Staff and Volunteers
Taylor is our coordinator of fundraising and events. She also creates content and moderates discussions happening in the social media spaces where we are present.
She became involved with SBF in the fall of 2011 after finding us on Facebook through another organization that supports veterans. Knowing that social media led her to us – she knew she could lead others here through our social media efforts as well.
Taylor has a passion for dogs and was even more intrigued to learn that when a veteran needed a dog we turned to local animal shelters to adopt and give that dog an even more special purpose in life. In addition to her love for canines, Taylor’s Father is also a veteran and wants to help those who have served her country.
Rev. Liana Rowe
The Rev. Liana Rowe is Directing SBF’s pet adoptions. The Rev. Liana Rowe is SBF’s Adoptions Director, 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.
Ada began volunteering with SBF in March 2012, after seeing an online news article about the program. She has always been eager to help veterans’ organizations and animal organizations, and she is ecstatic to volunteer with an organization that benefits both groups.
Ada has several family members who are currently active in the military or are veterans from Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq. She has helped SBF with events, fundraising, and by making paracord bracelets. Ada is married, has two cats and a dog, and is an amateur photographer.
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.