Board of Directors & Staff
Our Board of Directors and Staff provide their time, resources, ideas, and values to provide our veterans with a great program and grow our organization to sustain our goals and further our mission. We thank them for their hard work and contribution to Victory Service Dogs.
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.
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.
Vincent Maffia is a retired Sergeant First Class from the US Army. Vinny spent over 20 years in Psychological Operations units and assignments. He deployed around the globe in peacetime and in war. Vincent has been married to a wonderful woman, Jennifer, for 29 years, and they have two amazing children, Dominic and Allison. Vinny and Jen live in Colorado Springs where she works as a kindergarten para and Vinny work as a senior trainer and curriculum developer for a software company. His job includes deployments to Afghanistan and Kuwait, among other places.
When Vinny is not deployed, He is active in his church and Scouting. He love to be outdoors and to volunteer in our community, especially when He can give back to Veterans. Vinny now work as the Program Director for Victory Service Dogs in Colorado Springs.
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.”
Chrysta is the granddaughter of an Army veteran, who suffers from post-war disabilities. As a child, she assisted her local VFW Post Ladies Auxiliary, alongside her mother and grandmother, with many of their fundraising events and met many Veterans and their families during that time. Because of her experience at the VFW Post, she has seen many of the effects of PTSD and other disabilities on Veterans firsthand.
She is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs with a Bachelors degree in Business with an emphasis in Information Systems. She started her work with Victory Service Dogs as a volunteer in 2018, assisting with our IT department. Now she is our IT Manager and Office Administrator.
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.
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. She has been training professionally now for about three years and looking forward to many more years in this career!