Our People

Mission Statement

Freedom for Veterans, Dogs with a Mission.

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Your generous donation helps fundamentally transform the lives of our veterans, their families, and our communities. In 2020, over 97% of our expenses were directly related to our programs for veterans and service dogs.

Board of Directors


Charles Know – Board Chair

Brian Smith – Treasurer

Kayla Quam – Secretary

George Wickstrom – At Large


Executive Director

Sam Daly

Director of Operations

Justin Ivers

Operations Assistant

Kayla Quam

Chief Administrative Officer

Julia Daly

Veteran Outreach Coordinator

Captain Marissa Joubert MNARNG, AG


Christopher Mehus, PhD, LAMFT
Chris has worked with men and women from a wide range of backgrounds, including veterans, law enforcement officers, refugees, and others dealing with anxiety or traumatic experiences. He has also worked with families in Uganda. His extensive experience enables him to train other mental health providers in the treatment of traumatic stress. In his free time, he is outside with his wife, son, and/or pointing dog, either upland bird hunting or training for the upcoming season. Chris is available in Apple Valley on Mondays (day and evening). For more information, please visit his website here.

Meggan McQuillan, MA, LMFT
Meggan creates a safe and comfortable environment for the people she works with. Research has shown the benefits of animal-assisted therapy and hypoallergenic therapy office dog Harry is living proof. Meggan works with adults of all backgrounds, experiences, and challenges. Outside of work, she and her husband love to camp, cook, garden, and enjoy the great outdoors. Meggan is available in Apple Valley Tuesday through Friday. For more information, please visit her website here.