Alaqua Animal Refuge

Our Staff

Laurie Hood

Laurie Hood
Founder

Laurie Hood is the visionary behind Alaqua Animal Refuge. She was born and raised in Louisiana and graduated from LSU with a degree in Marketing.

Hood has drawn on her business background to create a non-profit that functions for success. Her prior professional experience includes operating an international magazine in south Florida for eight years and serving as marketing director for the Gorlin Companies, a Destin, Fla.-based firm that launched medical and drug companies, including several that have become successful publicly traded ventures. In 2007 Laurie discovered that countless animals were being euthanized due to the lack of a no-kill shelter in Walton County. She couldn’t reconcile this with her natural passion for animals, so she started Alaqua Animal Refuge.

Laurie is married and has two boys, ages 10 and 12. Her family is a big part of all activities at the refuge. When not knee deep in animals, they all enjoy paddle boarding, boating, horseback riding, and family time.

Taylor Hood
Director of Operations

Dr. Amy Williams
Veterinarian

Dr. Stephan Knappstein
Veterinarian

Reca Sexton
Veterinary Technician

Alissa Parsons
Animal Technician/
Outside Manager

Ivory DeLuca
Lead Adoption Coordinator

Laura McManus
Adoption Coordinator

Beverly Baum
Volunteer Coordinator

Mary Chris Murry
Communications and Development

Jody Koch-Bailen
Unconditional Love Program

Bonnie Blackmon
Equine Specialist

Danielle LaMarre
Equine Specialist

Bronwynn Toombs
Animal Technician

Abby Diamond
Animal Technician

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