President & Founder
Judy lives in Huntingdon Valley, PA. She is married to Robert Dyke and has two sons, Eric and Carl. Judy has a BS in Education and is a certified dog trainer. Judy is also the Founder and President of the Women of Willow Grove, a not-for-profit organization, which was in existance from 2007 – 2023. Closed so that more focus could be spent on Harmony Retreat and Animal Rescue’s mission/vision. Judy currently has 3 cats and 4 grandpuppies. Judy loves to garden – both flower and vegetables!
“My passion for animals, providing the best care for them has moved me to start a nonprofit rescue/sanctuary. A place where creatures of this earth can find a safe life, live out their life or find a loving family that will adopt them. I also love to help people connect with other people and find joy in their lives, therefore creating the retreat part of the dream. The retreat will be a place where one person; a person and child or friend; or an entire family can come to rejuvenate and find purpose – to have a symbiotic relationship with nature and animals. My vision is very big, but my heart is even bigger!”
Eric has been part of HRAR since the very first meeting held at Judy’s house in the summer of 2017. Currently serving as Vice President, he started his role with the organization as the board’s secretary.
Eric has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Drexel. He also has four years of formal yoga training. He lives in Willow Grove with his best dog friend, Chuck.
“This organization presents an awesome opportunity to give back to others and to create something beautiful. I have enjoyed being a part of this adventure so far and am excited to see what the future holds. I eagerly await the day we can open the doors of our retreat center!”
Kathleen (Kay-C) Markman
Kathleen (Kay-C) Markman
Kay-C lives in Ambler PA. She has one son who is married to Lily and they have a beautiful daughter, Ella. She taught Special Education for many years before recently retiring. She has a sweet, one year old rescue dog, Tucker. “ I have had pets most of my life and welcome the opportunity to do more for those animals in need. I have known Judy for many years and have always been a big supporter of this organization. I know that together we can make this happen!
Midge lives in Ambler, PA. She is married to Jack Durkin. Midge has a degree from Shippensburg University.
“I have worked in the field of accounting for 32 years, the last 18 at John T. Durkin & Company. I love sports especially skiing with my entire family. During my life I have had 10 dogs including several rescues. It’s so hard to watch stories about animals in need. When I found out about Harmony I thought this would be a good opportunity to help.“
Kerianne lives in Central Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She has a BA from the University of Pittsburgh and a JD from Widener University Delaware Law School. She is a practicing attorney at Macfarlan Law, LLP, in Bucks County. Kerianne also has three rescue cats and is married andi s the mother of two young children.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to help animals in need and I just know that Harmony Retreat & Animal Rescue will accomplish great things!”
Growing up and through adulthood, Bryn’s pets have been the center of her world. Her pet family has included dogs, cats, guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters, a turtle, a rat, and a horse of 25 years. Most recently, a rescue dog Scarlett joined the family 2 years ago.
Upon volunteering at a local shelter as a teenager, Bryn saw many abused and neglected animals. The hardest image she remembers is seeing a dog, Shasta whom she had been walking and cleaning her run for a week, lying dead on a flatbed amongst the other dogs that had been euthanized were awaiting the incinerator. This experience affected her deeply. The answer to the overpopulation of dogs and cats is not by killing them. They are innocent beings and death should not be their punishment.
Bryn loves that Harmony Retreat and Rescue addresses this problem, and also offers the community an opportunity to be in an environment that is comforting and relaxing with lots of barks, meows, and tail wags to welcome you to your home away from home.
Ruth Ann Roche
Ruth’s passion for animals can be traced back to her childhood. For some reason she has always had a mini-zoo at her home, and her parents rarely said no when Ruth Ann brought home a “critter” in need. Looking back Ruth Ann says “I am grateful that they allowed me to care for the animals as it taught me so much.“
Over the years, Ruth Ann has shared her home with dogs, cats, birds, fish, hampster, guinea pigs and even two snakes. She also grew up riding horses at a local farm and caring for them was a requirement in order to receive a lesson. She says, “I don’t know how to explain my attraction, except to say that I feel a kinship with these beautiful animals and also feel the need to protect them and be their voice.”
Ruth Ann is a realtor who has written feature articles and real estate columns for the Bucks County Courier Times (in the past). She was employed by them for four years.