Veterans Served for Us, Now We Serve for Them
Serving Veterans The Right Way
K9s For Warriors serves our Veterans as honorably as they served their country. Our lifelong program is provided to Warriors at no cost and is designed to deliver maximum benefit with minimum administrative costs. We are proud that generous supporters trust us to do the right thing with their contributions, and we have received widespread recognition for our stewardship. Impacting the lives of Veterans will always be our greatest reward. Their continued participation in the program is the only validation we need.
Our Leadership Team
K9s For Warriors boasts an experienced executive team with backgrounds ranging from the U.S. Army to the White House. Every member oversees a different aspect of our organization, but each is focused on our mission of ending veteran suicide and returning Warriors to a life of dignity and independence.
Daniel Bean is a retired Navy Veteran who received the Legion of Merit, among other awards, during his 25-year career. He is currently Counsel with Smith, Gambrell & Russell and was the co-founder of ABL Law P.A.
His community service consists of being the Board Chair of K9s For Warriors, President of the USS ORLECK/Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association, Chair of the Jacksonville Port Authority Board of Directors, Chair of the N.E. Fla Mission United Advisory Board, & Chair of the FreshMinistries Board. He is the Treasurer of the Five Star Veterans Center, a Board member for The Fire Watch, and Vice-Chair of the Florida College Prepaid Foundation.
Bean received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and his law degree from the University of San Diego, both via full scholarships from the Navy. His wife Anne is the current Jacksonville Market President for Hylant and the former President of the St. Johns Rotary. Together, they have five adult children and one adopted dog from K9s For Warriors.
Lindsay’s Chief Development Officer position has transitioned to Chief Revenue Officer. This combined position strategically aligns both the Development and Marketing Teams and will be responsible for optimizing K9s brand and visibility — while expanding the donor base and increasing revenue generation in alignment with the organizational strategic plan.
Prior to serving as K9s For Warriors’ Chief Revenue Officer, Lindsay led the nonprofit’s fundraising efforts as Director of Development, fostering meaningful relationships with donors and expanding the organization’s reach exponentially. In under one year, she increased revenue by 70%.
In 2023, under Lindsay’s leadership as Chief Development Officer, the organization hit a record year of fundraising. She additionally received Jacksonville Business Journal’s Women of Influence Award.
Before joining the K9s team, Lindsay worked as a team financial advisor at Merrill Lynch, aiding and advising clients with financial future and retirement planning. She holds her Series 7 General Securities License.
As a Jacksonville native, in her free time, she enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, traveling, going to concerts, and cheering on her favorite football teams.
Alex has transitioned from her most recent position of Chief Operating and Program Officer to Chief Operating and Information Officer. This expanded role will direct all aspects of organizational logistics, spearhead strategies designed to conduct day-to-day operations, and oversee the optimization of computer systems, technology resources, data, and analytics in alignment with the organizational strategic plan.
Alex most recently worked at UPS, serving in various Industrial Engineering roles within the state of Florida and UPS’ Corporate Industrial Engineering department. Prior to joining UPS, Alex worked at The Citadel Graduate College, assisting veteran and civilian students through the application process all the way to graduation.
Alex earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she specialized in banking and financial institutions, a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Tampa with a concentration in non-profit management, and a Graduate Certificate in Military Leadership from The Citadel Military College.
She is a native to Jacksonville, FL, is active in her parish, Assumption Catholic Church, and serves as Secretary for Haven Retreats, a local non-profit that provides support for foster and adoptive families. She is married to William, an Air Force Veteran, they are proud parents of their two boys. Alex enjoys spending time outside with her family, reading, competitive sports, and cheering on the Huskers.
Jon serves as the Chief Financial Officer of K9s For Warriors and is responsible for all things finance related, from internal controls and financial processes to internal and external financial reporting. He is passionate about the mission and enjoys working with numbers.
Jon started his professional accounting career as an auditor with Deloitte, and also led audits at national and local accounting firms, working with clients across all industries and sizes. He then transitioned to serving non-profits directly as part of internal and outsourced finance teams with global and local non-profits.
He earned his bachelor’s degree from Evangel University double majoring in accounting and business management and has been a CPA since 2008.
Jon enjoys spending time with family, being outside in nice weather, woodworking, hockey, and returning library books on time. His favorite beans to count are coffee beans.
As the Chief Program Officer (CPO) at K9s For Warriors, Kevin is responsible for all program-related matters across all campuses, including — Procurement and Placement, Station Dog Program, Puppy Program, Kennel Operations, Enrichment Activities, Veterinary Care, K9 Training, and Warrior Operations.
Before joining the K9s For Warriors team, Kevin served over 20 years of honorable and faithful service in the United States Marine Corps in the Communications Field — retiring as a Master Sergeant (E-8) in 2016.
Upon retiring, Kevin began volunteering at K9s For Warriors in the kennels, caring for the dogs in training.
In October 2019, Kevin returned to K9s For Warriors as a staff member — where he has served in various roles such as Warrior Relations Specialist, Warrior Relations Assistant Manager, Warrior Operations Manager, Deputy Director of Warrior Operations, and his current role as Chief Program Officer. Additionally, Kevin received the highly coveted Shari Duval Honor Award in 2021.
Born and raised in Yukon, Oklahoma, Kevin is a huge fan of the Oklahoma Sooners! His wife, Susan, retired from the United States Marine Corps in 2014 as a Gunnery Sergeant (E-7). They are incredibly proud parents of three boys, Dylan, Brayden, and Caleb. Kevin enjoys attending church, spending quality time with family, and cheering on the OU Sooners!
As Chief Human Resources Officer of K9s For Warriors, Shannon is responsible for developing and executing human resources strategy to support the organization’s overall business plan — including strategic direction, specifically in succession planning, talent management, change management, and organizational and performance management.
Shannon is a seasoned Human Resources professional who earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She has worked in the Human Resources field in the private and public sectors, including health care, tribal government, public government, and nonprofit organizations — as a member of the executive teams in partnership with varying governing boards.
Shannon was born and raised in the military — her father was a career Air Force B52 pilot who committed his adult life to serving this country. Shannon and her husband have been married for 38 years. They have one daughter who recently graduated from Baylor University in Texas and will attend Regent School of Law in Virginia Beach.
Shannon and her family recently moved to Florida from Texas. She has spent most of her adult life living in Southern California in the Temecula Valley area, just north of San Diego. She loves the beach, concerts/theatre, traveling, fun gatherings with friends, and quality family time.
She is an avid dog lover and has been fortunate to have dog(s) throughout her childhood and adulthood — including River and Clyde, who were adopted and rescued from local organizations. Today, Shannon and her family have Baron, a 13-year-old Standard Poodle, Wyatt, a 2-year-old Golden Doodle, and “grand-dog” Bean, a 3-year-old mini–Golden Doodle.
Shannon is honored to be a part of the K9s For Warriors family and feels extremely fortunate to work within an organization with such a meaningful mission and a dedicated and committed team. She looks forward to getting to know more of the K9s team members and continuing to develop and implement engagement program initiatives this coming year!
A Mother’s Love That Started a Movement
Shari Duval founded K9s For Warriors in 2011. Her vision was to train shelter dogs as Service Dogs and pair them with Veterans afflicted with military-connected traumas. When her son, Brett, a civilian K9 police bomb dog handler who served in Iraq, came home with PTSD she realized he was only himself when with his dog. Doctors couldn’t help her son, but she found that a Service Dog could. Shari found a new mission in life: to put all her time and resources into helping restore the life of her son, and the lives of returning combat Veterans through the use of Service Dogs.
For Shari, it wasn’t only about assisting those who had sacrificed for our freedom anymore — it was about fighting to save their lives. She started the organization with her own money and watched it grow into the largest Service Dog program for Veterans in the United States.
Sadly, we lost Shari in February 2021 after a courageous battle against cancer. She may no longer be with us, but her legacy will shine on with every veteran and rescue dog life saved by K9s For Warriors. Our renamed Shari Duval K9s For Warriors National Headquarters in Ponte Vedra, FL, will remind everyone connected with our organization to maintain her love and passion for our cause.