KGDR is a foster- and volunteer-based rescue program.
We rely entirely on volunteers who share a passion for our gentle giants.
PRESIDENT: Shannon Denson
Shannon has been our President since October 2018. Her and her family have been involved with KGDR since 2016. Prior to KGDR, the Denson family fostered for many rescues and shelters. She enjoys spending time with her family, James her husband and sons Tyler and Wesley. We can’t forget about her fur babies Max, Norman and Redd. Shannon is a homemaker by profession and enjoys using her available time to help save, rehabilitate and rehome our gentle giants.
VICE-PRESIDENT: Kelly Sturgeon
Kelly Sturgeon is originally from Evansville, IN and became a Kentuckian when she went to Murray State University for a public relations major & minor in marketing. She moved to Louisville, KY to begin her career in event planning, and currently works as a Walk Manager for the Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Kentucky & Southern Indiana Chapter. She enjoys spending time with her family & friends, going to local wineries & breweries, traveling all over (love taking cruises!) and playing with her 4-year-old boxer/lab, Molly. Kelly became involved with the Kentucky Great Dane Rescue (KGDR) in February 2019 as a foster family with her boyfriend, Trevor Ford. She has also helped the rescue with fundraising & events. Kelly is excited to become more involved with KGDR as Vice President and looks forward to growing the rescue!
TREASURER: Chiara Fletcher
Chiara Fletcher has been KGDR’s Treasurer since 2012. She has a crazy, spunky, butthead Dane named Nelson who she adopted from KGDR. Chiara loves to go hiking (especially with Nelson), working out, and kickboxing. She has an affinity for horse jokes and is known around her neighborhood as Great Dane Lady 😉
SECRETARY: Emily LaDigue
Emily adopted her first rescue dog in 2010 and has actively volunteered with shelters and rescues ever since. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Emily met her husband, Noah, when they were 9-year-old neighbors in a coastal Oregon town. They share a love of travel and eloped in Iceland in 2017. After earning her doctorate degree in 2019, Emily was offered a postdoctoral neuropsychology position that brought her to Kentucky. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring local breweries/vineyards, dance, and— of course— hiking with her rescue dog, Auggie!
BOARD MEMBER: Randy Sexton
Randy is a retired teacher from Anderson County and has been with KGDR for four years. He enjoys traveling with his wife, Jackie, and the dogs all piled up into the car. Hotels are a challenge!
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER: Chuck Gerson
Chuck and his wife, Cynthia, moved to Louisville in 2011 when she took a job as a Doctor at U of L Hospital. He has spent most of his adult life doing volunteer work, primarily in pediatric oncology (Camp Periwinkle and the Best Buddy program at Duke), feeding people (Meals on Wheels and New Roots), and a good bit with hospice. His mid-life crisis saw him become a glassblowing artist. His next mid-life crisis, ten years later, found him at U of L getting a B.S. in Mathematics. He can’t wait to see what the next ten brings. Chuck got involved with KGDR when they adopted Finn. They really enjoy hiking with him off leash and seeing him get his Zoom on.
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER: Laura Hadley
Bio coming soon!
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER: Morgan Severs
Morgan became a first time dane owner in 2012, and never looked back! She loves the breed but is a big animal lover in general. She has 6 dogs, 4 cats, and often a foster as well. She’s a Louisville native and works in management in a production environment. She hopes to be as helpful to dane owners (& the community), as they were to her when her journey began.
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER: Douglas Wright
Doug is 41 and from Louisville, KY. He joined the rescue with his first dane 8 years ago and has been involved in the dane life ever since. He has fostered multiple dogs over the last year and for a stint previously earlier on. Doug has a son, 2 grandkids, a dane mix, and is currently fostering a goofy boy.