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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Steve Barber, Editor of VIP Destin and VIP Pensacola magazines, has a passion for his community, local charities and public relations. He has over 30 years of experience in public relations, branding, marketing, social media, styling, advertising, sales promotions and events.
He relocated to Destin, Florida, and founded the award-winning Steve Barber Public Relations in 2003, then Barber and Gall Promotions in 2014. He’s worked with clients such as Veranda Magazine, Fresh Home Magazine, Coastal Lifestyle Magazine, Dumbee Gourmet Foods, Destin Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, Today’s Boutique, Colleen Duffley Productions and the Georgia Lung Association.
He’s also been a board member of the Florida Public Relations Association, American Advertising Federation of the Emerald Coast, Sinfonia Gulf Coast, Communication Council of Southwest Georgia, Children’s Home Society of Florida, Albany Symphony and Girls Inc.
Steve has a 9-year-old rescued dachshund named Hansel.