Our Board Of Directors

Board Members: 
Shari Duval - Founder

Responsibilities include over-seeing all activities of K9s For Warriors, and specifically concentrating on spreading awareness of the organization. Shari is also involved in the social media aspect for K9s For Warriors including daily posts and contact with past, current and future veterans within the program. She is also instrumental with the scheduling and planning of all fundraising. Shari’s past experience includes owning her businesses as well as fundraising efforts for various non-profits, including but not limited to Wounded Warrior Project, Christina Smiles, the Cincinnati Zoo, Jacksonville Ronald McDonald House, and various veteran causes. Her talents and passion for the veterans she is helping is immeasurable.

Brett Simon - President

Brett Simon is the President of K9s For Warriors, and son of our Founder, Shari Duval. Brett leads two teams; Warriors Trainers and K9 Trainers:

  • - The Warrior Trainers are responsible for the training of our veterans and their new service dogs. They are graduates of the program who provide guidance and support to our veterans throughout training.
  • - Our canine trainers and kennel staff are responsible for the procurement and training of the dogs that come into our kennel and to prepare them for their upcoming meeting with their veteran. Our kennel staff maintains all operations in the kennel such as veterinary appointments, dog food logs, cleanliness and overall maintenance of the kennels.
Young Edward “Chipper” Hall, Jr. - Chairman of the Board

Chipper is a native Floridian, born in Fernandina Beach in 1949. He graduated from Fernandina Beach High School in 1967 and became a Florida Gator graduating with a B.S. Degree in Finance.

In 1972 Chipper joined the family businesses. He worked in their Seafood and Insurance companies, and then settled into a production position with the Family’s folding carton company, Rex Corporation. After working and learning in all departments of Rex, Mr. Hall became President/CEO in 1977. He held that position until his family sold Rex to Cenveo (CVO) in March 2008. Rex Corporation is a manufacturer of folding cartons and graphics solutions serving the cigar, pharmaceutical, cosmetics and food industries in the U.S. 

Hugh Harris - Secretary/Treasurer

Hugh R. Harris, president, CEO and member of the LPS board of directors, has held several leadership roles in the mortgage industry during the past 30 years. Hugh R. Harris is well known as a visionary leader in the mortgage industry with consistent success in maximizing corporate performance. His extensive career includes leadership roles at several top mortgage companies and a Fortune 500 technology company, as well as playing a critical role in taking two companies public.

Pat Delaney - Co-Chair of Fundraising

Pat was born in Philadelphia, PA and is a graduate of St. Mary’s Academy and Gwynedd-Mercy College. She was married for more than 45 years to the late Rear Admiral Kevin Delaney USN (ret). 

Pat was an honorary member of the Navy Wives Club of America and the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society while her husband was on active duty. Subsequent to his retirement, she served on the Board of Hubbard House. Pat also served on the Board of the Jacksonville Humane Society for eight years and served as Fur Ball Chairman, the principal fundraiser of the Society, for five years. She is currently on the Board at First Coast No More Homeless Pets whose mission is low cost spay and neuter and plans to be a “no kill” in Jacksonville in 2014. She has long been an advocate for rescue animals and giving them a second chance. 

Mary Jane Smith (MJ) – Co-Chair of Fundraising

M.J. is a native of South Carolina and moved to Ponte Vedra in 2004 when she married local resident, David A. Smith. She is a retired and highly respected executive of the medical industry where she served for over two decades. As an independent consultant with her own business, MSJ Consulting, LLC., she became an active and trusted brand in the business. She served ten years as Director of Corporate Accounts and Sales for an international manufacturer of specialty equipment for hospitals, acute and non-acute environments in a very competitive market. She productively mentored and led her sales force to success. She has received awards and recognition for her continued achievements. She has an entrepreneurial spirit and currently leads specialized projects as CEO through her second company, Clinical Advantage, LLC.

M.J. is Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Smith Family Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to make an impact on the lives of those who have selflessly served others but now find themselves in need.

SFC Joseph W. Swoboda, US Army (RET)

Joe is a 2012 graduate of the K9s For Warriors program. Since being paired with his rescue service dog, Lily, he has made great strides in managing not only his physical combat-related injuries but also in overcoming the psychological traumas of war.

Joe is a decorated Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the United States Army, who served three tours of combat supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Since returning from war and graduating from the K9s program, Joe's new mission is to save his fellow veterans from the darkness and despair of PTSD, a growing epidemic that claims the lives of an average 22 veterans a day.

Joe, and Lily have become one of the most prominent Warrior-Canine Teams of K9s For Warriors, speaking at both charitable and corporate events about the enormous impact Lily has made on his life. Joe opens and honestly shares his personal story of both tragedy and triumph as he maneuvers through his forever altered life, amid the aftermath of war. His Army call sign, "Attackwrench" still holds true. With Lily by his side, he intends to attack the invisible wounds of what, head on, with fervor and grace. He stands as a shining example and authentic representation of the crucial mission on K9s For Warriors.

Janet Burnside

Janet is the Director of Finance & Funding Development. As a senior financial executive in diverse industries, she has successfully overseen financial operations for companies with more than $1 billion in revenue, led large staffs, and profitably managed national and international technology conversions as well as mergers, acquisitions and IPOs. As the Director of Finance & Funding Development for the Jacksonville Jaguars Janet developed the first annual budget for the NFL team’s philanthropic initiatives and activities. Janet is earned a B.B.A. from the University of North Florida.

Ray Dallman

Ray has been a Business Broker at Transworld Business Advisors since 2007. Transworld is the world leader in the marketing and sales of businesses, franchises and commercial real estate offering the professional services that successfully bring buyers and sellers together. From business brokerage to mergers and acquisitions.

Bob Fleckenstein

Bob is a Florida Licensed Commercial Contractor and President of Summit Contractors Group, Inc. based in Jacksonville since 1989, Summit has recently been recognized as one of the Nation’s largest multi-family builders. Summit has completed projects in 35 states totaling over 70,000 apartment units including Market Rate, Student Housing, Tax Credit, HUD and Senior Living.

Bob served in the Air Force and graduated from the University of Florida. Early in his contracting career Bob was appointed by the Governor to serve as a board member on the Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board. He has also served on the Board of several National Contractor Associations and was also a past board member on the Construction Advisory Board for both the University of Florida and the University of North Florida.

Bob has lived in Jacksonville since 1969 and lives with his wife Rea in Mandarin

Gen. Craig Richard McKinley, USAF (RET)

Craig Richard McKinley is a retired USAF General who served as the 26th Chief, National Guard Bureau, serving from 2008 to 2012. He is the first officer from the National Guard to ever achieve the grade of a four-star general. He is currently President of the Air Force Association.

Prior to becoming chief, General McKinley served as the Director, Air National Guard from May 2006 to November 17, 2008. He retired after being succeeded by Frank J. Grass on September 7, 2012. At the ceremony where he transferred authority to his successor, General McKinley received the Defense Distinguished Service Medal and Homeland Security Distinguished Service Medal. 

Judge Ronald V. Swanson

Ronald V. Swanson is a judge on the Florida First District Court of Appeal. He was appointed by Governor Rick Scott in June 2011.

Circuit Court Judge, First Judicial Circuit, April 2003 to July 2011. Appointed by Governor Jeb Bush. County Court Judge, Santa Rosa County, May 2000 to April 2003. Appointed by Governor Jeb Bush. Military Judge, Navy and Marine Corps Trial Judiciary, 1982 to 1985.

Military Service: 
Judge Swanson served in the United States Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps for over 20 years, retiring as a Navy Captain in 1995. While on active duty, Judge Swanson served in numerous assignments to include: in ships of the Atlantic Fleet; as Special Counsel to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations during the First Gulf War; a 1988 assignment as counsel in the Persian Gulf; duty at Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; and Commanding Officer, Naval Legal Service Office Central, Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida. 
Upon retirement from the United States Navy, Judge Swanson served as an Assistant State Attorney, First Judicial Circuit, from August 1995 to May 2000. He was designated Special Prosecutor for cases of significance, 1998 to 2000.

Daniel K. Bean

Daniel K. Bean is the executive partner of the Jacksonville office of Holland & Knight and is a trial lawyer who has prosecuted and defended a variety of matters in both federal and state court.  Mr. Bean possesses extensive experience in trust and probate matters, complex commercial litigation matters, including contract disputes, insurance coverage issues, financial lending matters and class actions, as well as in the provision of assistance to foreign litigants in accordance with Title 28 United States Code Section 1782.

Mr. Bean previously served in the United States Navy as a surface warfare officer and as a judge advocate. He is a retired Navy Captain and received the Legion of Merit.