Our Board of Directors
Term: 10/01/2017 - 09/30/2019
Amber Bement has been involved with UMGDR since 2014, when she adopted her first Dane. Since then, she has worked in nearly every area of the rescue and currently acts as the Vetting Coordinator in addition to her duties as President. She lives in Forest Lake, MN, with 3 Great Danes, 1 Golden Retriever, and 3 cats.
Term: 01/01/2017 - 07/31/2019
Connie joined UMGDR in January of 2015 as the Treasurer and brings 20+ years of nonprofit experience to the rescue. Connie is a lifelong animal lover, owner of large dogs, and supporter of the Animal Humane Society, from where the majority of her family was rescued. She lives in St. Paul with her husband, a Great Dane and a Great Dane-mix, and 3 cats.
term: 02/01/2019 - 01/31/2021
Devon has been volunteering with UMGDR since 2014 doing fostering, transports, home visits and events. In the last 5 years Devon and her daughter have foster 21 dogs through UMGDR and other organizations. It has been very rewarding and a true pleasure helping these dogs on their way to their forever homes. Devon works for Professional Services Bureau, contracted by Mayo Clinic, as a Patient Account Representative. Born and raised in a small farming community she presently lives in Forest Lake, MN with her daughter, Amber and their two dogs Myla and Walter.
director of foster Homes
term: 02/01/2019 - 01/31/2021
Kelly (pictured on the right) started volunteering with UMGDR in December 2016 doing home visits, transports, and most recently volunteering as Foster Home Coordinator since June 2017. Kelly has 10 years of banking and credit union experience where he currently manages a branch of Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union. Born and raised in MN, Kelly currently lives in St. Paul with his husband, Joey, and their two Great Dane-Mastiff mixes, Harlo & Merle.
Director of Home Visits, Adoptions and transports
Term: 04/01/2017 - 03/31/2019
Kathy has been a volunteer since 2014. She began doing transports and home visits, then moved to Home Visit Coordinator and Lead Transport Coordinator before becoming Director of Home Visits and Adoptions. Kathy is a life-long animal lover. She has had Danes most of her life – all rescues except two. After living in Iowa the majority of her life, she and her wife, Wendy, moved to Woodland Park, CO in August of 2016, along with four cats, two Danes and one Pomeranian.
director of marketing and communications
term: 03/01/2018 - 02/28/2020
Mary has over 25 years of marketing experience and has spent most of her career at Wells Fargo leading the team that develops marketing campaigns for bank branches nationwide. Born and raised in MN, she lives in Edina with her husband, 14-year-old daughter, and a rescue dog and cat. Her family loves the idea of finding forever homes for animals that need them, since they know first hand what a wonderful experience it can be.
Director of Fundraising
Term: 06/01/2018 - 05/31/2020
Brittian has been with UMGDR since its beginning in 2008 and has also worked extensively with other rescues such as MARS and Save A Bull. An experienced foster and transport volunteer, Brittian is excited to turn her attention to UMGDR's fundraising and event planning needs. Her pack consists of her and her wife, Stacy, three children, three Danes and a pitbull.
Director of Intake
Term: 02/01/2019 - 01/31/2021
Joey began volunteering with UMGDR in the spring of 2017. Since then he and Kelly have been involved with many events, home visits, transportation, and home visit coordination. Joey works as a Customer Adoption Training Specialist with Infinite Campus specializing in K-12 school district software implementations. Joey grew up on a hobby farm with almost every farm animal you can imagine. Joey lives in Saint Paul with his husband Kelly and their two Danes, Harlo and Merle.