Board of Directors
Martin Lobb, President
Martin Lobb, President of Metropolis, has worked in community association management for 30 years. Incorporating technology, experience, branding, forecasting and marketing, Metropolis is a multi-million dollar entity thriving in the Metropolitan Washington area.
Martin advocates public awareness by working with Safekidzone, an anti-bullying agency, incorporating smartphone technology when students feel threatened or helpless. He is also involved with drunk driving working with Checkbac, another technology-driven smart phone application providing alternative reporting for at-risk drivers.
After learning about Fidos for Freedom, Martin Lobb joined the organization and hopes to bring awareness of this important project through technology, branding and marketing throughout the metropolitan area.
Rick Wilson, Secretary
Rick is currently the Director, Enterprise Cyber Defense at Intelligent Decisions Inc., a cybersecurity consulting company. Rick retired from the National Security Agency in January, 2014 after 34 years of service. At NSA, he was a member of the Senior Executive Service and held technical leadership positions in counterintelligence, cybersecurity and information security. He has also served as a professional staff member for the United States Senate Subcommittee on Terrorism in the 105th Congress. Rick began his government service in the United States Air Force.
Joining NSA in1980, Rick’s first assignment was as a cryptographic system design engineer. His final assignment was as the Director’s Special Assistant for Cyber. He has received numerous commendations and awards from the Secretary of State, Director of Central Intelligence, Secretary of Defense, Secretary of Homeland Security, Director of NSA, Members of Congress and professional and industry organizations.
Rick was elected to the Laurel, Maryland city council in 2002. Now retired from elected office, he remains very active in his community serving at various times as a n appointed member of the Laurel City Planning Commission, Emergency Services Commission, Chairman of the Laurel Boys and Girls Club Task Force, and an occasional columnist for the Laurel Leader newspaper. His wife Joanne is a 20 year volunteer puppy raiser for Fidos for Freedom and beside s a couple of dozen service dog puppies, they have also raised two children. Mary, is a Public Radio reporter and Steven, serves in the United States Marine Corps.
Karl Fetscher, CPA, Treasurer
Karl is currently a Manager in the Transaction Advisory Services group of RSM, LLP, the fifth largest accounting firm in the United States, specializing in healthcare related transactions. Prior to RSM, Karl worked for the assurance practice of Ernst & Young, LLP for four years. Karl holds Bachelors degrees in both Finance and Management from the University of Delaware (’08) and a Masters in Accountancy from the University of Virginia (’09).
Kim Rau, Member
- 32 years with the City of Laurel, Maryland
- City Clerk for 19 years
- Deputy Clerk for 7 years
- International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC) Member since 1990
- IIMC Mentoring Committee Member
- IIMC Region II Director
- Maryland Municipal Clerk’s Association (MMCA) President (3 terms), served as Vice President and on several committees
- MMCA Clerk of the Year – 2009
- Maryland Municipal League Board of Director’s
- Charter Member of Patuxent Toastmaster’s, Laurel
Mary Nekola, Member
Mary received her doctorate from the University of Illinois and post doctoral training at Harvard Medical School. She did research at Tulane Medical School, presented numerous papers, published manuscripts and received a grant from the Ford Foundation. When Mary moved to the National Institutes of Health, she was selected for special training in administrator. She retired from NIH as Chief, Scientific Review Office, National Institute on Aging. Her office reviewed grant applications and contract proposals totaling millions of dollars. She has volunteered at the National Zoo since 2006 where she interacts with visitors and school groups. Mary is on the board of directors of two home owner associations and is an officer on both. Mary is a dogless handler at Fidos for Freedom and looks forward to working with the Dogless Handler and Sponsorship Programs.
Ashley Julian, Member
Ashley currently works as a Talent Administrator for a large law firm in Washington, DC. Previously she practiced commercial litigation at a law firm in New York City. Ashley holds a B.A. from Spelman College and a J.D. from Villanova University College of Law. Ashley volunteers with the Junior League of Washington and fosters animals with her husband Kenneth.
Gayle Bragg, Member
Gayle was raised in Great Falls, Virginia with lots of dogs, bugs, and long walks in the woods. After reading an article about the first female police officer in Fairfax County, Virginia, she decided to be a homicide detective. She got her degree in Police Science and a B.A. in Jurisprudence. She served in the U.S. Army as one of the first accredited female Military Police Investigators. After her Army tour and the oncoming 24/7 study routine for law school, she decided to switch it up and head to New York to see if she could make people laugh. She got a job with Citibank to pay the bills and was there for 9 years leaving as an AVP while managing to do some acting on the side. Bank Leumi offered her a job to use her "right brain" skills to help their Israeli executives understand a "new way to do old business". She resigned as Director of Sales to return to Virginia to marry, Thomas, her first "guy". They have a daughter, Devon, who is an artist with Nickelodeon and two Goldendoodles - Hoot and Annie. Gayle is a substitute teacher for Howard County, a 25 year member of Destination Imagination, an educational program emphasizing creative problem solving skills, and belongs to 3 therapy/service organizations to include being a member of the Walter Reed Animal Visitation Team. Gayle is a therapy dog handler and the Program Coordinator for the Fidos For Freedom Juniors Program, educating the students about disabilities to help them become ambassadors for Fidos and advocating for individuals with disabilities.