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!
Aaron Folse | President
Aaron grew up in rural Louisiana where his Cajun roots exposed him to all sorts of wildlife, which began his compassion for rescuing and rehabilitating many of the different species. Aaron was recently rescued by a new family member, a Hurricane Harvey survivor he calls Traxx. The duo escape to the hill country of Canyon Lake most weekends where hiking and discovering new trails renew both souls. Aaron also volunteers and host an annual food drive for The Houston Rescue Food Bank. Professionally Aaron does mechanical design work with a specialty in Healthcare. Aaron is also a lifelong member of Toastmasters International, a communication and leadership organization, where he has completed his Distinguished Toastmaster(DTM) qualifications.
Mike Beauchamp | Vice President
Mike joined the Marine Corps in 1967. He remained in the Marines for three years, with a tour of Vietnam. After working for the government for thirty-three years, Mike retired. However his retirement only lasted thirty days, and he worked for KBR for one year. Mike is extremely proud to be involved in helping Veterans with PTSD.
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.
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 MacKenna | 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). In 2018, Sarah and her fiancé Thomas added a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever puppy named Orbit to their growing family. After working with Sam and Working Paws K9 Training to train little Orbit, Sarah joined the Working Paws team as their Social Media Manager and is excited to now also be a part of the Rescue for PTSD’s team!
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 Best Friends Veterinary Hospital 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.