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Who We Are

Board, Staff & Trainers

Katie Ares

Katie Ares

Katie Ares is the Executive Director of Soldier’s Best Friend. With over a decade of nonprofit experience, Katie has held roles in direct service provision, community outreach, grants management, and public policy. As a military spouse and daughter of a Vietnam veteran, Katie has a deep appreciation for the honor and commitment of our service members and their loved ones.

In addition to her background in nonprofit programming and administration, Katie is a survivor/advocate and public speaker who has seen first-hand, the positive impact that animals have on the lives of people living with Post-Traumatic Stress. Katie was honored during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week as the 2019 Triumph Over Tragedy Award recipient by the Arizona Governor’s Office. Katie holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Central Florida and a Master of Public Administration from Webster University.

In her free time, Katie enjoys spending time with her husband and their two dogs exploring Arizona while hiking, yurt camping, and overlanding.

Our Impact

  • Graduate Veteran/Dog Teams


  • Rescued Arizona Homeless Dogs


  • Our Goal for Veterans Served in 2022


  • Training Hours Provided in 2021


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