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. Jim, Shannon, and their kids continue to sporadically puppy sit, and enthusiastically support Hero Dogs and its mission.
Blair is a financial executive with over 18 years of experience serving state and local government transportation agencies in the areas of roadway tolling and public transit. For the first half of his career he worked for the IBM Corporation in various marketing and financial management positions. Blair holds an MBA from the Hagan School of Business, Iona College, NY and a bachelor of science in Biology from Trinity College, CT. He has three grown children, two sons and a daughter; and one grandson. His younger son is a U.S. Navy Lt. and P-3 Orion aircraft pilot. Blair coached youth baseball and softball, and served 13 years as a youth travel and high school ice hockey coach. Throughout his professional life, Blair has lived in New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida, Georgia and now resides in Chevy Chase, Maryland with his miniature schnauzer, Linus. As a lifelong dog lover and owner, Blair is eager and enthusiastic about his new role serving Hero Dogs, Inc.
Randi was born in NYC and as an adult has lived in NJ, Orlando, Roanoke, VA and now Maryland. She has served in Financial Management positions the majority of her professional career. She earned an MBA and is a licensed Certified Management Accountant (CMA). She recently received her Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) license. Randi has experience in several types of accounting, including non-profit accounting. Randi grew up with dogs and has always been owned by rescues and dogs just short of becoming rescues. Her current owners are Lexi, a retired Havana Silk dog, and Layla, a rescued beagle/bassett mix. She looks forward to working with Hero Dogs and supporting the mission!
Ken retired in April, 2018 after 35 years with IBM, Aspen Systems Corporation, Lockheed Martin and Posterity Group where he held Chief Information Officer, Chief Security Officer, and Chief Technology Officer positions providing information technology strategy, planning, implementation, and operations to U.S. defense and civilian agencies. Ken holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Binghamton University in NY.
Following retirement, Ken researched volunteer opportunities with organizations that offered services to address veteran homelessness, suicide prevention and education. He found that Hero Dogs’ mission to help improve the quality of life of veterans and first responders through placement and support of service dogs positively contributes to all issues veterans face.
Marian Block is a retired lawyer who served as Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Lockheed Martin Corporation in Bethesda, Maryland prior to her retirement. In that position, she was responsible for providing and overseeing legal advice on corporate governance, employee benefits, executive compensation, federal securities laws, general corporate matters and subsidiary management.
Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, she worked in private practice and for the U.S. government.
Marian has served as a visiting professor at the University of Vilnius (Lithuania) Faculty of Law and at the Szcecin University (Poland) Faculty of Law where she taught U.S. corporate and benefits law.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Bethesda Urban Partnership.
She is the past president of the Washington Metropolitan Area Corporate Counsel Association (WMACCA) and is a member of the Employee Benefits Committee and Business Law section of the American Bar Association. She was Chairman of the Employee Benefits Committee of the District of Columbia Bar from 1988 – 1990. She has spoken at conferences sponsored by the American Bar Association, the Association of Corporate Counsel, CompensationStandards.com and webcasts sponsored by law firms and trade associations. She was a contributing editor to a 2009 American Bar Association publication on acquisitions of defense contractors and is currently on the Board of Trustees of the Employees Benefits Journal.
Marian received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia and her Bachelor of Arts from Kenyon College. She also has a Master’s of Arts degree in history from Brown University. Her interests including biking, running, golf, theatre and cooking.
Tara is SVP of Business Development and Strategic Marketing at Boston Common Asset Management, an ESG investment firm dedicated to the pursuit of financial return and social change. She has worked in business development roles across the financial sector since 2011, working in both private equity and fixed income previously. She holds a BA in English and American Literature from Middlebury College and is currently pursuing her MBA from NYU Stern School of Business.
Tara is a lifelong distance runner, a native New Yorker, and a grateful US civilian.
Alex is a Director of Capture Management at Amentum, a Maryland-headquartered Government contractor. He is an Army Veteran, serving 6 years on Active Duty and 2 years in the Maryland National Guard. He holds a BA in Psychology from Virginia Wesleyan University, where he played Men’s Lacrosse, and is currently pursuing an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina. Alex, his wife, and children live in West Virginia with their black Lab, Bella.
Thene grew up in Minnesota and moved East after law school to escape the bitter winters. She practiced corporate law for twenty years, retiring as a partner from Hogan & Hartson LLP in 2010. A spinal cord injury survivor, she is passionate about improving the lives of the disabled and remembers fondly how her dog Winnie provided much comfort during many months of physical and occupational therapy. She has served on the Board of Directors and as Secretary and Treasurer of MedStar National Rehabilitation Network (where she was an inpatient following her injury). Thene earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and got her BA from the University of Minnesota’s Duluth campus (a colder school there never was). She lives on a farm in Sandy Spring, Maryland with her husband George, springer spaniel Lucy and five horses.
Brian is a government affairs professional with a quarter of a century experience in federal, state, and local affairs. Prior to his roles in the 2020 presidential campaign, Brian served as the Projects Director for Joe Biden during his time as a United States Senator where he managed federal grants and appropriations.
Before joining McCarter & English as Senior Advisor, Brian spent time as the Director of the Laborers – Employers Cooperation and Education Trust, a progressive labor-management fund, where he forged economic policies that promoted growth in the construction industry in the eastern region.
A political veteran, Brian has managed more than 25 political campaigns, including national experience in the Iowa Caucus process, and has held several positions of considerable leadership in the Democratic Party, including acting as a home state chair for Biden for President.
Brian has a successful track record in communications, business development, regulatory affairs, and labor negotiations and demonstrates acumen for leading innovative market share strategies.
An advocate for diversity and inclusion, Brian is a lifetime member of the NAACP. He is also the recipient of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists’ Person of the Year Award, the Organization of Minority Women’s Martin Luther King Annual Award, and The King Center’s MLK Man of the Year Award.
Brian is committed to public service and currently serves as Chair of the US Military Academy Nomination Commission for Delaware’s lone member of Congress, Lisa Blunt-Rochester. He serves on the board of ambassadors for CHARLIE MIKE ™️ in partnership with Pivotal Moments.
In addition to the military service related boards Brian serves on, as a first generation Irish-American, he is actively involved in numerous organizations connected to Ireland. He is a co – Chair of the 2022 Ireland Funds National Gala in Washington DC, a member of the St. Patrick’s Society, founder and President of Ancient Order of Hibernians, Rev. James F. Trainor Division, and a member of the Delaware Commission on Irish Heritage and Culture. He served as the 2020 chair of the annual Catholic Charities dinner, which raises funds for programs to assist those most in need.
D’Ann is a Texas native that found her way to Maryland in 2017. She has a degree from The University of Texas at Austin in Communication Studies, with an emphasis on Human Relations. D’Ann is a residential real estate broker licensed in DC, MD and VA and loves giving back to the community in her free time. She has previously served on the Board of Directors for BvB Dallas and Blondes vs Brunettes DC tackling Alzheimer’s Disease. The daughter of a retired Fort Hood firefighter and granddaughter of a Navy vet, she has been involved with other Veteran Service organizations, serving as an NHL Ambassador for the United Heroes League, volunteering with Team RWB and giving back to the Homes for Heroes program through her real estate business. She and her husband Andrew were puppy raisers for Hero Dogs Monty and live in Rockville.
Kate works at the US Department of Health and Human Services and has lived in the Washington DC metro for 10 years. She has spent the last 20 years working in Health Information Technology leading organizational change and strategy. Kate spent three years at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration as a subject matter expert on Privacy and Technology Assisted Care, focusing on trauma and veterans affairs, addiction treatment services and medication assisted treatment. In addition to Hero Dogs she is actively involved in the local Boy Scout Troop. Kate lives with her husband, son, and Cavapoo Turbo.
Kimberlee Young, CMCA®, is a community management professional with Vanguard Management Associates, Inc in Germantown. Prior to her current role, Kimberlee spent eight years as an educator with Montgomery County and District of Columbia Public Schools.
A native Marylander, Kimberlee earned her BA in Spanish from Towson University and holds an MA in Teaching from the Johns Hopkins University. She is currently pursuing her PCAM® (Professional Community Association Manager) designation, the highest professional designation in the industry, through the Community Associations Institute.
Kimberlee and her husband, Master Sgt. Kevin Young, USMC, retired, have volunteered with Hero Dogs, Inc. since 2018, during which time they have served as puppy raisers to Hero Dogs Dip and Hero Dogs Patty.