Meet the Staff
Mica Hill – Executive Director
Email: Mica@atlantapetrescue.org Phone: (404)815-6680, ext. 212
Before APRA- I spent 36 years in the hotel industry managing independent luxury hotels and most recently worked for Forbes Travel Guide star rating hotels, restaurants and spas worldwide.
What I enjoy most about my job- The opportunity to finally do something truly meaningful in finding homes for these dogs and cats. I have been moved by the animals, motivated by the passionate and dedicated staff here and inspired by the volunteers who work so hard and always return week in and week out to help APRA thrive.
When I am not at APRA- I enjoy getting out with my wife of 30 years – hiking, biking, Pilates and traveling quarterly to our home in Carmel By-The-Sea California.
My pets- I adopted in January 2014 Scooter who is a Wheaten Terrier and terrier mix – and we are working to get him acclimated into his new life on the 36th floor of our apartment. He has some confidence challenges and each week we see him improving and gaining more and more confidence.
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 Program Coordinator
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (404)815-6680, ext. 209
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/Cat 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.