Dr. Heather Lane started VCAS after seeing many instances where veterans’ lives were greatly impacted by their pets. Dr. Lane had several family members who served and all of them had a dog, or two, that made every day better. While working at veterinary clinics, many veteran clients would open up about just how much their dog meant to them. Oftentimes, spouses would secretly share that if not for the dog, their significant other wouldn’t be here. Through veterinary school, Dr. Lane became passionate about One Health, the concept that human, animal, and environmental health are all related, and the benefits of the human-animal bond.
When a tragedy occurred with a close family member struggling with mental health, Dr. Lane felt God’s calling to work in the space of improving human lives through animals. With a heart for veterans and a solid belief in the healing power of dogs, Dr. Lane, with the support of her husband, Chris Macisco, began the process of starting Veteran Companion Animal Services.
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Meet The Team
President and CEO
Dr. Heather Lane
⭐Captain, US Navy (Ret)
Patriot Affairs and Veteran Outreach
I’m With Abe Club Lead
majoring in Political Science. In the mid 60's he signed up for a 4-year stint in the Army Security Agency
where assignments included an extended tour in Viet Nam with his final year in Japan where he met his
His next phase in life began with work in Governor Gilligan's office followed by a career as a workplace
safety and health consultant with the Bureau of Workers' Compensation. Upon retirement he became a
private safety consultant for both general industry and construction where every day was a learning
While being relatively unscathed from his military experience, Joe is aware of those fellow vets who could
use a little assistance following their enlistments. To that end he is committed to doing what he can to
improve their situation through VCAS.
He has learned to live by the credo of "trying to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am!"
⭐US Army – SP5 (Ret)
⭐Master Sergeant – E8, US Army (Ret)
Board of Directors
The Veteran Companion Animal Services Board of Directors provides oversight and leadership by adopting sound, ethical and legal governance and financial management policies that allow VCAS to best serve veterans for years to come. The board also plays a key role in fundraising so that VCAS can achieve its mission.
Krista La Perle
Governance Committee Chair
Board Vice Chair
Ops and Risk Committee Chair
⭐US Air Force (Ret)
⭐US Army (Ret)
Kim is passionate about veteran issues as well as animal rescue efforts and has fostered more than 20 dogs since 2013 – with only two ‘foster fails’ who became life-long members of the family. Kim joined the VCAS Board in 2023 in celebration of these two loves.
Kim and Joe live happily in their Worthington empty nest where they can remain close to their three daughters, son-in-law and two grandchildren. They regularly ride their motorcycles locally as well as cross-country. Kim is also scuba-certified, active with horses and enjoys time spent (particularly outdoors) with friends and family.
⭐US Air Force (Ret)
Prior to his current role, Mr. Hammond served as Vice President & CFO for ascena Brand Services, the shared service function providing back-office services including end to end Supply Chain, Information Technology, Indirect Procurement, Asset Protection, Real Estate and Merchandise Planning & Allocation for acena’s 9 Portfolio Brands from August 2015 to May 2019. During this time, he also was the Board Chair for ascena’s Global Innovation Center headquartered in Bangalore India.
Prior to joining ascena, Mr. Hammond served as an elected officer for Nationwide Insurance as Associate Vice President from 2011 to 2015, where he served as IT Chief Finance Officer as well as various management roles within Nationwide Insurance from 2004 to 2011, including Director of Corporate Planning.
Mr. Hammond spent the first 8 years of his career with International Business Machines (IBM) Corporation where he held various roles including Business Development Manager responsible for Merger and Acquisition models, transitional service agreements and was the World-wide Operations Lead responsible for Global Inventory Management within IBM’s server group.
Bill is originally from Southeastern Indiana (Westport), graduating High School from South Decatur. He earned multiple degrees while attending Rose-Hulman and Indiana University (Bloomington). He lives in Galena Ohio with his wife, Christy raising 4 daughters. Mr. Hammond served in local government as a Vice-Chair of Kingston Townships Board of Appeals from 2013 to 2017.
Leslie is the spouse of an Air Force Veteran and spent 8 years supporting her husband in his military career. They were stationed at Elmendorf AFB (now Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson) in Anchorage, Alaska and at RAF Mildenhall just outside Cambridge in the United Kingdom. The demands of military life led to a career change for Leslie and she is now a Technology Consultant with Accenture.
Outside of work, Leslie has a horse named Smudge, two dogs, and three cats. She loves to get outside and do anything active.