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Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta

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Amy DeCesare

  • Intake Coordinator (Shelters)
  • Joined 3/5/2014

Barry Levine

  • Microchip Coordinator
  • Joined 9/24/2013
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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.

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Cynthia Ring

  • Medical Liaison
  • Joined 5/3/2013

Cynthia began her GRRA career as a Foster in 2005, and served as foster coordinator in 2009. She has also been the acting medical coordinator and has been building strong ties with veterinarians throughout North Georgia who support the GRRA mission.

With a successful track record in helping GRRA become more efficient and effective, Cynthia has been instrumental in lowering the average medical cost per dog, which ensures GRRA is able to make the best use of financial contributions from donors, members and sponsors. She has also demonstrated strong leadership abilities, improving communication across the volunteer base, increasing successful adoption rates and enhancing relevant education of new dogs owners.

Cynthia lives in the North Metro Atlanta area with her husband Bill and teenage son, both of whom actively participate in GRRA projects. Her family also includes Goldens Shiloh, Sierra and Jake, two being GRRA rescue dogs. Additionally there are four cats in the household as well as various foster dogs in transition.


Deb Jacobs

  • Voicemail Coordinator
  • Joined 9/24/2013

Debbie DuPont

  • Home Check Coordinator
  • Joined 9/2/2006

Nancy Baumann

  • Newsletter Editor
  • Joined 12/13/2016
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Sheila Urquhart

  • Rescue Operations Manager
  • Joined 10/31/2013

I have fostered mostly Goldens for 30 years. I have been active with many rescues including GRREAT, Love A Golden, Shorehearts GRR, RAGOM and now GRRA. I have held various positions in rescue including treasurer, merchandise manager and president of GRREAT in the Washington DC area.


Stacey Swancey

  • Intake Coordinator (Owner Turn-Ins)
  • Joined 9/27/2015

Susan Swartz

  • Adoption Day Coordinator
  • Joined 9/24/2013

Susie Schaffer

  • Foster Home Coordinator
  • Joined 12/16/2013
Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta
P.O. Box 7743
Atlanta, GA 30357

Board Of Directors

Deborah Osborn
Director, Fundraising
Summer Keatley
Director, Marketing
Hal Schlenger
Director, Placement
Taylor Lee
Director, Rescue Operations
Lori Podolski
Director, Technology
Cory Deppen
Director, Volunteer Recruitment
Caroline Swanson
Dan Williams
Vice President
Steve Martin
Mary Martin

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