Laura Murray | Founder & CEO
Laura works as a Geologist by day, but her true passion is her animals. She spends most of her spare time riding & training her horse for Eventing competitions or working with her Labrador visiting local venues as a Therapy Dog Team. Laura has had dogs as part of her family since she was born and has developed a knack for training them. Coming from a military-background family, she thought it would be a great combination of skills and passions to train rescue dogs for Veterans in need. Thus, The Rescue for PTSD was born!
Ken Frantz | President
Ken Frantz served as a Marine Corps engineer during 1967-1999, as Private through Colonel with four overseas tours totaling 7 years. Upon retirement, he and his wife Diana moved to their Florida cattle ranch until relocating to Ashville, NY in 2005 before settling in Conroe, TX in 2011. In 2005, Ken was elected as President and Secretary of the Marine Corps Engineer Association (non-profit veteran’s organization) and in 2007, he assumed duties as Executive Director until 2015 when Ken stepped down from his duties to become full-time caregiver for Diana until she passed away 31 March 2019. In August of 2019, Ken returned to his volunteer duties with the Marine Corps Engineer Association as a Permanent Associate Director and moved to Spring, TX. In November 2019, Ken was elected to the Board of Directors and as Executive Director for Future Operations Base; a Houston non-profit assisting active duty military, veterans, first responders and eligible family members. In February 2020, Ken became a foster dad to Honor, in support of The Rescue for PTSD and is now their Vice President and owner of Tango!
Jennifer O’Connell | Vice President
Jenn is a Tennessee girl who made the trek to Colorado with her two “babies,” Layla and Piper. There she met Winston and his dad, and fell in love with both… Winston first, of course. Jenn practices law at Queener Law in Denver, Colorado, is a full-time dog mom, and is a hiker and cyclist in the off-hours. Jenn is the aunt to Hailey, one of our precious service dogs, and sister-in-law to her Veteran, Jason. And she is now mom to K9 Recruiter Maverick. She comes from a military family and was raised by a forester/conservationist, so her passion for supporting Veterans and animals has been a part of her life from the womb.
Aric Murray | Treasurer
Aric is a Principal at a consulting engineering firm in Houston, and when he’s not working you can usually find him outdoors. He enjoys hiking and fly fishing with his wife Laura, pheasant hunting with his Labrador Retriever, golfing, mountain biking, skiing and supporting Laura at equestrian competitions. Aric’s passions usually involve getting outside and enjoying life with the family. Wherever Aric & Laura go their Lab, Bolo is almost always at their side as they wouldn’t have it any other way!
Mitzi Morton | Secretary
Mitzi is proud to serve as Secretary for The Rescue for PTSD, and on the Canine Candidate Committee. Having owned many rescue dogs over the years, she knows how much joy and companionship they can offer. By saving a dog’s life, she believes we can save a Veteran’s life suffering from PTSD. She has been a registered and certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist for 25 years. She enjoys spending time with her dogs and family in her spare time.
Jason Presley | Director at Large
Jason is a veteran that was paired with our service dog Hailey! To learn more about Jason, check out his Blog Post (Life Story of a Veteran) and you can learn more about his service dog Hailey on her page! He is brother-in law to Vice President Jennifer O’Connell and is the reason she was led to become a part of the Rescue. He brought his wife into the fold, as well. He is uncle to Winston and Maverick, and father of two energetic daughters who love their sister Hailey very much! Jason brings his vast experience in management, logistics, and safety to the Rescue. His professionalism, organizational skills, and military experience help our Veterans join the Rescue family with confidence.
Samantha Scott | Director of Training
Samantha started training police dogs at a German Shepherd training facility in 2011. She then expanded her work to include training military and family dogs. She went to dog training school in 2015 where earned her Master Trainer certification. After training school, she opened Working Paws Canine Training. Now, with her two German shepherds and husband, she continues to run her K9 training business. Sam is also working to become a therapy dog team with her German Shepherd, Astrid. Sam and Astrid train all of our service dog teams, both canine and human components. They also run our monthly group classes, engage in Veteran check-ins, and ensure they important care and wellness of our dogs and Veterans. Their level of care and skill are unmatched.
Julie Slack | Director of Public Relations
Julie has a family of two kids, a husband, and a new fur-baby. She splits her time between working with our VP Jennifer and her clients and working with the Rescue. She brings a lot of Public Relations and Social Media experience to the table to help spread the word about the work of the Rescue so we can serve more dogs and Veterans.
John Scott | Advisor
John is not only the dear friend of Laura and Aric Murray, he is also – and most importantly – husband to our Director of Training, Sam Scott. John has been involved with the Rescue since its inception, whether by choice or by marriage. At any given time, John can expect to be awakened by one or more of six or eight Rescue fosters being housed and trained by himself and Sam. If his work life weren’t trying enough, John can also be found at every single training and fundraising opportunity for the Rescue. He is as dedicated to the mission, its dogs and Veterans, and all of their needs, as any other member.
Holly Presley | Advisor
Holly is wife to Director-At-Large, Jason Presley, mom to Hailey, and foster mom to Freddy. She is also aunt to Therapy dog Winston and K9 Recruiter Maverick. Did we mention the Rescue for PTSD is one big family? Holly, too, splits her time between her zoo of children and animals, working with Vice President Jennifer O’Connell and her clients, and helping further the mission of the Rescue.
Andrew Moore | Advisor
Andrew is Vice President of Sale for Sierra Container Group, and continues the theme of family in the Rescue. He is partner to Vice President Jennifer O’Connell, father to Winston and Maverick (and Layla and Piper), brother-in-law to Holly and Jason Presley, and uncle to Hailey. He brings his sales and financial background to the Rescue, as well as his newly honed dog training skills, thanks to the help of Director of Training Samantha Scott and Founder/CEO Laura Murray. He is an avid foster dad and trainer for the pups coming through our family awaiting their forever homes.
David Roth | Advisor
David and his wife Erin are parents of two gorgeous children and one loving pup named “Chunk.” David owns a law firm, Roth Law Group, and his wife Erin comes from a background in event coordinating. Both bring their skills in fundraising, finance, and events to the Board to ensure we can maximize our outreach to the community. You will find David, Erin, and Chunk at Rescue events, or you’ll run into David, Andrew, and Aric brainstorming the next Rescue event on a local golf course.
Kurt Woods | Advisor
Kurt, like Director-At-Large Jason Presley, is one of our Veterans who was paired with Honor. You can check out their story here. Kurt and his wife Peggy are the biggest givers in the Rescue family. They are continuously connecting us with more Veterans, sponsors, donors, and volunteers. And if that weren’t enough, they foster and train service dogs like Justice. Kurt, too, comes from a background in finance, helping the Rescue stay in tiptop shape and making our funds go to the best use to accomplish our mission.