Samantha Graves works as an Office Administrator in DeFuniak Springs, Florida. She lives with her husband, daughter, two dogs and two horses – most of whom are rescues. Samantha has been rescuing animals her entire life, and time and time again she saw the harm caused to both humans and animals when poor matches was made quickly without training or ongoing support. The seemingly never ending numbers of pets in need also made her realize the critical need of spay/neuter programs in our area.
When she saw the mission of Dog-Harmony and talked to Nancy Bown about the goals of the organization, Samantha realized that this rescue was different - so it was a natural fit to volunteer her time to Dog-Harmony. As Executive Director, she provides a great deal of support through admin work, emailing constituents, grant writing, and much more.
Karen McCarthy has been a dog rescuer since she was a child. She would always bring home stray dogs only to have them sent to a shelter. With each animal she would vow when she was older she would help rescue dogs and own as many as she could. Dog- Harmony helps her live that dream. Not only does Dog-Harmony find homes for dogs, they help that family fit with that dog and make them a happy “furever" family.
Karen comes to Dog-Harmony with a background in banking and community service. She was a board member on the Destin Area Chamber of Commerce for 12 years, serving as the Chairman of the Board in 2009. Serving on many volunteer committees such as Chairman of the Destin Seafood Festival for over 7 years, Fisher House, Military Affairs and Honorary Commander program at Hurlburt Field. During her service to the community, she won Destin Area Chamber of Commerce, Chairman’s Volunteer of the Year, Seafood Festival Volunteer of the Year and Ann Gibson Community Service Awards. Presently she is a board member on the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce.
Currently she lives in Santa Rosa Beach with her 3 rescue dogs, Cooper, Gracie, Penny and her rescue cat, Allie Cat.
Renee Broxson is the Director of Tennis at Hidden Dunes Beach and Tennis Resort. Renee lives in Santa Rosa Beach with her two rescues Paige and Lulu. Renee's love of education has driven her to volunteering with Dog Harmony. Working with Dog-Harmony a small intake facility that bases it's mission on education was the key for Renee. Placing the right dog in the right home based on the needs of the human and the animal are a win win for society as a whole.
My name is Rosemarie Pickos and I live in Santa Rosa Beach with my husband and two children. We have lived in SRB for 24 amazing years where we own and operate a water ski training facility. Nancy and I have known each other for 20 years, and I am more than excited to help her organization thrive in Walton County. I adopted a Bully mix several years ago which was not a good fit for the dog or our family. There were no questions asked during the very quick adoption process, and no training advice. It was disastrous for all of us. I have learned so much through Nancy and the mission of Dog Harmony that I now realize how important it is to adopt a dog that is the right fit for both the dog and the adoptive family. Dog-Harmony does just that - harmoniously matches the dog with a family to build a bond through that will last a lifetime. I look forward to my next rescue that will make all of our hearts smile.
Sharon is a resident of Sandestin where she and her husband, Bill, and dog Bogey have lived since 2008. She is a dog lover and believes that the more the public understands about these furry friends, the fewer dogs we will find in shelters. As a volunteer at Dog-Harmony, Sharon is dedicated to raising funds to provide educational programs to the community on adopting and caring for a dog, bite prevention and the importance of micro chipping and spaying/neutering dogs. It is her hope that the more we know about these adorable animals, the greater the likelihood of creating long lasting adoptions from local shelters.
Sharon is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation and formerly on the Boards of the national Prevent Cancer Foundation, where she co-chaired the strategic planning committee and served on the finance and investment committee. She also served on the Board of the National Museum for Women in the Arts and chaired the Business and Professional Women’s Council, chaired the 2012 Spring Gala and served on the finance and investment committees.
Sharon’s professional life includes over 30 years as an investment strategist for various regional broker/dealers and as a bank regulator in Washington, D.C. The Starks have two children, three grandchildren and Bogey, their six-year old miniature schnauzer.
A graduate of the George Washington University, Sharon majored in Finance and is fluent in conversational Chinese.
Clare Bassett is a single mother of three grown children who moved to Florida from Michigan less than 10 years ago. Originally born in England, she has owned and taken care of many different animals from a hedgehog to a horse! When her children were in elementary school she started on a long career of volunteerism that culminated in a lifetime achievement award for volunteering from the Clarkston school district. She started and ran many educational and fun programs for children that are still in use today. Clare also served on the PTO board for a total of 10 years and multiple school district committees. That need to volunteer in areas close to her heart brought her to Dog-Harmony and she loves to help with all the different events.
Today she does many different jobs for a long list of clients, including one of her favorites which is pet sitting!