Andy Gladstein

Andy Gladstein , Founder & Chairman of the Board

Andrew (Andy) Gladstein, born in Washington, DC, graduated from Indiana University with a BS degree in Education. His successful career in the furniture industry began in 1979 with Monterey Manufacturing accelerating from Regional Sales Manager to National Sales Manager to Vice President of Sales. In 1985, he became owner and CEO of Industrus Baja Pacifica…
April Haskins

April Haskins , Executive Director

April joined the Dogs for our Brave team as the Executive Director, in early 2022. While this had not been on her radar, she believes, the most rewarding challenges are presented to remind you that you’re not done learning or serving. She diligently seeks out ways to grow as an individual which has presented her…
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Jim Schutte , Board President

Jim Schuette has over 20 years in the restaurant / hospitality industry. Since 2009 he has served as the Chief Operations Officer for Syberg’s Restaurant Group, St. Louis, MO. Overseeing all day-to-day operations as well as real estate development, construction, general contracting, and administrating the fundraising and charities for the group. From 1998-2003 he served…
Paul Scimone

Paul Scimone , Director of Training

Paul is a certified canine trainer, registered veterinary technician, and canine good citizen instructor from St. Louis, Missouri. He has been involved in the dog training community for over a decade. More specifically, he has been involved in rescuing, rehabilitating, and rehoming abandoned and abused pets, which fits right in with our DFOB mission. Paul…
Bridgette McAuley

Bridgette McAuley , Community Engagement Coordinator

In 2019, Bridgette began her career with Dogs for our Brave as a volunteer. After a few short months, Director of Training, Paul, decided to take her under his wing as an apprentice trainer. From there, she was promoted to a Full-Time trainer. Her background includes a B.S. in Animal Science with a Minor in…
Marylynn Gladstein

Marylynn Gladstein , Founder and Board Vice President

Marylynn Keene Gladstein, born in Mississippi, has a broad range of talents. From a military family, she lived a number of places growing up, graduating from high school in St. Petersburg, Florida and attending UCLA in Interior Design. Her career began in Washington, DC as an administrative assistant with the Department of Justice – Office…
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Dick Shalhoub , Treasurer

The owner operator of 27 McDonald’s Restaurants during the past 28 years, Dick has received numerous awards for his exceptional store operations. He received a Bachelor of Science, Finance & Real Estate from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, and received a graduate degree from the American Graduate School of International Management, Glendale,…
Shannon Durington

Shannon Durington , Head Trainer

Shannon is a St. Louis native who graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in English and a minor in Sociology. While working at a nonprofit after college, she had the opportunity to work closely with veterans and see how much of a difference service dogs made in their lives. This led Shannon…
Bradley Loyd

Bradley Loyd , Trainer

Bradley is a certified CGC evaluator, and has been teaching training classes for over 8 years. He celebrated 1 year with Dogs for Our Brave the first week of April 2020! He tells us, “It really is one of the most challenging and rewarding places I have ever worked.” Always an animal lover, Bradley was…
Sara Gladstein

Sara Gladstein , Board Secretary

  Sara is a 2001 graduate of Indiana University with a degree in Sports Marketing and Management with a minor in Business Administration. For the last 20 years, Sara has held multiple roles as an animal health professional and leader. Since 2020, Sara has worked in Business Development, Procurement, and Strategic Partnerships with St. Louis-based…
Becky Boucher

Becky Boucher , Trainer

Becky started her career with animals at a local animal shelter in her hometown of Farmington, New Mexico. After moving to the St Louis area in 2018, she continued her work with rescues at St Charles County Pet Adoption Center. After seeing so many dogs get surrendered to the shelter due to behavior problems, Becky…
Dr. Jerry Argovitz

Dr. Jerry Argovitz

Super Agent, Maverick, Reformer, Iconoclast, Deal Maker, Author, Businessman, and Dentist. At the National Football League Negotiating Table and within the pages of football history, “Doc” (as he is called by all of his players) has earned many titles. He walked on and played quarterback at the University of Texas, became a sports agent, owned…
Kathy Hodges

Kathy Hodges , Assistant Trainer

I was born in St Louis and began my nursing career in Colorado at Denver Children’s Hospital. I like to tease that I “invented” Pet Therapy because I saw right away how much the children and families and even the staff benefited when I brought my dog, Sunny, in to visit. The nursing supervisors would…
Lt. General David P. Fridovich

Lt. General David P. Fridovich

Lieutenant General David P. Fridovich was the Deputy Commander of the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. USSOCOM ensures the readiness of joint special operations forces and, as directed, conducts operations worldwide. Fridovich graduated from Knox College in 1974 and was commissioned an Infantry Second Lieutenant. After serving as a…
Audrey Gauen

Audrey Gauen , Assistant Trainer

Audrey is a St. Louis native who graduated in 2012 from Lindenwood University with her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. In her 10 years working in the education field there was a therapy dog that assisted students with emotional regulation. Once she saw the positive impact the relationship between the dog and…
Dale Burghardt

Dale Burghardt

Dale Burghardt has over 40 years of experience the real estate industry, starting in 1973 as a real estate appraiser and branch manager for a savings and loan in Salem, Oregon. In 1974, Burghardt gained his real estate broker’s license and taught real estate appraisal classes at the local community college. In 1976, Burghardt started…
Carrie Johnson

Carrie Johnson , Assistant Trainer

As the newest addition to the team, Carrie started at Dogs for our Brave in August of 2022. Not only was Carrie already acquiring her credentials for dog training though the Animal Behavior College, she had also been working with local veterans at the American Legion for over two years. Dogs for our Brave is…
Curtis R. Simic

Curtis R. Simic

Curt Simic is widely recognized as a national leader in fundraising for higher education, management of foundations, and foundation-institution relationships. He has more than 40 years’ experience in all areas of development and alumni and external relations, at both public and private institutions of higher education. As president of Indiana University Foundation from 1988 to…
John Pohlad

John Pohlad

John is a Director of Hirtle Callaghan, a $20 billion investment management firm focusing on philanthropic organizations, colleges and universities, healthcare organizations, family offices and private family foundations. With over 30 years of experience in investment management, John has developed a great passion for serving as a trusted advisor and a partner to a range…
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Tricia Prentice

Tricia was born and raised in Oklahoma where her entrance to the business world began in oil and gas. She then moved to Dallas and worked for a large law firm as well as marketing memberships at an exclusive country club. She eventually relocated to Palm Desert where she met and fell in love with…
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Richard Acheson

Richard Acheson is both an attorney and CPA licensed in California. He had the privilege of being raised as an army brat and developed a real appreciation for the sacrifices, hard work and patriotism of our men and women in uniform.After majoring in accounting at Arizona State University he became an IRS Revenue Agent, them…
  

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