Our Dedicated Team

VetPets of SWPA is committed to making a positive impact in our community and beyond. Our team is a diverse group of dedicated professionals and volunteers who bring a wealth of experience, passion, and expertise to our mission. Together, we strive to drive change, support those in need, and create lasting solutions for a better world.

Our board consists of passionate leaders from various fields who provide governance, oversight, and strategic guidance. Their expertise and commitment are invaluable to our organization.

This dynamic and energetic group of young professionals are passionate about our mission and eager to contribute their skills and fresh perspectives.

We are supported by a dedicated team of volunteers who contribute their time, skills, and energy to our projects. They are integral to our operations and help us reach our goals more effectively.

These advisors bring a wealth of experience from various industries and offer valuable insights that enhance our operations, sustainability, and impact.

Board of Directors

Omar Brooks

President, Co-Founder

Nicole Marie Malesic

Vice President, Co-Founder

Jayme Crawford-Tuite

Director Of Finance, Treasurer

Leigh Mawhinney


Lynn Rush

Volunteer Administrator

Catherine Sloane

Public Relations

Stacey Pegram

Board Member

Carol Cottrill

Board Member


To provide a platform for meaningful fundraising that can make a real difference in the lives of our local veterans and first responders.


To focus on the mental and emotional health of local veterans and first responders through the healing power of emotion support, hands-on therapy dog programs, and hands-on service dog programs.



We empower veterans and first responders to regain control of their mental and emotional well-being by providing them with the tools and support to thrive. 


We treat all individuals with dignity and respect, honoring their service and valuing their unique experiences. 


We are driven by the desire to make a real, tangible difference in the lives of our veterans and first responders, measuring our success by the positive impact we have on their mental and emotional well-being.

Junior Board Members

Ashlie Tuite

Emily Tuite

Olivia Gillis

Administrative Volunteers

Katie Robinette

Dog Training Program Manager

Sammy Tumston

Assistant Dog Training Program Manager

Business Advisors

Jim Shorkey, Jr.

Business Advisor

Shelley Teller

Bookkeeping & Business Advisor

Ryan McDaniel


Apply to join our team!

There are many ways to get involved with VetPets of SWPA. Whether through donating, volunteering, or partnering with us, your support is crucial to our success. Together, we can make a difference. Thank you for your interest. We look forward to working with you to achieve our mission and make a positive impact.