Our team of dedicated individuals who care

Our board represents a cross-section of our community and has a passion for our organization and those we serve. The members work hard to ensure long-term sustainability of the organization and oversee that the funds raised directly affect veterans and military families.

Founder & Executive Director

Dr. Heather Lane

Dr. Lane is a veterinarian by training and is passionate about the life-changing benefits dogs bring to our veterans and military families.

Dr. Lane is a veterinarian by training and is passionate about the life-changing benefits dogs bring to our veterans and military families. As the Executive Director Dr. Lane advances the VCAS mission by driving the sustainability and improvement of VCAS programs for our veterans. Dr. Lane holds a Master of Public Health and is board certified in a specialty that encompasses both human and animal health. Having a background in human and animal health provides a unique perspective for supporting both veterans and dogs through the process of companion animal ownership. Several generations of her family have served in the armed forces and she is grateful for the opportunities to now serve the veteran and military family community.
Board Member

Bryan Pritikin

Bryan is an attorney at Carlile Patchen & Murphy LLP, a Columbus, Ohio law firm and a member of the firm’s Litigation Group. Bryan focuses his practice on complex civil and commercial disputes.

Bryan is an attorney at Carlile Patchen & Murphy LLP, a Columbus, Ohio law firm and a member of the firm’s Litigation Group. Bryan focuses his practice on complex civil and commercial disputes. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University and Capital Law School, where he founded the Military Law Society. Bryan is also a former Paratrooper previously assigned to the 82nd Airborne in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Within VCAS, he serves as the Legal Chair and supports veterans as the Deputy Chair of the Patriot Affairs Committee. Bryan has a passion for supporting veterans and their families and helping them fight mental illness and the associated stigma. VCAS allows him to couple that with his love for dogs. Bryan says that one thing that is immediately noticeable with VCAS’ mission is the passion that comes from the Board and Committee members as well as the volunteers to help others in need.
President & Retired Army Staff Sergeant

Jason Manley

Jason Manley is a retired Army Staff Sergeant who served with the 101st Airborne Division in Iraq from 2003 - 2006 and Afghanistan in 2008.

Jason Manley is a retired Army Staff Sergeant. Jason served with the 101st Airborne Division in Iraq from 2003 through 2006 and in Afghanistan in 2008. Over this time he was awarded the Iraq Campaign Medal with four Campaign Stars, four Army Achievement Medals, two Army Commendation Medals, and the Army Commendation Medal with Valor. After serving Jason found himself in the fight of his life with post-traumatic stress disorder. Struggling to find relief Jason adopted a shelter dog, named Abraham Lincoln. The bond that developed enriched both of their lives and provided real relief from his symptoms. After experiencing the benefits of a companion animal first-hand he began to work to make these benefits available to all veterans in need.
Board Member

Robert Holmes

Robert is the founder and key advisor for Endo Marketing Group, has owned several small businesses, and has been a key commercial strategist for several start-ups.

Robert is the founder and key advisor for Endo Marketing Group, has owned several small businesses, and has been a key commercial strategist for several start-ups. Most recently he was a VP of Marketing of a Fortune 500 company after holding VP roles in both Sales and Marketing. His broad based experience includes software sales, product sales, franchise sales and management, data compilation, restaurants and more. Robert's intensely creative approach to planning and challenge resolution enables him to add value to businesses and nonprofits. He stands on the firm belief that you can't build cities with burned bridges and takes pride in lasting relationships.
Board Member & Vice-President

Kayla Orso

Kayla has been involved with VCAS since 2017. Currently, she serves as the organization’s Vice President and Training Committee Chair.

Kayla has been involved with VCAS since 2017. Currently, she serves as the organization’s Vice President and Training Committee Chair. Her passion for VCAS comes from her love for dogs, the human-animal bond, and her father’s service in the Air Force. Kayla earned her BS in Animal Science and Master in Public Health in Veterinary Public Health before entering veterinary school, in which she is now a second year student. She will pursue small animal, avian, and exotics general practice once becoming a veterinarian. Kayla has 2 dogs, 2 cats, and a ball python. She enjoys hiking with her dogs, fostering kittens, and being with friends and family.
Board Member

David Curley

David is an internationally recognized Global Supply Chain Executive skilled at leading, training, developing, and empowering multi-cultural teams to perform at world-class levels.

David is an internationally recognized Global Supply Chain Executive skilled at leading, training, developing, and empowering multi-cultural teams to perform at world-class levels. David brings skills of solution-oriented problem solving and a passion for excellence. Dave has had profit and loss responsibility for businesses ranging from $200M - $2B in five Fortune 500 companies in the Retail and Healthcare industries. Dave served with distinction as a US Army Officer. During his 18 years of service he held various leadership roles with a specific focus on Medical Logistics and left active duty as a Major. He had many overseas assignments (Korea & Germany) and served in Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2003-2005.