The people of OESR are what make this organization so unique. There are many ways to help English Setters in need. Here are some of the setter loving folks who make this group so spectacular. Want to join Our Pack? We need volunteers - see our "How to Help" section for more details.
Board of Directors
Nikki came to OESR in 2009 having never met an English setter in her life. She had Australian shepherds growing up and had lost her 17 year old Aussie, Dingo, in June of 2008. The day after saying goodbye to her canine best friend, Nikki’s life changed forever. A business trip to Morehead, Kentucky took her past a car pool lot on a rural highway intersection near the town of Grayson. As she passed the gravel lot, she spotted a dog under a car that seemed to be waiting for someone to come back to get him. Six hours later, as Nikki was returning to Ohio, she knew fate had a plan for her when she saw the same dog standing alone in the empty lot. No one came for him. He was waiting for her.
That skinny, tick infested, scruffy dog became known as Grayson and as he got healthy, it was clear that he was a Golden Retriever mix, but the other half was still a mystery. By chance, someone mentioned that his markings were reminiscent of an English setter. That was all it took for Nikki, she researched the breed, fell in love, and found OESR. She volunteered to transport for us, but we needed a foster for the next dog waiting to come in to our rescue. The dog in need happened to be in Morehead and had just had its hind leg amputated by the veterinarian that Nikki had visited the day she found Grayson. Given her soft spot for amputees and the obvious coincidences that aligned with the path that brought her to us, Nikki volunteered to foster and transport the little setter from Morehead and has been a full time foster home ever since.
Nikki is the proud dog mom to Grayson, Colleen (her 14th foster, and her first foster failure), and any OESR dog that needs a place to land on their way to a forever home. Her three cats have adjusted to the swinging door of setters and are hopeful that one day their home will not be the official “cat testing” spot for the Columbus chapter of OESR. In her free time, Nikki is enjoys birding, baking, and getting the dogs out for play time at the local dog park.
Intake and Transport Coordinator
Marcie has been an avid animal advocate since she was a young girl, often rehabbing injured wildlife with the help of her mother from whom she inherited her love of animals.
Marcie has been involved with English Setter rescue for over 10 years wearing many hats to help save the breed she loves so much. She enjoys fostering and meeting new dogs. and she believes that dogs need to be given a chance to be dogs and to enjoy the things they were bred to do in order to bloom into beautiful flowers.
In her spare time she enjoys quilting, photography , and various out door activities. She currently resides in NE Ohio with a couple of wonderful setters.
Pat is a lover of many sporting breeds and through the years has shared her life with curly coated retrievers, draathars, Irish Setters and English Setters. She claims to have many more sporting breeds to go and wishes she had all the time and money in the world to share with these amazing dogs. Pat works in the medical field and uses her strong organizational skills to keep finances smoothly running for OESR. Pat relishes her free time at her cabin and where you can see her smiling broadly is when she is with one of her dogs or in her kayak.
Eva and Rooney
Princess Eva De Laurentiis
Home Visit Coordinator
Eva lives in Chicago and is a life-long lover of English Setters, having been raised with the breed since birth. She adopted her setter, Rooney, from OESR in 2015 and boy is she glad she did. Together, they enjoy morning runs and long walks scouting birds and squirrels. She can't imagine her life without him. Eva started volunteering for OESR in 2015, screening applications. It is a great feeling to know she has helped connect many rescue setters with loving, forever families. She joined the Board formally in early 2017 and now serves as the Home Visit Coordinator.
Jennifer joined the OESR family in 2015 as a foster parent. In addition to working with OESR, she works with the Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta (GRRA) as the hotline contact and assists with lost/ found dog searches. Jennifer and her family have fostered over 25 dogs in the past few years. She is the parent to 2 boys, Holden (11) and Ridley (9), and 2 golden retrievers, Einstein and Stella. Jennifer’s love of English Setters started when she was young, as her father had Setters for pheasant hunting. Jennifer is a Physical Therapist/ Industrial Rehab Specialist and works from home, which allows flexibility to assist the rescue.
Erin and Bucky
Foster Medical Liaison
Meet Erin (and her rescue setter Bucky). She is a Licensed Veterinary Technician, Michigan State University Alum, and a setter Mom. She has been in the veterinary field for 24 years and involved with OESR for almost three years, and a board member for almost one year!
Feel free to contact me anytime!! This breed stole my heart as a little girl and it makes me feel good to give back!! Setters are the best!!.
Amanda and Callie
Web Design and Stuff
Amanda started following OESR on Facebook, then helped with a rescue, then another, then more... Her best friend and roomy is Callie Craken, the pocket-sized English Setter, who found her way to Amanda via the OESR team.
They live and play together in Atlanta. Amanda edits our website, as well as helps with calendars, misc. graphics and other fun and sometimes furry things.
Advisory Board Member
A successful healthcare administrator and nurse practitioner, Dodie finds working with animals on many levels to be a key in assisting them to better lives. She shares her home with adopted OESR setters Pete, Joey and Walter and her sweet boxer Sophie. Dodie will often use complementary methods such as reiki and animal massage practitioners as a way to help her foster dogs relax and be more open. When not helping her setter friends, Dodie is the proud Mom to 3 adults and one adorable grandchild who has the distinction of being the best and smartest grandchild in the history of grandchildren everywhere. She also enjoys reading, gardening, cooking.
Advisory Board Member
Kathy Edington is known for being a loving wife, mother of four, grandmother to ten, and angel to countless animals. Her desire to adopt and foster is best described as a calling because of her intense passion to make a difference one dog at a time. Kathy knows that saving them all is impossible, but she is determined to reach out by fostering, transporting and adopting. Kathy fostered and adopted Poppy and Booker from OESR to join Lucy her other rescued English Setter. Having three English Setters is rewarding and makes each day an adventure. Kathy has been affiliated with the OESR for three years now and would like to acknowledge the support her husband, Eric, provides which enables her to remain active with the rescue.