Sandy Marcal

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 dedicated over the past 18 years working with K9 teams across the country and assists in securing funds for the organization’s  programs and services. Ms. Marcal established the “Healthcare for K9 Heroes” program which offers a pre-paid medical insurance grant for self-funded K9 units in 2016. She 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 organizations. She currently shares her life with 4 rescue cats.

Jodi Roos

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 30 dogs in the State of Vermont. She continues to help vest dogs all over the country. Jodi lives in Vermont with her two children, her husband, his current police K9, two Chiweenies, a french bulldog and three cats.

Kathy Doherty

Kathy Doherty

Board Member

Kathy Doherty has worked for the last 25 years selling Law Enforcement Uniforms and Equipment.  She is currently employed at AAA Police Supply in Dedham, MA.  Kathy has years of experience with body armor, both human and K9. She has an Associates Degree in Business Accounting.

She is married to John Doherty, a former K9 Officer with the Barnstable County Sheriff’s department in MA.  The Doherty househould 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.

Lieutenant Victor Guerrieri, Sr.

Lieutenant 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.

Sergeant Brian Berdine

Sergeant Brian Berdine

Advisory Board Member

Brian Berdine retired from the Johnson City Police Department, NY in 2017 due to a health condition. Brian 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 and then promoted to Road Patrol Sergeant, however he continued to work with K-9 Teams in his region. K9 C.J. was a recipient of a ballistic vest through the first Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. Groupon Campaign in 2012.

Officer Brian Kelly

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.

Master Sergeant Ryan Stark

Master Sergeant Ryan Stark

Advisory Board Member

Master Sergeant Ryan Stark is a 16 year veteran of the Oklahoma City Police Department.  He has been assigned to the K9 Divison since 2006, as well as the Tactical Unit. MSgt. Stark is currently partner with his third K9 partner, Kayne, a German Shepherd trained in patrol and narcotics detection.  After the untimely death of MSgt. Stark’s second partner, Kye, who was killed by a suspect in the line of duty in 2014, Stark’s five year old daughter, Tayte raised over $8,000 on behalf of Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.  In, 2015, Kayne was one of seven recipients of a ballistic vest from the donated funds his daughter raised.

Investigator Erik Johnson

Investigator Erik Johnson

Advisory Board Member

Investigator Erik Johnson is a 9 year veteran of the Jonesboro Police Department in Jonesboro, Arkansas.  He has been assigned to the K9 Unit and SWAT team since 2012.  His current duty assignment is the JPD Street Crimes Unit.  Investigator Johnson is currently partnered with Gabo, a seven-year-old German Shepherd trained in narcotics detection and patrol.  On December 11, 2018, K9 Gabo was shot 5 times during a standoff while trying to apprehend the armed suspect.  4 rounds passed through Gabo critically wounding him but the 5th and most likely the fatal round was stopped by Gabo’s ballistic vest which was donated by Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. in 2015 in Memory of K9 Rocco of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police.

Deputy Justin Galbraith and K9 Fazzo

Deputy Justin Galbraith

Advisory Board Member

Deputy Justin Galbraith has been a member of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office in Ohio since December of 2007.  He is a certified Taser Instructor, OC Spray Instructor, and Defensive Tactics Instructor.  He is assigned to road patrol, the K9 unit, and works with the narcotics division.   His K9 partner Fazzo received a donated vest from Vested Interest in K9s, Inc  in 2017.  Deputy Galbraith and Fazzo were the winners of the Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. first  Chevy Tahoe Sports Utility Vehicle giveaway in 2018.