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About the Mission

Our mission is simple: We believe working dogs like K9 Diesel deserve to be protected by a ballistic vest for their entire shift just like their human partners, so that they both can come home safe together.
Your Donations Make It Possible

Brady Snakovsky


Brady's K9 Fund was founded by Brady Snakovsky, an active kid in middle school. He couldn't understand why all K9 officers were not wearing ballistic vests. After learning that these vests are not automatically issued to the K9s and are very expensive, Brady made it a mission to raise funds in order to protect those who protect us and make sure that they come home at the end of their shift.

​Brady enjoys baseball, amusement parks, animals, and hanging out with his dogs. When relaxing Brady loves to watch some of his favorite shows such as house flipping shows, and reruns of Dirty Jobs. He's also a YouTube junkie. He could not live without candy and milkshakes! ​

Leah Tornabene


Leah is a busy mom of three and wife to a police officer. She enjoys traveling, interior design and spending time with her family. She absolutely adores all animals and hopes for her children to grow and become successful and kind adults who learn to give back and not take life for granted. ​

Our Fundraising Team

Jillian Hamilton

Social Media & Events Planner

​Jillian loves promoting all of the positivity that can be found throughout the K9 industry. Jillian is a full-time hygienist, owner/photographer of her pet photography business, and above all, a full-time supporter of all things K9! She enjoys spending time with her golden retrievers Khaleesi and Riggs, traveling, and volunteering with animal rescues. 

Our Board of Directors

Mike Sofka

Vice President

Mike has been involved with animals for over 20 years and has long had a passion for protecting them.

He became very interested in Brady’s K9 after seeing Brady on the news, realizing how important it is for animals to be protected while they are working he looked into how he could help the organization. Given his extensive background in working with nonprofits and dedication to serving the community he was able to find Brady’s K9 and wanted to get involved. He is now serving as Vice President of the board.

In his spare time Mike enjoys spending time with his wife (Katelyn) and dog (Reina). He is also an avid runner, hiker and skier.

Jeanine Lett


Jeanine is a native of San Diego, CA who has always had a deep love for animals. She has turned her passion into a career training both working and pet dogs. When she is not busy training dogs professionally, she loves spending time with her four working dogs and hosting charity fundraisers.

Joelle Cooke


Joelle and her husband currently reside south of Cleveland with their spunky 7-year-old daughter and beloved puppy, Chester. She and her family enjoy playing board games, cooking new recipes and going on adventures with Chester. Joelle is currently an Associate Relationship Manager for Key Private Bank and finds great joy in helping clients and their families with their financial journey.

Jeff Shields

General Board member

Jeff is a loving husband and proud bonus dad to two amazing kids (now young adults!). He works in fiber optics as an application engineer. He has been a dog lover all his life and has owned everything from a 170-pound Wolfhound mix to a 15-pound Chug. In his free time Jeff loves trying out new breweries, travel and deep-sea fishing. Jeff was lucky enough to be the very first board member of BK9F, joining in September of 2021.

Kathy Rall

General Board Member

Kathy is a retired attorney who lives in Seattle. She has been a long-time supporter of Golden Retriever Rescue and Brady’s K9 Fund. She derives great joy from personally delivering vests to the handlers and dogs. Each dog gets a toy when he/she gets his/her vest. She has vested several departments and is affectionately known by them as their “fairy dogmother”. Currently she spends daily time with her Golden Retriever, Bailey, plays bridge and travels around the world.

Monica Zwipf

General Board Member

Monica currently resides on the east side of Cleveland. She lives with her energetic dog, Cinnamon. She has always had a love for dogs and enjoys participating in events to support animals when possible. She enjoys exploring new restaurants in the warm weather with Cinnamon, spending time with friends and family, and traveling. Monica is currently an Associate Relationship Manager at Key Private Bank, working with clients and helping them reach their financial goals.