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.
Lori Rasmussen Vice President, Adoption Rep, Special Events and Volunteer Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Our greyhound addiction started about 10 years ago, when our youngest child graduated from high school. We needed a dog to keep us busy. We adopted Vinny. After a short time, we began to volunteer at events, driving on hauls, and fostering. I then decided to run for the Board of Directors. Once on the Board, I became an adoption representative, event coordinator, and vice-president. Much of my spare time is devoted to the dogs, in one capacity or another.
My husband Dan and I have fostered over 70 dogs. I love seeing them come from the track and into our home. They really learn so much! As an adoption representative, I get to see the faces of people once they adopt their new family members. It is very rewarding. Vinny has since passed on, as have our next two, Tommy and Sugar. We currently have Hailey and John Wayne to help us stay busy. They love helping at events and going places with us!
Jeni Bozic Treasurer email@example.com
I’ve been involved with GPA-MN through fostering or adopting for over 20 years and joined the board in 2016. I work as an accountant so it was a perfect fit to take on the role of treasurer for GPA. I currently own 2 greyhounds, Rose and Lincoln. Rose is a shy girl but her tiny stature and pretty coloring charm all those who she meets at Meet & Greet events. Lincoln takes his job as a greyhound ambassador seriously and is happy to come right up to you to give kisses and receive any attention.
I look forward to many more years involved with this organization that I love. Greyhounds are amazing companions and I’m happy to be part of a group like this one that spreads the love of these beautiful dogs.
Michael Horrigan Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Marlo Welshons Corresponding Secretary email@example.com
Our family (husband Jim Proefrock and daughters Edi and Eleanor) adopted Junior in November 2010, after years of cat ownership and greyhound fascination. He was our first dog of any kind and we couldn't believe how head-over-heels we fell for him and for the breed. Within the first year of having Junior in our lives, we decided to apply to adopt a second hound. Mabel came home in January 2012. Later that same year, we learned that Junior's brother Hambone needed a home, and we decided to try fostering-to-adopt. Since first adopting Junior, our love for our hounds inevitably led to a desire to help others adopt, and so we began fostering and hosting our monthly meet-and-greet in Hudson in 2015. My joining the board in February 2016 was one more way we choose to support GPA. After four years of being a three-dog family, we lost Junior to osteosarcoma in January 2017.
Kurt Peper Board Member, Adoption Rep
We went on a vacation every year when I was growing up. This instilled a lifelong love of traveling. I have worked in the airline industry for the past 13 years which has definitely helped me see new places. I have been to 45 states, three other countries and a US territory.
My wife and I moved to Minnesota in the summer of 2013. We both knew that we wanted a dog but we were not sure what kind we wanted. We were first introduced to greyhounds at the state fair that year. Shortly thereafter we adopted Gracie. We quickly fell in love with the breed and knew we wanted to be more involved in the organization. We started fostering and much to the surprise of many people we managed to not be foster failures with any of our foster greyhounds. The next step up for me was to be an adoption representative. It is such a rewarding feeling when you see the new families getting their new greyhound. Our family has gotten bigger and Gracie loves her little human sister.
Linda Raines Board Member
I've loved dogs since I was a child, and grew up with German Shepherds and GSD mixes. After I got married, I got into Basenjis and started showing them. When we moved to Alabama, we adopted our first greyhound, Madeleine, from the track in Mobile. She stole our hearts, and was with us for many years until we sadly lost her to osteo. We now have a beautiful black boy, Madden, and will always have a greyhound in our lives. Dogs have always been a hugely important part of my life, and being able to be part of such a great organization like GPA-MN has enabled me to help with placing these amazing dogs into loving forever homes with people who appreciate what wonderfully unique creatures they are. Meeting so many people, working with the dogs that I love, and knowing that my efforts help to bring them to the homes that will cherish them means the world to me.
My career background was formerly in banking, and I now work in the publishing field at a local magazine. I hope that my contacts and ties in that field help me in my efforts to bring greyhounds to the attention of even more people who may have never considered adopting a 45-mph couch potato of their own.
Mat Waddell Board Member
I am a current brewer and brewery owner with a bachelors and masters degree in mechanical engineering. Running my own business has afforded me extra time to dedicate towards my love of greyhounds. You might see a greyhound or two if you stop by the brewery.
My introduction to greyhounds started a few years back with a sweet brindle boy named Ed with tons of separation anxiety. I took him everywhere I went. I tragically lost him a year ago which catapulted me into the GPA community due to all the help and support they gave. I now have a brindle girl Cami and a tuxedo boy Wifi and continue to help foster greyhounds or watch friends hounds. It's not out of the ordinary to see five or more greyhounds at my house. I enjoy helping out at meet and greets, finding fun new ways to bring awareness to greyhound adoption, and being a greyt advocate for greyhound by toting my hounds everywhere.
Shawn Yardley Board Member, Foster Coordinator, 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
Isaac Everhart Design
Aimee Finley Hound Haul Coordinator
Barb Gates Schaben Adoption Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Tracy Keeling Meet and Greet Coordinator
Shawn Yardley Co-Foster Coordinator email@example.com
Nancy Perlich Co-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