Meet the Staff
Grace Murphy, Director of Development
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Before APRA- I was Development Manager for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation; Georgia Chapter.
What I enjoy most about my job- Being able to see the difference we are making each day, and working with the amazing donors, volunteers and staff that make it all happen!
When I am not at APRA- I enjoy cooking and hosting dinner parties, watching football (Roll Tide!), trail running, and taking my dogs to the river.
My pets- My dogs, Dixie, Stella, and Barrett – an APRA alum.
Amanda Blair, Business Manager
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Before APRA- I was the Operations Manager for Guitar Center.
What I enjoy most about my job- Waking up every morning to do something that makes a difference in the lives of people and animals alike. The staff is more like family to me than co-workers.
When I am not at APRA- My husband and I are both musicians, so when we are not playing music or recording, we are at shows supporting our friends and the local music scene.
My pets- My little princess, Cleo, a brown Domestic Short Hair Tabby with leopard spots (she’s a daddy’s girl); my little buddy, Mutt, a black Domestic Short Hair with a pouty face (he’s a mommy’s boy); and our newest edition, Tele, a Husky Collie mix (she’s a rockstar and named after her Dad’s favorite guitar).
Laura Linneman, Shelter Operations Manager
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Before APRA- I was a vet assistant at Peachtree Hills Animal Hospital.
What I enjoy most about my job- The staff and volunteers. They are some of the most amazing, selfless people I have had the honor of working with. Everyone is there for the same reason and it makes the daily struggle of working with homeless pets easier to have a good support system. Getting to help families find their next family member is also incredibly rewarding.
When I am not at APRA- I’m watching college football and pulling for Auburn University. My husband and I enjoy sporting events and live music, especially The Slackers. We especially love just hanging out at home with our four legged kids.
My pets- Are the loves of our lives. We have an amazing group of rescue cats and dogs.
Dana Widmer, Volunteer/Outreach Coordinator
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Before APRA- I have been involved in animal welfare for many years working in veterinary clinics and shelters. Most recently I managed a Spay/Neuter clinic.
What I enjoy most about my job- Watching animals’ personalities blossom and finding the right homes for them to have a second chance!
When I am not at APRA- I like going to the movies, enjoy nature and spending time with my cats, and I’m a bit of a computer geek.
What I love most about animals- The way they are always forgiving and make you laugh. Shy animals are my favorite because once they trust you, there is nothing like that bond.
My pets- Uma, Zoe, Ozzy and Hogan – 4 very wonderful cats.
Shannon Goldsmith, RVT: Veterinary Technician
Before APRA- For the last 17 years, I was a veterinary technician at various small animal and emergency clinics which included 7 years at Zoo Atlanta.
What I enjoy most about my job- Working with different animals that come from various circumstances and then being placed into loving homes.
When I am not at APRA- I’m involved in reptile rescue work. I had an active reptile rescue for 15 years but recently had to scale back my efforts due to lack of funding.
My pets- Wednesday, my wonderful black Halloween cat; Buddy, a Corgi-Samoyed mix who is extremely intelligent; and the occasional reptile and arachnid (tarantulas).
Liz Winslow, Assistant Shelter Operations Manager
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Before APRA- I was working with a rescue in Auburn, AL.
What I enjoy most about my job- Helping these animals find their forever homes and live the happy, healthy lives they deserve. I also love seeing the support and enthusiasm of those around me, knowing there are others that care for animals the way I do.
When I am not at APRA- I’m spending time with my own furball!
My pets- I currently have a Poodle mix, Marlee, and hope to add more to our pack soon.