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.