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Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta


Deborah Osborn

  • President
  • Joined 9/2/2013

Deborah became involved with GRRA after adopting her first rescue golden, Dakota. Since that time she has volunteered as an Adoption Consultant, Home Checker, Treiver Taxi, Intake and foster. Her first foster was an injured golden whose family couldn't care for her. That was in 2011. She still stays in touch with the forever family. After that she was hooked on fostering and she and her husband, Steve, have spent many hours traveling around Georgia transporting dogs and having meets and greets for foster dogs. Deborah and Steve live in the Northeast Georgia mountains where they moved after retiring in Florida. They currently live with four dogs, Dakota, Bryce and Sugar who are GRRA dogs and Saphira, who came to them after being abandon in the woods as a puppy. Deborah enjoys traveling, knitting, reading and hiking in the woods with Bryce. The other dogs would rather wait on the deck.


Caroline Swanson

  • Director, Volunteer Recruitment
  • Joined 7/11/2017
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Cory Deppen

  • WebmasterDirector, Technology
  • Joined 2/1/2011

Cory joined GRRA in 2011 after reading about the need for a volunteer to fill the Webmaster role in the newsletter. Eager to play a part in helping with website updates, Cory jumped right in and was recognized as Volunteer of the Month for June 2011. Since then, Cory relaunched the website for the organization and stays busy maintaining and adding new features to it as the needs of the group change.

In his current role, Cory is leveraging his passion for technology by developing and maintaining the website that offers many benefits to both volunteers and visitors to Additionally, Cory works closely with other volunteers in the various roles within GRRA to understand their reporting and communication needs and ensures data in the current CRM system is accurate to aid in the decision making and communication processes across the organization.

Cory lives in Acworth, GA with his wife Christine, golden retriever Jessie, and five cats Maggie, Molly, Mama, Four, and Five. Outside of GRRA, Cory enjoys bicycling if he can be torn away from a computer.


Dan Williams

  • Treasurer
  • Joined 10/20/2016

Dan is the owner of an accounting firm, Padgett Business Services, in Marietta, GA and a CPA with over 25 years of private and public accounting experience. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia. He and his wife Sharie are active members of NorthStar Church in Kennesaw. Dan is also on the Board of Directors of Camp Gideon, a non-profit, Christian camp and retreat facility for children. He and his wife, Sharie became involved in GRRA in the fall of 2014 when they searched and found the perfect golden retriever named Bear. Bear is a significant part of their family and is also an office greeter and chief marketing officer for their accounting firm. They have two "other" children Daniel and Karly.

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Hal Schlenger

  • Director, Marketing
  • Joined 5/1/2013

Hal, his wife Alison and son Zak have been involved with GRRA since shortly after they adopted Beau in 1999 in an effort to have a quality family activity. The family has been a foster family (over 65 dogs to date), done home checks, headed the publicity committee, walked in several Chick-fil-A bowl parades and helped with the annual Rescue Romp. Hal served as president several years ago and returned to this role in 2012.

Hal knows that GRRA succeeds because of its wonderful volunteers. That’s what started the group; that’s what makes fostering, adoption consulting and intake work possible. He sees GRRA leadership’s role as supporting the volunteers, so that the volunteers in turn make the dog rescues a reality. With the strong pack of volunteers, Hal looks forward to contributing to a fun and stress free environment so that being involved with GRRA is as much fun as it is a labor of love.

Hal and Alison live in East Cobb with Sarah, a GRRA rescue. Hal enjoys sailing, running and of course, dog rescue, is active in the Technology Association of GA, and pays the bills leading a digital marketing solutions agency that does websites, Search Engine optimization and marketing strategy (

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Lori Podolski

  • Director, Rescue Operations
  • Joined 12/4/2014

Lori has had Golden family members for the last 25 years. “I loved the breed so much I wanted to do something for them and with them,” Lori found a way to do just that and started volunteering for Golden Retrievers in Need (GRIN) in Cleveland, OH, with a focus on fund-raising.

Lori’s position with Novelis moved the family to the Atlanta area, where she continued her journey donating her time to GRRA in November 2014.

“I was drawn to GRRA because of the passion their volunteers have in rescuing these wonderful dogs and I’m proud to be a part of this great organization” In May of 2016, Lori was made Volunteer of the Month. The first role that Lori tackled for the organization was becoming an Adoption Consultant (AC). “I’ve always liked matchmaking for humans, but I’ve had better success rates for retrievers and families” She has been involved in fostering and home checks ever since. Lori and her husband, Ed, reside in Woodstock, GA with their 4 year old Pyrenees rescue, Ollie, and 8 year old Golden rescue, Mya.


Mary Martin

  • Vice President
  • Joined 1/2/2017
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Steve Martin

  • Vice President
  • Joined 10/20/2016

Summer Keatley

  • Director, Fundraising
  • Joined 8/20/2016
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Taylor Lee

  • Director, Placement
  • Joined 1/31/2014

Taylor became involved with GRRA in 2014 when her boss had a family member who had a golden that needed to be rehomed and she asked her if she could help. Taylor elaborated, "I researched golden rescues and immediately found GRRA and contacted them. Within 24 hours a volunteer called me and within one week sweet Jack went to his foster. I was amazed at how quick and attentive GRRA was and I could tell that this rescue was the "real deal." It did not take much time for her to sign up to volunteer due to my admiration for the passion and selfless volunteers that work with GRRA.

Taylor was recognized for volunteer of the month in August 2015 because she was a dedicated volunteer who worked as an Adoption Consultant matching families with GRRA's goldens searching for their forever homes. She served as the designated Adoption Consultant for applicants looking to adopt senior dogs. Senior dogs hold a special place in Taylor's heart and she works tirelessly to make sure that the GRRA "golden oldies" find wonderful retirement homes. In addition to that important job, Taylor is also a foster, a home check volunteer, a retriever taxi driver (including intake).

Taylor resides in Gainesville,GA with her GRRA senior Alphie who is 10 and Jackson her yorkie 10 as well and Bailey who is 6 years old and a maltipoo. Taylor is an addictions counselor for felony probation out of Hall county and when not working full time she dedicates her time to GRRA.

Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta
P.O. Box 7743
Atlanta, GA 30357

Points of Contact

Adoption Day Coordinator
Susan Swartz
Foster Home Coordinator
Susie Schaffer
Home Check Coordinator
Debbie DuPont
Intake Coordinator (Owner Turn-Ins)
Stacey Swancey
Intake Coordinator (Shelters)
Amy DeCesare
Medical Liaison
Cynthia Ring
Microchip Coordinator
Barry Levine
Newsletter Editor
Nancy Baumann
Rescue Operations Manager
Sheila Urquhart
Voicemail Coordinator
Deb Jacobs
Volunteer Coordinator
Cory Deppen

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