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 13 years working with K9 teams across the country and has assisted in securing funds for over 1220 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.
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 K9s and seeing just how accomplished and special these hero dogs are to the local communities. Linda shares her life with a rescue dog named Bella.
Justine Long became aware of Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. in 2013 when a member of her family was in need of a vest for his K9 partner. Being an avid animal lover, she made it her mission to ensure that a vest was secured and worked directly with President, Sandy Marcal. She realized during assisting with this process, that this was a mission that was near and dear to her heart and signed on to volunteer as an K9 vest application reviewer. Ms. Long was promoted to the role of Public Relations Coordinator for Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. in 2014. She has disseminated over 400 press releases nationwide, conducts personal interviews for the organization and attends company events. Justine resides in North Carolina with her four children, her husband, four Boston Terriers, Spanky , Molly, Hope and Moose and a shepherd mix named, Shelby and a cat named Dorothy.
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 retired 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 K9s, 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.
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.
Advisory Board Member
Patrolman Brian Berdine of the Johnson City Police Department, NY has been a police officer for 13 years. He has been working with police K-9’s since 2001 beginning as a decoy and then becoming a handler. Patrolman Berdine is also a New York State Certified Police Canine Trainer and Examiner.He is currently working with his second certified police K-9, C.J. a recipient of an Armor Express vest through the first Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. Groupon Campaign.
Advisory Board Member
Captain Dwane Foisy is a twenty-seven year veteran in law enforcement. He and his German Shepherd, Raimo are with the Berkshire County Sheriff’s Office in Massachusetts. Captain Foisy formerly served with the Pittsfield, MA. Police Department for twenty-five years. He is the current President for the Massachusetts Police Work Dog Association (MAPWDA), and is a Master Trainer with the North American Police Work Dog Association. Captain Foisy is also the trainer for Western Massachusetts K-9 Programs.