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Meet the Team

Gordon Sumner, PhD

President & CEO
Gordon Sumner, PhD, is the President & CEO of Veterans Moving forward, a nonprofit providing service and emotional support dogs to veterans at no cost. He is also the founder of Gordon Sumner Consulting, a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business and American Indian Small Business. A member of the Santee Tribe, Dr. Sumner has supported various veteran supportive nonprofits, small veteran owned, and service-disabled veteran owned small businesses.
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Kathleen Poulson

Director of Programs
Mrs. Poulson is a certified trainer with over 10 years of varied dog training experience. She established and managed a business in which she trained service dogs, medical alert dogs, waterfowl hunting dogs, and provided individualized specialty dog training.

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Lori Sittner

Chief Operations Officer (COO)
Ms. Sittner comes to VMF with over 20 years of management experience in the healthcare and hospitality industries. Her experience includes in-depth knowledge of a wide variety of business practices, including human resources and financial management. Animals have always had a place in Ms Sittner’s life, personally as a lifetime pet owner and professionally as a part time dog walker. 
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Board of Directors

Robert “Bob” Rosenkranz

Chairman of the Board
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Reuben D. Jones

Vice Chairman of the Board
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Andrew "Andy" Cohen

Treasurer
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Sandy Daniels

Secretary
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Laurence A. "Larry" Grayer

Member
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Diane Nakashima Barstein 

Member
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Albert J. “Bud” Schiff

Member
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Lyn Sherlock

Member
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John Prufeta

Member
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Kevin Callen

Member
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veterans moving forward

Providing service dogs and canine therapy services to veterans with physical and/or mental health challenges, at no cost to the veteran.
© 2020 Veterans moving forward a tax-exempt 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization.
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Phone:  703-665-2129

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44225 Mercure Circle,
Suite 130 Dulles, VA 20166
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