Board of Directors 


Rick Glueckert

President - joined 2015

Rick Glueckert is a retired senior executive, event planner and entrepreneur with experience in Healthcare, as well as a diversified background in corporate management, budget controls, and government regulation at the state and local levels. 


The last twenty years of working life concentrated on building a network of ice-skating rinks worldwide for seasonal family recreation.  He moved from the Atlanta, GA area to the northwest corner of Georgia in Blue Ridge, Ga in 2014 where he resides with his wife of 50 years, Cindy.   


He joined the Humane Society of Blue Ridge as President in 2016. During his tenure, he oversaw the building of the Adoption Center, the development of the Community Off-Leash Dog Park, the emergence of the Memorial Gardens, and the expansion of the Thrift Store.  


Rick and his wife are avid volunteers with service to the Humane Society of Blue Ridge, the Lake Blue Ridge Civic Association, and the Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association.


Suzanne Ponton

Vice President & Interim Treasurer - joined 2017

Suzanne is originally from Ohio, but first came to Blue Ridge over the New Year’s weekend of 2006 and promptly fell in love with the North Georgia Mountains.  She went from enjoying a part-time cabin in Mineral Bluff to living permanently in a home on Lake Blue Ridge for the past six years.

Suzanne is the former owner/manager of North Georgia Storage and is currently active in community volunteering.  Her love for animals has been a lifelong passion and she cherishes sharing her home with two furry family members, Hobson and Duncan.  


In addition to the Humane Society of Blue Ridge, she also serves on the board of the Lake Blue Ridge Civic Association and is a Fannin Chamber Ambassador.


Cecilia Acevedo

Secretary- joined 2017

Cecilia Acevedo joined the Humane Society of Blue Ridge in 2017 as a Board member and is now the Secretary.  She and her husband Ron Sullivan relocated from Fort Lauderdale, FL where they lived for over 20 years to retire to the mountains of Georgia.  


Cecilia who likes to be called “Ceci” has a professional background in the area of Human Resources with extensive experience in all aspects from designing to administering benefit and compensation programs for large organizations such as Florida Power & Light, Burger King, and Republic Services Inc.  


Cecilia is bilingual as she speaks, writes, and reads in Spanish.  She is actively involved in our community along with volunteering she is also working at the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association as a Festival and Community Development Coordinator where she along with her teammates manages the Spring and Fall Arts in the Park festival held in downtown Blue Ridge.


She and her husband are avid hikers, enjoy gardening, and have rescued many pets who have become part of the family.


Diane Basco

Director & Grant Writer - joined 2020

Diane spent 25+ years in strategic sales and sales leadership roles advising the Fortune 500 companies on how to leverage technology to solve complex business issues and deliver results that make a difference.  Her specialties were revenue growth, cost reduction, public speaking, leading complex matrix organizations, and strategic planning.  In addition, she also owned and operated a private Montessori school for 13 of those years.  


She has a Business Administration undergrad degree and an MBA (both from Kennesaw State University).  She retired in 2016 and she and her husband moved up to Blue Ridge, GA to live.  They have twin adult daughters and 3 dogs and 1 cat.


Initially, she became involved with the Humane Society of Blue Ridge doing volunteer work on their fundraising events.  She was asked if she would consider doing contract work to write grants for them and started doing that mid-2019.  Recently, she received her certificate for the Certified Professional Fundraising Executive from Boston University. 


Tracy Allen

Director & Thrift Store Liazon - joined 2014

Tracy Allen and her husband, Phillip Daw, moved to MineralBluff, GA in September 2010. They are HUGE animal lovers & proud foster ‘failures’ and lovingly share their lives with 7 dogs, 6 cats, 2 goats, and 30 chickens.


Tracy has retired but was a Physician Assistant. In 2011, she started volunteering in the sorting room of the Humane Society of Blue Ridge Thrift Shop. She joined the HSBR board in 2014 and has ‘never looked back’; great cause, amazing organization and fabulous/motivated people- whom all love animals. What’s not to love??


Brian Higgins

Director - joined 2020

Brian grew up in the North Ga mountains and has always had a passion for his community and animals. He has been married for 17 years and has one son.


He shares their home with their 11yr old long-haired Dachshund "Pretzel" and their 5 yr old Maltese\Shih Tzu "Oreo". He currently works for Ace Hardware of Blue Ridge, where he has been employed for the last 17 years.


When not at work, he enjoys woodturning, biking, and being in the outdoors.


Wendy Miller

Director - re-joined 2020 (member from 2011 - 2016)

Wendy grew up in Connecticut but has lived in the Atlanta/Ellijay area for 25 years.  She, her husband, and dog Kendall live between Atlanta and Ellijay and they all enjoy the mountains as much as possible.  All her animals in her life have been rescues.

Wendy joined the board of directors of HSBR in 2011 and served until 2016.  She took a break and has come back in 2020 and focuses on Marketing.  She has been in business for herself for over 14 years with expertise in e-mail marketing and web design. 

When not working, Wendy and her husband love to hike, cook, travel, and spend time with friends and family (her in-law's just moved to the cabin next door from MA!).

Humane Society of Blue Ridge

Upscale Resale &Thrift Store

Adoption Center
171 Mineral Springs Rd.
Blue Ridge, GA 30513

Thrift Store

2380 East First St.
Blue Ridge, GA 30515

Thrift Store Hours:
Mon - Fri: 10 AM to 4 PM
Sat: 10 AM to 3 PM
Closed Sun

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Office/Adoption Center Hours:

Mon - Fri: 10 AM to 5 PM

Sat: 10 AM to 2 PM

Closed to the public Tue & Sun