Meet Our Board of Directors & Corporate Officers
(and their special companions). . .
By profession as a Licensed Massage Therapist for 30 years, Rhonda specializes in injury rehabilitation, neck, and back pain. Joy in her life comes from quiet moments of contemplation with the Lord, not-so-quiet moments with her grandchildren and loving her rescued Husky, Blaze, where six years ago, on a blustery winter day, Rhonda drove 665 miles to rescue Blaze from a kill animal shelter. Over the decades Rhonda has both fostered and adopted Huskies, Malamutes, Akitas, and Chows.
In terms of LGCR, she sums it up with..."Love, compassion, and purpose, only by God's grace have LGCR become possible. This is truly living grace."
Blaze - Siberian Husky - 7 Years
Melissa Miller is V.P. of Communications & Content at Alaffia. She previously led Sundial Brands/Unilever’s public relations for its portfolio of brands in the U.S. and international markets. Additionally, she has agency executive experience in CPG and corporate communications, as well as a film and television script development background. Melissa was an adjunct professor at Fordham University in the Communications Department and at School of Visual Arts in the Film & Television Department. Melissa and her husband, Ray, advocate for the welfare of animals and banning animal testing in the U.S. and abroad in countries still doing testing. Melissa has also led sponsorships and initiatives for animal shelters and organizations at posts she’s previously held.
Rescued at one and half years
Rescued at six months
Ashley Brooks, DVM
Dr. Ashley Brooks knew from a young age that she wanted to become a veterinarian. She first started working as a kennel assistant in high school, then a veterinary technician during college. She graduated with her Veterinary degree in 2011 and has since focused on Small Animal Medicine and has always had a big soft spot for senior dogs. Dr. Brooks and her husband, also a veterinarian, opened an animal hospital in Cedar Park in 2016 and work with many local rescue groups.
"There is something about Living Grace that touched me, having just lost my 13-year-old lab that had been by my side through every major event I can remember."
Touched by Living Grace Canine Ranch's mission and compassion for those at the heart of this rescue, she decided to be their onsite volunteer veterinarian. "My main goal is to make sure that these kids are living their best lives as comfortably as possible. If we can make whatever time they have left on this Earth as happy and pain-free as possible, well, that is something worth doing!".
Mason was 13 when he passed in 2021
Dr. Brooks lives with her husband, two beautiful children, two dogs, three cats, one horse, and a small herd of cattle.
Julie is a U.S. Navy retiree, LVN (CA) and recently retired from working in Cardiac Cath Lab and Interventional Radiology in the Central Texas area for 24 years. Her passion for canines started with her seeing a need for Therapy Dogs in hospitals and convalescent facilities.
Julie and her “main man” Moose were Therapy Dog and Handler Certified and even achieved Advance Therapy Certification through The Dog Alliance in Cedar Park for 9 years. Moose passed over the Rainbow Bridge in July.
Julie has been a supporter of the Hill Country ASPCA for many years. She is dedicated to both the physical and mental well being of canines and is enthusiastic to work with Living Grace Canine Rescue any way she can.
Moose was 13 when he passed
Senior Enrichment Director
Ally Johnson is an Austin native and long-time animal enthusiast. With over 18 years of professional experience, she has worked with animals in a variety of settings, including veterinary clinics, training facilities, boarding and daycare facilities and providing in-home pet care services. Committed to animal welfare in our communities, Ally also does volunteer wildlife rescue work. In 2010, she completed a degree in exotic animal training and management in Moorpark, CA, where she trained and worked hands-on with several species of exotic animals at the Moorpark Zoo.
The Johnson 'Welcome Home Party'
Ally is now completing a degree in environmental science with a concentration in natural resources and conservation. A lover of all animals, she has been the proud parent of many species throughout her life, but you will almost always see her surrounded by a pack of dogs.
Ally's mission at Living Grace Canine Ranch is to share her experience with others to help provide the best care possible to the wonderful fur babies that flourish physically and emotionally at the sanctuary.
Amanda has spent the past several years volunteering with canine rescue organizations, mainly coordinating approval or declination of perspective adopters and/or fosters. In this role, as well as her role within a local healthcare company, Amanda has demonstrated the ability to manage high volumes of data and communications in often difficult situations. She has a Master's Degree in Counseling and has had the pleasure of working along side many rescue animals to learn the ins and outs of canine-human interactions. Amanda's dedication to the welfare of elderly canines is at the forefront of her daily life, and she is very excited about the opportunity to engage her skill-set and passions to the betterment of LGCR.
King Bond - West Highland Terrier
Cancer Survivor, Colitis Warrior
A Minnesota native and has called Texas home for the last six years. She has a 30-year career working for state and local governments, managing and applying for grants. In July of 2019, she ended her government career and started her own business as a Grant Consultant, now assisting local cities and counties apply for Federal grants to help their communities mitigate against natural disasters.
Jill and her husband, Chuck, are parents to two rescues, Sam (Chi-weenie) and Tammy.
Jill's seat at the boardroom table will bring forth first-hand knowledge of grant funding cycles concerning strategic fundraising initiatives.
As the saying goes, two are better than one; her hubby Chuck will also be donating his time and experience in construction management with the continuous physical growth of LGCR.
Ginny is retired and explains she relates to the term "senior" regarding Living Grace Canine Ranch residents. Her previous experience includes 15 years as a sales representative for Hanes Hosiery (remember hose?) and 12 years involved in sales and marketing for the Starz/Encore channels based in Denver. Both positions involved a lot of travel and organizational skills. Ginny is excited to be working with LGCR to help with planning and organizing events.
Ginny's current furry companion is a foster from LGCR, Miss Molly. Molly is a Shih Tzu mix who has trained Ginny to take her for two walks a day, feed her by 5:00 p.m., rub her tummy, and other duties Molly deems necessary.
Ginny is also a member of the Travis County Master Gardeners and the Williamson County Area Beekeepers. Working with everyone at Living Grace Canine Ranch has added an exciting phase of volunteering to her life. Rescuing senior dogs is a service that goes above and beyond what she ever expected to do. The smiles on the old faces at LGCR say it all.
Corporate Officers & Directors
A retired CPA of thirty-four years in the Austin area, working primarily in federal taxation. Upon retirement, Mike moved to Georgetown with wife of 31 years (Lana). With the Beecher children now adults, Lana & Mike consider their family to include seniors Maggie & General.
“We believe that all dogs deserve a good home and unconditional love. Learning of LGCR, we felt called to serve as volunteers, affectionately known as Ranch Buddies.”