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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”.

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.

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!