Christy Counts

President

Founder/Owner Christy Counts has a diverse professional background in for-profit business management, municipal management, non-profit management and entrepreneurship, mostly related to her long standing passion for animal welfare. 

Her professional and personal ventures have led Christy to live in many communities across the US, including southern California, Texas, Oklahoma, New York City, and most recently, the horse country of northern Westchester County, New York, where she resides today with her family.

All along this journey, Christy had tucked away her dream of owning/operating a vineyard and producing wine. Along with many others, she decided during COVID to make a career change. Christy first enhanced her long-time personal interest in wine through formal education from The Wine Spirit and Education Trust. She is currently advanced certified through WSET 3, and is finishing up her WSET 4 Diploma.

Christy has become particularly intrigued and excited about the future of New York wines. She is thrilled to continue her journey in the wine world by helping to promote and participate in the further advancement of this still under-appreciated region.

In 2007, Christy founded the Oklahoma Humane Society (OK Humane) to address the overwhelming euthanasia issue in Oklahoma City. The organization was formed to create a strong public/private partnership with the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter. She acted as the President and Executive Director since inception until November of 2013. In 2014, upon moving to New York, Christy joined the team at the Arnall Family Foundation and served as the Executive Vice President. During her tenure at the Foundation, she developed the Right Horse Initiative, a national collaboration to support horses in transition. In 2019, the ASPCA acquired The Right Horse Initiative and now manages and operates the program with great success.

Prior to OK Humane, Christy supervised the Oklahoma City Animal Shelters’ volunteer, rescue, foster and adoption programs. Christy was a founding director and Vice-President of the Metro Alliance For Animal Life,  a city-wide collaboration of various animal welfare groups. In addition, she served as the Founding Vice-Chairman on the Oklahoma State Commercial Pet Breeder Board formed to regulate the commercial dog breeding industry in Oklahoma.

Christy continues to serve on various not-for-profit boards to support their valuable community work.

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