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
Rescued at one and half years
Rescued at six months
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.
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
Since joining John Paul Pet over 11 years ago, Gina has infused the company with her compassion, care, and drive to not only help animals in distress but to help other organizations that share common goals strengthen and grow. Charged with overseeing product line expansions, Gina has developed programs engaging with Natural, Grocery and Veterinarian markets. She built relationships and worked with major retailers like Target, CVS, Walgreens, AAFES, Petsmart and Petco all by creating appealing marketing programs that always at their core help the pet community in important and novel ways.
Gina and Her Gang
Jean Jarrett is no stranger to animal welfare charitable organizations. Comfortable in the saddle of operations and executive leadership, Jean led tri-state equine rescue efforts. Notably, under her reins of leading to over three hundred feral pony adoptions, resulting from the largest equine seizure in U.S. history.
Today, Jean and husband David own/operate three businesses, resides on an Austin cattle ranch with their family posse of four rescue dogs, a spoiled ranch cat, and five ‘guard’ chickens.
A lifetime of charitable giving to animals of high need, combined with nonprofit volunteer leadership experience, is Jean’s gift to fulfilling Living Grace Canine Ranch’s mission of saving, serving, and valuing the life of Texas seniors.
King Bond - West Highland Terrier
Cancer Survivor, Colitis Warrior
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.
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.”
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.