JP Stevens

JP Stevens

Executive Director

JP is a retired U.S. Marine and has served in numerous leadership positions in the Federal and private sectors. He is skilled in organizational leadership and growth and is committed to expanding VMF’s resources to provide more service dogs to veterans, while also ensuring the long-term viability of VMF. Prior to coming to VMF, JP served as a senior partner at HJK Strategies, where he provided a variety of clients with business development, research, corporate strategy, organization, efficiency, and operations advice. JP has also served as a senior executive at the Aerospace Industries Association, and as a senior adviser to Senator John Glenn.

JP’s experience with the Federal Government, with congressional and legislative affairs, and with military and industrial professional organizations around the world makes him uniquely qualified to guide VMF into the future and ensure mission success for many years to come.
Rebecca King

Rebecca King

Executive Coordinator

Rebecca King is the Executive Coordinator for Veterans Moving Forward Inc., a 501 (c)(3) public charity, a nonprofit organization with a mission of providing service dogs and canine therapy to veterans with physical and mental health challenges.

Rebecca raised a puppy for another service dog organization while a full-time college student, and discovered a love for service dogs that brought her to VMF. This dedication, along with her drive to make a difference, inspired her to get involved in the administrative side of a service dog organization. At VMF, she oversees daily correspondence, finances, and other logistics essential to VMF’s smooth operations.

She attended Bob Jones University in South Carolina where she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Counseling. While there, she held several leadership positions, including President of Theta Mu Theta Society where she coordinated regular activities, events, and meetings. Rebecca grew up in the suburbs of northern Virginia and moved back to her hometown after college.

Jeanette Townsend

Jeanette Townsend

Development Director

Meet Jeanette Townsend, VMF’s Director of Development.  Jeanette first joined VMF in 2013 as a volunteer puppy sitter and soon became a puppy raiser.  Along with her husband, Michael, and their three sons, she raised service dogs in training Storm, Cobey, and Mac and assisted in raising and training several others.  Jeanette’s lifelong love of dogs, her on-going support of the U.S. armed forces through her work at the USO, and her admiration for her father’s service in the U.S. Army and her father-in-law’s career as a U.S. Marine provide a strong connection to VMF and its mission of providing service dogs to veterans.

Jeanette brings to bear more than 30 years professional project management and sales experience in the mortgage banking, software development, and telecommunications industries; and more than 12 years volunteer experience in various roles with the National Park Service, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and USO Dulles.

Michele Khol

Michele Khol

Director of Canine Operation

Michele Khol is the Director of Canine Operations for Veterans Moving Forward (VMF), a non-profit charity dedicated to providing service dogs to military veterans with physical and mental health challenges, at no cost to the veteran.  Her role includes puppy evaluator, lead trainer for raiser teams and maintaining frequent contact with the veterans who have been matched with one of VMF’s service dogs.  Prior to coming to VMF, Michele developed her dog training skills as a volunteer raiser of 15 puppies over 11 years for one of the world’s most respected guide dog schools. She also volunteered her time as the Region Coordinator for their largest training region, training over 25 puppy raising teams at a time.  Michele has performed all these services strictly as a volunteer while working as a Pediatric Staff Nurse at Reston Hospital and raising two children.

Suzanne Ager

Suzanne Ager

Assistant Trainer

Suzanne joined VMF in 2012 as a puppy sitter, but her role quickly expanded to include puppy starter, raiser and assistant trainer. Suzanne has been a life-long dog owner, training her personal dogs in obedience, therapy work and trick training. Prior to joining VMF, Suzanne fostered and trained rescue dogs. Her desire to honor and give back to those who serve in America’s Armed Forces motivated her to put her love of dog training to use in providing service dogs to disabled veterans.

In her role as Assistant Trainer, Suzanne’s duties include litter testing and puppy evaluation, assisting with weekly group classes, advanced training of SDiTs, puppy raising and sitting, and transition training of our veteran-service dog teams. In addition to volunteering with VMF, Suzanne is a Stephen Minister with her church, a full-time real estate agent, wife, and mother of two.

Michael Turner

Michael Turner

Veteran Coordinator

Mike is a twenty-two year Navy veteran and a Vietnam veteran, who has been with VMF since it’s founding – known as VMF’s “1st Volunteer.”  As Veteran Coordinator, Mike manages VMF’s veteran client process from initial contact thru application, face-to-face-meetings and interviews, managing, with the Director of Canine Operations, the service dog – veteran matching process, assisting the Canine Training Team with one-on-one service dog-veteran training, and maintaining communications with veterans after service dog placement.  Mike has his own VMF service dog, Josh – they are very active participants in the training for new canines entering VMF’s program and in representing VMF at outreach events.