Board of Directors

lori elam: founder/president

photo(365)My personal passions are found in family, friends, nature, and the love of the outdoors. It’s no surprise then that animals are a significant part of my life.

My animal rescue roots began when I moved to Nashville. The first two weeks I was living in Nashville, I lost both of my dogs, Mandy and Meisha. I was lucky enough to find Meisha, but never recovered Mandy…my baby! Obviously I was heartbroken, but as the saying goes…”something good always comes from something bad…”—and so it did

While looking for Mandy, I found a wonderful group of animal rescuers who essentially helped me discover my calling. These selfless individuals who regularly gave generously both of their money and time to help save the cast-offs of society were Nashville’s animal rescue community–and I knew I was home.

A group of us decided that we could best contribute to the unwanted pet population by starting an organization called Nashville Animal Rescue Co-Op. The mission of this organization was to collect and distribute donations to small, struggling pet-rescue organizations—often run by single individuals whose time and energy were so devoted to helping animals in need that they had few resources left over to campaign for funds themselves.

The mission of the Nashville Animal Rescue Co-op eventually evolved into a full-fledged animal rescue charter complete with a brand new name, The Noah’s Ark Society. While Noah’s Ark Society continued to work in synergy with other local animal rescue groups, we also began to offer a full range of services to the community including a foster network, TNR program, equine/livestock rescue division etc.

As I look to tomorrow, I am extremely proud of the work we have all done and continue to do in Nashville’s animal rescue community, and I highly encourage you to get involved to help create a world with no more homeless pets.  After all—

“Animals are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”

Feel free to connect with Lori anytime at with questions, concerns or to find out more about Noah’s Ark Society’s mission.

Lisa Crawford: VP of Administration

Lisa & Bella PBAD 2012Lisa Crawford is an avid animal lover, growing up with numerous pets and rescuing injured birds, mice, etc. along the way. She did what she could to help rescues and humane societies in small ways over the last 25 years as time and an active family allowed.  Now that her children are grown and numerous rescue dogs of her own later, she realized she couldn’t give every dog a home but still wanted to do more.  Our own “crazy pit bull lady” and “foster failure queen,” Lisa and her husband share their home with 6 rescued pit bulls and 5 rescued Jack Russell terriers.

Lisa is a paralegal and brings her OCD tendencies and organizational skills to our VP of Administration position.  She is pictured here with one of her rescued pit bulls, Bella Marie.

Feel free to connect with Lisa anytime at with questions, concerns or to find out more about Noah’s Ark Society’s mission.


2013-09-23 18.56.56Katya became a volunteer after she and her husband adopted their second dog Suki from Noah’s Ark Society in Spring of 2012. Suki helped them discover a whole new world of rescue in general and Noah’s Ark Society’s amazing work in particular. Katya is very passionate about helping dogs in need and works hard to make sure each one finds the best home possible. As a teacher, Katya uses her experience and skills to educate people about responsible ownership, the importance of spaying/ neutering and joys these four-legged creatures bring into our daily lives.

Katya and her husband live in Nashville, TN, with their 3 dogs: Ivy, Suki and Dapper (another Noah’s Ark Society rescue).

Feel free to connect with Katya anytime at with questions, concerns or to find out more about Noah’s Ark Society’s mission.

Carri pulliam: VP of Feline & Equine

Pulliam_XMas13_26To say Carrie loves animals is an understatement. During her October 2013 wedding, her two rescue dogs completed the big day when they crashed the party as escorts for her and her husband. One of those escorts, Stevie, could be credited with Carrie’s Nashville love for animals in need. She was the first.

Stevie found Carrie years ago when she was in need the most, blinded by swelling, suffering from mange and Parvo and abandoned in a rough Music City neighborhood. Without hesitation Carrie poured her heart into nursing Stevie back to health and after months of sleepless nights, Stevie became a healthy “East Nashville purebred.” The pair has been inseparable since and have actually added on additional rescues to the growing family.

Carrie works as an elementary teacher by day. She has experience caring for horses, cats, dogs, and rodents and is always finding ways to improve her methods of animal rescue, rehabilitation, and training. Together, with her husband Charles, they launched C&C Foster Home in 2011 as a direct contributing foster home to Noah’s Ark Society. Carrie is currently serving dually as Noah’s Ark Society’s Senior Equine Coordinator and Senior Feline Coordinator.

Feel free to connect with Carrie anytime at with questions, concerns or to find out more about Noah’s Ark Society’s mission.