Community Outreach Coordinator
Skyler served in the Army as a Chaplain Assistant. It was during that time that she developed a passion for mental health and service dogs. She contracted Tuberculosis during her deployment to Iraq and ended up with severe lung damage and nerve damage. Her dog, Lugnut, became her service dog and served along side her in the Chaplain's office. Skyler graduated college in 2017 with a Bachelors in Business Management. If you have sponsored any of our events then you have probably met Sky and Service Dog Ellie. She lives in Colorado with her husband, Jared, two young sons. and their two dogs. She is training her son's Autism Service Dog with the guidance of her favorite trainers, Richard and Verena. Skyler is a veteran advocate who is working with local politicians, The Green Beret Foundation, and Mental Health Colorado on a project for permanent supportive housing near Fort Carson. She is pursuing her dream of becoming a clinical psychologist. She understands the challenges that our veterans and their family members face and is proud to be a part of our team.
Alex Leaman is a veteran from Bellingham, WA. She is a military brat whose father served with the Navy and Coast Guard, and has always had an interest in animals. Married to an active-duty service member with 3 children, they have one dog named Zoe, rescued from a shelter in Greece. After obtaining a degree in Applied Meteorological Research from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Alex commissioned as a 2Lt in the United States Air Force. Shortly after finishing her commitment, she decided to attend the College of Western Idaho and received an AA in Culinary Arts. Throughout her life, she has maintained a sincere interest in dogs and believes supporting veterans through service dogs is her next calling. She is honored to be part of the K9s for Veterans Abroad team.