Sandy Marcal with K9 Buddy of the Palmer Police Department in MA. Photo by Helen Zeik Photography

Sandy Marcal

Founder and President

Sandy Marcal is a lifelong animal lover who has dedicated many years to promoting the wellness of animals. She has volunteered over the past 14 years working with K9 teams across the country and has assisted in securing funds for over 1700 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 5 rescue cats.

Jodi Roos and Sniper

Jodi Roos and Sniper

Jodi Roos

Board Member

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 current police dog, Tori, his retired police K9 Quincy, a Chiweenie named Sniper, and two cats, named Raphael and Greego.

 

Guerrieri,VictorLieutenant Victor Guerrieri, Sr.

Advisory Board Member

Lieutenant Victor Guerrieri is a retired 38 year veteran of the Chicago Police Department. As Commanding Officer of the Chicago Police Department K9 Unit, he was also assigned to SWAT, Dignitary Protection, and Special Operations Watch Commander. Commanding Officer CPD Mobile Field Force, and Tactical Training Unit.

 

 Brian vestsDetective Brian Berdine

Advisory Board Member

Brian Berdine of the Johnson City Police Department, NY  has been a police officer for 15 years. He has been working with police K-9’s since 2001 beginning as a decoy and then becoming a handler. Brian is also a New York State Certified Police Canine Trainer and Examiner for Patrol, Narcotics Detection and Explosive Detection. His partner of 10 years, K-9, C.J recently passed away from cancer. Following the passing of K-9 C.J. Brian was re-assigned to the Detective Division, however he continues to work with K-9 Teams in his region and is active with the K-9 Program for the Johnson City Police Department.  K9 C.J. was a recipient of an Armor Express vest through the first Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. Groupon Campaign.

 

Officer Joseph Brewer

Advisory Board Member

Officer Joseph Brewer is an 18 year veteran in law enforcement. He has been a K-9 handler since 2001 and has handled three Police K-9’s.  He and his German Shepherd, Charon are with the Wilbraham Massachusetts Police Department.  Officer Brewer formerly served with the Southwick Massachusetts Police Department for 9 years.  He is the President of the Massachusetts Police Work Dog Association (MAPWDA), and is a Trainer with the North American Police Work Dog Association.  Officer Brewer is also a trainer for Western Massachusetts K-9 Programs and coordinates the annual MAPWDA K9 seminar and certification.  K-9 Charon received his vest through Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. which was sponsored by Lily Aisenberg.

 

Brian Kelly and Broc, Colorado Springs

Officer Brian Kelly

Advisory Board Member

Officer Brian Kelly has been a member of the Colorado Police Department (CSPD) since January of 2001.  He is currently assigned to the CSPD’s Specialized Enforcement Division Tactical/K-9 Unit.  Officer Kelly has been a handler with the CSPD’s Patrol Canine Unit since August of 2006 and is currently working his second certified police canine, “Broc” who was a recipient of an Armor Express vest through the first Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. Groupon Campaign.  Broc is certified through the National Police Canine Association (NPCA) in narcotics detection and holds a Patrol 2 Certification.  Officer Kelly is a Certifying Official with the NPCA, Field Training Officer, and Firearms Instructor.  He served twenty-one years in the United States Air Force.