Finding Warm Homes for Cold Noses Since 1991!

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.


Debbie DuPont

  • Home Check Coordinator
  • Joined 9/2/2006
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Erik Andersen

  • Intake Coordinator (Owner Turn-Ins)
  • Joined 5/24/2015
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Marie Cole

  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Joined 8/30/2016

Marie has been a long time member of GRRA and has volunteered at the monthly Adoption Days for several years. In 2017, she chaired the fund raising committee to produce the 2018 GRRA calendar and note cards. Along with a talented team of volunteers, they produced a calendar with over 125 photographs of beautiful Goldens. The note cards have 36 different pictures of Golden Retrievers and are available for sale on the GRRA web site!

As an Adoption Consultant, Marie enjoys working with applicants who want to adopt. It is her pleasure to get to know these families on a one-on-one basis and see how that "furever" dog completes their family. 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. Marie was honored to be recognized as Volunteer of the Month in December, 2017.

As a native Atlantan, Marie currently lives in the City of Brookhaven on the north side of Atlanta with her husband and two dogs.


Nancy Baumann

  • Newsletter Editor
  • Joined 12/13/2016

Sherry Blanton

  • Voicemail Coordinator
  • Joined 12/7/2017

Stacey Swancey

  • Medical Liaison
  • Joined 9/27/2015
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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

Deborah Osborn
Director, Fundraising
Summer Keatley
Director, Intake
Amanda Dytor
Director, Marketing
Hal Schlenger
Director, Placement
Melinda Lahmers
Director, Rescue Operations
Lori Podolski
Director, Technology
Cory Deppen
Director, Volunteer Recruitment
Carolyn Waters
Dan Williams
Vice President
Robin Katoff-Levinson

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