David has a heart for veterans and dogs. He and his family founded Our Turn to Serve in 2009 after seeing first-hand the need to do more for our returning veterans. David’s passion for assisting veterans is driven by his father’s service in the army during WWII. He was also inspired by a trip to the Wounded Warrior Barracks atCamp Lejeune in North Carolina where he met several marines who were recovering from injuries sustained during their service. All of them were committed to returning to finish their missions after recovering from their injuries. It was this dedication to serving and the brotherhood they exhibited that ignited the fire in David to serve those who have served our nation and returned home with disabilities. David has started four successful businesses and has served on numerous boards, including Roanoke Chamber of Commerce, Huntington and Steuben County Economic Development Corporations and Clear Lake Board of Zoning Appeals.
Jeff served as director of the Allen County Public Library for twentyeight years before retiring in 2014. Jeff is a past president of the Rotary Club of Fort Wayne and has been a long-time contributor to the Rotary International Foundation’s efforts to eradicate polio worldwide. He is a past president of the Literacy Alliance and has served on the board of governors of the Quest Club. He has served on the Indiana Library and Historical Board as an appointee of the governor, and currently serves on the board of the Allen County – Fort Wayne Historical Society. He is a past president of the Metropolitan Libraries Section of the Public Library Association. In 2001 he was he was named a Sagamore of the Wabash by Gov. Frank O’Bannon. Jeff is committed to community service and believes that Our Turn to Serve can play a critical role in improving the lives of veterans whose service to our country has left them with serious disabilities.
Marla Peters is the chief underwriting officer at American Specialty Insurance and Risk Services. She has more than twenty years of experience providing risk management and insurance solutions for sports, leisure and entertainment businesses. Marla has a passion for serving the community and helping others and brings her business skills and non-profit volunteer experience to her work for Our Turn to Serve. Her prior non-profit board service includes eight years with the Embassy Theatre Foundation where she held the roles of president, vice president, fund development chair and governance committee chair. She also had the privilege of being invited by Young Leader of Northeast Indiana’s founding members to serve on the inaugural board of directors and hold the position of treasurer. Marla is grateful to have the opportunity to support Our Turn to Serve in its mission to provide service dogs for veterans who have sacrificed so much to protect our freedom.
Shirley is one of the founders of Our Turn to Serve and brings an invaluable piece of the puzzle to the board of directors. She is a committed fundraiser with a keen eye for detail. She has been instrumental in planning and carrying out successful fundraisers that have provided a critical source of revenue for the organization. Her skills and leadership have been critical in helping Our Turn to Serve carry out its mission. Shirley has a gentle and passionate heart for children and those in need. She has volunteered for Bible Study Fellowship for nearly 20 years and is a part owner of Two-EE’s Winery.
Katy is a passionate animal lover. Her passion led her to Our Turn to Serve after observing first-hand the connection between service dogs and veterans. “It’s humbling to see the bond between a veteran in need and a dog gracious for their life,” says Katy. Because of her love of animals and her deep appreciation for the sacrifices made by our veterans, she is committed to the work of Our Turn to Serve, which “changes lives two at a time.” When Katy is not devoting her time to Our Turn to Serve, she will likely be found at the barn with her horse Tyler, or spending time with her two basset hounds, Biscuit and Duke Silver.
Tamara Goodman MS, LMHC, LCAC, MAC
Tamara has worked in the mental health field since 1982, with the exception of serving four years in the United States Army. Her professional experience began as a certified substance abuse counselor in areas ranging from detoxification to inpatient and outpatient treatment. After Tamara received a bachelor of arts degree in psychology in 1995, she began to concentrate her work in the area of family systems in counseling. In 2001, Tamara received a master of science degree in counseling from Indiana University with a concentration in marriage and family therapy. She also obtained state licensure as a mental health counselor in 2007. Tamara is a founding member of the Indiana Association for Addiction Professionals (IAAP) and is a licensed clinical addiction counselor. She is a member of the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) and is a national certified master addiction counselor. Tamara has served on the IAAP Board of Directors and held and held the office of treasurer from 2004 to 2013. Tamara also is a certified instructor of Prime for Life through Prevention Research Institute. In her community, Tamara serves on the DeKalb County Vet Court Committee, and has been a member of the DeKalb County Domestic Violence Task Force and Drug Free DeKalb County. Since 2008, she provides readjustment counseling services to combat veterans and their families through the Fort Wayne Vet Center.
Russell currently works as an internal revenue agent with the Internal Revenue Service, performing financial tax audits of individuals, sole-proprietors, partnerships, Subchapter S-corporations, C-corporations, estates, trusts, and fiduciaries. Previously, Russell served as treasurer for two service-related veteran organizations: Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Crown Point, IN and American Legion Riders, Butler, IN.
Russell is a veteran who trained more than 200 U.S. Army Reserve and Army National Guard soldiers, as well as U.S. Air Force airmen during his service. Russell was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal (2nd Award), National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal with three Campaign Stars, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait), Drivers Badge with wheeled and track devices, Expert Marksmanship Badge with Machine Gun and Rifle devices, Sharpshooter Badge with Grenade device and Basic Training Ribbon.
Lori Garrett RN, MSN
Lori is a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist with twenty-nine years of practice in her field. Her passion to help veterans is fueled by her personal family history. She is the proud granddaughter of a WWII Army police officer with combat tours in Japan, the daughter of a Navy fireman, and an Army combat engineer. For the last seventeen years of her career, she has been employed with the Veterans Health Administration transitioning combat veterans from military life back into the civilian culture. She understands the unique needs and struggles that our nation’s heroes face and provides clinical expertise to the board.
Terry served as a security specialist in the US Air Force from 1987-1993. He served time in the military with the Indiana Air National Guard as well as the Reserves in Ohio. Serving our country runs deep in his family. For the past seven years, Terry has worked with the Vet Center, CRU Military, the 122nd Fighter Wing, and other agencies specific to veterans. He also meets weekly with a group of veterans to drink coffee and talk about life, and he organized a bible study for veterans who are interested in enhancing their relationship with God. Terry has been trained to instruct a nationwide program called Reboot Combat Recovery and has access to many resources designed to bring hope and faith to the veteran community.
Mike Rowland, founder and owner of Animal Training and Development, is a Fort Wayne resident and expert in dog behavior. Since 1988, he has trained more than 18,000 dogs, helping pets and their owners strengthen their connection through a full range of problem-solving and obedience classes, and has provided specialized training in a variety of areas. In addition to training, Mike has served on the board of the SPCA, as an AKC behavioral judge, and as a therapy dog team evaluator. He has also served as an expert witness in court cases and conducted seminars for local and federal agencies. Mike is proud to serve veterans as the director of training for Our Turn to Serve.