Board Of Directors
Meet the Board Of Directors
Director/Treasurer/Bully Ball Committee/Adoption Committee
Ruthann is one of the founding members of GEBR established in January, 2009. In May, 2009 she took over the helm as director and with the help of Joseph Martin, Kelley Hollowell, Lauriel Leonard and Stephanie Gastinger grew GEBR into one of the most successful bulldog rescues in the country. Ruthann had never seen a bulldog in real life until 2006, when a friend purchased a bulldog puppy. To say she fell head over heels in love with the breed would be an understatement. From that point she became active with the BCA rescue in Georgia and fostered several severely ill dogs, translating 30 years of medical training into providing the best medical care possible with limited resources. Ruthann was foster mom and voice of Da Gangsta Lil’ SC Rap (Rest in Peace) and permanent foster mom to Sinatra. Ruthann is a Physician’s Assistant, mother of two and regularly shares her life with multiple dogs.
Board Member/Bully Ball Committee
Joseph Martin was highly active for many years at DFW Pug rescue in Texas before moving back to Georgia. He has a special heart for and loves the seniors! “Nobody wants to adopt the seniors. Everybody wants a puppy. The seniors have so much love to give and need someone with them when they cross the bridge.” Joseph met Ruthann in January of 2009 and they clicked immediately on their passion for Bullies. Soon after GEBR was formed and the rescue took in 24 Bullies that year. Joseph is currently owned by two English Bullies, Spike, a GEBR Alum, and Waffles. Joseph is also owned by a Pug, Taz, who is a DFWPR Alum. Joseph owns ANGELFIRE7 BBQ and enjoys meeting new people and new bullies.
President/Bully Ball Committee Chair/Events Committee
Lauriel has always had a passion for animals, drawing tiny horses on her homework when she was a child. To harness that passion as an adult, she has volunteered and worked with many animal welfare organizations since the mid 90’s. Never expecting to find the need for an English Bulldog rescue to be a great as it is, Lauriel continued her volunteering interests, and became a founding member of GEBR. A graduate of UGA, for the past 17 years she has co-owned and operated DEX Industries, a design and manufacturing company based in Atlanta. Lauriel and her husband Craig live in Vinings Georgia, and share their home with three pit bulls, Roxy, Addie Bobbles and Rosa Maria.
Operation Manager/Foster Coordinator/Volunteer Coordinator/Bully Ball Committee/Adoption Committee/Events Committee email@example.com
After meeting a bulldog name Zucchini at the park one day Stephanie fell in love with the breed. She acquired her first bulldog Chunk in June of 2008. In the fall of 2009 they attending a Meet Up where they met Ruthann, Joseph and Lauriel and decided to foster for GEBR. Within a few months she was given the title of Foster Coordinator and asked to join the Board. In 2011 she welcomed Meaty and Petie into her home all while fostering a dozen or so other bullies over the years. Stephanie grew up in PA but has been calling GA home since 1999. After spending 16 years working in human resources she is now the Operations Manager of GEBR.
Board Member/Bully Ball Committee/Events Committee
John is the proud daddy of his seven year old male bulldog, Churchill. While walking him as a mere pup, they haphazardly stumbled upon Lauriel in the streets of Atlanta and instantly became bff’s. Before he knew it , he was sitting at the 2nd Bully Ball, bidding and donating his heart out. An avid traveler and fundraiser, John spends a lot of time on email promoting GEBR and attending as many events as possible. In Atlanta since 1996, he and his partner Tony love rolling the little red wagon to Piedmont Park to watch their boy play. During business hours John works as the Vice President of Group Sales for the Americas division of Melia Hotels.
Board Member/Bully Ball Committee/Adoption Committee/Event Committee
Amanda was born and raised in Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania but lived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from 2000-2007 while attending the University of Pittsburgh for undergraduate and law school. Amanda adopted her first bulldog, Bogey, while in her first year of law school. Bogey was her first love and she quickly fell in love with the breed. Upon graduation from law school, Amanda and Bogey packed their bags and moved south to Augusta, Georgia. Amanda and Bogey met Bryan, her future husband and his future dad, and the three of them moved to Atlanta in 2010. Thanks to Bogey and their mutual love of bulldogs, Amanda and Bryan heard about Georgia English Bulldog Rescue and attended their first GEBR event in October of 2012. The rest, as they say, is history. Amanda, Bryan and Bogey adopted GEBR’s Zeus in 2014 and then GEBR’s Rae in 2015. When Bogey crossed the Rainbow Bridge unexpectedly in March of 2016 at the age of 12 it helped solidify Amanda’s dedication to the breed and to GEBR. Amanda, Bryan, Zeus and Rae all live in Atlanta and love having dance parties, playing in the backyard, road trips, naps and Georgia football.