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.

 

Alan Bridges

Board Treasurer
Email: a.bridges@victorysd.org

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.

Andrew Benton

Board Secretary
Email: a.benton@victorysd.org

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. 

Craig Tomanini

Board Member
Email: c.tomanini@victorysd.org

Craig Tomanini  is a 10 year veteran from the United States Army. He served as a Military Police Officer with 9+ months in Kuwait post 9/11.
Craig joined Victory Service Dogs because they support Veterans in a way that he understands personally and that is needed to raise awareness.
“I’m honored to be able to stand besides my fellow service men and women and continue to serve those who served.”

Amber Kosloske

Board Member
Email: a.kosloske@victorysd.org

Amber Kosloske, MS, LPC is the Counselor and Owner of Convenient Colorado Counseling. She has served in various roles supporting people with disabilities for over 10 years. Using this experience she specializes in providing suicide and self-harm prevention resources, education, advocacy, and counseling in Colorado. Being a Veteran and suicide survivor herself she is passionate about serving fellow Veterans in our community to build lives they are excited to live, which is why she is so honored to be a board member for Victory Service Dogs.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time in the mountains with her husband and dog, Fry.

Lorine Grosso

Board Member
Email: l.grosso@victorysd.org

 

Trainers

Lance Kalahar

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

Lance Kalahar 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.

Maria Plaza

AKC CGC Evaluator & Trainer
Email: m.plaza@victorysd.org

Maria Plaza after 4 years of being a Pet Nutrition Specialist, decided it was time to pursue passion for dogs by learning how to train them so they could stay in their Forever Homes.

Has now been professionally training dogs for over 4 years. Believes in Positive Reinforcement Training.

Danielle Lucas

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

Danielle Lucas has been training dogs and helping families for 3 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.”