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ARF is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to rescuing homeless dogs and cats in Mobile! Be a part of this lifesaving effort!

Meet our 2019- 2020 Board of Directors

Ali Rellinger - President


Ali began volunteering with ARF in 2008 cleaning kennels and helping at adoption events at Petsmart. When the Rangeline facility opened, Ali took the opportunity to get more involved with ARF and became a shift leader as well as a leader of the newly formed Behavior and Evaluations team. In 2012, Ali joined ARF's Board of Directors. She also served as Secretary from 2014- 2015 and she's been elected Vice President in 2015 and president in 2016. Ali currently teaches high school biology at the Alabama School of Math and Science and is finishing her Ph.D. in Marine Sciences at the University of South Alabama/Dauphin Island Sea Lab. Ali lives with her husband, two dogs (Parker and Violet), 5 pet turtles and a constant rotation of ARF foster dogs.

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Ginger Welch - Treasurer


Ginger became dedicated to animal rescue in February 2009 when she adopted her beloved Paris Hilton from ARF. Prior to joining ARF she was a volunteer and Treasurer at a local cat rescue. Ginger joined ARF as a volunteer in 2014 and has taken on many roles such as foster coordinator, adoption counselor and kennel volunteer. Ginger joined the Board of Directors as Treasurer for the 2015-2016 term. She also now serves as Director of Catteries, ARF's cat program.  In  her professional life, Ginger is an HR Program Manager for IBM.  Ginger lives with her husband and their furbabies: Fluffy Jackson and Sofia Grace, both adopted from ARF, and Ellie Kate, their adopted blind cat.


Natalie Cumbaa - Secretary


Natalie has a life-time love of all living creatures and thanks to a friend began volunteering with ARF in 2012. She started as a kennel duty volunteer and hasn’t looked back!  She is currently serving as the Director of Education and Outreach and has joined the Board of Directors in 2015. Natalie’s main focus is to work with groups of all ages and backgrounds from scouts to church youth groups and high-school service groups introducing them to the world of rescue. In her day-to-day life,  Natalie recently earned a Ph.D. in Marine Sciences from University of South Alabama and she now teaches biology at the Alabama School or Math and Science.  She lives with her husband, two cats, Mr.Miyagi & Falkor, and her dogs Luna & Fran (a corgi mix adopted from ARF).


Abi Heagle


Abi began volunteering with ARF in 2010. She has spent many years faithfully volunteering as a cat care provider and has also expanded her volunteering to include fostering both dogs and cats. Volunteering has been a family affair and you'll often find Abi volunteering side by side with her mother. They both help out at our numerous offsite adoption events. Abi joined the Board of Directors in 2015. Abi is also actively involved in fundraising and oversees ARF's beer stands at South Alabama Jaguar Football games. You'll always see her there with a team of volunteers serving up cold brews to help raise funds for our dogs and cats. Abi is a Mobile native and lives with her boyfriend, 3 cats, 2 dogs, and various foster animals. She has been an animal owner and lover for over 30 yrs.

You can reach our Board of Directors by emailing Board@AnimalRescueMobile.org.

Stacey Yawn - Vice President

Trevor Denham 

Debbie Watts

Courtney Barnes

Joan Tant