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Board Members

Rebecca Wilson, Founder & President

Rebecca is an owner of a local Memphis Daycare, Boarding, Salon, and Obedience Training business located in the heart of the city.  Rebecca brings a variety of skills that lends to a diverse background needed to bring awareness to the surrounding communities of the Mid-South.  She was a seasoned educator of 17 years and holds an Ed.S in Curriculum and Instruction.  Rebecca wanted to expand her knowledge base and open a business that specializes in animal care and training. Her responsibilities to Mid-South Canines for Veterans is to bring awareness to the local and regional communities regarding saving the lives of veterans with specially trained service dogs and spread knowledge, as well, about the mission and goals of MSCV.  She is a key component is scheduling and planning all MSCV events.  She is strongly committed to assisting and placing U.S. veterans with a service dog that meets and exceeds veterans’ expectations. Rebecca owns and trains 3 rescue dogs and wonders “who rescued whom”.

Anne Sorensen Forbus, Founder & Treasurer

Anne currently works at a local Memphis hospital where she is an Internal Audit Director. Anne works in the billing department and has many years experience in ensuring all financial regulations and obligations are executed with accuracy and efficiency. Anne brings a plethora of financial knowledge as well as accounting capabilities necessary to make MSCV successful regarding its finances and budget plan. Anne generates a business report, which will show MSCV’s annual budget. She also creates a quarterly financial spreadsheet of all expenses and donations made to MSCV in order to decide the allocation of money regarding training, employment, boarding, feeding, adoption fees, and general healthcare of the service dogs. Anne owns 3 rescue dogs and fosters for a local rescue group as well.

Gretchen Deatherage, Secretary

Gretchen has been a federal government employee for more than 25 years and currently serves as the Deputy Division Director over Cotton Standardization. She has many years of experience in office administration, project management, human resource management and customer service.  She records the minutes at the monthly board meetings and assists with other projects and communications as necessary. Many members of Gretchen’s extended family have served in the U.S. military. She recently adopted her first rescue dog, and now knows first hand how a the love of a fur baby can change a life.  Gretchen is an invaluable asset to MSCV.

Ira Smith, Founder & Director

Ira is a retired U.S. Navy veteran with over 20 years of obedience training experience.  He is a graduate of the Petropolis Dog Training Academy.  Ira’s specialties include service, protection, and scent detection training. Ira presides over all service dog trainers and ensures all are meeting Mid-South Canines for Veterans’ expectations.  Ira ensures proper financial oversight, including setting and approving an annual budget for Mid-South Canines for Veterans (MSCV).   He works closely with the treasurer to ensure MSCV is compliant and meeting IRS regulations and policies as a nonprofit organization. Ira’s working dogs reside at the “Dog Ranch” where they train and enjoy exploring their several acres canine domain.

Patrick Casey, Director

Patrick is a Colorado native but moved to Memphis as a young child. He is passionate about the missionof MSCV and its important impact on the lives of veterans living with PTSD.  Patrick has over 20 years of experience working in the field of Information Technology.  He currently works in IT for a local Wealth Management Firm. He lives in Memphis with his wife Tiffany, rescue dog Polly and cats Oscar and Scott.  In his spare time Patrick enjoys traveling and UT football.

Briana Lane, Director

Briana Lane is the CEO of Human Resources Strategies, Inc. and has over 20 years of engagement with nonprofit organizations.  In 2009, Briana worked as the Grant Coordinator for the County of San Bernardino in San Bernardino, California and established the San Bernardino Grant’s Office.  She is retired from government life, but continues to serve as an active grant writer for nonprofit organizations. Briana recently moved to Memphis, Tennessee in June 2017.  She has 2 wonderful pups who are the apple of her eye!