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. Jenn practices law, 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. She comes from a military family and was raised by a forester, 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! We are excited to welcome Jason to the team!
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 she learned many more aspects of dog training and is working toward her Master Trainer certification. After training school she started Working Paws Canine Training while in Colorado. Now here in Texas 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.
Sarah McNabb | Director of Communications
Sarah has been in a variety of Communication roles across a range of different industries including technology, construction, energy, and human resources. After moving to Houston in 2015, Sarah adopted a rescue kitten (who she named Pacha). Sarah and her husband also own 2 Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers named Orbit and Naboo who like to “help” with The Rescue for PTSD as demo dogs. In addition to her communication roles with The Rescue for PTSD and Working Paws K9 training, Sarah is also going to be training and fostering service dogs for Veterans in Florida! She has been studying training with Sam and is excited to help train great service dogs!
Dr Sarah Goodyear | Veterinarian
Dr. Goodyear practices small animal medicine and surgery with a strong interest in reptile and small mammal exotics. She received her Bachelors of Animal Science in 1995 and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. She’s been practicing at Veterinary Medical Center of The Woodlands and living in the Houston area with her husband, dogs, horses, ferrets, and hedgehogs since 2002. Also an avid equestrian, she regularly competes her two horses, in the sport of Three-Day Eventing. Other hobbies include contra dancing and scrapbooking.