Curt Carter President, Adoption Rep, Heal a Hound, Membership Liaison email@example.com
I am a former chef, restaurateur and salesperson with a BS in Marketing. I have a lifelong love of dogs (previously raising Akitas and Norwegian Elkhounds) and come from a family with an extensive background in non-profit volunteering and fundraising. My first exposure to Greyhounds was 6 years ago when I began dating Jeanine who had adopted Zoe, a sweet brindle GPA MN girl. Two years ago, we decided it was time to “chip” and adopted Elvis, a handsome and very social boy from the Florida tracks. With the addition of Elvis, I felt it was time to become more active with GPA MN. My first efforts were donating my Chef’s skills (shrimp boils and dinner parties) to Heal a Hound and Greyfest.
Over the past three years, I have been active in meet & greets, the Lost Hound Network (participating in several search efforts), and volunteered at events. I have been actively working with current board members in developing new fundraising ideas, and will use my background in this area to continue to raise money for GPA MN. I also look forward to using my marketing and promotion experience to benefit GPA MN’s quest to educate the public that retired racers make excellent pets.
Seth Craig Treasurer firstname.lastname@example.org
My wife Jes and I adopted our first Greyhound, Maya, in 2009. This wonderful addition to our house prompted us to adopt her litter mate Annie in 2010. We slowly got more involved in GPA MN by participating in meet and greets, the weekly walks around Lake Harriet (when it wasn't too cold), and other special events. After Annie crossed the Rainbow Bridge in 2014, we decided to give fostering a shot. We failed on our first attempt, and have a new addition named Louise.
My career is in finance, so when the previous treasurer announced their intention to move, the board members approached me with taking over the treasurer responsibilities. I am very excited to volunteer my efforts to this group, and love helping these wonderful dogs!
Lisa Heller Board Member
I’ve always loved animals my entire life. It just seemed natural for me and my husband Dave to bring Annie, our first greyhound,home in 1999.
We did Meet and Greets in West St. Paul for a couple of years, but Annie mostly hid behind the table, so we decided that wasn’t in her comfort zone and discontinued these. After Annie crossed the Rainbow Bridge in 2010, my heart was still with greyhounds and I thought it best to foster
for a little while. Much to everyone’s surprise, I did not fail on my first foster, but I failed spectacularly on my second with the beautiful and shy (Simply) Cindy. Cindy has shared her home and beds with many fosters ever since.
My day job in the hotel industry keeps me busy throughout the year. I look forward to working more closely with GPA MN and being a stronger voice on educating people why Greyhounds are the best companions to have in one’s life!
Michael Horrigan Secretary email@example.com
I first starting fostering in May of 2003, and I've fallen totally in love with the greyhound ever since. Over time I have become more and more involved with this organization by participating in local meet and greets and any Greyhound promotional events we attend.
In 2009 I decided to become more involved and ran for election to the GPA MN board. During my first year I helped organize the Lost Hound
Network which allows us to help quickly reach out to as many individuals as possible to help in the search for a hound that has become loose.
I have also held the public relations and media coordinator position, helping us to start advertising our core message to a larger audience.
We are so lucky to have such a great group of dedicated volunteers who are willing to devote time, energy, and resources to our group.
I am proud to be contributing along side these dedicated individuals.
Lori Rasmussen Vice President, Adoption Rep, Special Events and Volunteer Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
My husband Dan and I adopted our first greyhound, Vinny, right after our youngest child graduated from high school over 5 years ago. The kids kept us very busy with all of their activities, so we needed to fill the void as empty-nesters. Once we had a greyhound, the next logical step was
to get involved! We started by driving on a haul and fostering. Since I still had time to give, we adopted another dog, Tommy. I decided to run for the Board, since it was another way I could give back to GPA. I love planning and partying, so it was natural that I would become the Event Coordinator. I try to find new ways for us to gather together with our hounds (such as Dinner with Dogs and adding new events to our calendar).
Vinny has since passed on, and Sugar and Hailey are now part of our family and they keep Tommy on his toes. We have fostered over 30 hounds, and absolutely LOVE seeing the faces of the new adopters when they get their first greyhound. It is very rewarding.
Linda Schmitt Board Member email@example.com
I adopted my first greyhound, Piper, back in 2000 and several years later adopted a big, beautiful, brindle girl from Texas, named Bella. Both have since passed on, and I now have two big boys, Kaiden and Dante.
I have a I've been an active foster since 2007 and still believe fostering is the most rewarding experience. The boys and I also host the Highland Park Petco Meet & Greet. I look forward to my work on the Board and helping GPA MN in organizing the 5K9 fun run.
Shawn Yardley Board Member, Adoption Rep (Duluth)
My husband, Greg, and I adopted our first greyhound, Faye, shortly after we got married in 2011. It was less than a year when we adopted our second, Dan, who is the litter mate to Faye. In March 2013, we began hosting Meet & Greets in Duluth. I became an adoption rep and coordinated my first adoption September 2013. I was hooked! In July 2014, we adopted our third greyhound, Flynn and began fostering a couple months later.
I spend most of my free time sharing a couch with one of my three greys and sewing coats for newly retired racers that arrive in Minnesota. Because of GPA-MN, I have met the most incredible people and have three amazing furkids.
Duluth hosts regular Meet & Greets and we have been a part of Heritage Days in Two Harbors and big adoption events at Petco. Our Meet & Greets have grown from our own two greyhounds to an average of at least 5 or 6 every month! My goal has been to expand the organization to the northland and find loving homes for these incredible dogs. I am so excited to be even more involved with GPA-MN and to continue to show people how amazing greyhounds are!
Jen Aluni Vetting Liaison (co-role) firstname.lastname@example.org
Luana Ball Vetting Liaison (co-role), Haul Supplies Coordinator email@example.com
Jeni Bozic Social Media
Heather Everhart Grants
Isaac Everhart Art Direction, Design
Aimee Finley Hound Haul Coordinator
Barb Gates Schaben Adoption Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Erin Madsen Newsletter Coordinator email@example.com
Nancy Perlich Foster Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa Quast Website, Matching Coordinator email@example.com
Paula Ross Adoption Rep
Greg Yardley Adoption Rep (Duluth)
Emeritus Board Members 2009 - 2014