Jean Williams


  • President

“I am an Inflammatory Research scientist and nerd by trade. I moved to Tucson 10 years ago for the weather. I had always admired greyhounds but could not have one where I lived previously. I met greyhounds in Tucson and fell in love with them. Rehoming sighthounds and overseeing our service dog program is my passion. “

Jean has been volunteering since 2008 for Arizona Greyhound Rescue, (AGR) working in different positions until ultimately becoming the President of AGR. Jean’s extensive background in medical research which includes more than 15 years of comprehensive hands-on experience in microbiology research and other critical scientific research fields of discipline, allows her to use her expertise to facilitating critical dog care and interacting with the veterinary community.


Valerie D. Pullara

  • Secretary

“My passion for dogs come from my parent’s love and desire to help all dogs. This deep love has been with me all my life and drives me to help keep dogs with their families. I moved to Arizona in 2005 and joined Arizona Greyhound Rescue as a volunteer, first writing grants, then serving on the Board as Secretary/Treasurer. My passion is fostering dogs that cannot be adopted due to special needs or behavioral problems. “

Valerie’s management career has focused on bringing purpose and vision to organizations that help people and communities including her work as a City Manager, as a chapter Executive Director of the American Red Cross, as Development Director, Human Resource Director and as Senior Project Manager working with people with disabilities. Valerie also is a certified mentor for SCORE.



  • Vice President

Mary has been an integral part of Arizona Greyhound Rescue since 2011 helping in rescues, retraining, and rehoming dogs, managing events, communications, and web development; and, as Development Director, guiding the critical areas of fundraising, partnerships, and grants.

Mary has lived and worked all around the U.S. and even took her on a business stint to the Middle East. She has worked in executive management in fields as varied as the nuclear industry to city management to banking and real estate. At the University of Arizona she served as Scientific Editor for a scientific journal and was a web developer for the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

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Shelley Harris

  • Board Member

For over 4 years. Shelley has played an integral part on Arizona Greyhound Rescue's Board of Directors as the Director of Community Outreach & Marketing. She works to reach out to the community about Arizona Heartfelt Hounds programs and adoption efforts. Shelley has over 30 years of proven experience in sales and marketing in hospitality, event planning, and senior care. Along with volunteering with AGR, Shelley is Past President for Health & Wellness of Southern Arizona, a group that works to meet the educational needs of members in the health care industry.

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  • Board Member
“For the past 8 years Oro Valley has been my home. My experience with Arizona Greyhound Rescue was at first a professional one. Before my retirement I worked in a senior community where Arizona Greyhound Rescue had placed a loving, sweet sight hound named, Mr. Fry. Frequently, he would come into my office for a quiet snooze. I got to know him well. I also had the opportunity to get to know the dedicated team with AGR, so when I retired and wanted to give back, AGR/AHH was the perfect fit for me!" Marjorie’s office skills are amazing and have allowed her to work in a number of fields as administrative support - manufacturing, real estate, for a law firm, with local government and a senior living community. In addition, Marjorie has helped run the family business.

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