Frank Fabian retired in 2015 from the fuel oil business and now is a consultant for the new owners. He became a volunteer with DVGRR in 2009. He also is a 50-year member of the Newtown Fire Association and serves on the Board of Directors of the Pickering Manor Nursing Home.
Within DVGRR, Frank is active with Monthly Open House events; has transported dogs from Texas, Florida and Ohio; and volunteers as an occasional handyman along with his role on the Board of Directors.
His hobbies are antique fire trucks and Ford tractors. Frank and his wife share their home with two Goldens.
Frank’s reason for serving and volunteering with DVGRR? “It’s a special place, and it is such a pleasure to work with a group of people who all have a common goal, working together, providing a better life for displaced Goldens and their like.
Barry Edwards is a strategic consultant serving an international client base of API and pharmaceutical manufacturers, developers, marketers, and distributors with respect to the U.S. generic and specialty pharmaceutical markets. He provides practical and strategic insight drawn from over 40 years of progressive industry experience with leading companies. Barry and his wife, Sue, currently include Sapphire and Annie as part of their family. Sapphire, their fourth DVGRR-adopted Golden, is originally from Puerto Rico and Annie was brought into DVGRR as a local stray.
“We began supporting DVGRR almost 20 years ago as we were so impressed with the work they were doing. I became a volunteer in 2006, as a transport driver, and found it very rewarding as a way to give back something to this wonderful breed. In that role, I’ve done local pickups and transports, several runs to South of the Border for dogs from Florida, the NC20 run and several runs to Ohio. Having been elected to the Board of Directors of DVGRR in 2012, I am working hard to continue to contribute to DVGRR, its mission, and goals.”
2nd Vice Chair
Scott Blatt is the Director of Advertising for Redner’s Market’s Inc. based in Reading. He is a deacon at his church. Being involved with DVGRR since 1996, he has volunteered to help park cars, take shifts to exercise dogs, cook for events, and was a past board member. He can be found cooking and socializing at the grill during most Monthly Open House events. Scott and his wife, Sue have adopted a total of nine Goldens including the two currently in their home – Sherman and Buddy. Many of the Goldens they have chosen to adopt had challenging behaviors or backgrounds that required special care. Golden Retrievers are perfect therapy dogs, which is another love for Scott and Sue.
What has attracted Scott to DVGRR? “I love being a part of such a progressive organization that finds homes for Golden Retrievers (my favorite breed). The organization is very accepting of many varied types of people, and I believe they have grown tremendously because of that fact. No one is afraid to roll up their sleeves and get to work to benefit the dogs. To see how far DVGRR has come in recent years is amazing. DVGRR dogs have so much personality and make me laugh every day. You will know which dog to adopt because they choose you.”
Gayle is the controller at E.K. McConkey & Co., Inc., York, PA. She has over 30 years of accounting experience in both public and private industry. Gayle attended numerous DVGRR events since 2004, but became engaged as a weekly volunteer after the Lynne Glennon Sanctuary for Senior Goldens and Puppy Mill Survivors was opened. A plea was in the newsletter for Project Home Life volunteers at the Sanctuary.
“The staff is absolutely incredible with the dogs. I have found it so heart-warming to see progress in a dog. To see a dog once fearful of a human, enjoy being petting, brushed, read to, or playing with a tennis ball is so heart-warming. I enjoy finding out each week who got adopted into their forever home.”
Gayle fell in love with the Golden Retriever breed with her first Golden, Kaya. She now opens her home to older Goldens surrendered by the owners. Her first girl adopted from DVGRR was Holly who was 13 and passed away at 14 years old – she was a hospice adoptee. But now Sammy has joined the family – he was a 12-year-old owner surrender, and he is loved to pieces. “DVGRR is all about the dogs. We all want the dogs to have a loving home for the rest of their life.”
Renee Hashinger is a 30-year, now retired veteran of the Vanguard Group, where she worked investigating client privacy and fraud cases for Vanguard’s institutional clients.
Renee has been involved with DVGRR since 2006 when she adopted her first Goldens (Princess Ann and Kamoo). Over the years, Renee has rescued 12 DVGRR Goldens, with the current alumni of Toby, Tilly, and Purdy. Now you can find Renee volunteering at most of DVGRR events, conducting home visits, bingo calling, as well as participating at the annual DVGRR golf outing.
Renee’s reason for serving as an Executive Board member and volunteering with DVGRR? “Well, it’s pretty simple, “I love dogs.” DVGRR is the best in the business at finding forever homes and caring for our four-legged friends. With those two things, you just can’t go wrong. DVGRR is a special place, with special people doing special things for Goldens, Labs and Golden “want-a-bes.” Everyone at DVGRR has one goal: to work together to care for and love the dogs until they find their forever homes. I can only hope that I can fill the shoes of those people who came before me and continue contributing to DVGRR’s mission.”
Bill Burland is a retired educator and healthcare administrator who currently is a substitute teacher in his local school district. Bill has been involved with DVGRR since 2008 when he adopted Murphy (formerly Rex). Bill has volunteered at a number of DVGRR events, conducted home visits, helped with transportation of dogs, worked at Monthly Open House events, and served on the Golden Gala committee.
“When I adopted my Golden, I was extremely impressed by the thoroughness of the process and the way my wife and I were treated by the DVGRR staff. I realized that this was the kind of organization I would enjoy working with and representing. My experiences with DVGRR since then have confirmed my original impressions, and I am looking forward to working with the other members of the DVGRR Board.”
Tom Byrne and his wife currently own two local businesses, Berkshire Technology Solutions and SpringRose Childcare Center. He enjoys staying active in the community by coaching youth sports at Conrad Weiser and also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors for South Heidelberg Township. Tom and his family have been active with DVGRR since 2005.
“We have adopted two ‘Goldens,’ Hannah and Murray, and I fell in love with the Golden Retriever breed. The dogs have changed my life and are a huge part of our family. DVGRR is such an impressive organization from top to bottom, and I am very happy to have the opportunity help the organization grow and reach future goals. It’s great to see how the DVGRR team is able to help both the dogs and the families that adopt these great animals.”
Tom, his wife Jen, and his teenage children, Tommy and Gina, have all become Golden Retriever lovers for life!
Kate Katchen is an attorney and partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in Philadelphia. She focuses her practice on complex litigation, primarily in the areas of healthcare/managed care and insurance. Kate began volunteering at DVGRR in 2006, after she and her husband lost their first Golden, Bogey. She was a member of the Board from 2007 to 2011, and rejoined again in 2014. Kate also was the co-chair of DVGRR’s Golden Gala from 2008 to 2012, and has done grant writing, dog walking, Kong® stuffing, and kennel cleaning at Golden Gateway! Kate and her family have adopted two Goldens from DVGRR – Butch in 2006 and Myles in 2012. She and her family live in Philadelphia.
“Everything about DVGRR is first class. It is such a privilege to work with such a dedicated, passionate, forward-thinking group of people. I’m so glad to be able to play a small part in helping DVGRR maintain its leadership in the rescue community and plan for its future!”
Pat Kermes and her husband reside in Chadds Ford, PA. with their three DVGRR Goldens. Pat is a retired RN. Her passions are volunteering for causes she believes in, such as DVGRR and their church.
“We became acquainted with DVGRR when we adopted two Goldens while living in Virginia in 2011. When we relocated back to Pennsylvania in 2012, we found ourselves more engaged in the activities of DVGRR. We have given support to new projects such as rescuing Goldens from Puerto Rico, PHL, and other special needs.
“DVGRR is not only life changing for our ‘furry friends’ but ourselves as well. Having the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of dogs that are in need of a second chance is most gratifying. It is a privilege to serve on the Board of DVGRR.”
Linda Madway is a real estate attorney specializing in the shopping center industry. She has worked as in-house counsel for both retailers and retail shopping center owners. Linda has volunteered at numerous DVGRR events and conducted home visits with prospective adopters.
Linda and her family adopted their first Golden, Sable, in 1999, and since then have always had one or more Goldens in their home. They currently have Charlie, Parker, and Davey that are beloved members of their family.
Why Goldens and why DVGRR? “Any time I see a Golden, my heart sings. DVGRR provides a level of care that no other organization provides. Whether it’s Project Home Life, or medical care, or the wonderful staff and the effort that goes into the adoptions, everything is first class and done with the best interests of the dog in mind.”