Finding Warm Homes for Cold Noses Since 1991!

Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta

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Adele Pauley

  • Newsletter Editor
  • Joined 5/20/2019

Our family recently adopted Lily. I am an instructional designer and technical writer for work. Our family is active in our church and community. We live in Decatur. I am looking forward to working on the newsletter and providing other types of writing and IT help.

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Amanda Dytor

  • Intake Coordinator (Owner Turn-Ins)
  • Joined 11/15/2017
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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 grra.com. 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.

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Debbie DuPont

  • Home Check Manager
  • Joined 9/2/2006

I've had goldens just about my entire adult life. Shortly after adopting Joey in 2006, Ray and I started volunteering with GRRA. We started with fostering, and then after adopting Bart, thought that two dogs were really our limit (we're also cat people so we've always had a couple of cats). At that time I started as an adoption consultant and we both did home checks. Shortly thereafter, I took over the home check coordinator role. GRRA is a wonderful family that cares about their dogs and each other. When I lost Ray in 2011, GRRA folks supported me so much that my out of state family still makes comments on it! We're spread out all over Atlanta, but when we see one another, you'd think we were in the same neighborhood. Currently my family is with BJ, Autumn (in the pic with me) and my felines Kaiser & Kokomo.

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Donna Leach

  • Adoption Consultant Manager
  • Joined 11/9/2013
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Donna Lachance

  • Foster Home Coordinator
  • Joined 11/20/2018
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Jeanne Flaim

  • Canine Training & Behavior Manager
  • Joined 9/11/2018

Jeanne brought 7+ years of rescue experience with her to GRRA. Her passion is working with dogs labeled with behavior issues to make them adoptable. While most rescue dogs have been abused, neglected or abandoned, Jeanne will be the first to tell you the majority of problems are created because the dog is misunderstood by their people. For that reason, educating dog owners is a priority. She has established a library of positive method advice articles on a full array of topics. Check it out at www.grra.com , click on Help, then Dog Training.

Jeanne has created and initiated GRRA's first training and behavior program, built a team of experienced training advisors, a dog walking team for dogs in boarding as well as managing GRRA dogs and their needs while in boarding.

"Golden Fever" took hold 37 years ago when Jeanne's husband, Steve, gave her a Golden puppy for her birthday. They have raised 2 human children, Grayson and Taylor, as well as a total of 5 Goldens. The current pups, Sammi and Royce, are very suspicious of mom coming home smelling like any number of dogs, but they are very supportive of the cause!

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Karen Holden

  • Volunteer Manager
  • Joined 7/12/2019

I joined GRRA as a volunteer in the summer of 2019. Our family brought a beautiful Golden boy named Boscoe into our home when my daughters were babies. He was a gentle soul and we fell in love with the breed. We now have another Golden named Stella and a lab named Maisie. I work as an office administrator in Marietta. I am also passionate about tennis, gardening and travel.

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Ken Winfield

  • Triever Taxi Coordinator
  • Joined 12/23/2013

Retriever Taxi Coordinator -- Paws on the Path Coordinator

Ken started with GRRA in 2010 when he and wife Nancy adopted Molly as a companion for their golden Jackson. Ken was so impressed with his Adoption Consultant, Victoria and Molly's foster, Shawna that he filled out the volunteer form and was "all in". Since then they have been foster failures with Rico, Buttercup, Max, The Boz, Daisy and Duncan. Over the years Ken has been involved as an Adoption Day Escort, Foster, Intake person and currently is the coordinator for the two most fun jobs in the GRRA organization: Retriever Taxi and Paws on the Path. Retriever Taxi has about 40 volunteers that taxi our goldens around metro Atlanta: to fosters, form fosters, to vets, from vets. to trainers or wherever they need to go . Paws on the Path, which has grown to 450 members holds monthly hikes and swims for our GRRA humans and dogs all over metro Atlanta. A fun time each month with friends ( old and new ) while having quality time with our furry goldens.

Ken and Nancy live in Roswell with goldens Daisy and Duncan. Their two sons, Brett and Todd live and work in San Diego. Ken is President of Fleetwood Cleaning Services of GA and Nancy is a first grade teacher and reading specialist at Woodward Academy.

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Kristin Allpere

  • Foster Home Manager
  • Joined 2/1/2019

My family and I have been involved in Golden Rescue since 2015. We love our Golden, Zoe, and feel privileged to be able to help GRRA rescues find the perfect foster homes on their path to finding their forever family.

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Lana Kollross

  • Intake Coordinator (Shelters)Voicemail CoordinatorSecretary
  • Joined 11/7/2018

Lana recently joined GRRA but is not at all new to rescue. She had been very involved in two other rescues over the years and brought experience with Intake, Fostering, Foster Coordinator, Social Media, and Home Checks to GRRA. "I have been involved in rescue for many years and there isn't anything other than family that I am this passionate about. I am honored to be involved in helping save Goldens!"

In 2019 she joined the Board of Directors as Secretary. She will continue her other GRRA roles as Intake Shelter Coordinator, Foster, Home Checks, Voicemail Coordinator, and Medical Team data entry.

Originally from Wisconsin, Lana and her husband, Steve, escaped the cold and came to Hotlanta in 1986 and raised their 2 boys (Tom, 29 and Max, 26) in East Cobb. Lana works part time doing administrative work in a medical office. Their 11 year old Golden, Buster, provides continuous joy in their lives.

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Linda Urheim

  • Medical Liaison
  • Joined 9/16/2018

I am retired and have always been a lover of dogs; I now make it my sole endeavor. I Retired after 37-Plus years of commuting into Atlanta for a "paying job". Now I stay at home with my 2 rescued Golden Retrievers and help on the GRRA Medical Team, where I LOVE what we can do for all of our orphans.

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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.

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Susie Schaffer

  • Foster Home Coordinator
  • Joined 12/16/2013

joined GRRA in 2013. Volunteered for Gold Ribbon Rescue in Austin Texas for 11 years before moving to Georgia. Goldens are a passion for me.

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Tina Cuendet

  • Intake Coordinator (Owner Turn-Ins)
  • Joined 8/18/2018

I joined GRRA in 2018, after moving to Georgia from Arizona. In Arizona, I volunteered with an animal rescue organization in the areas of adoption counseling and fostering. It’s a pleasure to volunteer with GRRA on the Intake Team and work with people who are passionate about rescue.

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Wanda Prater

  • Dog Consultant Manager
  • Joined 10/4/2018
GRRA
Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta
P.O. Box 7743
Atlanta, GA 30357
U.S.A.
 678-310-4772

Board Of Directors

President
Lori Podolski
Director, Fundraising
Carolyn Waters
Director, Intake
TBD
Director, Marketing
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Director, Placement
Christine Deppen
Director, Rescue Operations
Amy DeCesare
Director, Technology
Cory Deppen
Director, Volunteer Recruitment
Marie Cole
Past President
Deborah Osborn
Secretary
Lana Kollross
Treasurer
Dan Williams
Vice President
Carolyn Waters

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