About Us

Cindy Bauer, President, Adoption Representative, Events and Publicity Director

Cindy is an account manager for Weschler Instruments based out of Cleveland, OH. She has sold electronic instrumentation for the industrial process control industries for over 30 years. Her interest in greyhounds started when she first met them at a meet and greet in December 1997. Since then she and her husband, Peter, have adopted 6 greyhounds -"one of the best decisions I ever made-every day they make me smile." Contact Cindy if you have any events ideas at contact@greyhoundadopt.org or 585-314-0187

Mary Jo Callahan, Vice President & Adoption Representative

Mary Jo works at Nazareth College of Rochester as the IT Business and Project Coordinator in the IT Department. Mary Jo adopted her first greyhound in October 2003 and has had the pleasure of having four greyhounds in her life. Mary Jo has experience with greyhounds with seizures due to her seizure greyhound Dream. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Jo at maryjocallahan22@gmail.com.

Nanette McClary, Secretary & Adoption Representative

Nan lives in Hemlock, NY with her husband, 4 greyhounds and 6 cats. She co-founded GAGR with Brenda Grammatico in November of 2002. She adopted her first greyhound, Ginger, in 1997 and has loved the breed ever since. Nan is a retired teacher from Livonia High School where she taught Spanish for 31 years. Nan is Secretary and Transport Coordinator for GAGR. You can contact Nan at secretary@greyhoundadopt.org, 585-367-2867.

Peter Bauer, Newsletter Editor & Adoption Representative

Peter Bauer is a freelance editor. Peter and his wife Cindy adopted their first greyhound in April of 1998 and began doing meet and greets that fall to let everyone know what greyt pets retired racers make. In addition to doing home visits, Peter is known for his Master of Ceremonies work running the games and contests at the Annual Picnic. Contact Peter at editor@greyhoundadopt.org, 585-451-9902.

Sue Bobo, Training Coordinator & Adoption Representative

Sue lives in Batavia with her husband Chuck. Sue and her family have been active in greyhound adoption for a number of years. Everything began for them with Patty, their first greyhound. With the help of her family, Sue has fostered, done transports, served on the foster committee, volunteered at Meet and Greets and done fund raising. Sue has a special fondness for shy and spooky greyhounds. The Bobo household has had as many as 9 greyhounds at a time, but they have just 2 currently. Sue can be contacted at sbobo@rochester.rr.com.

Joi Oberman, Adoption Support Coordinator, Adoption Representative & Raffle Coordinator

Joi is a retired certified mental health counselor/teacher who now works part-time tutoring college and high school students. She has had the pleasure of owning 2 greyhounds. Joi helps connect greyhound buddies to new adopters and is always looking for raffle donations. Joi can be contacted at: dogjoi585@gmail.com and fundraising@greyhoundadopt.org.

Sue Benedict, Volunteer Coordinator

Sue lives with her husband Alan, their mixed breed dog Jazz, their greyhound Nitro Deja Blue (“DJ”), and their galgo Benito in Farmington. She retired from ExxonMobil Chem-Films after 34 yrs. of service and now works part-time. The Benedict family became interested in greyhound fostering after reading an article in Dog Fancy magazine about greyhounds and they have been fostering for the group since 2010. Fostering is a joint family effort that they all participate in and enjoy. They help to set-up and attend meet & greets to get the word out about GAGR and what wonderful pets ex-racers make. Sue is also an Adoption Rep and “Buddy” for new greyhound owners. If you would like to volunteer your time, learn more about meet & greets, fostering or other possible venues, please contact Sue at gagrvolunteers@gmail.com.

Eileen Pavia, Fundraising Representative

Eileen lives in Fairport with her retired racer Adelina and her Borzoi Zhivago. She adopted her first greyhound, Lakota, in 1998 after meeting and falling in love with greyhounds in Florida. As Lakota, her heart dog, began to age he opened her up to the special joys of the senior hounds. She soon discovered the brood mom. Brood moms are female greyhounds who race and then are sent back to the farm for breeding purposes, usually not finishing until they are 8 and older. After adopting her broods Anna and Lucina Eileen was hooked and has been an advocate of senior greyhounds and specifically broods ever since. Eileen's mantra is GREYHOUNDS RULE OUR HEARTS AND OUR LIVES. Please contact Eileen at fundraising@greyhoundadopt.org.

Josie Park, GAGR Facebook Administrator

Josie lives in Geneva with her husband, Ryan, step-daughter Alexandria and 2 greyhounds, Harper and Clark. It was Ryan who convinced Josie to get a dog and after discussing characteristics and timing, they narrowed it down to greyhounds. They decided on a greyhound because of their quiet manner, they’re not yippy and they don’t shed very much. After going to a few meet and greets, Josie gave in and they adopted Shadow (January 2010). As the saying goes, you can’t have just one, so in March of 2012 they adopted Harper. After Shadow’s death they opened their hearts and home to Clark. Josie created the GAGR Facebook page shortly after adopting her first greyhound because of the love she has for the breed and to help with advertising the need for forever and foster homes. Also, it’s a wonderful opportunity for the greyhound community to learn about GAGR events and fundraisers.

Erica Erkkila, Web Updates

Erica lives with her husband Paul, Spanish Galgo Tristi, retired racer (well, never raced) Roscoe, and many fowl in Palmyra. They decided, with their non-greyhounds well into their teen years, to foster greyhounds as a way of getting acquainted with the breed and finally adopted Jiffy in March 2014 (died prematurely in 2017) followed by Blue in August 2015 (died at age 13 in 2017). They continue to volunteer for GAGR and The Sighthound Underground, a Virginia-based group that rescues sighthound breeds or mixes. Erica works as lead payments engineer at Estee Lauder Companies. She can be reached at web@greyhoundadopt.org.

Our Adoption Representatives:

Mary Jo Callahan – maryjocallahan22@gmail.com

Peter Bauer – editor@greyhoundadopt.org

Sue Benedict – gagrvolunteers@gmail.com or greytdays74@gmail.com

Sue Bobo - sbobo@rochester.rr.com

Louise Byrne - louiseb@gmail.com

Carol Butcher - butcher218@yahoo.com

Charlie Cowling - cowling.charlie@gmail.com

Peter Hans - Peter_Hens@gateschili.monroe.edu

Josh Harris - joshspanishteacher@gmail.com

Mary Hristo - mbhtwo@aol.com

Joyce Hunt - jhunt464@gmail.com

Amanda Joyce - puzzlepieceone@yahoo.com

Jill Livingston - tprjoesprincess@yahoo.com

Nan McClary - secretary@greyhoundadopt.org

Dave Meyer - david.meyer4@icloud.com or david.meyer4@twc.com

Joi Oberman- fundraising@greyhoundadopt.org

Cathy Smith – csmith2@monroecc.edu

Shawn Smith – kirkland@rochester.rr.com

Bob Snyder – thatkat@frontiernet.net

Jessica Walter - greyhndsrgreyt@gmail.com

Derick Wigle - dwig0618@gmail.com