Meet the team

Jennifer Green CPDT-KA   

Founder &  Director of Training 

Jennifer was born and raised in Philadelphia.  She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT-KA), a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), as well as an AKC CGC Evaluator. Jennifer is the Director of Training and trains all dogs in the program and works with the Puppy Raising Coordinator as well as the puppy raisers families. Previously she was the lead trainer with a prison dog training program, has volunteered with her local shelters, was part of a team creating a behavior program at a local SPCA and volunteered with local rescues. Jennifer works with clients to create and build their bond with their dog through positive reinforcement training.  Through the combination of dog training and working with veterans with post deployment disabilities she works with veterans to lead a productive and independent life with the aid of a service dog.

Jennifer can be reached via email at servicedogs@alphabravocanine.org



Tracy Ruepp, Puppy Raising Coordinator

Tracy is our liaison with our puppy raisers and Director of Training. She will coordinate and lead group field trips, be a part of the training team, interview new potential puppy raisers and conduct home checks, and coordinate our events with our raisers. Tracy will work along side with Betsy as part of our Demo Team with our veteran candidates.

Tracy grew up in Leicester, England and met her Swiss husband whilst at graduate school in Manchester in the north of England. A move to Switzerland for 4 years and 2 children followed before the family headed out to California for 2 years. From here they headed east to Bucks County, PA where their 3rd child was born and where they have lived for the past 11 years. The Swiss theme continued in 2016 when they welcomed a St.Bernard puppy and from 12 weeks old Jack was taking obedience classes. It was during these classes that Tracy’s interest in dog training grew and her connection to Alpha Bravo Canine was established. In October 2017 the family became puppy raisers and welcomed Betsy into their home.

When she is not training with Jack or Betsy you will find Tracy on the soccer field watching her boys or attending the numerous musical activities her daughter is involved with. Tracy can be reached via email at TRuepp@AlphaBravoCanine.org for any puppy raising questions.

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Steve Morrison

Steve has been entertaining Philadelphia for two decades as host of the award winning Preston and Steve show aired on 93.3 WMMR. In addition to the many charities the show supports, including the country’s largest food drive “Preston & Steve’s Camp Out for Hunger,” he also hosts Alpha Bravo Canine’s annual “Bark & Bowl”. Steve generously lends his time to many veteran, animal, and law enforcement charities. He lives in Mt Airy with his wife Clare, dog Chelsy, and cats Dutch, Foster, Oscar, Mia, Momcat, Tingles and Punky.

Dr. Shana Gilbert-Gregory, Veterinary Behaviorist

Dr. Shana Gilbert-Gregory grew up in New York City and at a very young age, she developed a passion for animals and their well-being. Her experiences with sheltering and animal rescue throughout her life helped her realize that she was especially interested in addressing behavioral medicine concerns and helping improve the human-animal bond.  This passion led her to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine followed by completing her behavioral medicine residency at The Ohio State University to become a Behavioral Medicine Clinician.

Dr. Gilbert-Gregory has special interest in behavioral medicine but also enjoys shelter medicine, internal medicine, neurology, emergency, critical care and orthopedics.

At home, she has 3 pets:  Reggie, a 5 year old Golden Retriever, Kohl, a 10 year old Great Dane-Matstiff mix and Mr. White a 13 year old mixed breed dog.

Stephanie Lappe’, Treasurer

Stephanie currently works as a Staff Accountant and has worked in the finance field for the last four years. In that time, she has helped multiple Non- Profits and Startup Businesses reach their respective donation and sales goals. She prides herself on anticipating the needs of each client and exceeding their expectations. Stephanie has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Penn State University. She is an avid traveler and spends as much time as she can with her dogs.

Alicia Kennedy, Community Outreach Director 

Alicia oversees partnerships with local businesses within the community.

Alicia grew up in Connecticut and moved to Philadelphia seven years ago. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business from Bryant University. Alicia is currently employed by Cigna and supports special projects for the company’s international markets businesses. Her passion for improving the health and well-being of our society through more efficient health care systems has led her to pursue a MBA in Health Sector Management at Temple. Alicia has a deep passion for animals, and feels that the bond between humans and canines can be leveraged to bring meaningful impact and improved quality of life to the veteran population struggling with mental health affliction.

Alicia can often be found exploring new corners of the city with her 6-year old boxer/hound mix, Lucy. Alicia can be reached via email at communityoutreach@alphabravocanine.org

Mike Rocco Howard, Veteran Outreach Coordinator. Mike will develop and maintain close professional relationships with local service organizations, local veterans, VA Hospitals, and local businesses within the veteran community to increase awareness to veterans in need of a service dog as well as all of the services provided by the organization. Mike was born and raised in DE. He graduated from Caesar Rodney High School in Camden, DE in 2003 and enlisted in the US Marine Corps, departing for Paris Island in January of 2004. Mike spent all of 2005 in Iraq on his first combat deployment. Mike was discharged honorably from the Marines in 2011. His first civilian position was as a government security contractor at the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. Mike now works for American Water in Camden, NJ as a Corporate National Fleet Manager. Mike lives in West Chester, PA with his family; best friend and team mate Ang, son Jordan, and daughters Kasi & Aubree, as well as his Service Dog and best bud on 4 legs, SD Cooper, (aka “Lil Coop”), whom he was previously paired with by Alpha Bravo Canine. Mike is looking forward to helping Alpha Bravo Canine in its mission of assisting veterans like himself suffering with PTSD, be matched with service dogs. to help mitigate their symptoms and show them there is life on the other side of war… When asked about joining the team his response was “I cannot wait to get started and help veterans like me; if I can assist in changing just one veteran’s life the way Alpha Bravo Canine, Jenn and SD Cooper have changed mine, I will have met my ultimate goal

Mike can be reached at MHoward@alphabravocanine.org

 

 

 

Paul Houck, Veteran Outreach Coordinator

Paul was born and raised in the Conshohocken/Plymouth Meeting area. He served in the United States Navy from 1976-1980 and was stationed in Charleston SC aboard USS Sellers DDG-11. In Paul’s role he will  he will identify, develop and maintain close professional relationships and liaisons with local service organizations, VA Hospitals, and local businesses within the veteran community to increase awareness to veterans in need of a service dog as well as all of the services provided by the organization. Paul will also facilitate and implement veteran outreach activities, special events and programs.

Paul can be reached at PHouck@AlphaBravoCanine.org

Emily Janda-Schultz , Events Coordinator

Emily, a Bucks County native is currently a Customer Care Representative for Oliver Healthcare Packaging. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Elementary/Special Education from Arcadia University. Emily lives in Warminster with her husband and two adorable pitbulls, Khali and Ray. She is eager to continuing to utilize her ever-loving passion for helping both animals and people by becoming part of the Alpha Bravo Canine team.  Emily can be reached at EJanda-Schultz@alphabravocanine.org

 

Michael Frost MD, Medical Director

In this role Dr. Frost will oversee our veteran selection process for incoming applicants. Dr. Frost is an internationally recognized specialist in addiction medicine. He has served as the medical director for several large addiction treatment facilities and currently is the President and Medical Director of The Frost Medical Group LLC located in Conshohocken, PA. Dr. Frost is actively involved in the research and development of new addiction treatments and has been part of multiple clinical trials. He has authored numerous scientific papers on topics related to the diseases of addiction and he frequently lectures throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.

Lisa Christ Gorski, Veteran Intake Coordinator

Lisa will be interviewing all incoming applicants to the program and will work with the Medical Director on the selection process.

Lisa was born and raised in Montgomery County PA, currently living in Bucks County PA.

She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Penn State University and have been working as an RN for almost 9 years. Lisa worked at the Department of Veterans Affairs on the substance abuse treatment unit. Her specialty is in behavioral health and substance abuse.

She is married with two children and two beagles named Peanut and Lily.

Melissa Santarelli, MBA

Melissa Santarelli is a nationally recognized healthcare thought leader, with over two decades of experience in behavioral health operations. She is highly sought after for her expertise in the areas of admissions and patient engagement, having developed nationwide patient access programs and the spearheading of clinical integration initiatives. Melissa spent the early part of her career with Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS), and went on to leadership positions with Accolade Inc., and Meadows Behavioral Healthcare. She now brings her pioneering operations and consumer healthcare navigation approach to digital health platforms, virtual/telemedicine care delivery and early-stage technology focused healthcare solutions