Staff and Volunteers
Brenda Meir is our Operations Manager. She comes to us by way of the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association where she was the Assistant Executive Director. Her husband Gary is a Marine veteran.
Brenda says there are connections for her to the SBF mission in several ways: her long marriage to a veteran, experience working with the veterinary community and her love for dogs.
Kathy is the office Administrative Assistant. She has worked most of her career in a customer service based industry where she found her passion in caring for other’s needs. From the time she was young she has loved animals and has been drawn to wanting to find a way to help them. She is now able to combine these two passions by joining the Soldier’s Best Friend team.
Kristeen was born and raised in the Los Angeles area of California. She attended Pierce College and UCLA studying small business management and theater arts. She started her working career in the entertainment business as a booking/tour manager for recording artists and was the founder and director of her own children’s theater company. Looking for a new adventure, Kristeen
moved to the Florida Keys and lived on her sailboat while taking on a new career combining her love of animals and business skills at The Dolphin Research Center. Wanting to be closer to family, she is now in Arizona working for a cause close to her heart, Soldier’s Best Friend, as an event/volunteer coordinator. Kristeen has two wonderful children, two rescue cats and one adopted dog.
Rev. Liana Rowe
Rev. Liana Rowe is SBF’s Adoptions Manager, facilitating our veteran/dog pairings where needed. She served six years in the Illinois Air National Guard, has worked as a veterinary technician, and avidly trained her own dogs in obedience and sports.
Recently, the Rowe family has been fostering potential service dogs for SBF.
Donald and Teri de Mars
Don and Teri deMars are professional counselors currently employed by the Veteran’s Administration providing clinical services to combat veterans, their spouses and families. Together they have over 50 years in the counseling field, with Don having amassed thirty-years providing individual, conjoint marital-family and group psychotherapy to trauma survivors, and Teri serving as a clinician with the VA’s Post Traumatic Stress Clinical Team for the past ten years.
On a personal and professional level, Teri and Don have experienced the healing affect generated by the secure attachment to service dogs. Don first employed therapy dogs in the early eighties with survivors of sexual abuse, and most recently while providing clinical services at a residential program for adolescent males suffering from trauma helplessness and substance abuse/ dependence. Teri and Don are both children of WW-II combat Veterans, and Don is a Veteran of the U.S. Army. Working with SBF, then, is a natural extension for their passion, and obligation to the wounded warrior, providing the Veteran with yet another avenue to both heal and to transform through the relationship with her/his partner- the service dog.
Jeff has been involved with SBF since it’s beginning. Helping our war veterans is very important and rewarding to Jeff.
He has devoted many hours to charitable organizations throughout his career. Jeff is married, has 1 adult daughter and 2 children.
Fred and Helen Zinn
Fred and Helen have been assisting SBF from it’s beginning.
Fred a veteran helps in many ares with his speciality being in computer technology. Helen helps SBF in many areas including Fundraising & managing inventory supplies
Kenny created and maintains our website. He has been a member of SBF since its inception. He is passionate about keeping Soldier’s Best Friend up to date with the latest technology to keep us on the cutting edge. When he is not working with SBF he is busy up in Flagstaff, AZ working full-time for Northern Arizona University.
Kenny also is part owner in a small web marketing and development company called OrangeFinch LLC
Kenny is responsible for not only making sure our website is running smoothly but he also heads up our Google Ads marketing. With his efforts we have been able to acquire grants from various technology companies to make sure we are doing all we can to be as successful in our efforts as possible.