Who We Are
Ms. Rasnick has 12 years of experience in crisis intervention, victim service delivery and program development. She received her bachelor's degree in Psychology at James Madison University with a concentration in Women's Studies. While completing her degree, she began volunteering on the crisis line at Citizens Against Sexual Assault (The Collins Center), where she was later employed as the Program Assistant. Upon graduation she relocated to the metro Atlanta area, where she worked as the Advocacy Coordinator for the Gwinnett Sexual Assault & Children's Advocacy Center. Ms. Rasnick is dedicated to ending violence against women and is an avid animal lover. Marrying these passions, Ms. Rasnick joined Ahimsa House as the Program Services Coordinator in 2007 and in 2014 accepted the position of Executive Director.
Program Services Coordinator
Shannon has been working in the victim services field for 2 years. She graduated from Valdosta State University with a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice. After graduation, she volunteered with the Douglas County Task Force on Family Violence before accepting a job in Florida. There, she was the Lead Shelter Advocate at Micah's Place, a domestic violence shelter in Fernandina Beach. Recently, Shannon relocated to Atlanta where she could combine her passion in ending domestic violence with her love of animals. At Ahimsa House, Shannon coordinates the Direct Services program, helping find and organize shelter and care for the animals that come into the program.
Victim Services Advocate
Brian is a graduate of the University of North Georgia, holding a B.A. in Human Services Delivery & Administration with a concentration in Sociology. During his studies, he became passionate about domestic violence was able to spend 3 semesters as the Community Outreach Intern with Ahimsa House. Here he was able to show his passion about assisting survivors and keeping animals safe. He was hired as the Victims Services Advocate in 2014.
Carrie Montagna-Ward (President)
Marketing Manager, McKesson
Kendra Westphal (Secretary)
Executive Recruiter, AquantUs, LLC
Heather Siler (Treasurer)
Director, Business Analysis, Guidant Group
Sales Consultant, Vera Bradley
Vice President, Engineering, UPS
Partner, Alston and Bird
Director, Financial Solutions, Guidant Group
General Counsel, Council of Superior Court Judges
David Bressman, DVM
Associate Veterinarian, Crabapple Animal Hospital
Animal Cruelty Investigator, Gwinnett County
Director of Training, Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Founder, Ahimsa House
Christine Cox, Esq.
Field Supervisor, Fulton County Animal Services
Hon. Shawn Ellen LaGrua
Superior Court Judge, Fulton County
Melinda Merck, DVM
Owner, Forensics Consulting, LLC
Merrie Rennard, LMSW
Ph.D. Fellow, Veterinary Social Work, University of Tennessee
Kelly Trogdon, DVM
Owner, Faithful Friend Mobile Veterinary Clinic
Owner, S. R. Walker Designs