Curt Carter President, Adoption Rep, Heal a Hound, Membership Liaison firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a former chef, restaurateur and salesperson with a BS in Marketing. I have a lifelong love of dogs, having raised Akitas and Norwegian Elkhounds in the past. My first exposure to Greyhounds was 5 years ago - 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 in GPA MN. I come from a family with an extensive background in non-profit volunteering and fundraising. My first efforts were donating auction items incorporating my Chef’s skills (shrimp boils and dinner parties) to Heal a Hound and Greyfest. Over the past two 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 email@example.com
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 close to 30 hounds, and absolutely LOVE seeing the faces of the new adopters when they get their first greyhound. It is very rewarding.
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.
Kate Friedrichs Treasurer email@example.com
My husband and I adopted Lotus (O Ya Glenda) from GPA in early 2012. She was a foster “failure”; as soon as we met her, we knew this was the home for her. Lotus loves playing with Syd (staghound) and antagonizing Roxy (dachshund/rat terrier).
We have actively volunteered with several local dog rescue groups over the years, but I was greatly moved by GPA’s mission and dedication to the welfare of these hounds.
My experience in my “day job” is finance/accounting, and I am currently employed in the corporate finance function for a large public company here in the Twin Cities. I am honored to utilize these skills volunteering for GPA, and to serve on the board as treasurer.
Heather Everhart External Relations firstname.lastname@example.org
My family adopted Stella (MN Monthly Pet Issue Cover Girl 12/2009) in the fall of 2008. I joined the board of GPA MN in January 2011.
I am the External Relations Coordinator, helping to manage our marketing, development, community partnerships, and social media.
Greyhounds aside, I am an artist, consulting arts administrator, and curatorial department assistant at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
Caprice Niccoli-Waller Assistant Haul/Foster Coordinator and Returns Coordinator email@example.com
I have been a contributing member of GPA since March 2010 when my family adopted Lilly, a 3.5 year-old racer and brood mama. Since that time we have regularly participated in meet & greets and GASSY walks and have volunteered at many promotional events. I began my term on the GPA Board in January 2013.
When not working for greyhounds, I’m a supervising instructor at the University of Minnesota. I am also an active PTA member at my son's elementary school, serving on fund-raising committees and providing on-going assistance with school-wide and classroom activities.
Linda Schmitt Board Member
Seth Tryninewski Fundraising Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Our family was first introduced to greyhounds and the great work of GPA MN when we adopted Kiowa in January 2010. It took some time, but the shy and aloof Kiowa grew into the ultimate social butterfly who loves cuddling and helping out with calf chores. Ollie Bean, and his stoic calmness, came along in September 2011 and has been catching the eyes of passerby's with his movie-star looks ever since. While originally from Pennsylvania, Minnesota has been home since moving here in 2005.
I live in St. Paul with my fiancé Matthew Ladwig. You will catch us (and the hounds) splitting our time between the Twin Cities and Mattie’s farm in Albert Lea. While Blake and Kiowa love their couches, these two equally love the farm with its cows, wildlife and pastures (fenced in, of course) to explore.
Luana Ball Vetting Liaison, Haul Supplies Coordinator
Jeni Bozic Social Media
Heather Everhart Grant Writing
Isaac Everhart Designer
Aimee Finley Hound Haul Coordinator
Barb Gates Schaben Adoption Coordinator email@example.com
Erin Madsen Newsletter Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Nancy Perlich Foster Coordinator email@example.com
Lisa Quast Matching Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Paula Ross Adoption Rep
Greg Yardley Adoption Rep (Duluth)
Shawn Yardley Adoption Rep (Duluth)
Emeritus Board Members 2009 - 2014