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Young-Williams Animal Center selects development coordinator, marketing coordinator

April 19, 2016

Young-Williams Animal Center has named Sophie Nguyen as development coordinator and promoted Courtney Kliman to marketing coordinator.

Nguyen has volunteered with the shelter since 2013. Kliman previously served as development coordinator.

“Because of the unique nature of our business, it is important that we have employees who are not only well-qualified but also passionate about the work that we do,” said Jeff Ashin, CEO for Young-Williams Animal Center. “Courtney and Sophie have the commitment and experience needed to serve our organization well, and we are fortunate to have them on our team.”

Sophie Nguyen

Sophie Nguyen

Nguyen has a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Tennessee. She also spent a semester studying in the University of Dublin’s Animal Science program. Her broad background includes work with the Catholic Charities of East Tennessee children’s emergency shelter, University of Tennessee reptile laboratory and, most recently, the Wesley House Community Center.

Courtney Kliman

Courtney Kliman

Kliman earned her Bachelor of Science degree in communication from the University of Tennessee and embarked on a career in journalism. She served as overnight and morning anchor for WVLT Local 8 News before joining Young-Williams Animal Center. Kliman’s communications background is beneficial in delivering the message about the important work of Young-Williams Animal Center.

To learn more about Young-Williams Animal Center, visit or check out Young-Williams Animal Center on Facebook.

About Young-Williams Animal Center

Young-Williams Animal Center reminds the community to please spay and neuter your pets.

The Young-Williams Animal Center is the official animal shelter for Knox County and the City of Knoxville. The center is a nonprofit organization, community-supported through public and private donations, that turns no animal away and is dedicated to the sheltering and placement of animals, general animal welfare, and public education of companion animal issues.

Young-Williams Animal Center is located off Sutherland Avenue at the entrance to John Tarleton Park at 3201 Division St. Young-Williams Animal Village is located at 6400 Kingston Pike adjacent to Deane Hill Drive. Both locations are open seven days a week from noon-6 p.m.

For more information about Young-Williams Animal Center, including detailed driving directions, call 865-215-6599 or visit