Board of Directors


Dr. Hayley Robinson joined the Retrieving Independence board and team in 2015. She is a Nashville native – born and raised! Dr. Robinson is a veterinarian at Belle Meade Animal Hospital and serves as a vet to all the RI dogs.

Hayley Robinson, D.V.M.

Board Chair | Veterinarian

Anna Hollingsworth joined the Retrieving Independence Board of Directors in 2017. Anna and her husband became RI furlough volunteers in early 2017 and both found a passion for the organization’s mission early on. Anna also serves as the Retrieving Independence fundraising committee chairman.

Anna Hollingsworth

Board Vice Chair | Fundraising Coordinator

Ally Oliver joined the Retrieving Independence board this year and became involved with RI dogs through working with Dr. Phipps at Belle Meade Animal Hospital. She really believes in the organization’s mission and wanted to become involved in the organization. Ally is involved with Agape Animal Rescue, and has a passion for animals and animal rescue.

Ally Oliver

Board Member | Secretary

Vicki Diestelkamp joined the board in 2016, having worked with Retrieving Independence’s Puppy program at the Farm at Natchez Trace. With a background in the Hospitality industry, she assists in coordinating the Recipient camp hotel and meeting arrangements.

Vicki Diestelkamp

Board Member | Treasurer

Dave Adams joined Retrieving Independence in 2011 as a volunteer and serves on the Retrieving Independence Board of Directors. He performs many tasks behind the scenes including helping to raise puppies for the Serving With Canines training program, fundraising, and supporting the organization whenever he is called upon.

Dave Adams

Board Member

Mary Belle is a native Nashvillian, proud dog lover and “parent” to Lola. In addition to serving on the Board of Retrieving Independence, Mary Belle volunteers with Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and Boys and Girls Clubs of Middle TN. Previously Mary Belle served on the Board of the Rosemary Beach Property Owner’s Association and held the office of Secretary.

Mary Belle Grande

Board Member

Katie Regan joined the Board of Retrieving Independence in 2017. She is a retired Physical Therapist and the mother of a veterinarian. Being a Nashville native, Katie has had the opportunity to volunteer in many church and civic areas in the city and looks forward to sharing her skills. She is the proud owner of a golden retriever, Nelle.

Katie Regan

Board Member

Hank Edwards

Board Member

Andy Charron, P.E.

Board Member

Bill Plantz

Board Member