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

Behind the Scene

Special Stories of Special Cats Your Support Helps


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

Goathouse Refuge Board

Current Members

Siglinda Scarpa (Founder)


Randall Inman is currently employed with a bank consulting company in Raleigh, Randall’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  served as chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Castle Worldwide, Inc. from October 2000 until June 2018, when he arranged the sale of Castle to a strategic buyer, Scantron Corporation, that would keep Castle ‘whole.’ During his 18 years at the helm of Castle, Mr. LaRiche led the Morrisville, NC organization to become one of the leading companies in the development and administration of certification and licensure examinations for trade and professional organizations. His more than 40 years of management experience has included 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. His 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 of several nonprofit organizations, Mr. LaRiche was a founding trustee of the Asian Heritage Foundation (New Delhi, India) and is a past board member and chair of the board of directors of Counterpart International (Washington, DC), which supports community-based development in more than 25 countries. He currently serves on the board of directors of North Carolina Arts-in-Action (Chapel Hill, NC), of which he was chair for six years. NC Arts-in-Action works with at-risk children in local, disadvantaged schools. He also has served for more than ten years and continues to serve on the board of directors of the Goathouse Refuge (Pittsboro, NC), a no-kill animal sanctuary. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in History (BA) and Cultural
Anthropology (MA), Mr. LaRiche served as a Peace Corps volunteer teacher 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.



Julie Williams first visited the refuge in 2013 with her sister and niece. She had been looking for a place where she could volunteer and knew immediately that our refuge was the place she wanted to be! Julie jumped right in and first began cleaning cages on Sundays and decided we needed a new kitchen sink which later led to organizing volunteers to paint inside the adoption building. Julie also began helping with fund raising by starting our annual yard sale. She has adopted 2 cats from Goathouse and still believes it is a magical place where she needs to be!

Jacqueline Marx first published essay, “The Cantor’s Cat,” appeared in *Chicken Soup for the Cat & Dog Lover’s Soul* in 1998. The previous year, she was ordained a Cantor with a Master of Sacred Music at Hebrew-Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. “I have always resonated to cats. Caring for cats soothes the rough edges of my soul; which allows me to live, and give, my best. Besides, an animal has never hurt anyone’s feelings.” Cantor Marx has a small pulpit for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur in East Tennessee. She teaches voice lessons at Chapel Hill School of Musical Arts; specializes in Hebrew enrichment and Bar/ Bat Mitzvah tutorials at Judea Reform Congregation in Durham; and lives with her family in an enchanted forest in Carrboro. Two of her three felines are former GOATHOUSE kitties.


Bios not currently available for:

George Covino
Frank Hiltz
Helena Openshaw
Judith Saunders
Allen Scazzero (Chair)

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