The Good Shepherd Team
Corporate Office- Upstate South Carolina Territory
Certified Pet Loss Professional
After attending Berry College in Rome, Georgia, Charles began his professional career just like many young college grads do; he took the first paying job he could find. From purchasing agent, to computer sales, to real estate broker and home builder, he finally found his calling in the funeral business. He worked with Aurora Casket Company in Kentucky before heading back home to Atlanta to enroll in Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service. After completing his studies and passing the national boards Charles moved to Greenville, South Carolina. There he worked at Mackey Funeral Home as an embalmer and funeral director. Once Charles completed his apprenticeship he found an opportunity to purchase Saint Francis Pet Crematory. With the help of two partners he purchased the business and ran it for two years. Charles started Good Shepherd in 1998.
Charles married his college sweetheart, Stephanie. They have two children; CT who recently graduated from Clemson University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and Allie who is currentlyattending college at Tri County Tech in Pendelton.
Other than work, Charles loves to spend time on the lake with family and friends. He is currently working on his instrument rating private pilot license and hopes to fly through the cloud instead of flying around them real soon. Charles and Stephanie completed a trip of a lifetime where they both completed the marathon in Athens Greece in 2010. Charles and Stephanie recently moved to Lake Keowee, where Charles joined the Seneca Rotary Club.
Charles and Stephanie have embarked on their latest challenge; complete the Great Loop. This is a trip by boat that circles the east coast to Canada, through the Great Lakes, down the Mississippi, around Florida and back to Charleston where they departed on April 7th 2013. If you are interested in seeing where they are now you can check out their blog @ Admiral Stephanie and Captain Crook.
Christine - Executive Assistant
Christine was born in Winston Salem, NC and has lived all over the Carolinas most of her life. She married her high school sweetheart, Brandon in 2010 and they have a beautiful baby boy Rider. Christine has two dogs, Daisy, a Bloodhound and Cope, a rescue, who both bring so much joy to her family. Christine is a motorcycle enthusiast and enjoys riding including trekking on four-wheelers, and collecting Jeeps. She also is a professional photographer in her free time, specializing in wedding, children and families.
Christine is a graduate of Charleston Southern University and has a degree in Business Management that she has utilized in her extensive sales and customer services background. She looks forward to employing her experience and passion working with the public to help pet parents and their families through their time of bereavement.
Jeff - Field Representative
Jeff has been working with Good Shepherd for several years now and has become an irreplacable part of our team. He lives in Upstate South Carolina with his wife, son, and daughter. Jeff is also the proud owner of two Boxer dogs. In his free time, Jeff greatly enjoys fishing, working in his yard, and spending time with his family. He loves the opportunity to care for a pet's final arrangments because he knows it helps pet owners. Jeff also describes his coworkers and staff at veterinarian offices as part of why he loves his job as well. You'll be hard pressed to find a more sincere, down-to-earth guy!
Chris - Field Representative
Chris joined the Good Shepherd family in June 2015. Chris is a gracious and fun-loving individual who takes heart in the work that he does. Chris is a proud gradaute of South Carolina University and has a degree in Politcal Science. He grew up in Florida, but as lived in Greenville, SC for 25 years. Being a hugh South Carolina Gamecocks fan has proven fairly difficult working with Clemeson diehards, but he holds his own. He loves spending time with his amazing children and is an avid movies buff. Proudly and emphatically, Chris said the best part of his job is "providing the best service to families in their time of need". Feel comforted knowing that your pet is in loving hands when Chris lays him or her to rest.
Connie - Executive Assistant
Originally from California, Connie Raiford has been in Atlanta, GA for the last 14 years. She and her husband have two beautiful daughters, Dominique and Cameron Omaree. They have a Chihuahua named Spike who is a special part of the Raiford household. Having so much love for her dog instantly allows Connie to empathize with customers when dealing with the passing of a pet.
Recently joining the Good Shepherd family in July 2013, Connie spent several years in the background screening and entertainment industries. Her goal is to merge her experience and talent to best service the Atlanta market. As a Mass Media Arts graduate of the prestigious Clark Atlanta University, Connie has produced a reality TV show pilot, and still hosts events and television outside of Good Shepherd. Whether she's interviewing celebrities on the red carpet or in the Good Shepherd office, Connie will always have you entertained.
"I want to do two things, help people through the process of losing a pet, and provide a good experience and I believe I can do this at Good Shepherd Pet Services."
Charleston & Myrtle Beach Territory
Johnny - Field Representative
Johnny was born and raised in Knoxville, TN to the parents of audiological professionals. His parents would often remark the family Vizsla was easier to raise than he was. At a young age he decided he wanted to be a Marine. After graduating high school he fulfilled that goal in becoming an Infantry Squad Leader in the Marine Corps. In his service, Johnny was deployed 3 times, twice to Iraq. After his term of enlistment ended, Johnny separated from the Marine Corps to pursue his education at the University of Tennessee.
Not only did Johnny obtain a B.S. in Journalism and Electronic Media from the University of Tennessee, he did all the while fostering an Australian Shepherd. Upon graduation Johnny spent two years legally advocating for veterans in Nashville, TN. While in his late 20s he decided to start a career in pet services that offered unique opportunities to serve our beloved pets, their families and those that care for them medically.
Johnny found that fit with the Good Shepherd family. Johnny and his wife Holly are members of the Boykin Spaniel Society and the Carolina Boykin Spaniel Retriever Club. Their Boykin, McGee, rounds out their family. In his free time Johnny studies wildlife, explores the Low Country and is involved in veterans’ organizations.
Sherri - Executive Assistant
Hailing from the beautiful town of Sioux City, IA, Sherri became part of the Charleston, SC territory in April 2016. Sherri moved to North Charleston to be closer to her parents, sibling and nieces. In addition to her family, she has 2 cats, Ebony, a black cat, and Abby, a silver backed tabby. Before relocating, Sherri earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University in Transportation and Logistics. In the Charleston area she worked in international trade for several years.
Scott - Field Representative
Certified Pet Loss Professional
Scott began working with Good Shepherd on April Fool's Day. In 2002 Scott took the chance to build a new career in a fairly new industry. Textiles were coming to an end and it was time for a change. From Chattanooga, Tennessee Scott moved to Charlotte after graduating from the University of Tennessee. During his time at Good Shepherd Scott has done a remarkable job of introducing our services to veterinarians throughout the Southeast. Scott is our point man; you will find him at most "shows" that are attended by Good Shepherd. He usually has his companion Frank along for the ride.
When Scott is not working, you will find him on a golf course taking money from his friends. If you ask Scott what he likes most about Good Shepherd he will tell you about the relationships he has with veterinarians, their staff, and the client's that appreciate the services he provides.
George - Field Representative
George began his career with Good Shepherd Pet Services in 2006 in the Charleston, SC. In 2010 George and his wife, Paula, moved to Tega Cay, SC where George began assisting Good Shepherd customers in the Charlotte area. Prior to joining the Good Shepherd team George worked in the Automotive Industry assisting his customers’ needs in Raleigh and Wilmington, NC for the past 35 years. George developed a very loyal following but always had an interest in animals and at an early age wanted to be a veterinarian.
George has always been a true animal lover and has owned a horse and several beloved cats. In 2000 George and his wife, while on a visit to Pet Smart to ‘buy some cat food’ fell in love with a whippet and sheltie mix that was up for adoption by the local humane society and thus began their first ‘parenthood’ of a dog. ‘Jake’ began his life with George and their 2 cats Baby and Azul and has been a true joy and addition to their family. In 2007 Baby and Azul both passed away at the age of 15 and it was the team at Good Shepherd that helped ease that loss, but George and his wife were not ready to bring another cat into their lives.
In 2008, while on his way to visit a vet clinic George came across what appeared to be a dead animal in the road but as he drove closer, he realized it was a kitten that was injured and barely alive. A large 16 wheel truck was following George and barely missed running over her also. George turned around immediately, picked the kitten up and took her to the nearest vet, Morrison Vet Hospital in Walterboro, SC, not knowing whether she was still alive. This kitten – ‘Ms. Callie’ as she would come to be known, had to have her tail amputated but was nursed back to health by the clinic and was going to become their ‘clinic cat’. George continued to visit her and the vet techs eventually coined the name ‘George’s cat’. George had truly saved this kitten’s life and after much soul searching George convinced his wife that it must be meant to be, for them to have another cat. Ms. Callie and Jake are the best of friends now and add so much joy and pleasure to his life.
Jeff H. - Field Representative
Cerified Pet Loss Professional
Jeff is a native Charlottean, living here for his entire life and has been with the company since October of 2005.
He has three kids; Megan, Jeffrey and Morgan that all live in Atlanta, GA. Jeff's daughter gave birth to her first child and the families first Granddaughter. Jeff is a proud Grandpa!
His love for animals comes from having his own pets, a cat names Ricochet and a dog named Tigger.
In his free time, Jeff enjoys hiking, fishing, and watching a plethora of sports.
He says the best part of the job is helping people that are trying to cope with the grief of losing their companion. He definitely goes the extra mile to make a difference and ease the pain of their loss.
Mike (Pictured Left) - Field Representative
Mike was born in the town of Greensboro, NC where he attended North Carolina State University. He has spent more than fifteen years in management in the food and beverage industry, before finally starting his career with Good Shepherd in May of 2009.
Mike recently added to his family with the addition of Cooper, the excape artist lab that can be found in someone elses back yard at any given time. Mike keeps a special place in his heart for his beloved basset hound; Roscoe that he misses terribly. Mike says his favorite part of the job is, “the sincere appreciation from those we help.”
When not at work, Mike loves to cook, play golf, read, and anything involving sports. His favorite teams are the North Carolina Tar heels, Fighting Irish and the Red Sox, need he say more? Since becoming a golf pro is probably unlikely, he would love to open a small restaurant some day in his future.
Mike has challenged Captain Fitness and Shawn T to get him in shape. If you want to laugh out loud ask him about some of his workouts. Mike has an amazing sense of humor and can put a smile on just about anyone’s face.
Mike welcomed a son Ryker August 2015.
John C. - Field Representative
Buddy - Field Representative
Tom - Field Representative
Tom was born in DesMoines, Iowa. His family moved often, living in New Haven, Connecticut, Chicago, Illinois, Then back to Iowa. He began studying Martial Arts in 1963. After finishing school he volunteered for the Army. After Jump School he was assigned to the 82nd. Airborne Division. Upon completion of Ranger and Pathfinder training he was recruited in 1977 by a new unit at Fort Bragg. 1st. Special Forces Operational Detachment – D (Delta).
Known at the time as project Delta, this unit allowed Tom to travel the World, as well as serve with the most elite soldiers anywhere. After his tour with the Military, Tom settled in Knoxville Tennessee. He worked at Panasonic as an Engineer and operated a chain of Karate Schools. He met his wife Maredith Clayton-Metier while she was attending UT.
In 2000 Tom and Maredith moved to her home town of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Maredith runs her CPA firm out of the family’s Personal Loan and Investment Company which has been on the Square in Murfreesboro for over 75 years. Tom has 3 grown children, 5 grandchildren and an 11 year old son named Cooper. Hobbies include camping, trout fishing, and home remodeling. Tom and Cooper are often spotted riding around in “The magic red Jeep” on various adventures.
Pets include, but are not limited to: 2 horses, 2 dogs, 4 cats, Giant Madagascar Hissing Cock Roaches, and a 25 year old Turtle. Tom is grateful to Good Shepherd for allowing him to provide a valuable service to people who have lost a beloved pet.
All Territories - Grief and Bereavement Educator
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