Board Members

Helen Bryan, President & Adoption Coordinator

I am a native Vermonter and I have lived with animals my entire life: dogs, cats, horses, goats and various rodents. Our home is a Vermont farmhouse where we have lived for over 30 years, raising our family. My husband, Shawn and I are closing in on 35 years of marriage, having both worked in professional offices and both retired from the Vermont Army National Guard. Our two big dogs were foster failures from Central Vermont Humane. Add in a comical black one-eyed pug named Kiki and that's our current family.

We have loved pugs for 20 years, when we first brought home a pair of black pug puppies for our two young daughters. Several pugs and years later, I started fostering for GMPR. I had already fostered for The Central Vermont Humane Society and Potters Angels Rescue. We have fostered countless cats and kittens over the years, and many dogs of all breeds including two litters of puppies! But my biggest love is the Pugs. We have fostered over a dozen pugs in just two years. I love the seniors and misfits.

I was asked to joing the GMPR Board in the Spring of 2014 and was excited to take on the challenge. The challenges only grew as I am now the President of Green Mountain Pug Rescue and learning every day.

Phil Douglas, Treasurer & Judy Douglas, Vice President and Foster Coordinator

Phil & Judy Douglas have been involved with GMPR since the formative days of the rescue in 2002. Phil is a retired Civil Engineer and Judy is a Member Services Representative for a local credit union. They met and married in Los Angeles, CA and lived in Rancho Cucamonga for 25 years until they retired from their respective jobs to move to Vermont where Phil grew up. Phil is a VT Tech and UVM graduate. Judy attended college in California. They moved to Vermont just in time to join the fledgling GMPR.

Phil & Judy became pug lovers when they adopted “Rosie” from Little Angels Pug Rescue in Los Angeles and “Spike”, a Pug-Chihuahua from the Riverside, CA animal shelter. Then they adopted a pug named “Moose” from the Upland, CA shelter. When “Rosie” died “Lucy” joined the family as an 8-week old puppy. During the Vermont years “Moose” and “Spike” crossed the Rainbow Bridge and “Lucy” was joined by adoptions “Sonny Ray” and “Trigger”, both of which have since passed on. Currently “Lucy” is Trail Boss to “Misty” (Liver Shunt), “Peach” (blind and diabetic) and “Rocky” (ADHD).

Judy now works part-time to support her Pug habit and Phil has retired again. Judy is the Adoption/Foster Coordinator for GMPR and currently the Vice-President of the Board of Directors. Phil is the Treasurer for the rescue and also serves as the Newsletter Editor. They spend non-rescue time riding their Harleys around New England and puttering around their Mendon, VT home when time and weather allows.

Amy Rothenberger, Website & Social Media Manager

I am one of the newest board members of GMPR. I am a native Vermonter and has always had a pug in my family since I was a child. I am a University of Hartford, CT and Champlain College graduate. I work for the IT Department as a Process Specialist for the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, VT.

My first pug was named Winston and he was the reason why my family fell in love with the pug breed. When I was in college, I adopted my first pug from a fellow student who was moving back to Taiwan after graduation and couldn't take him with her. His name was Sky and even though he had some handicaps due to a car accident when he was a puppy, he was a happy pug. Sky and Winston loved going to the GMPR Pug Social's which is how I was introduced to the rescue.

I live in an old farmhouse in Jericho, VT with my young pug named Stewie and a Rat Terrier named Chance. My sister recently is a pug owner when she adopted Munchkin from GMPR in 2016 which lead to me becoming a Board Member when my sister mentioned to the board member conducting the home visit that I have web development experience. I redesigned the GMPR website to its current design and continue to maintain the website. I recently started the Secretary role on the board when our elected Secretary had to step down and I recently started fostering for GMPR.

Gloria Lamorey, Promotions Coordinator

I am Gloria Lamorey and I have been a board member since January 2015. I live in Graniteville, VT with my husband Ed and two daughters Jackie and Gillian. We have a grumble of four pugs, Chloe, Maggie, Coco and Annabelle. We also have a 19 year old cat Tang. In my non-rescue time I like to ride with my husband Ed on our Harley and spend time with family and friends. I became addicted to Pugs when we adopted Chloe 10 years ago.

I have been a foster for GMPR for 6 years. Being a part of a rescue such as GMPR has really filled the void I felt when my kids went to college. There is nothing more gratifying than the unconditional love you get from a pug. I encourage folks who are thinking about volunteering, fostering or adopting to feel free and reach out to any one of us if you have any questions.

{{{PUG HUGS}}}

Jen Sugai

I am Jennifer Sugai, a stay at home mom to two young children and six fur children, including two pugs, a hound and three cats. I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Norwich University in 2005 with a BA in English. I worked for a short while as the office coordinator for a scientific and medical journal publisher before proceeding into the arena of development in higher education. I met my husband at college and after a tour of active duty, we settled in my Grandmother's house in Northfield, VT. I left my job to spend my time raising the fourth generation, Scarlett and Sebastian, in the family home.

I grew up in a pug household so when we started our own family, I knew we would have pugs of our own. I began volunteering for Green Mountain Pug Rescue as a foster home and soon adopted Bentley and Bella. We have fostered several pugs in the short time since then. I was asked to join the Board in 2014.

Kelli Mazzella, Secretary

As an avid animal lover, I first fell in love with pugs after watching one of my all-time favorite movies, The Adventures of Milo and Otis. When I was in middle school, our family adopted a fawn pug puppy named Winston, from a local pet store, and since then many other pugs have touched my life throughout the years. It wasn’t until the winter of 2016 that my husband, Michael, and I adopted our very own pug, Munchkin, from the Green Mountain Pug Rescue. As of the spring of 2016, I joined the GMPR family alongside my sister, Amy Rothenberger, where I hope to create my own niche through my experience, creativity and passion for these loving animals.

I grew up in Essex, Vermont and after high school graduation, I moved to Albany, New York to attend pharmacy school at the Albany College of Pharmacy. After completion of my doctorate, I moved back to Vermont to do my residency in hospital pharmacy practice and I stayed on at the University of Vermont Medical Center to provide patient care while teaching for my alma mater at both their local and New York campuses. Currently, I live in Milton, VT with Michael, Munchkin and our two cats, Marie and Chloe.

Mary and Ed Coffey

Ed and I are former GMPR Board Members who first learned about this amazing and dedicated group while packing up to move to Vermont back in Summer 2006. As Board Members, we had the opportunity to meet and greet many potential adopters and adoptees, acting as a foster family for some pugs and as a means of transportation for others. We helped run the Pug Café during the Social at both the Stowe and Killington locations and answered lots of questions as we asked for donations at Pet Food Warehouse in South Burlington. Due to a change in jobs and location, we left the Board and settled into a new home and a new routine. After being away for a while, we are so happy to be back in this pack. We are joined in this adventure by three rock-star GMPR alumnae: Duncan, Gigi and Charlie. The five of us are ready to get back out there and start connecting more pugs and people!

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