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About the Mission

Our mission is simple: We believe working dogs like K9 Kratos 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 school, baseball, amusement parks, animals, police, and hanging out with his family. 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 string cheese! ​

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 tie with her golden retrievers Khaleesi and Riggs, traveling, and volunteering with animal rescues. 

Gary Herrero


​Gary is the K9 Unit Supervisor for a Central FL police department. He has over 24 years of experience in animal psychology and training from show horses to working K9s. Gary has integrated his working K9s into a multi-jurisdiction SWAT team. Gary holds a Florida Department of Law Enforcement Canine Team Instructor Certificate, is also a Firearms Instructor, and a general instructor for subjects such as high risk traffic stops and K9 Operations within road patrol. Gary has practiced K9 Law Enforcement in South Carolina in prior years as well. Gary’s working K9s have assisted in the seizure of thousands of dollars and the apprehension of many felonious criminals. Gary and former K9 Banner were featured as competitors on season 2 of A&E’s America’s Top Dog, episode 5. He is passionate about the working dog profession and the art of animal training. In his off time, he enjoys physical fitness activities, like working out and hiking. He also loves to travel and see new places.

Jamie Glomb


Jamie has many years of experience in healthcare in physical therapy services and as a director of rehabilitation. She has a love for dogs. She is active in NCOK9 search and rescue for missing people and cadavers, therapy dog work, volunteer work in the community and for hospice services. She enjoys walking, hanging out at the pool, beach, hiking, biking or just about anything that involves outdoors. Jamie likes to stay active and wants to make a difference while helping others. Jamie's dream job would be opening a doggy day care.

Our Board of Directors

Mike Sofka

Vice President

Mike has been involved 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.

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.

Deborah Vegh

General Board Member

Deb has an extensive background in social and medical research. She wholeheartedly supports the mission Brady set forth and her background in criminal justice/criminology complements it. Her impetus to join the Board was her many former students who are now active law enforcement officers - some with K-9 partners.