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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)


Blaze - Siberian Husky - 7 Years


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.



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.

Jennifer Friday-Jones

Jennifer began her career in the banking and tech industry, gaining unparalleled experience in the culture and social responsibility space and establishing herself as a respected leader in engaging customers & employees via technology. 

She served as Employee Engagement Strategist at Dell Inc, Freescale Semiconductor and Sr. Manager for Culture at Q2. Currently working as a Co-Founder for SoshWallet Inc, Jennifer is widely known for her creativity, authenticity, and people expertise. While her career has taken her worldwide, Jennifer is proud to call Austin, Texas, home.



Passion for Community Charities

Outside of work, she recharges herself by volunteering her time to help smaller charities with their social media and fundraising strategies while moving all processes forward with the help of technology. She serves as an advisory board member of the nonpareil Institute of Austin which focuses on young adults with autism and an avid volunteer to SOS Cat Rescue where she created their website and automated all of their intake and forms.

At home, she and her husband, Bryan, are pet parents to Tucker (13 yr. old Australian Shepherd Mix), Tarantino (10 yr old Siamese), Bridget & Grace Jones (5 yr. old German Shorthaired Pointers “the twins”),  BoDerek (3 yr. old Turkish Angora Mix) & ChuckNorris (3 yr. old Flamepoint). Life is busy in the Jones’ house.

From large-scale event planning to donor-driven engagement, Jenn’s time, talents, and leadership skills are aimed at LGCR’s core mission of saving, serving, and valuing the lives of adoption-disadvantaged senior dogs.

Tucker 13 yrs
Tarantino 10 yrs
Bridget & Grace (twins) 5 yrs

BoDerek 3 yrs

Chuck Norris 3 yrs

Michael Beecher

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.”  


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

Cindy Barton

After 30 years of owning a construction and real estate business in the Carolinas, Cindy and her husband, Chris, felt the call to leave it all behind to work for Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian disaster relief organization. The Ministry was rebuilding homes in Texas for those impacted by the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in 2017.

After reading an article about Living Grace in her local community newsletter in the summer of 2021, Cindy immediately went online and signed up for the very next volunteer orientation. Cindy’s leadership is widely performed at the Bertram sanctuary; from cuddling and walking dogs to cleaning, organizing, maintenance, and other construction-related projects. Cindy is not afraid to get her hands dirty if it advances the mission of Living Grace and contributes to the residents’ life quality.


She and Chris are also Forever Fosters to Jacob, a Yorkshire Terrier, who was rehomed to Living Grace from a kill shelter in Dallas. Jacob bonded to Cindy almost immediately after coming to the Ranch and believes he is supposed to go everywhere with her. Cindy calls Jacob the “Unofficial Ambassador” for Living Grace because wherever they go, people stop to talk to Jacob, which is Cindy’s opportunity to tell them about the Ranch and recruit more volunteers and donors. Whenever you see Cindy, often, Jacob is certainly close by.

Yvette Plasencia

Yvette began her career as a Software Developer and certified Project Management Professional. Years of experience leading large projects developed invaluable critical thinking and leadership. Yvette’s professional career with Oracle focuses on customer satisfaction and success.

Yvette has a soft spot for all animals but considers herself a dog lover. She and her husband have rescued several dogs from shelters and bad situations. Despite thinking three was the family number, a little injured Heeler catapulted into their hearts.

Noticing a social media post that an injured dog was on the side of the road and not allowing people to help without biting, Yvette and her husband grabbed gloves and blankets and then rushed to the scene, intending to take the dog to an emergency vet. Within hours, Yvette set up a Go Fund Me page and raised money for veterinarian care. Today, Freya’s happy-ever-after story continues as a cherished Plasencia family member.

Yvette’s corporate leadership skills, combined with her passion and love for animals contribute to LGCR’s mission fulfillment of saving, serving, and valuing adoption-disadvantaged Texas senior dogs.

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     Freya                      Bulleit                   Diesel                                        Ares


Operational Leadership


Mette Lundsgaard, Resident Database Mgr./Medical

Mette is a 3M retiree and has called Texas home for 17 years.  She has volunteered at Jeremiah Program in east Austin since 2015 and joined the volunteer ranks at LGCR in December 2020, just before the opening. 


Mette and her BFF Minnie (13-year-old Border Collie/Lab) will manage the resident database on ShelterLuv.


Sandra Paice, Secretary

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The Girl's

Retiring after three decades as Administrative Assistant to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Director, Sandra pursues her life passions of health and canine welfare.


Sandra and Todd currently live in Killeen, where Sandra teaches Yoga, Trauma Sensitive Yoga, and Meditation and fosters dogs whenever needed.  Sandra had three boxer girls; Gidget, Gracie, and Zona (all rescues), but has lost all three in the past two years!  However, as an 8-year member of Dogs on Deployment, the Paice house has been a revolving door of dogs since moving to Killeen!!  Their corner lot house has become known as “Dog Central” in the neighborhood - if a dog is lost, check at the Paice’s!

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