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.
Bette Anne Sanders, Treasurer
Bette Anne is a graduate of Mount St. Mary’s University with a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting. She joined the accounting firm of Bormel, Grice & Huyett, P.A. in 1980 and currently works as a senior manager in the firm’s accounting and auditing group. She has extensive experience in the area of auditing not-for-profit organizations and was lead auditor on the audits for Fidos For Freedom from 1999 to 2011. Bette Anne also has over 35+ years of experience with compilations and reviews of numerous Companies. She was born and raised in Laurel and currently resides in Burtonsville.
Kim Rau, Secretary
- 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
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.
Sandra Ball, Member
Sandy is an Army brat who was born in Germany and grew up around the world from Wellington, Indian state of Tamil Nadu to Monterey, California. She was always drawn to animals and they have always been a big part of her life. She had horses in her life and worked as an instructor at English riding academy, her last horse Buddy lived to be 33 years old. She also worked for a small animal veterinarian for many years. Sandy is currently a Technical Information Specialist with the USDA and Toastmaster with Plant Industry Toastmasters and holds the office of Vice President of Public Relations. In the past, she has held positions as Director of Administration for a software development firm and Information Technology Specialist. In 2013, received the USDA Martin Luther King Drum Major for Service Award for her volunteer work. She holds a BS, in Business Administration.
Sandy has been a client of Fidos since 2005 and has volunteered as well. She has received three wonderful dogs from Fidos -- Reese, Quincy and her current service dog, Kona. She has held the positions of Director of Client Services and Director of Outreach within the organization.
Sandy lives with her husband Donald who is also a Fidos volunteer, coordinates the prison program and trainer so, many Fidos dogs have lived and trained in our house throughout the years. They live with Thor and Odin, who train Fidos dogs how to have a good relationship with cats and Trooper, a Fidos therapy dog, Jackson, Fidos service dog in retirement, and Kona her current service dog.
Cheryl Hokanson, Member
Cheryl Hokanson is a Maryland native who currently lives in Crofton, MD with her husband, Matthew, Chloe (cat) and Cora (dog). She has a 29-year-old son, Casey and stepdaughters Lyndse, 29, and Olivia, 26. Personally, Cheryl enjoys cooking, traveling, Broadway plays and cheering for local sports teams, even the Washington Football Team! She is also a proud graduate of Towson University where she studied Business Administration.
Cheryl has been in the promotional products industry since 2005. She began working in this industry after a 20- year career as a flight attendant for Piedmont/USAirways. After 9-11, she began a new career in the promotional products industry where she found she could combine her creativity with her love of helping people!
Currently, Cheryl runs her business, Brand Boosters, where she assists her clients with their branding needs to include corporate gifts, tradeshow displays and giveaways, branded apparel, awards, signage and more.
In addition to running her business, she also serves as the Vice President of the Chesapeake Promotional Products Association, www.cppa.biz, where she also heads the Events/Philanthropy Committee. Cheryl is also a member of the Crofton Chamber of Commerce and is currently running for a position on her community’s homeowner’s board.
Donna Goldsteen, Member
Donna grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland and now resides in Damascus, MD with her husband, daughter Tyra, dogs Lucy and Link and 8 chickens. She also has a son Daniel who lives in Ellicott City, MD with his Goldendoodle, Emma. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a BS degree in Animal Sciences. She spent her career working in laboratory animal sciences and recently retired as the Director of the Animal Science & Technologies department at AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals in Gaithersburg, MD. In her career she has been actively involved with the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) and the AALAS Foundation. She as served on several committees as members and the chair. She also served for 6 years on the Board of Trustees for AALAS and the Board of Directors for the AALAS Foundation. Donna also serves as an ad hoc site visitor for AAALAC International, a non-profit organization that accredits laboratory animal research programs in the US and around the world. She has recently served on the Board of her local synagogue as an At-large member.
Donna has been a therapy dog volunteer for 6 years with her daughter’s dog Link, the big fluffy poodle. Her own dog Lucy, was adopted from a group called Homes for Animal Heroes that finds homes for retired research animals.