Meet Our Team

Janet Kerrigan-Carpenter -Executive Director and Founder

Janet is the Director/Owner of Fit Body Focus Yoga and Pilates Studio. She is considered an expert in the fields of Pilates,Yoga and Flexibility training.

Executive Director/Founder of the Sophie Kerrigan “For the Love of Animals” Foundation.

2016 started a new Philanthropic venture for the Foundation to assist disabled Veterans and rescues called “Sophie’s Companions for Veterans”

Winner of the Better Business Bureau eclipse integrity award

A member of multiple animal organizations and has volunteered many years for the Humane Society.

Member of Women In Business Network and 100+ Women Who Care

A part of “Big Brothers Big Sisters” 38 years.

Better Business Bureau Eclipse Integrity award committee

Board advisor for “PUSH UP VETS”

Shares her home with her husband and 5 rescues

Danny Austin

Vice President/Veteran liaison

Retired from the Air Force as a rescue medic.

Served three tours in Vietnam.

Served our country for 12 years and three months.

Chris Habib – Accounting Management/Rescue Adviser

Certified Public Accountant 30+ years

Former Senior Tax Accountant at Mcgladrey LLP Dayton office

Former Accounting Faculty at University of Southern Indiana and University of Evansville

Controller for a local corporations located in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Humane Society Financials

Assist Luv4K9’s

A huge Animal Activist and has been and is still involved with multiple rescues.

Chris and her husband share their home with 3 rescues in Kettering

Sharon Lowry – Fundraising

Sharon is a Retired Assistant Superintendent of Great Oaks Institute;

Vice President of Brownies Independent Transmission Shops;

Washington Township Board of Trustee.

Served on Community Boards:  Ronald McDonald House, Boonshoft Museum, Centerville – Washington Foundation; Member of Centerville Noon Optimist & Centerville Rotary Centerville Women’s Civic Club Scholarship committee.

Sharon lives in Washington Township with her husband Bob and dog Maggie.

Connie Martin – Trainer, Rescue Adviser and Liaison

Training Co., Canines for Christ, K-9 Dance Stars,

Founder/trainer Canines for Christ, Dayton

Director/trainer K-9 Dance Stars (Div. of WCFO)

Evaluator/trainer AKC Canine Good Citizen, Star Puppy, Trick Dog Evaluator

Received the highest honor with AKC DISTINGUISHED THERAPY DOG AWARD. Leads a pet therapy group at Kettering/Grandview Hospitals.

Formed a volunteer group at Help the Animals, Richmond training 6 of the longest residents at the shelter. All passed the AKC Canine Good Citizenship and 100% per adopted.

Loves living on the farm with her husband, 10 rescue dogs, 3 alpacas, 2 horses and volunteering in pet therapy.

Kenneth McNerney – Business Adviser

CEO and Partner of “Think Patented”. He has spent 32 years involved in the world of the Graphic Arts Industry.

2011 the company was inducted into the NAPL Management Plus Hall of Fame, one of 28 companies nationally to achieve that status and in 2012 awarded the prestigious William Maxwell award.

Ken is an inductee in the Walter E. Soderstrom Society of NAPL.

2014 named “Printer of the Year” by the Printing Industries of Northern Kentucky and Ohio.

Active in Community affairs, sits on the board of SICSA and The South Metro Chamber of Commerce and is a graduate of the Leadership Dayton Program

He lives with his wife in Washington Township and have 2 children and 3 grandchildren.

Alex Wallace- Secretary

Alex has earned her Bachelor’s from Ohio State University and Masters in Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago. She has worked the last several years working in talent management, university and advising roles.
After Sophie’s passing, Alex started and raised $50,000 for an endowed scholarship at Wright State University, named the Sophie Kerrigan Memorial Scholarship.
Alex is passionate about animals, Veterans, education and helping others.

Chris Wallace – Strategy and Marketing Advisor

Since concluding a successful corporate career several years ago, Chris Wallace has dedicated time and effort to working with students, entrepreneurs and important foundations. She serves as an executive-in-residence at Wright State University and sits on the board of the Raj Soin College of Business. She launched a company, Cambium Technologies dedicated to helping patients and caregivers self-manage serious and chronic conditions. Chris had a long career in the high technology industry holding significant leadership positions in sales, services and operations at companies including NCR Corporation, Teradata Corporation and AT&T.

Chris lives in South Carolina with husband and her two dogs

Daniel Hance – Advisor

Chested Freedom Fighter at the United States Army.

Studies Executive MBA at University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business.

Founder and CEO of “The Catalyst Program” a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization for Veterans.

The Catalyst works to successfully equip veterans with the knowledge and skills to pursue the best careers that maximizes their full potential.

Dan enjoys life in Loveland with his girlfriend and rescue dog.

George Schmall – Advisor

The Founder and CEO of Area-Pro window replacement company in Dayton for over 30 years that specializes in higher quality products and well trained craftsmen.

He is also the creator and founder of “Push Up Vets”. (Patriots United for Suicide Help) a non-profit organization focused to help suicidal Veterans.

Volunteered at the VA Hospital

Former military acknowledgment presenter to Veterans for Hospice of Dayton

George shares his home with his wife and dog Rosy

We greatly appreciate donations! Donations can be sent to:
P.O. Box 750572 Dayton,OH 45475
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