Terry Saunders Terry has dedicated a good portion of her life giving back to the community. From 1986-1992 she secured a seat on the Board of Directors for the St. Charles Bears Youth Football Organization and then took on the task of Cheerleader Coordinator for the next five (5) years. She went on to join Charles County Christmas in April, helping to repair the homes of our local disabled and elderly homeowners. After joining the Board of Directors she held positions as Secretary, Volunteer Coordinator, Vice President and Executive Director from 1995-2000. In 1999, she and her husband opened Saunders Distributors, a beverage distributing company, serving the tri-county area. During that time, she focused her efforts on the business while sponsoring several youth and adult baseball leagues in the county. After purchasing a German Shepard dog in 2002, she went on to pursue becoming a registered dog trainer with Applejack K-9 Academy and seeing the vision of being able to once again give back to the community in other ways by visiting the veterans home and visiting schools on Career Day to name a few.
Kyle Ramsey Kyle has had dogtraining inhis life since he was 5 years old, learning from his dads many years of experience. In 1999, Kyle studied under his father, Douglas Ramsey, to be certified as a Master Dog Trainer. Shortly after, he trained Applejack K-9 dogs in Narcotics Detection for the Panama government. After graduating from high school in 2002, he took on the everyday operations of Applejack K-9 Academy. In 2003, he was the Head K-9 handler, working government contracts specializing in Explosive Detection patrol work for the U.S. Government, while continuing to work as a Master Trainer. He worked to develop Long Range Explosive Detection in 2006, with K-9’s Malachi and Bodine working with the Naval Research Department in Indian Head. Kyle became part owner of Applejack K-9 Academy in 2012, while continuing to provide Obedience Training, Behavior Modification, Personal Protection, Tracking, and Utility and Agility programs. Recently he has become the co-founder of The Elite Registry of Working Dogs.
Ryan Ramsey Ryan grew up as part of the Applejack K-9 Academy family. At the age of 15 in 2005, he began his career and training under the guidance and supervision of his father, Douglas Ramsey, and brother, Kyle Ramsey. From 2005-2009 Ryan studied and became a Master Trainer, specializing in Behavior Modification and Personal Protection. Once obtaining his certificate he became the Head Trainer at the academy overseeing staff and taking on the responsibility of sharing in the everyday operations of the company. In 2015, he became part owner of Applejack K-9 Academy and continues to provide Obedience Training, Behavior Modification, Personal Protection, Tracking, Utility and Agility and the Puppy Development program. Recently he has become co-founder of The Elite Registry of Working Dogs.
Dr. Wilson Morales Dr Wilson Morales is a community Pastor and Chaplain to Charles County Office of the Sheriff for over fifteen years. He has served on various Boards for both grant writing and grant disbursements at a National level. He is the proud owner of a GSD-- Rambo and knows the value and quality of life that a trained Dog can bring into ones life.
James J. Rushing, D.V.M. Born and raised in the great state of Texas, and known to his family and close friends as "J.J." Dr. Rushing has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Chemistry, and Biomedical Science. He has his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. He embarked on a highly successful career in which he established a very unique equine lameness veterinary practice. A closed client list is maintained and clients to this day continue to call on his expertise. Travel is a steady routine in his unique practice. Dr. Rushing is spending more time in Maryland where his wife's family is from.
Kenna Pope Williams Ms. Williams has nearly 25 years experience in grant writing and fundraising for the nonprofit sector, helping to secure over $20 million in funding for a nonprofit maritime educational campus in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to her nonprofit work, Kenna served as the VP of Marketing for a publicly-traded technology company, coordinating large events worldwide. Additionally, she served as the company liaison to Capitol Hill and the government and military sector. In addition to her work with the ERWD, Kenna is a founding director of Unconditional Support, a New York-based nonprofit that focuses on providing tools to first responders to improve their resiliency, to include mental wellbeing.