Vicky Keahey – President & CEO of In-Sync Exotics

vickyVicky has been working with animals for over 35 years. She first started with Afghan Hounds as a breeder and handler at dog shows. At the age of 20 she started her own grooming business and groomed dogs for 27 years. In addition to working with domestic dogs and cats, she has also worked horses for pole bending and barrel racing for playday activities. In 1990, while working as a veterinary technician, Vicky rescued her first cougar that was abandoned at the vet clinic where she worked. Eight years and two cats later, Vicky founded In-Sync Exotics and opened her door and her heart to many unwanted exotic cats. Vicky lives with her husband, over 50 exotic cats, a coatimundi, two lemurs, two horses, a dog and a whole bunch of house cats. Vicky’s son Justin has been a great help with the cats since he was 10.

Eddie Keahey – Vice President

eddieEddie owned and operated his own air-conditioning business and had just started his own pipe fencing business when he met Vicky. Since then he has worked with all aspects of electrical, mechanical, plumbing, construction and welding here at In-Sync. Eddie spent a year in Baghdad working as a civilian to install and repair air-conditioning units for the troops that were stationed at the palace. Much of the money he earned while he was there went towards the care of the cats of In-Sync. He now works as a conductor for the Kansas City Southern Railroad while still heading up the construction that goes on at In-Sync. In what little spare time Eddie has, he loves to sail.

Helen Truman – Secretary

helenHelen joined in In-Sync family in 2007 and currently serves as the secretary in which she’s responsible for updating contact information for visitors and donors. In addition to her board duties, she’s a regular volunteer, feeder and is part of the enrichment team. Helen is a Sr. Staff Assistant at Exxon Mobil Corporation and married to her wonderful husband Ernie. She also enjoys spending lots time with her husband, three beautiful granddaughters when possible, their pets and working in the yard.

Debbie Congdon – Education

Chemyn Reaney – Volunteer Coordinator

After volunteering for awhile cleaning cages and giving tours, Chemyn joined the board in 2006 as our Volunteer Coordinator.  She helps recruit and train our large volunteer staff, and serves on the enrichment team. When not at In-Sync, she works in an office. She and her husband live with their own rescued domestic cats and enjoy traveling.

Stephen Austin – Construction & Site Planning

stephenStephen volunteered to help build our leopard enclosure in 2006 and has been an integral part of our construction team ever since. He works closely with Eddie in all aspects of construction and maintenance. Stephen earns his living as a Building Engineer and has also volunteered his construction talents with other charitable organizations. He and his son Stephen, who are also volunteers at In-Sync, live in Wylie with their dog and 4 cats…all rescues.

Susan Adams – Donor Relations

Susan_A_picSusan has been volunteering at In-Sync since the Fall of 2011. To her, the opportunity to love and help these cats is a tremendous honor. Susan is current job is caring for a loved on with dementia. In what seem like past lives she’s been a serious photography hobbyist, Information Systems security auditor, and that horrible person at your cardiologist that makes you get on the dreaded treadmill. As you can see, she’s never been sure what she wanted to do be when she grew up, but one thing is for sure, she adores the cats of In-Sync!

Melissa Alford – Director of Grants

Melissa discovered In-Sync Exotics in 2014 and knew immediately that she wanted to become a volunteer. She loves spending time with each of our cats, domestic and exotic, getting to know their unique and fascinating personalities. Her goal is to enrich their lives in every possible way. She joined the Board of Directors in 2016 as our Director of Grants and she also continues to clean cages, feed, and help out wherever needed. Melissa received her B.S. in Biology from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is married to her best friend Jud and they are the proud parents of two feline fur babies. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys cooking, hiking, sailing, spending time with her family, and traveling to anyplace tropical.

Angela Culver – Media

angela_culverAngela has loved animals for as long as she can remember, and at age six she decided she wanted to be a zoologist just like her uncle. She is currently pursuing her degree in Wildlife Biology while working full time. Angela had been working with birds of prey when she spotted a flyer for In-Sync’s Big Cat Birthday Bash in the summer of 2010. She went out for a visit, and was soon volunteering. Besides working with the cats and all of the amazing people at In-Sync, she loves talking with the visitors, educating them about the cats as well as their wild cousins. Angela lives with her fiance, Jedi, and their four cats, all rescues. In her free time, Angela loves hiking, camping, spending time with friends, and working on indie films.

Jodi Payson – Events Coordinator

jodi2Jodi first visited the In-Sync in 1999, when she was 12 years old. Since then she has helped build cages, lay concrete, feed cats, work events and most importantly love our cats! She joined the board of directors in 2010 as our Director of Events. Jodi has a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Sociology from The University of Oklahoma and a M.S. in Counseling from Southern Methodist University. She is currently a second year doctoral student at Texas A&M University-Commerce working toward a PhD in Counselor Education. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern working with children, adolescents, and adults in private practice. In her “spare time” she enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing with her dogs, and sleeping!

Key Staff

Emily Wilson, D.V.M.

Ever since Emily’s first viewing of The Lion King at the young age of five, her interests have been primarily focused on lions and other big cats, with the ultimate goal of one day becoming a veterinarian. She accomplished that goal by completing her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015.

Emily spent many of her summers during her undergraduate years at Lee McRae College in Banner Elk, North Carolina, and throughout vet school, working as an animal keeper at Tiger Haven. This big cat sanctuary in Kingston, TN is home to 300 lions, tigers, and other big cats. She also completed internships at the Conservators’ Center in North Carolina, as well as the Nashville Zoo. Emily has traveled to South Africa for a wildlife conservation internship in Hoedspruit, and a summer with a veterinarian in Lephalale. On these trips, she participated in everything from collecting data on lions, cheetahs, leopards, elephants, rhinos, and various hoofstock, to assisting with immobilization of antelope and rhinos for relocation and veterinary care.

Emily enjoys all aspects of exotic cat medicine, and is especially interested in cancer and neurologic diseases affecting these felines. During her training UTCVM, she was privileged to contribute to research sponsored by the National Institute of Health, which she looks forward to continuing.

In her free time, Emily enjoys hanging out with her dog, Lulu, taking pictures, drawing, and collecting rocks/gemstones. She is very happy to be a part of the In-Sync family!

Robin Gibson – Office Manager

Andrea Torina – Senior Animal Keeper

AndreaAndrea first came to In-Sync as a volunteer in 2009. We knew in the first 4 months that Andrea was going to be a great asset to In-Sync. Andrea used to volunteer with the Kids wheelchair Basketball as a coaching assistant. She has always loved working with her own cats and wanted someday to work and learn all she could about big cats. Andrea learned very quickly and showed that she could be very dependable. In 2012 we were able to hire Andrea as a keeper and we are very fortunate to have her on our staff. Andrea loves to read and feels it’s one of the best ways of learning about the cats she now cares for. She also likes to make jewelry and can play 3 instruments. Andrea wanted to someday work with the big cats in Africa; we hope now, she is here to stay!

Kendal Crixel – Keeper

Jennifer Hatch – Keeper

Ben Sandoval – Keeper