Born in Miami, Florida and raised in North Georgia, Janie currently remains the marketing director and revenue manager for Henderson Park Inn and Beach Walk Café in Destin, Florida after years of experience serving in various marketing and public relations roles for small businesses, agencies and nonprofits alike. With formal communications and revenue education from Piedmont College and Cornell, her versatile knowledge and skill allows her to accomplish just about anything she sets her mind to.
When she’s not crafting the perfect social media post, analyzing trends or setting room rates, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Josh, and her dog, Finn.
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!
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.
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.
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 she can frequently be seen with with her dog, Chloe, adopted from Dog-Harmony in 2017. As a Board Member of Dog-Harmony, Christie is focused on fundraising and market development, which is needed to expand and enhance Dog-Harmony’s humane education programs to keep dogs out of the overcrowded shelters in our community.