Meet The Board

Samantha Graves, Executive Director

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.

Cheryl Hodges, Board Member/ Marketing & PR Coordinator

Cheryl Hodges lives in Santa Rosa Beach, FL with her husband and her two fur-kids, Auggie & Begonia. She has worked in marketing and business development within the banking world for over 12 years but her true passion in life is helping dogs in need. Having two rescues of her own she knows the importance of supporting local animal rescues and shelters. She met Nancy about a year ago and fell in love with Dog-Harmony’s mission to create lifelong adoptions by providing support, training and education for the dog and the family. Using her background in marketing and public relations she feels she is fulfilling her purpose and loves being a part of the Dog-Harmony family!

Karen McCarthy, Board Member / Volunteer Coordinator

Bio coming soon!

Renee Broxson, Board Member

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.

Rosemarie Pickos, Treasurer

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 Stark, Fundraising Coordinator

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.