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Meet the 2017 Peachtree City Dog Park Association's Board of Directors!

President: Manuel Franz has a background in Social-Organizational Psychology and has been a lecturer at various colleges and universities in the United States. Most recently, however, Manuel worked as an Organizational Development consultant in Costa Rica.

Manuel has lived all over the U.S. and Europe but moved to Peachtree City from Costa Rica. A dog lover all of his life, Manuel's best buddy is Lucky, a miniature Australian Shepherd, generally known as "Crazy Dog" in the dog park. We won't go into detail why he's called that - it's best that you witness it yourself.

Vice President: Art Epperson 

Treasurer: Mark Schwartz: I’m the one on the left, I’ve been married to my wife from the Netherlands Marie-Jose’ for 32 years, we have three children Ryan 31, Anthony 30, and Katie 27 all grown and gone. My wife and I have lived in Fayetteville for 26 years and have recently moved to a 15 acre honey bee and blueberry farm in south Fayette County. Our current live-in residents are Lucy who is a 10 year old border collie, and Charlie who is a 1 ½ year old black nose mountain cur. When I’m not at the dog park I spend my days working for the Southern Company as a project manager, managing environmental projects.   

Secretary: Mark Rogers is an instructor of economics at Georgia Military College at the Fayetteville campus. He also consults on various economic issues and has written several books on economic indicators. Earlier, Mark was an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

Mark is an animal lover and likes to spend time at the dog park when his step daughter's Australian shepherd makes one of her regular visits. Mark notes the high quality and fun of the park, "Peachtree City can take pride in how much the efforts of so many volunteers have paid off. It is a great place for our dogs to play. And for the owners, it is a tough call for visitors which is more fun - dog watching or people watching."

Member-at-Large: Mike Lossner is an electrical engineer who graduated from Oregon State University and spent most of his career with Bechtel, working out of San Francisco but with job sites all around the world – Canada, Australia, South Africa, Kuwait, and a few other countries in the Middle East.

Mike can often be found in the dog park where he attends to just about everything that requires a helping hand – he's very good at it, too!                                                                                                      

Member-at-Large: Michael Runzi has served as an Assistant Attorney General and has been legal counsel and a litigator in the financial services industry.  Because of health issues, his law practice is currently inactive, and he works as an artist using the media of stone, metals and wood.

Mike is a dog lover, and he and his family have lived in Peachtree City since 2003.  Wolfie, a German shepard lab mix, is very much a part of his family.  Wolfie loves the park and all of his friends there and knows exactly what time to go each day.  Wolfie prides himself on being a stick aficionado, though most would agree that he is simply obsessed with sticks. If you see us at the park, give Wolfie a stick and he will be your buddy, though he may return the stick to Mike for further study, appreciation, chewing, and a bit of tugging.

Upcoming Election

Elections for next year's Peachtree City Dog Park Association board members will be held at the regular March 2017 meeting. 

Board Meetings

All members in good standing are welcome to attend the dog park association board meetings. If you have concerns, questions, comments, or suggestions, attending a meeting is the best way to get involved and voice your opinions. In general, board meetings will be conducted every second Tuesday of each month unless an alternative date is announced.

The next meeting will be held:

Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Community Room behind City Hall

The meeting is held in the Community Room next door to the Planning Commission at the bottom floor of the public library, located at 153 Willowbend Road, PTC.