- Jennifer Lund, Ph.D. – Founder & Executive Director
- Barbara Ramundo – Deputy Director
- James Bruland – Office Manager
- Becca Cooper – Kennel Manager
- Moira Malloy – Event/Volunteer Coordinator
- Kiernan DuChene – Program Assistant
Jennifer is a former research scientist with experience at the University of Michigan, Medtronic Inc., and IBM. She specialized in neural prostheses – electrode arrays implanted in the brain to control prosthetic devices such as an artificial eye, ear, or limb. Her research interests coupled with her love for dogs led Jennifer to start Hero Dogs, Inc. She is passionate about providing service dogs to people who deserve them most but often go unnoticed: our nation’s Veterans with disabilities. Jennifer is a “dog expert” having raised and trained dogs all her life, including assistance dogs for Leader Dogs for the Blind and Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Inc., and canines for the Connecticut State Police. Other previous experience includes certification by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers; ownership and operation of a highly successful dog agility and obedience business in Montgomery County, MD; serving as an instructor for Kutztown University’s Level II Canine Training and Management Program; membership in the Association of Pet Dog Trainers; and service on the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Barbara joined the Hero Dogs staff as Deputy Director in August 2013. Barbara has extensive experience in the nonprofit sector, having served as the executive director of a Montessori school, development director at a special needs adoption agency and at a leading anti-hunger organization, an independent fundraising consultant to over 75 nonprofit organizations, and, most recently, as an executive recruiter exclusively for the nonprofit sector. Barbara’s love of dogs and desire to work with an organization that focuses on their uniqueness and their incredible skills and abilities led her to seek out Hero Dogs. Barbara’s roles at Hero Dogs include publicity and marketing, community and veteran outreach, and development. Barbara shares her home with a German Shepherd mix, a Labradoodle, and a chihuahua mix. Actually the chihuahua shares her home with Barbara.
James joined the Hero Dogs staff as Administrative Assistant in September 2012, becoming the organization’s first hired staff member. He has ten years of administrative experience in various organizations and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. He was thrilled to find a position where he could support an organization that works to help those in need, and delighted to find himself in an office where canines frequently outnumber humans. He and his wife, Jessica (who volunteers in the Hero Dogs kennel and edits the Hero Dogs Puppy Pages) live near Frederick, MD with two cats, two mice, three hermit crabs, three rats, six birds, and oddly, zero dogs. The one he borrowed for the picture is his absolute favorite Hero Dog, Sammie. Except for all of his other absolute favorite Hero Dogs.
Becca joined the Hero Dogs staff as Kennel Manager in November 2012. Becca, a native of upstate New York, is a graduate of SUNY Cobleskill in Animal Science. She first came to Hero Dogs in January 2012 to do her senior year internship. She supervised the kennel volunteers, cared for the four dogs then at the facility, assisted with classes, and learned new service dog training skills. After graduating in May 2012, Becca took a position at a local animal shelter. However, she missed the Hero Dogs she had spent four months living with too much, and returned to Hero Dogs in the fall. Currently Becca supervises 25 volunteers, six dogs, and one very bossy cat at our kennel. She also assists with education of our volunteer Puppy Raisers and Puppy Sitters, the advanced training of dogs at our facility, and veteran-dog team training. Having previous experience as a volunteer instructor at a therapeutic riding program, Becca enjoys coming to work every day on a horse farm, and sometimes tries to sneak extra cats into the kennel.
Moira joined the Hero Dogs staff as Event and Volunteer Coordinator in June 2014. A Maryland local, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from University of Maryland. After working with animals at a veterinary hospital for many years, she wanted to continue that path with animals. She found Hero Dogs when looking for a summer internship in college and fell in love with the mission. Even though the internship was only for the summer, she continued to stay involved with Hero Dogs by taking some of the dogs to classes and various events. Once graduating, she was excited by the opportunity to continue her work with Hero Dogs on a regular basis. She certainly does not play favorites among the Hero Dogs, but admits to a certain fondness for one or two.
Kiernan DuChene – Program Assistant
Kiernan joined the Hero Dogs staff as Program Assistant in September of 2016, working with both Veteran applicants and Puppy Raiser volunteers. This followed a couple of years of volunteering with the organization, first as one of the Puppy Raisers of Hero Dogs Coach Joe Palone and later, an administrative volunteer. Hero Dogs has become a family affair as her husband, Bryan, who shared puppy raising duties, is now a board member. Native to the mid-Atlantic, but raised in Oregon, Kiernan is a former Navy Linguist, has a B.A. from University of Maryland –University College in English as well as credentials in French and Russian. Kiernan has volunteer experience with a variety of organizations, MOMS Club, Santa Clarita Autism Asperger Network and various PTAs in both in Maryland and California. Hero Dogs at work make this possibly the best job ever.