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Bryan DuChene, Veteran USN - President (2018)
Bryan grew up in an Army family, his father Terry retired after 20 years of active duty, including three tours in Germany. Having experienced Army life, Bryan enlisted in the Navy in 1992 and served six years as a Cryptologic Technician. While on active duty, he deployed aboard a variety of Seventh Fleet Combatants, both above and below the surface of the ocean. He has continued to serve our county, working for the Department of Justice since 1998. Bryan became involved with Hero Dogs in 2013 when his family volunteered as the puppy raisers for Coach Joe Palone, one of the bouncier Labradors to pass through the kennel! In 1990 Bryan earned a BS in Political Science from Arizona State University. Bryan, his wife Kiernan (also a Navy Veteran), and their son live in Navy Yard, Washington, DC.
Joe Trella, Veteran USAR - Vice President (2017)
Joe is a U.S. Army veteran, having served on Active Duty for six years. He is a senior strategic consultant and international affairs specialist with 20 years experience in strategic planning, policy development, risk management, crisis management, geopolitical analysis, and conflict resolution. He has worked for two Governors, the National Governors Association, and in the private sector. He graduated from Loyola University of Maryland with a BBA in Business Economics and University of Baltimore with a MS in Negotiations and Conflict Management and an international affairs concentration. Joe has been active in Veteran issues to include: former special assistant to the Governor for Veteran affairs and the military department, VFW and American Legion member, and executive member of Baltimore Operation Stand Down. Joe and his girlfriend Lisa live in Washington DC with their three breed-challenged rescue dogs Molson, Elsa, and Cisco.
Bess Amerman - Treasurer (2017)
Bess is a native Upstate New Yorker. She moved to Washington D.C. after college for a change of scenery and has lived in the DMV area for 10 years. Bess was formerly an auditor with CohnReznick in Bethesda Maryland, specializing in Non-Profit clients. Most recently Bess was hired as the Grants and Contracts Manager for a DC non-profit College Summit. She received her Master’s in Accounting from American University. Bess is a lifelong dog lover and grew up with her family Labs Gigi, Sadie and Chaz. She now lives in Silver Spring with her teacup Chihuahua named Diamonds and her Boxer named Monday. Bess is looking forward to her fourth year working with the Board in order to support the mission of Hero Dogs!
Linda Phipps, Veteran USN CDR (Ret) - Secretary (2017)
Linda is a Principal Professional Staff Analyst at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL), Laurel, Maryland. She has more than 30 years of experience in defense analysis. She joined JHU/APL in January 1998 and has held a number of leadership positions in technical and program management. A native of New Jersey, she is a retired Naval Officer and has been a volunteer with Hero Dogs, Inc. since its inception. Phipps earned two bachelor’s degrees in Marine Biology and English Literature from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Florham Park NJ and a master’s degree in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School. She resides in Waldorf, Maryland with her husband Carl and two Black Lab mix rescue dogs, Duchess and Jester.
Jim Crimmins, Veteran USN - Board Member (2017)
Jim is a native New Englander that moved to the Maryland countryside in 2006 along with his wife, Shannon, and their black lab, Zora. He is a Navy veteran, having spent five years in the submarine force on USS San Juan (SSN-751). Jim has spent the past fifteen years as a business strategy and acquisitions professional, working in management roles in the energy and industrial manufacturing fields. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the United States Naval Academy and an MBA in Finance and Strategic Management from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He and his wife have been active with Hero Dogs since its inception, and were the first puppy sitters for the organization. Being puppy sitters turned into being puppy raisers for Theodore Roosevelt, who still lives with family and now serves as both an Ambassador dog and Therapy dog for Hero Dogs. Jim, Shannon, and their kids continue to sporadically puppy sit, and enthusiastically support Hero Dogs and its mission.
J. Blair Fishburn - Board Member (2018)
Blair – bio pending
Blair – bio pending
Rob Grubbs, Veteran COL USAR (Ret) - Board Member (2017)
Rob is a program manager who works at the Headquarters, US Army Corps of Engineers in Washington DC. He is an Army brat and a Virginia native, and retired from the US Army Reserves in 2008. He graduated from the US Military Academy with a BS degree, and has earned master’s degrees from Boston University and the US Naval War College. He has worked for the past 18 years in emergency management for the Corps, both domestically and internationally, interspersed with two mobilization tours as a Reservist, serving in Bosnia in 1999 as the battalion commander of a NATO battalion, and for two years in the Pentagon in the Army G-3. He has volunteered with various organizations over the years, to include youth soccer, Kemper Open and US Open golf tournaments, Celebrate Fairfax, Rock and Roll Half Marathons, and the Society of American Engineers. He and his wife, Jan, have two grown children, and reside in Fairfax Station, VA, with their rescue dog Pungo.
Christy Tosatto, Veteran USPHS - Board Member (2018)
Christy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is a veteran of the United States Public Health Service. While on active duty, she served as a clinical pharmacist with the Indian Health Service on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota and taught patient consultation on a national level. Later, as a member of the Inactive Reserve, she provided pharmaceutical care for the Hopi, Apache, and Navajo tribes. She enjoys hiking, climbing and stand-up paddle-boarding with her family. Her husband, Rob remains an active duty officer in USPHS. Christy and her beloved rescue lab, Oliver, now manage a household in Brookeville, transitioning four teenagers into independence.
Jeanie Wade, Veteran USMC (SGT) - Board Member (2017)
Jeanie is the Vice President of Service Center Operations for Northrop Grumman Corporation. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Medaille College, completed the Harvard Business School General Management Program, and served in the United States Marine Corps. She is a certified Continuous Improvement Black Belt. She has previously volunteered for the Niagara County (New York) SPCA and for the Tails of Hope Sanctuary. She is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Women Marines Association.
Glenn Wasik - Board Member (2017)
Glenn is a Veterans Law Judge at the Board of Veterans Appeals, United States Department of Veterans Affairs, where he has been employed for more than 20 years. Prior to that, he was employed in the private practice of law for six years. He is on the Executive Board for the American Federation of Government Employees, Local 17, and is also on the Board of Directors of his local homeowners association. Other volunteer activities include being a team representative for his local MCSL swim team for the past 4 years and also coaching boys lacrosse for 8 years with the Olney Boys and Girls Club. He is a Maryland native who has an undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Juris Doctorate from George Mason University. He and his wife, Kelly, have three children and reside in Brookeville, Maryland with two cats and their rescue dog Fabio. Fabio is a good boy but of uncertain heritage.