The board of directors is the governing body of the Blue Ridge Greyhound Adoption organization. Individuals who sit on the board are responsible for overseeing the organization's activities. Board members meet periodically to discuss and vote on the affairs of the organization. BRGA's board meets in person once per quarter and has monthly meetings via online conferencing.

Katie Thompson


“What is important is how much service you can give the world and how much you can get done and how much better you can make things."  L. Ron Hubbard

Fun Facts

  • Snorkled with manatee
  • Cage dived with a great white shark
  • Rode her pony into her childhood home


H (Horatio Kane), Ripley, Ivory

About Katie

Katie has had a lifelong love of animals. She is a Doctor of Chiropractic and a Nutritionist. She uses her tools even on her four legged loves which keeps them healthy and strong. When she’s not working she’s playing with her Greys and her cat Koko, reading, or listening to jazz. Her new passion is scuba diving.

Goals for BRGA

Get BRGA more broadly known and the good we are doing in the greyhound community.

Mike Ott

Vice President & Webmaster

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
— Albert Einstein

Fun Facts

  • The first greyhound I ever met? Adopted him. I miss you Abe.
  • I have a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
  • I'm a computer programmer.
  • I love bacon.


Abe (RIP), Lollipop, Midge, Vegas, Toby, Wylie, Bean, Gilbert (RIP), Juliet, and Arlene (and Ellie, Lucy and Lily!!)

Goals for BRGA

Continuing to find forever homes for these magnificent dogs, and also assisting other rescue groups in their efforts.

Kim Barnett


“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed”
— Booker T. Washington


  • Born and raised in Central PA
  • Studied abroad and lived in Sweden for several years
  • Loves cruising, especially in the Caribbean


Marcus, Roxie


Kim came to the DC area to do an internship in Grad school and never left. She had spent many years working as an Administrative Services/Facilities Manager.  She cruises for vacation and has enjoyed swimming with dolphins and snorkeling with Stingrays.  She met her first greyhound at a Meet & Greet in Manassas about 7 years ago and got hooked on the breed, adopting Roxie a few months later.   She is also involved with an organization that breeds, raises, and trains Great Danes as mobility service dogs.


Spread the word about this wonderful breed and help find loving homes for as many retired racers as possible

Christine Patenaude


“Dance like no one is watching,
Sing like no one is listening,
Love like you’ve never been hurt and
live like its heaven on earth”
— unknown



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Fun Facts

  • Born in Warwick, Rhode Island

  • Senior project manager for a D.C. construction company

  • Holds her late mother as her role model, a woman who “Never had a harsh word for anyone.”

  • Zumba enthusiast



About Christine

Jazz, Rodney, Gracie, and Solo.

When she’s not enjoying the “chaos of life,” Christine can be found vacationing in Belize, enjoying chocolates, or walking her greys around the park.

Goals for BRGA

Getting more people to fall in love with greyhounds and the community of the organization.

Julie Bryan

“Anything worth doing is worth doing well” -- Lester Hoel

Julie with Ivory

Julie with Ivory

Fun Facts

  •  Lived in Europe
  •  Used to be a “pug person”
  • Worked on a sheep farm



Katy Del Sol - a Hardee Hero Hound! Also have Appie (Labradoodle) and Veertje(maltese poodle).

About Julie

Julie was a veterinary Technician for 10 years, and loved working with wildlife at the Wildlife Center of VA while a student. She loves playing with her dogs, especially her labradoodle; taking him to the dog park and playing “chase” with the ball. She works full time as a Technical Writer so, her dogs are a fun outlet.

Goals for BRGA

Get more information out there to people who want to adopt a Grey. I want people to love the breed as much as I do.