Meet Our Board of Directors

(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."
 

Rhonda Minardi
(Chairwoman/Executive Director)

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Blaze - Siberian Husky - 7 Years

Melissa Miller

(Co-Chairwoman)

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.

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Bunny
Rescued at one and half years

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Ginger
Rescued at six months

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Michael Beecher
Treasurer

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. 

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“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.”  

 

In addition to being a Board Member, Mike continues his volunteer work as the organization’s Treasurer.

Nancy Bewley 

Nancy recently retired from special education after 41 years of serving young children with special needs and their families. Her professional roles include speech and language therapist, early childhood educator, school principal, and most recently head of school of a non-profit special needs school in Houston.

Nancy and her husband Tom are avid animal lovers. Duchess and Ginger (both rescue dogs) were their beloved fur babies for 16 years. Nancy and Tom are firm believers in animal rights and humane care and support

various animal-related non-profits.

Nancy was born and raised in Indiana and relocated to Houston in 1993. She and her husband are now happy residents of Georgetown and proud to be part of the Living Grace Canine Ranch family.

She hopes her passion for compassionate canine care and her past administrative experience working within a non-profit organization will

value LGCR.

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Julie Davis

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

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Tammy

Jill Phinney

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.

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Sam

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 Stubblefield

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.

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Molly