Our Team

Tamara and Friday

Tamara Lackey

Founder & Executive Director

Tamara has been the Executive Director of Beautiful Together since co-founding it in 2014. An advocate for children waiting for families, she saw the extraordinary connection between children and animals through six years of project work. She envisioned the Beautiful Together Animal Sanctuary as a natural bridge between these two worlds, linking two vulnerable populations to benefit the other. Finding land, creating partnerships, and experiencing the sheer delight of walking an animal out of a shelter affirmed this decision, as did the joy of building a team of like-minded advocates.

Tamara is also a professional photographer, Nikon Ambassador, and show host for PBS NC Chasing Frames. She has delivered presentations at Google, Disney, Harvard Law School and more, speaking on the power of photography and storytelling to affect real change.

She and her husband, Steve, also own Coco Bean, a plant-based cafe in Chapel Hill that supports the work of Beautiful Together. They, their three children, and their many pets are excited for the continued growth of this sanctuary – and all the hope it represents.

Jane-Howard Crutchfield

Director of Dog Rescue Operations

Jane-Howard joined Beautiful Together to help implement and run the animal rescue project. Her role includes overseeing the dog adoption program and foster caregiver operations, field services, as well as the animal behavior and rehabilitation program.

Jane-Howard has worked in all areas of animal rescue since 2015: fostering, transporting, training, and volunteering at local animal shelters.

As a Certified Dog Trainer, she has a passion for helping animals live their best lives. To her, rescue is more than just saving a life— it’s also making sure that the animal has a happy life. She will be directing training classes at the sanctuary (for kids and adults) as well as working with animals who may need behavioral modification before finding their forever homes.

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Patty Caffrey

Director of Communications, Networks and Partnerships/Grants

“You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

Patty joined Beautiful Together after retiring from her 20-year career as a communications professional in the health sciences industry.  In her role at Beautiful Together she is working to expand our foster network and build relationships with partners big and small interested in supporting animal rescue.  Patty has always been passionate about saving and caring for those at-risk.  She and her husband have been licensed foster parents for children in Orange County since 2018 – she fully understands the difference a safe and loving space can make in a child’s life and how fulfilling it is to be a foster Mom.  And as an animal lover, Patty’s passion spills over into saving as many animal lives as possible and making a difference in all aspects of animal rescue.  She is extremely excited to connect her passion for children and animals when the full vision of Beautiful Together Animal Sanctuary is realized – connecting foster children and animals to help them both overcome the trauma they’ve experienced in their lives.

Patty lives with her husband, teenage stepson, their three rescue dogs, four rescue cats, and a variety of animals that she fosters.

Ferrell Carpenter

Director of Caregiver Support & Customer Relations

Ferrell grew up in the country outside of Chapel Hill, running free in the woods with six big dogs and all the attending wildlife. Thus began the passion that has led to a lifetime of fostering/adopting/picking up homeless dogs all around the world. Having volunteered at shelters and therapeutic horse riding centers from childhood, Ferrell possesses a passion for how much people can gain from the interaction with animals and vice versa. With more than 25 years of experience in psychology, political campaigning, non-profit organizations and real estate, Ferrell’s experiences have naturally evolved to include dedicated animal sanctuary work.

Her role is focused on supporting caregivers and their foster pets in a manner that fits her natural tendency to care for others.

Ferrell lives with her incredibly sweet and patient partner, Patrick, their three giant dogs and a revolving menagerie of foster guests.


Michelle Thiny

Medical Journey Manager

As a physician who was trained and board-certified in gastroenterology, Michelle is a perfect fit for the management of the medical journey of all the rescued animals in foster care -  and of those who have been newly adopted. She also coordinates medical care with veterinarian clinics and coordinates communication with foster caregivers as needed.

Michelle has worked in various areas of animal rescue, including transporting, volunteering at local shelters, and most recently, fostering. She is a lifelong lover of animals and has never met a dog on Facebook that she doesn't want to adopt.  She lives in Charlotte with her very patient husband, three teenagers, three rescue dogs, and a variety of foster pets in need.

Jenn Kramer

Director of Cat Rescue Operations

Jenn has been a middle school science teacher for the last 22 years, and she loves watching the joy of discovery in her students. Being home with virtual teaching, she got the pleasure of sharing the world of animal fostering with her students - and they got to watch puppies and kittens grow. But the best part of her life, by far, is her son. He was adopted when he was one year old from Ethiopia, and it was then that she realized how much more love can grow each day. She discovered how healing and calming the pets in their house were to him, and in the midst of the COVID pandemic, they decided together to foster for Beautiful Together.

They started out fostering a sweet mom dog and her 12 puppies. During the process of finding them homes, she saw such a healing transformation in her son - he had come full circle to helping another living creature that needed to be adopted find a forever home. The wisdom that came from his mouth with each adoption proved how important the mission of Beautiful Together is for this world. They went on to foster two pregnant mom cats, helping them deliver kittens, and Jenn became a key part of the team.

Jenn helps to find forever homes for all the cats and kittens in foster care, while also getting to spend time caring for the people who are entrusted to foster these sweet, amazing animals.


C.D. Mock

Dog Adoption Manager

C.D. joined Beautiful Together with the intent to help with onsite operations after hearing about the sanctuary. In the meantime, though, he began to implement the vetting process for dog adoptions, connecting approved applicants to fosters and the pet they desire to meet.

C.D. has been involved in dog adoptions and dog socialization since 2015, through local shelters, and he enjoys working with dogs in all areas of care and rehabilitation.  C.D. has also worked with a national dogfighting prevention group and remains active in that area,  identifying prospective suspects and helping to expose their operations.

Being a part of Beautiful Together is a lifelong dream come true, and he is thankful and anxious to see it evolve.

Steve Lackey

Director of Sanctuary Build Operations

Steve is the co-founder of Beautiful Together, and he has been working on related non-profit projects and funds since 2014. As a long-time animal rescue advocate, he often finds himself surrounded by a number of foster pets on a day-to-day basis, whether he actually knows they are in his house or not!

Steve is responsible for helping to realize the on-the-ground vision of the animal sanctuary. He oversees development and coordination with all general and subcontractors, managing communication with builders and fielding county requirements. His efforts include ensuring compliance with all permitting requirements and overseeing and participating in the build-out of all utility infrastructure onto the property. He also manages new sanctuary development roles and volunteer coordination efforts. And he now finds himself driving a tractor, something he'd never expected to do.

He and his wife, Tamara, love to run their dogs on the property as much as possible while building everything from the ground up (and both pups rate the sanctuary land a 10 out of 10).

Lindsay Dike

Lindsay Dike

Cat Adoption Coordinator

Lindsay Dike joined Beautiful Together to help place rescue animals with the best adopters and foster volunteers within our network. Her role includes reviewing the applications of prospective adopters and fosters, as well as coordinating and overseeing logistics in the adoption and foster process.

Lindsay has been involved with several areas of animal rescue since 2012: fostering, fundraising, and volunteering at local animal shelters. It was through this that she became the proud owner of a rescue hound dog named Malcolm.

As a professional financial data analyst in Charlotte, North Carolina, Lindsay's passion has always brought her back to animal welfare, so she is thrilled to be such an integral part of this sanctuary’s work!



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