Board of Directors
Steve Corey is an Army veteran who served as an M88 operator and heavy equipment mechanic. He was also a local business owner for 13 years before he started Victory Service Dogs. His desire to help veterans in our community came through his many interactions with those who were struggling with PTSD and other chronic illnesses, and seeing their difficulty in finding the health services they needed to improve their quality of life.
Originally from Maine, Jessica Morin moved to Colorado Springs with her dog Shelby in 2006. An active volunteer with several organizations, she became involved with Victory Service Dogs in 2018 while looking for a new way to have a positive impact in the community. An outdoor enthusiast, Jessica works in the bicycle industry and, when not mountain biking, enjoys hiking and camping with her dogs. Now she is helping Victory Service Dogs as both the Vice President, as well as the Director of Volunteers.
Kim Corey grew up in an Air Force family as the daughter of a Vietnam War veteran and has experienced first-hand the effects of PTSD and how it impacted her family. Kim is an elementary school teacher and works alongside her husband, Steve, as the Board Secretary for Victory Service Dogs.
Scott served as a healthcare specialist in the United States Army where he found a true passion for working with the wounded veteran community. While on active duty, Scott helped create and develop outreach programs focused on the rehabilitation of our nation’s wounded service members and their families. His background in combat medicine, project management and healthcare administration compliment his love of all things outdoors, all while being able to support others in need. When he’s not developing future projects, you will find him spending time with his wife, daughters and hunting dogs or watching the Chicago Blackhawks.
Patrick joined the Army in 2003 and deployed to Iraq from 2005-2006. When he got out of the military in 2009, he went to college to become a nurse. He then moved to Colorado to work as a Registered Nurse with active duty soldiers and retirees at Evans Army Community Hospital. He currently works as a Psychiatric Nurse there. Patrick has a wife and three kids, some with special needs. Patrick has been involved with Victory Service Dogs since 2016. His mission is to serve the active duty, veterans, and families of those who have served. He also has a lot of experience with mental health disorders and children with autism and ADHD. He feels it is important to advocate for people and families that can’t or don’t know how to advocate for themselves. In his spare time, he loves anything to do with bicycles and art.
Sean is a client of Victory Service Dogs and recently joined the VSD board as well. He served seven years in the US Army, one term as a paratrooper, and one as an MI Abrams tank crewman.
Sean has a B.S. in Aviation Science, earned a Commercial PilotsCertificate and later a masters degree in information science management.
He currently works in the VA Veterans Health Administration in Denver as a program Analyst for the Office of Community Care
He is married and has mixed family with his wife Tracy and eight children, plus three grandchildren, with three children still at home, two of which are soon to be 17 year old twin boys.
Sean’s service dog is a full blood German Shepherd provided by VSD and is named Neala Sjofn Vom Dortmunder (pronounced : Knee-Ah-La See-Oaf-En Vom Dortmunder) Neala is old Irish for female champion, Sjofn is the Nordic goddess of love, and Vom Dortmunder is the breeders registered name.)
Lisa L. Lima MSW LSW ABCDT graduated from Animal Behavior College in 2008. She received her Bachelors degree in Psychology from Florida Atlantic University in 2012 and her Masters degree in Social Work in 2016, and is a Licensed Social Worker in the state of Colorado.
As a clinical therapist with a background of nearly 15 years in canine training and behavior modification, Lisa currently serves children, teens, and adults through the unique means of Animal-Assisted Therapy. She is the Director of Training at Victory Service Dogs and the proud owner of My Life Unleashed in Teller County.
As Director of Training, it is her mission to serve those who have served us. “Our clients are the foundation of our program. The camaraderie and family-like support that comes from being a part of Victory Service Dogs is what we strive to bring each of our teams. Our clients do not just gain a Service Dog; furthermore, they are an integral part of our journey and growth as an organization.”
Brandi Garcia is a Karen Pryor Academy graduate, AKC CGC evaluator, and she is certified in companion animal CPR and First Aid through the American Red Cross. In the past, Brandi worked in the veterinary field as a vet tech, but ultimately her dream was to train dogs professionally. Brandi has recently taken on the Dog Acquisition position at VSD, which primarily helps find and match service dog prospects to a veteran in need. She has been training professionally now for about three years and looking forward to many more years in this career!
Eric Rice began his passion for dog training while working at TCRAS (Teller County Regional Animal Shelter) in Divide, CO. Thinking his career at TCRAS was only going to be temporary, he quickly fell in love and found his innate talent of training and rehabilitating dogs, especially those at risk of being put down or not finding a home as a result of serious behavior issues.
Throughout his journey as a dog trainer and behavior expert, Eric has participated in Dogs Playing for Life, a program for working play groups with the goal of rehabilitating assertive, unsocial, and aggressive dogs. Eric is also certified in BAT (Behavior Adjustment Training) and is a member of the IACP (International Association of Canine Professionals).
As a result of his hard work and knowledge in the field, Eric was promoted to Director of Animal Enrichment and Training at TCRAS. After his journey at TCRAS, Eric continued to train dogs in the community of Woodland Park through his establishment of Howling Wilderness Outdoors.
Aaron is a US Army veteran that served as a combat engineer and Chinook Crew Chief. He obtained a mechanical engineering degree from UCCS and is currently in school for his MBA. He felt that his service dog, Delilah, who is currently in training at Victory Service Dogs, saved his life and helped him cope with the struggles related to PTSD and felt he would like to pass that on to other veterans in need.
Phone: (719) 619-9336
As a dog trainer, Brian has devoted himself to studying and training hundreds of different techniques of training dogs for different services and obedience. His life’s work has focused on a dog’s capabilities and abilities. He finds it amazing how a dog can truly change a person’s life whether it be as simple as your furry best friend learning to stop chewing on your furniture, to the difficulties of a service dog saving a seizure victim, or helping an autistic child with day to day activities. These are outstanding creatures with amazing capabilities. He has spent hundreds of hours educating himself to learn their abilities to help others.
Sarah is a Colorado Springs native and enthusiast. As a local real estate agent she spends much of her time exploring the community to best serve her clients. Growing up in a town with such a heavy military presence she has seen the positives and negatives of post-war citizens. With a natural passion for animals, Sarah is a great addition to the VSD community.