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Rick Glueckert

Executive Director

Operations

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Diane Basco

Executive Director

Development

President from 2015 - Aug 2021

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.

Director & Grant Writer from 2020 - Aug 2021

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 undergraduate 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 our fundraising events, then moved into our grant writer position.   For the past three years, Diane has been a critical contributor to our grant writing and fundraising, sponsor and donor relations, and developing new and evolving our community outreach programs.  

 

Diane assumed the role of Executive Director - Development effective September 1, 2021, and will be an ex-officio member of the Board.    Her promotion into this role acknowledges her past contributions to the organization and positions her to expand her impact moving forward.  Her skills make her perfectly suited to help HSBR achieve our goals.  

Karen Kelly

Adoption Center Manager

 

My husband, Dennis and I have lived in this area now for over 15 years from the Beach in Florida.  We found Blue Ridge online and wanted to come see the mountains since we have always lived by the ocean.

We live here with our 4 dogs, Sadie, Buddy, Jake and Cooper, and 5 cats, Onyx, Wiley, Piper, Roxy, and Bugs. All of which came from the HSBR except for one cat who came from Florida.

 

My focus is to make sure the animals are getting the proper care they need while here at the Adoption Center.  Our focus is to make it as stress-free as possible for them.

We give all animals who come to us quality food and vet care, as well as stimulation and training to help with their socialization for their future forever home.

I love interacting with people who are adopting the wonderful animals under our care. I get such great satisfaction in pairing the perfect pet with their forever humans!

My job is a 24/7 – 365 day a week position in order to fill the needs of the animals, and the staff, and all the wonderful volunteers who care for them.

Photo Credit:  The News Observer

Robbie Muschamp

Thrift Store Manager

Robbie was one of the original members of HSBR and has been the manager of the thrift store for many, many years.  She took a small break to help raise her grandchild, but when she was able, she came back and is once again, our manager extraordinaire!  

She works so hard with the volunteers to make the thrift store what it is today, which in turn, helps so many of our furry friends.

Robbie is also in charge of Paws in the Park, which she ran even when she was a full-time caregiver to her grandson.  Paws in the Park flourishes to this day due to the dedication and hard work Robbie puts forth every year.

Robbie is such a gem for HSBR, the Thrift Upscale Thrift Store thrives under her leadership!  We are so glad she returned "home" to us!