NGMSAR PRESIDENT: Greg Hicks
Greg Hicks has been a team member of NGMSAR immediately after its formation beginning in April of 2010. Serving on the Board of Directors he also been the Safety Officer for the unit. Training includes certifications for Level One First Responder, Rescue Specialist and SAR TECH II. Greg is also on the Board of Directors of the Dawson County Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.) and currently serves as the Planning Officer. He is a Past President of the Dawsonville Lions Club and the current Zone Chairman for Lions district 18-I in North Georgia . Greg is an active member of ShakeRag Hounds Foxhunting Club for 20 years. Married for 18 years to his wife Donna, they reside in Dawson County, are members of Trinity Church in Ball Ground, GA and enjoy their life together serving the community.
“NGMSAR provides an outstanding service opportunity for us to develop, utilize and promote our skills for the benefit of our North Georgia Community. In using our equine partners to aid Local Law Enforcement and Emergency Services in large area searches for missing and lost persons or horses we raise public awareness of the tremendous role horses have played in our nation’s safety throughout its history. The continuing contribution horse and rider can make to outdoor safety in our own communities is the inspiration for me to be a part of NGMSAR.”
NGMSAR Secretary: Shirley Cox
Shirley is the Secretary/Records Maintenance Manager for NGMSAR. She is Cobb County C.E.R.T. trained whose certifications include Level 1 First Responder and Rescue Specialist. Although always loving horses, Shirley didn’t begin riding until her mid 40’s and has enjoyed every minute since. She and her horse Jack, are Parelli Level 1 graduates and have participated in Mounted Police Training.
Shirley was an active participant on the Board of the Miniature Schnauzer Club of Atlanta and showed and raised Miniature Schnauzers for 25 years. She is currently the secretary of her communities Home Owners Association. She is married to Don Cox, also on the Board of NGMSAR. Together they enjoy riding, camping with their horses, taking vacations and enjoying life.
“I have a lot to be grateful for in my life, and volunteering for the community is a small thank you for that gift.” —Shirley
NGMSAR Treasurer: Kim Rinaldi
Kim is one of the 9 original members of the North Georgia Mounted Search and Rescue team, since their first meeting on December 10th, 2009. At her Bent Tree Saddle club’s Christmas party, she was invited to a meeting for the formation of a North Georgia Mounted Search and Rescue unit.
Kim is the administrative executive secretary for her husbands business, Press Service, LLC. Married for 27 years, she lives her dream of having a horse farm on top of a mountain with her husband Jim, who she adores, along with her horses Teddy and Keeko and her two new pups Charlotte and Sadie.
“I feel blessed to be in this organization, it’s a great way to give back.” ….Kim
NGMSAR Board Member/Incident Command and Control: Tom Boney
Tom joined NGMSAR in 2015, and brings a vast array of search and rescue experience with him. His prior experience includes volunteering with a local canine team, experience as a firefighter and emergency medical technician, certified in Adult-Pediatric Advanced First Aid/CPR/AED and various rescue modalities in the emergency services field. Tom is also a Disaster Services Team Leader and Instructor with the American Red Cross of Metro Atlanta, and a Team Leader of an Atlanta-based Community Emergency Response Team. Tom has acquired numerous FEMA certifications in Incident Command, Mass Care, and National Response Protocols.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors as the NGMSAR Incident Commander.
“My goal is to provide an unparalleled level of service to the community when we are needed”…Tom
NGMSAR Board Member: Don Cox
As the Horse Training Officer for NGMSAR, Don has been involved with and enjoyed horses since his youth. Don is SARTECH III certified, Cobb County C.E.R.T certified, Level 1 First Responder and a certified Rescue Specialist.
While in the service, Don was trained as a Medic. He graduated from Drake University with a Degree in Pharmacy and has been a registered Pharmacist for the past 55 years. Over the years, Don has been a member of many non-profit organizations and has been an active participant as an officer or president.
Don and his wife Shirley, moved to Georgia 17 years ago. They are both fully retired and enjoy riding and training their horses. Don has four children and eight grandchildren.
“I believe Search and Rescue is a great cause. I’m grateful to be able to donate time and effort to our neighbors in need through our equine partners.” –Don