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NGMSAR Officers


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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 Vice-President – Jeff Knight


Jeff has been a valuable member of the team since 2010.  As our Field Training Officer,  he brings to the table training in navigation, map reading, compass training and GPS training.   Jeff is a former volunteer fire fighter as well as a pilot.  Jeff is certified in First Aid/CPR/AED and has completed multiple ICS courses.  He is also SAR TECH II certified.  Jeff and his wife Terri, reside in Gwinnett County.




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

DSC01379 (2)  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 a Registered Nurse, CPAN, CAP level III,  working at Northside Forsyth Hospital  two days a week.  She is a BLS/1st AID/AED  instructor teaching our members these required skills.
Kim is SARTEC II certified.  She is a member of Dawson County C.E.R.T. and serves on the advisory board for medical response and training.

 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:  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