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- We enjoyed our full breed Boxer for 13 years named Joe Boxer. We 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 my two time APRA foster failures, Barrett and Macy.
Amanda Blair, Manager, Business Administration and Cat Program Coordinator
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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 sweet gentle Tele, a Husky Keeshond mix (she’s a rockstar and named after her Dad’s favorite guitar).
Laura Linneman, Vet Assistant/Behavior Program Supervisor
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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.
Shannon Kaukeinen, RVT, CAT: Veterinary Technician/Manager of Veterinary Services
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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. I feel like I make a difference working with APRA.
When I am not at APRA-My husband Andy and I welcomed our beautiful son Alexzander Sydney Kaukeinen on 7/27/2014. I’m also involved in reptile rescue. I had an active reptile rescue for 15 years but had to scale back my efforts due to lack of funding.
My pets- Bean, my long-haired Chihuahua (APRA alumni), Brutus, my American Bulldog (APRA alumni), Benny, my Shar-pei mix, Baby Grumbles the parrot, and many reptiles!
Simon Robson – Shelter Operations Manager
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Before APRA- I worked in process management for a the food industry
What I enjoy most about my job- Watching fearful and shy animals blossom into happy tail wagging family members.
When I am not at APRA- I spend most of my time exploring the country I now call home. And getting beaten up on a karate mat!!
My pets- A 5ft robot named R2D2, who walks around my house beeping a lot. He’s not a lap robot, but he is house trained.
Susan Russell – Volunteer Coordinator
Email: Susan@atlantapetrescue.org Phone: (404)815-6680
Before APRA- I’ve had a wide range of work experience, from training horses to teaching children, managing construction projects to coordinating volunteers. All of it has helped me be the best I can be here at APRA.
What I enjoy most about my job- Being able to do so many different things throughout the day – taking pictures, spending time with the animals, and meeting prospective adopters – and working with such great people! I enjoy having the opportunity to put the animals’ best attributes on the website and encouraging people to find new forever friends.
When I am not at APRA- I enjoy taking my own rescue pup for walks along the Beltline, discovering new things around the city, and just living life!
My pets- I have a 12 year old Paint Horse I raised from birth and a 40-lb golden mix.