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JANIE SCHMIDT

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

Born in Miami, Florida and raised in North Georgia, Janie currently serves as a revenue manager for St. Joe Hospitality after years of experience serving in various marketing and public relations roles for hotels, small businesses, agencies and nonprofits alike. With formal communications and hospitality education from Piedmont College and Florida State University, her versatile knowledge and skill allows her to accomplish just about anything she sets her mind to.

When she’s not setting room rates or analyzing trends, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Josh, and her dog, Finn.

Clare Bassett

CLARE BASSETT

BOARD MEMBER

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!

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HILLAREE DURSO

BOARD MEMBER
Hillaree is a content extraordinare. She focuses on creative content campaigns that are driven by strategy, insights, content production, copywriting and reaching new audiences. Having a strong background in public relations make Hillaree a key communicator – both between client and creative team and between client and audience.
Before being the first employee to join the Frances Roy team, Hillaree graduated from the University of West Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts, majoring in Public Relations with a minor in Marketing. When she is not in her role as Content Director, Hillaree is a full-time dog mom to a three year old Siberian Husky named Shasta.
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SUZY NICHOLSON HUNT

BOARD MEMBER

Suzy Nicholson Hunt grew up as an Air Force “brat” living in several different states, from North Dakota to Oklahoma, as well as in London, England.   After moving to Fort Walton Beach in 1975, her father retired at Hurlburt Field Air Force Base, and the Emerald Coast became her home.  She attended local schools, graduated from Fort Walton Beach High School and Northwest Florida State College.

Suzy spent 13 years as the General Sales Manager and an on-air personality for a local radio station cluster where she received numerous accolades for outstanding achievements in Broadcast Media, as well as dedicating many long hours developing lifelong local business relationships.  These relationships continued to grow during her 4.5-year tenure as the Events Director with the Destin Chamber of Commerce.  Hunt is also a graduate of Destin Forward and Leadership Okaloosa.

Suzy is currently the Corporate Retail Manager for the BOTE Flagship Retail Division, while also managing the company’s local community outreach and relations.

Hunt, a breast cancer survivor, is the founder of the Suzy Fund, a fund that provides no-cost mammograms to the underserved women of Okaloosa and Walton counties in cooperation with Sacred Heart Hospital of the Emerald Coast.  She has been involved in many local charities, including a current member of the Elks Lodge of Fort Walton Beach.

Suzy lives in Destin with her husband Rich and their two cats. Being a native of the area, she enjoys time on the water and on the beach, in the fall, she can be found cheering for her favorite NFL team, the Cleveland Browns.

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CHRISTIE SOLOMON

BOARD TREASURER AND SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER

Christie Solomon, Owner & Principal of Elevate Next, LLC, has her MBA in International Business from Thunderbird School of Global Management with more than 10 years of corporate experience in the US and abroad. In 2019, Christie formed Elevate Next, which provides organizations with customized consulting solutions to Elevate them to their Next level of profitability, performance and effectiveness. Christie’s philanthropic focus is on animal rescue and education, and she can frequently be seen with with her dog, Chloe, adopted from Dog-Harmony in 2017.

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ANDREW FARMER

BOARD MEMBER

Andrew Farmer is a realtor that recently joined Live30A Real Estate, whose tagline is “real estate with greater purpose,” in South Walton County, Florida.

A longtime resident and real estate agent in the well-known County Highway 30A beach community, Andrew works with families, investors, and developers interested in the most coveted neighborhoods along 30A. Andrew leverages his creativity, passion for marketing, and years of experience in real estate and the vacation rental industry to go the extra mile for each of his clients.

When Andrew isn’t selling homes, he is spending time with his 10-year-old son, Hudson, and their dog, Vivian.

Ken Kraft

KEN KRAFT

BOARD MEMBER

Ken was born in Wilmington, Delaware and has spent most of the past 28 years here on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Always having a hand in sales he has worked in everything from art, ladies shoes, clothing, and luggage. After a detour dabbling in lifeguarding-firefighting-EMT work, he has spent almost 17 years in the jewelry industry. The last 15 years he has worked for McCaskill and Company in Miramar Beach in sales and merchandising. After McCaskill and Company donated a timepiece for a Dog-Harmony event, Ken realized it was time to both adopt and volunteer. His girl’s Paisley and Lola are both chihuahua rescues, with Lola coming from Dog-Harmony. When not at work or with the dogs, you can find Ken at the gym, yoga, the beach, practicing martial arts, skiing, mud-running, cooking, watching movies or out enjoying live music.

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SAMANTHA GRAVES

BOARD MEMBER

Samantha Graves has been involved with Dog-Harmony since its inception.  She has over thirty years of experience in corporate Human Resources, Payroll, Business Administration and Systems Management on the West Coast and locally.  Her lifelong love of animals (of all types) led her into the rescue field more than a decade ago, and since then she has worked in shelter management, adoptions, animal care, and fostering.  She lives and works in north Walton county with her husband, one human daughter, and three canine family members – Guenivere, Virgil, and Finley.  Samantha believes strongly in Dog-Harmony’s focus on programs and education to improve relationships between dogs and humans, and she is honored to serve on the Board to help support that mission.