Get To Know Us
Bluegrass Pug Rescue, Inc. is a non-profit organization totally supported by donations, proceeds from events, and through the work of its volunteers. None of our volunteers receive compensation for their efforts. Everyone within our organization donates their time because they have a passion for Pugs and believe every Pug deserves a loving, safe, and happy home. The organization has no affiliation with any breeders.
MELODIE KOSS - Board Member and PRESIDENT
Melodie migrated to Lexington, KY via Pittsburgh, PA. She began a small dog sitting business several years ago where she met two pug clients who she fell in love with. She knew she had to find one of her own, and she was very partial to black pugs! Four Pug “foster fails” later, she began dedicating more time to volunteering with BPR. She quickly realized this was something she wanted to dedicate her time and skills toward. Melodie has a full time career with Aramark Financial Shared Services, but also plans to make BPR a long term commitment.
SAM MANNINO - BOARD MEMBER AND VICE PRESIDENT
Sam has been a volunteer with BPR since 2016, and currently lives in Louisville, KY. He has had a love for Pugs ever since he was a child, but didn’t get his first Pug until 2009. He now has two Pugs, Tori and Penni, that keep him busy with their wacky antics and stubbornness. Though he has only been involved with BPR for a little over two years, it is the group’s passion for helping Pugs that has gotten him more involved. He looks forward to many more years working with BPR and rescuing Pugs in need.
barb caldwell - board member and secretary
Barb is an animal lover at heart and developed a fondness for pugs after adopting her first pug, Zulu, 16 years ago. Barb has been an active member in the Louisville community since moving here in 2009, volunteering for several non-profits. She began volunteering for BPR in 2017 and joined the board in 2018. Barb and her husband Jeremy have 2 fur babies (German Shepherd Lola & BPR Grad Luna) as well as 1 feathered baby, their Sun Conure, Chef. Barb earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Indiana University and currently works for Humana.
paul gilles - board member and treasurer
Paul lives in Louisville Kentucky with his rescued dogs (Henry - Pug, and Charlie -Pug, and a foster Pug or two). Over the years, Paul has contributed many volunteer hours to animal rescue organizations, but Pugs are his passion! Paul’s background includes current and previous work with other non-profit organizations, a career with AT&T in the finance field, an undergraduate degree from Hanover College, and a masters degree (MBA) from Indiana University. Paul is a founding member of Bluegrass Pug Rescue, Inc.
judy morris - board member and foster care coordinator
Judy has been a Pug owner for decades. Her husband, Gary, had a Rottweiler, which Judy loved, but she decided she wanted her own dog. When her husband asked what type of dog she wanted, she immediately reflected on her childhood and said she wanted a Pug (also because that was the breed most opposite of a Rottie she could think of in a hurry). Her first Pug unknowingly ended up being a rescue. She and her husband answered an ad in the newspaper and once seeing the conditions of the 4 month old, knew they were going to leave with that puppy one way or the other! Judy has had Pugs ever since. Judy has worked in canine rescue for several years.
Courtney Viglione - Board Member and Surrender Coordinator
Courtney currently lives in Goshen, Kentucky with her husband, human kids, and fur kids (two of which are BPR grads!). She’s always had a fondness for flat-faced fur babies, but Pugs are her passion! She has been one of BPR's most dedicated volunteers for several years, so joining the Board of Directors was a no-brainer!
sandy ferguson - board member and events coordinator
Sandy lives in Lexington, Ky and has been involved with non-profit rescues since 2007. She has fostered, loved and adopted many since then. Pugs are her passion and give her a purpose. She works for Bluegrass Care Navigators formerly Hospice of the Bluegrass. Sandy is a founding member of Bluegrass Pug Rescue, Inc.
phillip doty - board member and legal advisor
Phillip Doty is a retired federal agent and licensed attorney who lives in Middletown, Kentucky. Phil has several years of experience with Pug rescue and is owned by a fawn Pug, "Gordon." Phil has done some public relations for a Pug rescue with WHAS radio. He is a Board member at large and legal advisor for BPR.