Leadership

Dr. Hagen Blaszyk has a keen interest in helping military Veterans with PTSD regain their lives. He spent many years living oppressed in a dictatorship behind the Iron Curtain and knows firsthand that freedom is not free. He strives to connect people and organizations in order to change the trajectory of our Veterans in need, and he provides medical insight, application and intake processes, aftercare and outcome measures to the team.

Linda Murray - Cofounder & Executive Director

Linda Murray - Cofounder & Executive Director

Co-Founder, Vice President and Director of Development

As a founding partner of K9s on The Front Line, Linda has tremendous experience in organizational team building and motivating others. Her own personal experiences and firm grasp on the emotional depth of our joint cause are key in representing the organization.  Following her founding role of Director of Development, Linda was named Executive Director of K9s on The Front Line in 2019. 

Dustin Carson

Dustin Carson

Board of Directors

Dustin Carson is a founding board member of K9s on The Front Line. His passion to help Veterans stems from his late father’s military service. Dustin has many years of business experience in both private sector and commercial enterprises and his personal connection to our cause and makes him an invaluable member of our team. 

Christopher Tyll - Treasurer

Christopher Tyll - Treasurer

Director of Veteran Relations

Christopher Tyll is a highly decorated Navy SEAL officer who understands the effects of combat emotional trauma first hand. His successful, post-military business career experience and rapport with veterans are invaluable assets to our joint cause.

Jason Howe

Jason Howe

Missouri Program Coordinator & K9 Handler

Jason is a Navy Veteran and a K9s on The Front Line graduate himself. Originally from Maine, Jason came home from Missouri after years of struggling to complete our program in 2017. After receiving his service dog, Sobee, and becoming part of the K9sOTFL family, Jason made it his mission to return to Missouri to provide Veterans the same opportunity. The Missouri chapter of K9s on The Front Line has thrived in short time because of Jason’s ability to connect with fellow Veterans and share his own experiences with the program.

Gina Blaszyk, with almost 20 years nursing experience, is a cancer care and treatment navigator with highly recognized compassion and skill who helps our Veterans by being the go-to resource for overcoming barriers encountered in the multifaceted journey on which our Veterans are embarking. She provides process education and facilitates Veteran intake into our program.

Amanda Johnson

Amanda Johnson

Treasurer

Amanda has 8 years of accounting and finance experience supporting one of Maine’s largest nonprofits. As a spouse of a military Veteran and a mom of two rescue dogs herself, she is proud to support the financial aspect of K9s on The Front Line.

David Johnson

David Johnson

Director of Legal Affairs

Dave is an attorney in Portland, Maine who enlisted in the United States Air Force in 2007 and continues to serve as a judge advocate with the Maine Air National Guard. He serves as a valued member on the board and provides general legal council to K9s on The Front Line.

Katie serves brings years of marketing and communication experience to our team. Katie’s passion for the organization and her ability to connect helps to grow our organization so we can reach more Veterans in need. 

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