10 years experience in animal welfare and over 30 years of experience in customer service. She has served as Shelter Director since 2017 and is responsible for ensuring that all areas of shelter operations run smoothly and efficiently.

Email:  JDaniel@forsythpets.org


Debbie Bertsch – Director, Business Operations & Executive Director of the HSFC Thrift Store

Debbie was one of the original founders of the HSFC Thrift Store and has been successfully operating it since 2010 as Executive Director. In addition to being the Executive Director the of the Thrift Store, she is the Director of Business Operations for the HSFC and a valued member of the Board of Directors. She is married to Mike since 1989 and they have 2 beautiful daughters Emilie and Hannah.

Email:  debbertsch@forsythpets.org


Board of Directors

The Humane Society of Forsyth County, GA’s Board of Directors is a volunteer board comprised of local residents who help the Society fulfill its mission. The Board helps set the organization’s road-map for the future and works at fundraising throughout the year. Our board members bring a wealth of experience in many different businesses, financial and global areas.

Board members are elected in staggered terms to serve for three years. The board is comprised of up to fifteen members, four of whom are officers: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.  HSFC is fortunate to have such a wonderfully dedicated group as our Board of Directors. If you are interested in becoming a Board Member you may contact Bea Wilson.


Mark Schullstrom Jr. – President

A Board Member since 2013, Mark currently has been serving as the President since 2014.   Mark has a wealth of business experience and has been instrumental in co-authoring many of the new policies that help HSFC grow in the last 5 years. He is loved at home by his wife, daughter, and SIX furry animals. 

Email: Mark@ForsythPets.org


Vicki Rennick – Vice President

Vicki has served as a Board member since 2013. She has been the Vice President since 2016. Vicki has a strong business and Human Resources background that has been helpful to the society. Vicki also actively contributes as a cat & kitten foster. She lives in North Forsyth County with her 8 rescue cats.

Email:  Vicki@ForsythPets.org



Mark Myers – Treasurer

A Board Member since 2015, Mark has been involved with the HSFC for years, most notability as Marley’s dad. Marley, a Great Pyrenees, was one of our Humane Hearts Therapy Dogs who made over 700 visits during his “therapy career”. With Dad Mark at his side, they went everywhere as the unofficial mascot of the Humane Society. Mark is a retired UPS Executive and has brought a great deal of ‘down to earth’ business sense to the Board. Mark and wife Merle have several furry friends at home and have been very generous donors to the Humane Society of Forsyth County.

Email:  MMyers@ForsythPets.org


Bea Wilson – Secretary

A Board Member since 2017, Bea has been involved with the HSFC since 2012 as a dog walker, foster team coordinator, foster, and Humane Hearts Pet Therapy Director. As a retired AT&T Director, Bea brings a wealth of business experience to the group. At home, she has three ‘furry fluffies – Coco, Puff, and Toby’… (and a foster every once in a while) and hubby Wayne.

Email:  BWilson@ForsythPets.org

More Board Member Information Coming Soon