Board of Directors

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

jason-flatt

Hometown: Queens, NY
Current City: Dallas, GA
jason@friendstotheforlorn.org

Jason M. Flatt
President & Founder

Jason shared his home with his parents, Roy and Gerrie, brother, Evan, and pitbull, Calvin. His parents taught him animals were part of the family. From an early age, Jason’s love of animals was undeniable. He brought home every stray he came across and dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. However, life took its twists and turns. Instead, Jason had a successful 20-year career on Wall Street as a commodity/futures trader/broker, and then as a managing director for an equity research publication.

After losing his brother unexpectedly in 2005, Jason found himself in a very dark place. He needed a change and decided to move to Georgia for a fresh start and to escape some rough memories. Shortly after his move, Jason intercepted a 5-week-old pitbull pup, named Angelo, from going to the pound. Suddenly, the dark days got a little brighter. The love Jason and Angelo shared for each other made life good again. Jason went to the pound with the intent of adopting another pitbull as a playmate for Angelo. When he saw the pounds were filled with pitbulls, he was bothered. This realization bothered him enough that he decided to do something about it. In October 2009 Jason founded Friends to the Forlorn Pitbull Rescue.

Jason built FTTF on integrity, compassion, commitment, and love. He pours his heart and soul into every animal he rescues. He loves to rescue the Forlorn, the ones everyone else has given up on. He believes that there is a home for every animal and we just need to work really hard to find it. He prides himself on being decent to every animal and human, in every situation. Jason believes if you are able to help, you should. He has big plans for FTTF. These plans are almost as big as his heart, and his personality.

tina-drummond

Hometown: Abilene, TX
Current City: Temple, GA

Tina Drummond, CPA
Treasurer

Tina grew up in Texas and received her Accounting degree from Abilene Christian University. She has been a resident of Paulding County since 1995, a Certified Public Accountant in Georgia since 2000, and owner/partner of a CPA firm in Paulding County since 2004. She is a certified public accountant licensed in the state of Georgia and a member of the American Institute of CPAs.

Tina’s areas of expertise include corporate tax, small business accounting and taxation, personal income tax preparation, business consulting, and nonprofit 501(c)3 applications and reporting. Tina oversees and handles all of FTTF’s taxes, budgeting and finances. She believes in FTTF’s mission and the services we provide to animals and the community as a whole.

Tina lives in Paulding County with her family. She is involved with numerous ministries, non-profits and community organizations. Tina truly enjoys her profession and the opportunity to provide a needed service to so many in the community. She shares her home with a Mastiff, Cocker Spaniel, and four pitbulls: Lucky, Tater, Mercedes and Eclipse. Mercedes is Eclipse’s mom and they were both rescued by FTTF.

holly-nelson

Hometown: Stamford, CT
Current City: Austell, GA
holly@friendstotheforlorn.org

Holly Nelson
Secretary

Holly relocated from Connecticut to Georgia in 2003 due to a job transfer. A few months after relocating she was passing by a pet store in Smyrna, GA and saw rows of crates on the sidewalk with dogs up for adoption. Having never seen this before in CT, she was saddened that pets seemed so disposable. As an only child who adored animals and grew up with dogs, cats, birds, and fish, it sparked an interest to learn about the pet overpopulation problem in Georgia. She visited many shelters and rescues, and decided to adopt her first dog, Bella, a husky mix from a local rescue, in 2003. Holly wanted to do more to help, so she began volunteering at adoption events and fostering. After five years of involvement with various rescues, Holly met Jason Flatt at a veterinary office in 2008. Shorty after, she came on board to FTTF.

Holly oversees the adoption events, adoption and foster applications, our community spay/neuter program, veterinary care, training, and home visits. Her 15+ years of being involved in the Atlanta rescue community is a true asset to our organization. Holly recognizes the overwhelming need for a pitbull rescue and education organization in the Atlanta area and is committed to supporting FTTF reach the level of necessity the Atlanta area demands.

Holly has extensive college education from Southern Connecticut State University and New York Medical College, where she studied public health in the community. Holly works for a large insurance company and has worked in this industry for 20+ years, overseeing claims management, account management and sales.

Holly resides with her husband, Paul, and a menagerie of rescue dogs, including Dachshunds, labs, pitbulls and mutts. She has owned four pitbulls – Zeus, Roger Rabbit, Ali and LJ – all rescued through FTTF.

lauriel-leonard

Hometown: Memphis, TN
Current City: Vinings, GA
lauriel@friendstotheforlorn.org

Lauriel Leonard
Board Member, Capital Campaign, Fundraising

Lauriel has always had a love for animals, and has volunteered and worked with many animal welfare organizations since the mid 90’s. Her most recent passion was as founding member of Georgia English Bulldog Rescue, Board Member, and Bully Ball Committee Chair for 9 years.

She met her first pitbull, Roxy, realizing even she had fallen for the false stereotype but found out firsthand how wonderful a pitbull could be.

She joined the FTTF Board and became the Events Chair in January 2018 to follow her heart and help the terrible problem shelters have today, pitbull over population, cruelty and high euthanasia rates.

A graduate of UGA, she has been co-owner of a design and manufacturing company, DEX Industries, for 18 years. She and her husband, Craig, live in Vinings, GA and share their home with Roxy, Addie Bobbles and Rosa Maria. Addie Bobbles came from a rescue in Tennessee, Rosa Maria from a local Atlanta rescue, and Roxy from the streets of West End Atlanta.

Hometown: Owensboro, KY & Jackson, MS
Current City: Marietta, GA
susie@friendstotheforlorn.org

Bo & Susie Wagner
Board Members, Legal

Husband and Wife team Bo and Susie Wagner own their own real estate closing firm, Wagner Law Group, LLC, where they handle real property closings, offer simple will preparation and create and manage LLC’s.

Bo Wagner has practiced law for nearly three decades. A Kentucky native, he received his BS in Commerce from Washington & Lee University and his JD from Northern Kentucky University. A frequent visitor to ATL, Bo finally made the move South just after the snowstorm of ’93. A son of a realtor and small builder, real estate is truly in his blood! He is on the Board of the Georgia Real Estate Closing Attorneys Association (GRECAA) and enjoys wine, cooking and taking his daily dog walks.

Susie Wagner was born in Jackson Mississippi but has called Marietta home since she was 4 years old. She has also worked in real estate law for nearly three decades, from her first position as receptionist to managing the entire closing operations of a local multi-office real estate law firm.  A lifelong dog lover, Susie also enjoys baking, crafts, and cooking with Bo.

Bo and Susie live in Marietta and enjoy their children, grandchildren and their 3 dogs.

Hometown: Iowa Park, Texas
Current City: Dunwoody, GA
slane@friendstotheforlorn.org

Susie Lane
Board Member, Foster Coordinator

Susie’s career spans 20+ years in the finance industry. The majority spent in the NBA where she worked as Director of Budget and Finance for the Atlanta Hawks. She also took on that role for the Atlanta Thrashers, Philips Arena and the Atlanta Spirit companies before she retired in 2006. She is a huge advocate for animal rescue and serves as a global ambassador for Rescue Project where she brings awareness to local shelters through triathlon, cycling and running. She’s been involved in rescue for over 10 years.

Susie and her husband Patrick are founders/owners of Elemental Altitude Training Center located in Dunwoody. The facility can simulate altitudes from 10K to 22K feet of elevation. Athletes come from all over the state to train in the facility. Clients range from hikers, ultra runners, triathletes, mountain bikers, and cyclists and even boxing. They’ve helped clients summit Kilimanjaro, Denali, Grand Tetons, Peru as well as several ironman races including the World Champion Ironman competition in Kona, Hawaii. They are currently training 2 combat veterans to summit Mt Everest next April.

Susie and Patrick reside in Dunwoody with their dogs Cooper, Ladybug, and Billie Jean.

Hometown: London, UK
Current City: Atlanta, GA
andrea@friendstotheforlorn.org

Andrea Devane
Board Member

Based in New York City, Andrea spent 17 years in sales and operations in the cosmetic industry for the Estee Lauder Companies and Unilever. After relocating to Atlanta, she spent another 14 years as an Associate Broker for Dorsey Alston Realtors.

In 2020 (in large part due to the pandemic and seeing an urgent need for healing from traumatic experiences) Andrea trained and became certified as a Havening Techniques Practitioner® (a psycho-sensory therapy) and now focuses on helping people remove the negative emotions attached to biological markers that are preventing them from living happy, fulfilled lives.

A life-long animal lover, Andrea found her first Pit Bull (Nessie No Ears) in 2000 and fell in love with this sweet, misunderstood, loyal breed. Since then, many more have found a foster or permanent place in the house: Delly, Tulley, Skid, Chase, George, Benny, Dolly, Nellie, Johnny, Baby, Jessee and Daisy. Andrea joined the Board in 2021 with the desire to make a more meaningful contribution to the advocacy and welfare of the breed.
Andrea was born and raised in England, attended Pepperdine University in California and now splits her time between Atlanta and South Georgia.

Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Current City: Canton, GA

Lynnette Cuff
Board Member

Lynnette is a native of Arizona and relocated to Georgia in 2018 for her job. She has always been a dog lover and learned more about pit bulls from dear friends who have adopted several bully mixes. Their boy Duke was the first pit-bull Lynnette ever met and he showed her how amazing these dogs can be, thus inspiring Lynnette’s love and desire to advocate for the breed.

In 2014, she adopted her first pit-bull, a beautiful adult girl named Phoebe, who crossed the Rainbow Bridge in June of 2020. Lynnette was active with a pit-bull rescue and local shelter in Arizona before moving to the Canton, Georgia area. After losing Phoebe, she was looking for another rescue to support. Friends to the Forlorn was a natural fit and she began volunteering in 2020. As it was in the middle of the pandemic, there weren’t many in-person volunteer opportunities so she signed up to be a foster for puppies which also gave her other rescue mix, Hazel, companions and playmates. In January, 2001, Lynnette adopted one of her Friends of the Forlorn foster puppies Noelle, now affectionately named Bernice.

Lynnette graduated from University of Phoenix with an IT degree. She has always had a passion for helping others and in addition to her volunteer work in Animal Rescue, she has also been a Court Approved Child Advocate. She enjoys traveling, book clubs, crafting, spending time with friends, as well as keeping up with a growing and active Bernice. She is honored to be on the board to continue advancing Friends to the Forlorn’s mission of rescue and community outreach.