L to R: Sarah Carr, Sandy Marcal, Robert H. Fennessy, Jr.
Sandy Marcal is a lifelong animal lover who has dedicated many years to promoting the wellness of animals. She has volunteered over the past 13 years working with K9 teams across the country and has assisted in securing funds for over 580 bullet and stab protective K9 vests. She also produced and hosted an internet/cable television production called, “The Pet Zone” featuring monthly pet professionals for four years. Previously she organized fundraising events for over a dozen different non-profit animal rescue organization. She currently shares her life with 6 rescue cats.
Attorney Robert H. Fennessy, Jr.
Attorney Fennessy has a solo law practice in Walpole, MA that concentrates in
Animal Law, Municipal Law, Employment Law and Family Law. He previously served
as captain of the Law Enforcement Department of the MSPCA. Attorney Fennessy
teaches an Animal Law and Rights course and an Employment Law Course at UMass
Law School in Dartmouth, where he’s an adjunct professor of law. He is also a
lecturer on police and municipal civil liability for ACOAM (Animal Control
Officers Association of Mass.). Having dedicated his career to animal welfare,
Fennessy was invited to speak and present at the 2007 and 2008 National Animal
Law Conference in Portland Oregon and the 2009 International Animal Law
Conference, and is in-house counsel to several Animal Welfare organizations in
Sarah Carr has been an editor for GateHouse Media, Inc. for three years, following three years as copy chief for MPG Newspapers. Before working as an editor she attended college in North Carolina majoring in communications. As an editor, she oversaw reports about the K-9 program as it impacted the town of Kingston. Ms.Carr has grown up around police dogs and always found their work interesting. Being a life-long animal lover, she volunteers her time with various animal rescue organizations. Her household consists of four rescue cats. She became acquainted with Marcal during a fundraiser where the Kingston Police Departments K-9, Olyver was featured.
Linda Fitzgerald is a life-long animal lover. She received an Associates Degree in Accounting from Quincy College and a Bachelor’s Degree from Eastern Nazarene in Business Management. Ms. Fitzgerald owned the Dairy Barn in Randolph,MA from 1990-1997. For the last several years, Linda has volunteered at Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. events and assisted with event preparation. After learning more about the K9 programs and having an opportunity to present a Massachusetts Police dog with a vest, she decided to become more involved. Linda has had the pleasure of meeting many K-9s and seeing just how accomplished and special these hero dogs are to the local communities. Linda shares her life with two rescue dogs that are the loves of her life.
Kathy Doherty has worked at Regency Police Supply in Hyannis, MA for over 21 years as their Office Manager. Kathy is the liasion between Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., vest manufacturer, Armor Express and Regency Police Supply. Kathy travels within New England to measure the police K9′s for their body armor, as needed.
She is married to John Doherty, a former K9 Officer with the Barnstable County Sheriff’s department. The Doherty household consists of two miniature daschunds, Greta and Sofi Esmeralda, who often make personal appearances in their hand crafted K9 vests, at the Vested Interest in K9s events.
Jodi Roos is a Veterinary Technician and Office Manager at Ryegate Small Animal Hospital in Ryegate, VT. She has been in the animal field since 1992. She received her Associates in Applied Science from SUNY Delhi and her Veterinary Technician License in 1998. She started volunteering with Vested Interest in K9s in 2011 after contacting Vested Interest in K9s about getting a vest for her husbands police dog, Quincy.
She got more involved with the organization and helped secure vests for over 25 dogs in the State of Vermont. She continues to help vest dogs all over the country. Jodi lives in Vermont with her 2 children, her husband, his police K9 Quincy, a Chiweenie named Sniper, and a cat named Berlin.
Kriscel Estrella has over 10 years of human resource and operations experience. Her love of animals, and her husband’s background in security and law enforcement, made volunteering with Vested Interest in K9s a natural fit. When working with a local salon in St. Paul to coordinate a fundraiser for Minnesota law enforcement K-9s, Kriscel became acquainted with Sandy Marcal and began volunteering for Vested Interest in K9s. The event provided the funds to secure vests for 11 dogs, which is now an annual event.