Meet the Team

Jennifer Green CPDT-KA

Founder and Director of Training

Jennifer was born and raised in Philadelphia. She is a certified professional dog trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT-KA), a  member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), as well as an AKC CGC Evaluator. Jennifer is the Director of Training and trains all dogs in the program and works with the Puppy Raising Director as well as the puppy raisers' families.

Previously, she was the lead trainer with a prison dog training program, has volunteered with her local shelters, was part of a team of creating behavior programs at a local shelter and volunteered with rescues. Jennifer works with clients to create and build their bonds with their dogs through positive reinforcement training. Through the combination of dog training and working with veterans with post-deployment disabilities she works with veterans to lead a productive and independent life with the aid of a service dog.

Jennifer can be reached via email at

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Tracy Ruepp

Puppy Raising Director

Tracy is our liaison with our puppy raisers and Director of Training. She coordinates and leads group field trips, interviews new potential puppy raisers and conduct home checks, as well as coordinates our events with our raisers.Tracy grew up in Leicester, England and met her Swiss husband whilst at graduate school in Manchester in the north of England. Tracy is a resident in Yardley, Pa with her family and two dogs Jack, her St Bernard and Betsy her Labrador Retriever.  She is active with her kids with their sporting events.

Tracy can be reached via email at for any puppy-raising questions.

Steve Morrison

Steve has been entertaining Philadelphia for two decades as host of the award-winning Preston and Steve show aired on 93.3 WMMR. In addition to the many charities the show supports, including the country’s largest food drive “Preston & Steve’s Camp Out for Hunger,” he also hosts Alpha Bravo Canine’s annual “Bark & Bowl.”

Steve generously lends his time to many veteran, animal, and law enforcement charities. He lives in Mt Airy with his wife Clare, dog Chelsy, and cats Dutch, Foster, Oscar, Mia, Momcat, Tingles, and Punky.

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Stephanie Lappe


Stephanie currently works as a staff accountant and has worked in the finance field for the last four years. In that time, she has helped multiple nonprofits and startup Businesses reach their respective donation and sales goals. She prides herself on anticipating the needs of each client and exceeding their expectations. Stephanie has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Penn State University. She is an avid traveler and spends as much time as she can with her dogs.

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Alicia Kennedy

Community Outreach Director

Alicia oversees partnerships with local businesses within the community.

Alicia grew up in Connecticut and moved to Philadelphia seven years ago. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international business from Bryant University. Alicia is currently employed by Cigna and supports special projects for the company’s international markets businesses.

Her passion for improving the health and well-being of our society through more efficient health care systems has led her to pursue an MBA in health sector management at Temple. Alicia has a deep passion for animals and feels that the bond between humans and canines can be leveraged to bring meaningful impact and improved quality of life to the veteran population struggling with mental health affliction.

Alicia can often be found exploring new corners of the city with her 6-year old boxer/hound mix, Lucy. Alicia can be reached via email at

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Michael Frost MD

Medical Director

In this role, Dr. Frost will oversee our veteran selection process for incoming applicants. Dr. Frost is an internationally recognized specialist in addiction medicine. He has served as the medical director for several large addiction treatment facilities and currently is the president and medical director of The Frost Medical Group LLC located in Conshohocken, PA. Dr. Frost is actively involved in the research and development of new addiction treatments and has been part of multiple clinical trials.

He has authored numerous scientific papers on topics related to the diseases of addiction, and he frequently lectures throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Lisa Christ Gorski

Veteran Intake Coordinator

Lisa will be interviewing all incoming applicants to the program and will work with the Medical Director on the selection process.

Lisa was born and raised in Montgomery County PA, currently living in Bucks County PA.

She has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Penn State University and has been working as an RN for almost 9 years. Lisa worked at the Department of Veterans Affairs on the substance abuse treatment unit. Her specialty is in behavioral health and substance abuse.

She is married with two children and two beagles named Peanut and Lily.

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Melissa Santarelli

Project Manager

Melissa Santarelli is a nationally recognized healthcare thought leader, with over two decades of experience in behavioral health operations. She is highly sought after for her expertise in the areas of admissions and patient engagement, having developed nationwide patient access programs and the spearheading of clinical integration initiatives.

Melissa spent the early part of her career with Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS) and went on to leadership positions with Accolade Inc. and Meadows Behavioral Healthcare. She now brings her pioneering operations and consumer healthcare navigation approach to digital health platforms, virtual/telemedicine care delivery, and early-stage technology-focused healthcare solutions.

Beth Holt

Business Data Analyst
In this role she will identify opportunities to grow, optimize, and improve our organization’s business processes.
Beth’s brings a wealth of knowledge experience from her role as a Chief Operating Officer and over 30 years of executive experience focused within business process outsourcing, maximizing the profitability and effectiveness of the business, development of management teams, and growth of client relationships.

Beth manages and handles the daily business operations of the company, working closely with department heads and supervisors to support the day-to-day activity of employees. 

She graduated from University of Pittsburgh with her B.S. degree in Mathematics in/ Economics and a M.B.A in Human Resources.  Please join me in welcoming Beth to this new and exciting role within our organization.