Lynne Gartenhaus

Executive Director

Lynne Gartenhaus co-founded and was Co-Executive Director of the Boarder Baby Project in Washington, D.C. Their flagship project, The Little Blue House, opened in 1990 to care for infants abandoned, abused or neglected because of their parent’s addiction to drugs and alcohol. Children were lovingly cared for at the Little Blue House until foster or permanent homes could be found for them. For several years following that she was Director of Development at Second Genesis, non-profit drug and alcohol treatment program with residential centers in Maryland and Washington, D.C.

Lynne brings a personal connection to C4H. Her father served in World War II as a sergeant and tank commander in the Third Army under General Patton. Her son-in-law served in the United States Army for seven years as part of the 82nd Airborne Division. Her nephew is currently serving in the United States Army in Germany with the Patriot Missile System. It is an honor for Lynne to bring her non-profit and animal rescue and adoption expertise to C4H. She is proud to be part of their effort to provide assistance to those who have served or are currently serving our country.

Mike Sergeant

Training Director

A Vietnam Veteran, Richard (Mike) Sergeant began his career training attack, narcotics and search and rescue dogs for the U.S. Air Force. Since his discharge, Mike has spent the last 35 years training assistance dogs for the disabled. He first worked at Guiding Eyes for the Blind in New York and then Pilot Dogs. He was instrumental in establishing Southeastern Guide Dogs, Inc., which was incorporated in the state of Florida in November 1982. While serving as Chief Training Officer for the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, and America’s VetDogs, Mike was able to qualify both programs for certificates form the Assistance Dog International and the Guide Dog Federation. Mike has become one of the most respected experts in the world in training and providing dogs for people with multiple disabilities.

Kathy Genovese

Chief Development Officer

Kathy is a national leader of high performing development and fundraising strategies. Kathy has over 25 years expertise in all areas of nonprofit management, creating relationships and partnerships between high level donors, top corporations, foundations, and military service organizations. She has been the driving force in various initiatives involving both corporate as well as private donors that have resulted in a material increase in new contributions to veterans’ organizations. In a time when the needs of our disabled warriors and veterans are great, Kathy’s efforts have helped numerous seriously disabled veterans being able to continue to live their lives with dignity and independence through their teaming with a service or guide dog.

Kathy holds a Master in Social Work degree from Adelphi University. She is a licensed clinical social worker with specialty in veterans’ issues. Kathy is on the Board of Directors of Vets Helping Heroes and is involved with various non-profit organizations serving veterans and active military personnel.

Lindsay Dowdy

Adoptions Manager

Always having a heart for the helping profession, Lindsay Dowdy began her career of community service in the local government both in the justice system and human services.  She has worked with juvenile delinquents and their families, provided psychological services to those dealing with substance abuse and domestic violence and worked with abused and neglected children during her time with child protective services.

Lindsay’s connection to C4H comes from a very personal place when she connected with Dave Sharpe in 2009.  After losing her husband Travis, a Marine, in 2007 to brain cancer, she felt lost and was looking for a way to use her gifts of helping others, and honoring her late husband’s memory.  She understands the personal struggle of working within the confines of the VA system, the impact a brain injury can have on a veteran and their family, as well as the love and generosity of the Marine Corp family when they rally to support the family of one of their own.  Lindsay has always been deeply passionate about our nation’s heroes as well as the desperate need to address the vast number of shelter and rescue animals and find them forever homes.

Lindsay holds her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Colorado.  She also has been a member of a local Marine Corp Auxiliary League and has extensive experience with local military organizations in the state of Colorado.  Lindsay is proud and honored to be part of such an amazing organization and is excited about its future.  She feels blessed that she and Travis’ twins, now four, can witness the C4H family help heroes and  rescue animals.  These are two groups their father held dear to his heart, and this work demonstrates to the girls that their mom is honoring his memory.

Allison Stockwell

Executive Administrator

Allison Stockwell, a native of Fairfax Virginia, is a junior in the School of Management at George Mason University. She is currently studying business management. She is very passionate about the mission of Companions For Heroes, and animal rescue, and hopes that this may lead to an opportunity in this career field. Allison has always been an animal enthusiast and a rescue supporter. Both her grandfathers honorably served in World War II; one in North Africa in the U.S Army Air Corps and the other in New Guinea in the U.S. Army. Her family’s service has instilled a sense of pride and importance of service to the Nation. In her spare time she enjoys staying active, volunteering, spending time with her dogs, going out with friends, and visiting her boyfriend who is currently serving in the U.S. Marine Corps.