Meet the Staff

Shelley Thayer, Executive Director 


Previously the executive director for Cat Depot in Sarasota, Thayer has worked with Best Friends Animal Society, assisting with several major rescue operations and co-authoring rapid response procedures. Thayer has led the charge and rallied for wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, domestic animal rehabilitation, and big cat rescues. Thayer is the past president for the Florida Association of Animal Welfare Organizations (FAAWO) and now currently serves as a board member.

Before entering the nonprofit world, her career included twenty years of marketing. Shelley implemented national unveilings/events and new brand launches for name brands such as General Mills, PepsiCo, Universal, Disney and McCormick & Company. During Shelley’s marketing career, she remained connected to humane organizations as both a volunteer and fundraiser.

Kim Domokos, DVM, Director of Medical Services

Dr. Kim Domokos received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from St. Georges University in 2009. She joined SPCA Florida in July of 2012 with the opening of the new McClurg Animal Medical Center. Prior to working at SPCA Florida, she worked as an Associate Veterinarian in small animal practice for two-and-a-half years.
Dr. Domokos obtained her undergraduate degree in Biology at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida, in 2004. She completed many hours of volunteer work here at SPCA Florida prior to pursuing her dream to become a veterinarian. On her time off, she enjoys relaxing with her husband Derek and her dog, Monkey.

Jo Hendon, Director of HR

In addition to handling donor relations, Jo is working with our Quality Assurance Training Specialist  to optimize SPCA Florida’s operating and service level standards to promote superior quality of care and customer satisfaction. Working collaboratively with key individuals throughout the SPCA Florida campus, Jo will coordinate efforts to achieve AAHA accreditation and other quality certifications.

Randa Richter, Media & Partnership Relations 

Randa Richter began her career in animal welfare in 2011 and joined SPCA Florida as the Volunteer Manager.  Prior to that, she worked in the Orlando event industry for 5 years and the hospitality industry for 16 years.  She chose to leave the corporate world because she wanted to make a tangible difference in the population of homeless animals, and felt she could do more to help animals in need.

What Randa enjoys most about her position at SPCA Florida is having a hands-on opportunity to support, save, and being part of a positive outcome for so many animals that come through our doors.  In her spare time, Randa enjoys spending time outside in the sun, socializing with friends, fostering the hundreds of kittens and cats in need, and loving on her 6 personal cats.

Michelle Williams, Adoption Center Manager

Michelle Williams began volunteering in the kennel area at SPCA Florida in 2009.  She instantly fell in love with the organization and its’ mission to help the animals and make a difference in the community.  Her love of helping the animals grew so much that she left her job with the Polk County School Board the very next year and began working full time at SPCA Florida as an Animal Care Attendant.

She continued to increase her knowledge of shelter operations through the years and advanced to the position of Adoption Center Manager in 2015 where she continues to work passionately for the animals.

When Michelle is not working, she enjoys spending time with family and spoiling her one and only grandchild.  Her hobbies include kayaking and other water activities, and of course, playing with her own pets at home.

Paula Murrell, Medical Practice Manager

Paula began her career in Veterinary Management in 2003. Having known she  wanted to work with animals from a young age, Paula quickly thrived in a career where she could combine her leadership abilities, love for client relations, and her passion for animal welfare. Paula is continuing to follow her dreams in achieving her biggest one yet by joining the SPCAF team.

She shares her home with her husband Scott, their two kids, and their four fur babies; a pekinese named Goo, a Japanese Chin named Opie, a Lab-Pit-Mix named Maggie, and a three-legged Orange cat named Sheldon.

A Florida native Paula loves activities where she can enjoy the sunshine and fresh air; like walking Lake Morton and feeding Lakeland’s famous swans, exploring downtown’s latest breweries, coffee shops, and eateries, and heading out to the gulf coast beaches. Her favorite ways to unwind include yoga, reading, and playing with her fur babies.

Paula is thrilled to be a part of the SPCAF team and our mission of saving lives!