This work? It takes a village!
Co-Founder, Executive Director
Donna works to keep BADRAP's engines motoring forward with programs that fulfill the group’s mission. She oversees activities at the group's rescue facility and directs the Keep'Em Home focus, a pet retention program that provides resources and support to dog owners in crisis.
A committed educator, she's written several articles on pit bulls, develops many of BR's educational materials and presents the group's program models widely to audiences around the country. Donna has been active in developing policies that provide relief to dogs from dog fighting cases. She served on the team of evaluators for the dogs rescued from Michael Vick's dog fighting operation 'Bad Newz Kennels' in 2007, then provided federal authorities with disposition recommendations and rescue support. Since that time, BADRAP has stayed busy with several other large scale cases. She shares her life with husband Tim Racer and three personal dogs who represent so-called 'targeted breeds.'
To contact: Donna
A gifted animal handler, Tim once focused on rehabilitating birds of prey for a NorCA wildlife center. He now leads BAD RAP's weekly Pit Ed classes, which earned the American Humane Association's 2006 Award for Best Practices in Behavior and Training. In 2007, he helped assess the Michael Vick dogs and worked with the federal government to secure their placement with qualified organizations. He has since assisted several shelters, animal humane organizations and law enforcement agencies in assessing dogs from a dog fighting cases. He travels widely to present BR's lessons learned in housing, training and placing pit bulls.
Back home, he shares the responsibility of training BAD RAP’s foster dogs and educating their adopters. He's married to Donna Reynolds and is happily owned by three personal dogs. When he's not doing dog duty he’s in his woodshop, carving portraits of dogs in the old world carousel style.
To contact: Tim
Lead Registered Veterinary Technician / Pit Ed Class Instructor
Katie Moyer first joined BADRAP's efforts in 2006 when she adopted Hurricane Katrina survivor 'Sydney.' As lead registered vet tech, she provides leadership and direction for the volunteer crew of vet techs who work with the public to provide vaccinations, microchips and parasite treatments at our monthly ‘Nut Truck’ free health clinic events.
A gifted animal handler and enthusiastic teacher, Katie supports dog owners in reaching their training goals as a Pit Ed instructor during Saturday training classes. She's also served as a foster home for numerous dogs and participated as an evaluator of canine victims from a large scale dog fighting case from Onieda County, Idaho in 2013.
Berenice Hernandez / Pit Ed Class Instructor
While some may recognize Berenice Hernandez (right) from media about the Vick dogs - Berenice and her family gave a home to 'Zippy' - she has a long history with BR as a foster home, adopter and hands-on helper at community outreach events. She has a natural confidence with dogs and an educator's approach to connecting with and sharing information with dog owners at our spay/neuter events.
Most recently, Berenice joined the team as an instructor for BR's Saturday classes and puts her leadership skills to work while facilitating up to 18 dog handlers at a time through various drills and exercises.
Kathy Kinnear / Event Photographer
Kathy's heart-filled photos are instrumental in sharing the message of compassion for the dogs and their owners with our audience. She volunteers untold hundreds of hours every year to documenting our Nut Truck events (Gallery) and dogs in our adoption program.
She's also dedicated her skills to helping the dogs at Contra Costa Animal Services. Good things always happen when Kathy shows up with her camera.
Sarah Williams Outreach Consultant
With a master's degree in clinical psychology and history as a behavior analyst, Sarah reshaped the infrastructure of BR's public outreach events by developing policies that helped us step up our effectiveness in our community. She was a steady fixture at our spay/neuter events for two years, where she wrangled the many details involved in smoothing out a successful day for the dogs and their families. Now relocated to Mexico, Sarah continues to guide and encourage us us from afar.
Carolyn Jones / BADRAP Bookkeeper
Carolyn and her team have been helping with QuickBooks support, financial consulting and controller services since 2008. Her support allows BR to map out its budget so our many programs can be actualized. The owner of a busy financial management firm, Carolyn has a long list of professional clients and is especially drawn to supporting innovative and socially-conscious companies. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of Fearless Women Entrepreneur Network. She also served on the board of Young Women Social Entrepreneurs (YWSE) from 2006-2009.
Her pit bull mix, Penny, serves as her muse. Shown here with Penny's good friend Elliot.
The 'Nut Truck' Veterinary Team
Dr. Laurie Noe / Well Pet Vet Clinic
While dog owners benefit from the skill and savvy of many in the veterinary community, no one has been as busy as Dr. Noe at helping us accomplish our spay/neuter goals. Laurie is the Wizard behind the curtain; the magician with the magic hands. She reduces her fees substantially for hundreds of 'Nut Truck' clients every year and she always finds a way to go above and beyond to ensure that dogs from low/no income families have the very best help.
Dr. Noe opened Well Pet Vet Clinic in 2001 to provide the community with an affordable option for high quality veterinary services, with an emphasis on preventative care. After obtaining her DVM from the University of California at Davis in 1985, she worked in general practice, emergency, and even ran a mobile clinic, prior to opening Well Pet.
Dr. Dianne Sequoia
Dr. Sequoia rarely misses an event. She's volunteered hundreds of hours to ensure that the team and the dozens of dog owners who attend have professional eyes ready to assist with pre-op exams, general diagnostics and sage advice. Her expertise has been invaluable in helping our team stay up to date on the latest developments in preventative care and vaccine research.
A staunch advocate for animal welfare issues, Dr. Sequoia served on the Berkeley Humane Commission for several years and helped the city develop its animal-related regs policies and later, its building of the new city shelter.
Jeremy / Veterinary Assistant
It's rare to see Jeremy sitting still, so this is an unusual moment! Jeremy assists the doctors during the long, detail-filled spay/neuter days and never stops moving. The entire team is strengthened by his calm, compassionate approach to dog care and his professional demeanor.
When he's not lifting heavy dogs to the exam table or prepping them for surgery, he's helping us organize and budget in extra procedures for clients who might need a little something more for their dog. It's hard to think of what we would do without Jeremy in the eye of the storm.
The Vet Tech Team
Left to Right: Registered Vet Techs Trinity Reese, Mary Anders, Katie Moyer, Deassa Binstock, Joule Sze and (not shown) Joanna Grace. Rain or shine, big crowds or small - this crew is always ready to volunteer their time and skill to the monthly outreach events. They go above and beyond to help every client feel safe, welcome and supported.