MEET THE TEAM

Board Of Directors

Steve & Kim Corey

CEO/Founder
Email: s.corey@victorysd.org

In 2015, Army veteran Steve Corey was moved to action in response to the tragically high suicide rates in the veteran community. He knew the difference a service dog could make in the life of an individual and had seen them recommended to those who were re-entering civilian life following their service.

The problem was, most service dog organizations had years-long wait lists, extensive requirements and unaffordable plans for someone on a fixed income.
In an effort to combat these issues, Victory Service Dogs was born.

 

Jamie Krakofsky

President

Jamie has lived in Colorado with his family of 6 for 20+ years. His military experience gaves him the knowledge to expertly serve those going through a PCS needing quick and affordable housing as a realtor at the Krakofsky Team. While his strong personality and fine-tuned organization are a big part of his success, his greatest enjoyment in his career is by far the people he gets to serve. “Life is too short to not be pursuing what you love, building relationships and making the lives of others better.”

adrian hope

Vice President

Adrian D. Hope is a distinguished business owner, military veteran, and seasoned leader, currently based in
Colorado Springs. With a background in business development, project management, revenue generation and
extensive experience in the United States Army, Adrian has excelled in strategic planning, team building,
policy creation, and risk management throughout his career. As the Vice-President and Director of
Operations at HOPE Physical Therapy & Wellness, he has achieved remarkable revenue growth, spearheaded
innovative projects, and garnered prestigious awards for excellence. Adrian's military service includes senior
roles as a Defense and Army Attaché in the Dominican Republic, positions in the Pentagon, and representing
the United States in multiple US Embassies throughout Latin America. His educational background
encompasses an MBA in Innovation Management, a Graduate Certificate in Project Management, and a
diverse range of degrees from institutions such as the Naval Postgraduate School and Oklahoma State
University.

Andrew Benton

Secretary

Andrew Benton is a Senior Master Sergeant serving on active duty in the US Air Force and life-long dog lover. He and his dog, Curtsy, are certified Therapy Dog team lead for VSD’s Ambassador program and assist in the representation education outreach and fundraising events in the local area. Andrew is a proud volunteer and board member with VSD and believes strongly in the mission to help give back to our military veterans, 1st responders and to children with disabilities through the healing process of owning and training a qualified service dog.

Brian King

Treasurer

Brian moved to Colorado Springs in March 2021. Brian began his professional career in public accounting, spending five years as a financial statement auditor. He then spent two years working in rental accounting prior to joining his current employer, EarthX, as Director of Finance of the commercial landscaping company. In his free time, Brian enjoys spending time with his wife, Megan, and their dog, Bear.  He enjoys snowboarding, hiking, biking, and all sports, especially baseball. Brian is a die-hard Kansas City Chiefs and St. Louis Cardinals fan.

Wayne DeCosta

Board Member

Wayne has a background owning and managing aviation and construction businesses.  His company, Great West Construction, provides commercial general contracting services to multiple industries, including senior care, health care, churches and ministries, restaurants, and retail businesses.  He and his wife Denise have been married since 1990, and have two married daughters, four grandkids, and a new Rat Terrier puppy. Wayne is an active pilot, and he and Denise enjoy travelling to see relatives, and exploring new areas of the country.  Wayne’s mission statement for Great West is “Honor God in all we do, help other people, pursue excellence in all our operations, and grow through the process”.

 

Alan Bridges

Board Member

Alan grew up in Georgia and graduated from the US Air Force Academy. During his Air Force career, he flew Rescue and Special Operations helicopters, taught cadets at the US Air Force Academy, directed plans at Special Operations Command (Europe), and led a Base Realignment and Closure portfolio worth over $870 million. After his retirement from the Air Force, Alan flew commercially for nine years and still flies for fun. Alan gives back to the community as a Chamber Ambassador because he appreciates helping local small businesses succeed.

Alissa McCartney

Board Member

 

Adrian Hope

Board Member

 

Eava Currence

Board Member

 

Staff & Trainers

Sandra Tenbrink

Head of Administration/Trainer
Email:s.tenbrink@victorysd.org

Sandra enlisted in the Air Force in 2004 as an Airfield Manager. After serving over 14 years she was retired as a result of injuries during combat. Being deployed to Moron Air Base, Spain in 2008, Baghdad, Iraq in 2011 and the UAE in 2013. She helped train her own service dog to perform different tasks to help her navigate the world.

“I am honored and humbled to help everyone form their own handler-dog team. It is a special bond that makes a huge difference in their lives.”

 

Lance Kalahar

CGC Certified Trainer
Email: l.kalahar@victorysd.org

Lance enlisted in the US Navy in 2010 and became a Military Working Dog Handler. After 4 years of service, he explored dog training areas such as dog fighting rehabilitation, explosive detection for professional sporting events, animal welfare/shelter training, and creating and running pet obedience programs.

Holds a BA in Psychology with a minor in Human Development and Family Relations and works as a behavioral therapist for children with autism.

Danielle Lucas

AKC Certified Trainer
Email: d.lucas@victorysd.org

Danielle has been training dogs and helping families for years. She grew up with a passion for dogs and helping them as she can see the way they impact us in our daily lives. She has her own service dog that she trained to help with different disabilities and tasks.

“I saw the difference a service dog could make and what Victory Service Dogs does to help make that difference a possibility for many people.”

Robert O'donnell

Chaplain

Email: bob@victorysd.org

Robert served in the Navy for 22 years, and retired Oct 98. Primatry duties were small boat operations, security (Navy police), and lay leader for several commands, when there was not a Chaplain on board. He became a licensed Chaplain in 2022 and continues to serve with the American Legion Post 209 and Pikes Peak Biker Church. He has had 3 service dogs since leaving the Naval service and is honored to serve the community in several aspects