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, President
Snorkeled with manatee
Cage dived with great white sharks
Rode her pony into her childhood home
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.
Mary Roeser, VICE PRESIDENT
Worked as Music Director and Promotions Director for WIYY Radio/98 ROCK for nearly 20 years
Produced radio broadcasts from the Grammys in L.A. and the Winter Olympics in Albertville, France
Used to live in Berkeley Springs, WV and was a member of the City Council
Mary has been a real estate agent for the last 18 years and enjoys helping people achieve the American dream. Besides family, nothing gives Mary more joy than listening to music, particularly that of her favorite artist, Mike Oldfield.
kim Barnett, Treasurer
Born and raised in Central PA
Lived in Sweden for several years
Loves cruising, especially in the Caribbean
Kim came to the DC area to do an internship in Grad school and never left. She met her first greyhound at a Meet & Greet in Manassas over 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.
Becky Mueller, SECRETARY
Owned a purple Volvo nicknamed "Barney"
Grows tropical hibiscus and plumeria plants
Graduate of two Big 10 Universities: Wisconsin and Purdue
Becky works as a mechanical engineer, testing cars for crash safety ratings. She also volunteers with local schools to get kids interested in science and engineering. She trained her childhood golden retriever as a therapy dog and is looking forward to doing therapy work with her greyhounds.
Julie Bryan, Adoption Coordinator
Has lived in Europe
Formerly a "pug person"
Worked on a sheep farm
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.
Kevin Mueller, IT GUY
Born and raised in Wisconsin
Has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Nuclear Engineering
Met his wife, Becky, in calculus class
Kevin first became interested in greyhounds while watching a Simpson's episode where Homer and Bart adopt a greyhound named Santa's Little Helper. He loves running in the yard with his hound, growing hot peppers, and firing up his pellet grill to cook tasty meals.
JO TARRANT, BOARD MEMBER
Has never been without at least one dog in her life
Loves swimming; traveling with husband Matt; and having weekend family lunches out with Matt and son, Mike
Enjoys walking their two greyhounds on the miles of trails in Reston
Jo directs Market Intelligence activities for the American College of Radiology (association for the profession), and has loved living in Northern Virginia since 2007 with her husband, son, and two Greyhounds – Tasha and Oliver