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.

Ashley Julian, Vice President

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.

 

Mary Nekola, Secretary

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.

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, 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

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. 

 

If you’re interested in becoming a Board member for Fidos, please email Fidos@fidosforfreedom.org