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Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta


Amanda Dytor

  • Intake Coordinator (Shelters)Director, Intake
  • Joined 11/15/2017
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Amy DeCesare

  • Director, Rescue OperationsMedical Liaison
  • Joined 3/5/2014

Amy first learned of GRRA in 2011 from friends that had adopted from the organization. After losing their first golden retriever Tahoe at an early age of 4, she and her husband were eagerly looking for another golden retriever, as they fell in love with the breed. Rescuing was the way to go their friends had told them. So, they tried it… They adopted their first Golden retriever, Parker in 2011 from GRRA. He had been a beautiful golden retriever abandoned chained to a fence with a note asking for someone to take good care of this sweet boy. Unfortunately, a year and a half later, Amy and her husband lost Parker, due to a serious heart condition. That did not stop them from having more goldens. To date, they've adopted 6 thanks to GRRA. In 2014, Amy decided she needed to do more to help these wonderful rescue dogs find love and their furever homes...even if only for a short time, so she began volunteering with GRRA. As the shelter intake coordinator for several years, she states it was "One of the hardest but rewarding things she's ever done. Although we cannot save all the dogs that need our help, we help those we can…One dog at a time. " Amy and her husband currently live in Alpharetta with their two goldens – Kate(10) and Rocky(3).


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 and seven cats - Maggie, Molly, Mama, Four, Five, Hunter, and Mackenzie. Outside of GRRA, Cory enjoys bicycling if he can be torn away from a computer.


Debbie DuPont

  • Home Check Coordinator
  • Joined 9/2/2006
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Marie Cole

  • Director, Volunteer RecruitmentVolunteer Coordinator
  • Joined 8/30/2016

Marie has been a member of GRRA since 2003. She and her husband have adopted several wonderful Goldens from GRRA. She chaired the committee to produce the 2018 & 2019 GRRA calendars as well as the GRRA note cards. Along with a talented team of volunteers, the 2018 calendar included over 125 photographs of beautiful Goldens. You will usually see Marie selling GRRA merchandise at Adoption Day each month.

As an Adoption Consultant, Marie enjoyed working with applicants. It is fun to get to know these families on a one-on-one basis and see how the GRRA dogs finds its "furever" home. Whether it be a single individual, a couple or a family with lots of kids, there is always a special dog waiting to come into their home.

Marie also enjoys working special events to promote GRRA. She is particularly interested in getting more people involved as a volunteer with GRRA so in 2019 she joined the Board of Directors and became the Director of Volunteer Recruitment.

As a native Atlantan, Marie currently lives in the City of Brookhaven with her husband and two dogs. The are active members of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in downtown Atlanta.


Nancy Baumann

  • Newsletter Editor
  • Joined 12/13/2016

Rita Pikor

  • Intake Coordinator (Owner Turn-Ins)
  • Joined 9/25/2013
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Susan Swartz

  • Adoption Day Coordinator
  • Joined 9/24/2013

Susan joined GRRA after moving from the northeast in 2006, where she was a volunteer with DVGRR. She started doing home checks and fostering. Roux was her first GRRA adoption "foster failure", later to be followed by Teddy. To date Susan has fostered over 30 dogs for GRRA. She has also worked on the annual GRRA "Rescue Romp" celebration. Susan took on the role of Adoption Day Coordinator in 2008 and continues to enjoy meeting the GRRA foster dogs and the potential adopters each month.


Susie Schaffer

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

Board Of Directors

Lori Podolski
Director, Fundraising
Director, Intake
Amanda Dytor
Director, Marketing
Director, Placement
Melinda Lahmers
Director, Rescue Operations
Amy DeCesare
Director, Technology
Cory Deppen
Director, Volunteer Recruitment
Marie Cole
Past President
Deborah Osborn
Dan Williams
Vice President
Carolyn Waters

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