Alaqua Animal Refuge

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Laurie Hood

Laurie Hood

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 12 and 14. 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

Dr. Stephan Knappstein

Dr. Jim Smith

Reca Sexton
Veterinary Technician

Alissa Parsons
Animal Technician/
Outside Manager

Laura McManus
Adoption Coordinator

Robin Anchors
Adoption Coordinator

Beverly Baum
Volunteer Coordinator

Mary Chris Murry

Jody Koch-Bailen
Unconditional Love Program

Bonnie Blackmon
Equine Specialist

Abby Diamond
Animal Technician

Pamela Streit
Animal Technician

Carl Cline
Animal Technician

Sara Coburn
Animal Technician

Kelly Patterson
Animal Technician

Patrick Gault
Bird Technician

William Berdami
Bird Technician

Lindsie Zemanick
Bird Technician

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