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Board Members

Marie Cole


Marie has been a member of GRRA since 2004. She joined the organization after rescuing her first Golden Retriever. Prior to being elected as President for the years 2021 and 2022, she was the Director of Volunteer Recruitment for two years.

Allison Ehrle-Meyer

Vice President

Allison’s passion for Golden Retrievers started early in her life with having her first Golden when she was in her 20s and has had a Golden Retriever ever since.

Lori Podolski


Lori started volunteering with GRRA in 2014 as an Adoption Consultant and subsequently become involved in many areas of the rescue. In 2017, she served on the board as Director of Dog Ops for two years and in 2019, she served as President for another two.

Susan Swartz


Susan joined GRRA after moving from the northeast in 2006, where she was a volunteer with DVGRR. She started doing home checks and fostering.

Taylor Lee

Director for Placement

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.

Amanda Chernenko

Director, Canine Health and Wellness

In 2021 Amanda joined GRRA as a foster, then joined the medical team and eventually became manager and now Director for Medical.  She has dedicated countless hours each week to ensure dogs get the medical care needed.

Amanda (Mandy) Dytor

Director, Intake

Mandy joined GRRA as a volunteer in 2014 when she relocated to the United States from England and has participated in many volunteer roles.

Kim Kaiser

Director, Meet & Greet

Kim began her love for goldens when she received her beloved Rebel as a Christmas gift in 2001. She began volunteering with GRRA in 2005 and over the past 18-year span, Kim has filled virtually every volunteer role.

Linda Urheim

Director, FTA Program and Technology

Linda’s professional career was with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), in numerous positions, but the last 20 years were as a Research Intelligence Analyst. As such, she was able to do both training and research, as well as take part in several Major cases by using many different databases and methods of intelligence gathering. Extensive travel and working with different agencies made my 37-year FBI career most rewarding.

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