Board of Directors
Jack has 35 years of management and leadership experience with both small and large organizations. After starting his 25-year career with Enterprise Rent a Car in the U.S., he was part of a small group tasked with bringing the company to Germany and continental Europe in 1997. Over a 16-year period, Jack oversaw the growth of the organization to hundreds of locations and over $170 million in annual revenue. He is currently the owner of Cope Consulting LLC and works with small and medium sized companies in the areas of communications, change management, sales and manager training and executive coaching. Jack has a deep personal connection to the issues related to veterans struggling with the aftereffects of their combat service. He has seen firsthand the life changing transformation that occurs when a well-trained service dog enters the life of a veteran and their families.
Board Vice President
Richard Rice, MSW
Richard Rice, MSW, is a 38-year-old combat Veteran from Las Vegas N.V. As a Military brat he grew up with a sense of Patriotism for his country and a deep found respect for the Armed Forces. Richard Rice graduated High School at Cimmaron Memorial High School and had aspirations to go to college and earn a four-year degree. Instead, a tragic day altered his plans for the future and changed his life forever.
Due to the horrific events on September 11, 2001, his heart was hardened to join the Military and to do what he could to protect his homeland and the people he loved. In 2003 Richard Rice joined the Army as a 13 W and attended Boot Camp at Fort Benning Georgia. After being stationed in Germany, he received his new orders and was reassigned to the 2nd Infantry Division at Fort Carson Co. Richard Rice was deployed to Iraq in 2006 and was stationed at Fob Loyalty where he was assigned to the Quick Reaction Force Team.
On September 23, 2006, Richard Rice was flown out of Iraq due to life-threatening injuries to his leg and ankle. During this time Richard was given the wrong medication and was consciously paralyzed for over an hour. These events contributed to Richard Rice suffering from PTSD for a period of over five years. Fortunately, Richard found his way back with the help of a Service Dog. Through his dog, Richard learned to see the world through a new set of eyes, and she became the light he needed to find his way out of the dark whole he was in. Because of that experience, Richard decided to dedicate his life to helping soldier's with PTSD and TBI.
For the past ten years, Richard has been training Service Dog's for soldier's with PTSD, and the physically disabled and in 2023 he became an AKC Approved CGC Evaluator. Richard Rice spent the past three years conducting weekly therapy visits within the LRMC hospital to visit the staff, wounded and ill and spent two years conducting monthly visits with the Evolution Program at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.
Richard Rice graduated from Salisbury University with his Master's Degree in Social Work in 2021.
Geri Henderson, PhD
Geri Henderson, PhD, is a professor for UMGC, University of Maryland Global Campus and the happy owner of her own service dog, Jami, trained by Richard. Her interest in K9s for Veterans Abroad is the perfect blend of her desire to help her students, all military, in any way she can and her belief from experience that a service dog can have wonderful healing properties and be the link needed to move from a life of fear and dread to a life of joy and fulfillment. As Treasurer, she tends to worry about cash flow but is honored to be able to give back to the military community where she works.
Verena Rice completed her degree in Business-Management and has worked in various departments within an accredited ADI and ADEu Non-Profit Organization that trains Service Dog's. Verena is also a dedicated mother and spouse to a combat veteran who has endured PTSD. Due to this experience, she has a vast wealth of knowledge in operating a Non-Profit, but more importantly, the personal experience to know how PTSD impacts a family's lives and the passion for supporting and helping others overcome the stressors of PTSD. This has allowed Verena to have numerous close and trusting relationships with female Veteran's and spouses who require support as we fulfill our mission. It is an exceptional quality that enables her to train and give security to the new dogs that enter the program.