The Goathouse Refuge has many incredible cats in need of loving homes.


A strong, reliable volunteer force plays a crucial role in our rescue organization.


Tax deductible donations and gifts of goods to help run the refuge are always welcome.

Goathouse Refuge Board

Current Members

A North Carolina native and graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill Susan Brinkley-Clayton has been volunteering at the Goathouse Refuge since 2008. Her lifelong love of animals, especially cats, and the uniqueness of this tranquil, no-kill rescue, made the Goathouse the perfect place to volunteer her time and give back. Susan helps coordinate home visits for applicants interested in adopting a Refuge cat, and really enjoys meeting families and sharing information on caring for their new family member. She also helps with fundraising events, social media posts, press-releases, meet & greet, and community marketing. Cats have always been a part of her life since she was young and currently Susan has 2 very special kitties of her own.

Currently employed with a bank consulting company in Raleigh, Randal Inman‘s background includes working for over 20 years for Wachovia Corporation, where he was involved in many of their largest acquisitions. Randal holds an M.B.A degree from Wake Forest University, a B.A. degree in Honors Economics from Kenyon College, and a B.A. degree in English from Queens University of Charlotte. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst, a member of the CFA Institute, and a member of the North Carolina CFA Society. Randal helps maintain the I-Contact e-mail system, provides monthly financial reporting, volunteers weekly for meet-and-greet, and volunteers for special events for the Goathouse Refuge. Randal also volunteers as an overnight hiking guide with a Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troop, as a tutor for eighth grade math, and as a tutor for SAT math. Married with one child, Randal didn’t consider his family to be complete until adopting a cat from The Goathouse Refuge. Having hiked the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine, he enjoys hiking and sharing his knowledge of hiking with others.

Jeffrey T. LaRiche moved to North Carolina in October 2000 to serve as chairman of the board and CEO of Castle Worldwide, Inc. He has led Castle to become one of the leading companies in the development and administration of certification and licensure examinations for trade and professional organizations. His nearly 40 years of management experience includes serving in public positions in Washington, D.C., and abroad, interacting with the highest levels of United States and foreign governments, Wall Street, and the media. Mr. LaRiche’s previous positions include associate director for finance and administration at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, president of the United States International Cultural and Trade Center Commission (a presidential commission appointed by President George H.W. Bush), and deputy assistant secretary for external affairs at the Smithsonian Institution. Active in the arts and a past board member and chair of several nonprofit organizations, Mr. LaRiche was a founding trustee of the Asian Heritage Foundation (New Delhi, India) and served on the board of directors of Counterpart International (Washington, DC), which supports community-based development in more than 25 countries. He currently serves on the boards of North Carolina Arts-in-Action (Chapel Hill, NC), which works with at-risk children in local, disadvantaged schools; and the Goathouse Refuge (Pittsboro, NC), a no-kill animal sanctuary. A graduate of the Choate School and of the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in History (BA) and Cultural Anthropology (MA), Mr. LaRiche served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Afghanistan from 1969 through 1971.

Elissa Mobarek is a photographer originally from Massachusetts. She has been a life-long advocate for animals and has fostered cats for the Goathouse. Retired from Raytheon, she currently lives in Cary, North Carolina, where she enjoys spending time with her son and visiting the Goathouse.




Larry Vellani is the Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer of Smart Start of Forsyth County, Inc. (SSFC), an eight-million dollar, community-based, early education service and policy organization in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Vellani has an extensive career in organizational change, public policy formation, and higher education advancement, holding posts in the private, non-profit sector and in the judicial branch of state government in Ohio, Indiana, and North Carolina.

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