Tracy comes to us with almost a decade of non-profit experience with the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Tracy and her husband, Brian, joined the US Air Force just after they were married, Brian as Communications and Navigation Specialist on the C-130's and Tracy as a dependent. They were stationed in Biloxi, MS, Abliene, TX and had several TDY in Germany. Their oldest daughter was born on Dyess Air Force Base. Their younger daughter, was born here in the Lehigh Valley, where the family settled when Brian completed his time in the Military. Tracy is dedicated to giving back to our Veterans and molding our pups to be they best they can be.
Health/Wellness, Veteran Trainer
Jillian grew up in Dresher, PA and just after graduating from Upper Dublin High School in 2002she left for the United States Army. She has served all over the world in combat and peacetime on active duty and the Guard for 13 years. Jillian currently lives in Quakertown, Pa with her children. Jillian has spent over 15 years in the Mental Health field and she especially loves to help her fellow Veterans. In 2018, Jillian reached out to TOV. Now a graduate of TOV with her own service dog, Vaughn, Jillian is giving back through TOV to make a difference in others.
Dakota Canine Management
Dakota Lloyd grew up in the pet industry. As a school boy he was learning about animal nutrition and products and loved being in the family Pet Store. Later as the business expanded into dog boarding and training, Dakota began to learn about animal behavior, training and physiology. For several years Dakota used his knowledge as a Pet Food Sales Rep for VeRus Pet Foods in Baltimore, helping teach others about proper dog nutrition and what proteins and building blocks were essential for optimal health. In the last year Dakota decided to return to his roots and use his knowledge of dog training to help the Dog Training Program at Tails of Valor. It is Dakotas responsibility to know everything about our kennel and to ensure that each dog is equipped with the skills needed to assist their veteran. We appreciate Dakota's passion and respect for the animals and are very proud of the Service Dogs he is placing in the hands of our Veterans. Dakota has his first aid and CPR canine certification from the Red Cross and will be finishing further professional training certifications by Spring 2022.
Amanda was raised in Staten Island, New York and served 9 years with the United States Army, serving as the Battalion S1. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Social Work from Rutgers University in 2015, and is currently working on earning her Master's degree. Amanda has a passion for helping individuals reach their full potential and has spent the majority of her career in the human service field. Amanda has spent the last several years working as an addictions counselor before transitioning to Tails of Valor. Working for Tails of Valor is a way for her to connect with and help fellow veterans who struggle with mental health conditions.
Jill Hedges of Heart & Hands Therapeutic Massage is a Pennsylvania Licensed Massage Therapist and certified Reiki Master. She graduated from Health Options Institute in December 2009 and is excited for her new collaboration with Tails of Valor.
She specializes in Deep Tissue Massage, and is also certified in the following modalities: Neuromuscular Therapy, Sports Massage, Reflexology, Swedish Massage, Reiki, and Prenatal Massage.
Massage therapy is a career of passion for Jill. She loves helping people and believes it is a true gift to be able to do so. She is thrilled to begin her focus on helping first responders and veterans.