Who We Are


Myra Rasnick
Executive Director

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. 

Shannon Oxford
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.  


Board of Directors

Carrie Montagna-Ward (President)
Marketing Manager, McKesson

Kendra Westphal (Secretary)
Executive Recruiter, AquantUs, LLC
Heather Siler (Treasurer)
Director, Business Analysis, Guidant Group

Christi Burton
Sales Consultant, Vera Bradley

Cheri Fulginiti
Vice President, Engineering, UPS

Lisa Bugni 
Partner, Alston and Bird

Ana Minter
Director, Financial Solutions, Guidant Group

Shannon Weathers
General Counsel, Council of Superior Court Judges

Advisory Council

David Bressman, DVM
Associate Veterinarian, Crabapple Animal Hospital

Joey Brooks
Animal Cruelty Investigator, Gwinnett County

Christy Showalter
Director of Training, Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Emily Christie
Founder, Ahimsa House

Christine Cox, Esq.

Paul Ebbs
Field Supervisor, Fulton County Animal Services

Annamarie Keck
Community Member

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

Stephen Walker
Owner, S. R. Walker Designs

Ahimsa House - P.O. Box 8181 - Atlanta, GA 31106 - www.ahimsahouse.org
Admin Line: (404) 496-4038 - 24-Hour Crisis Line: (404) 452-6248 - Fax: (404) 671-8599
Email: info@ahimsahouse.org