Who We Are

We are a group of Volunteers and Veterans who are looking to better the lives of those who have served our country. We are a registered 501(c)3 not-for profit organization.

Lori L. Vorpi, D.C. – Founder & Executive Director

I have always had a passion and commitment for volunteer service. I have worked with dozens of charitable and community organizations over the past 40 years including Special Olympics, D.A.R.E., C-SNIP and the Rockford and Sparta Chambers of Commerce.

In 2007 I began working with Veterans with P.T.S.S. (Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome), T.B.I. (Traumatic Brain Injury) and many other complicated emotional and physical issues related to military service. My lifelong career as a Chiropractor was at ethical odds with the amount and variety of medications being given to America’s Veterans to assist them in coping with the struggles of returning home to resume a normal life after serving in the military and/or in combat. I just knew there had to be a better solution.

I started thinking about all of the pets I have had in my life have taught me a lot about patience, consistency, the helpfulness of routine and how these activities can add to anyone’s quality of life. Surely the right pet (mostly dogs, but any pet can offer respite from some of these symptoms) could assist some Veterans in some natural healing through unconditional love and furry snuggles. Pets can often help take the focus off of yourself and ease the horrible symptoms of P.T.S.S. and other diag-noses. The necessity for consistent routine when caring for a pet can help immensely with many of the symptoms our Veterans encounter.

As Executive Director at K9 Camo Companions my mission and pledge to our West Michigan Veterans and their pets is to do everything in my power to help both the Veteran and the pet find peace and contentment in their lives together

Jessica Wilcome - Vice President

A few years ago, I adopted a dog and she changed my life for the better in so many ways. I finished college a little later in life than most, and in my last class an Air Force Veteran gave a lecture about PTSD. Towards the end he mentioned companion animals. Having loved ones of my own who were impacted by PTSD following their time in the service, I easily understood how a dog could improve their life and human relationships. I look forward to working with our team to help Veterans in the West Michigan area!

Jeff Schleinz - Combat Veteran and Board Member

I served in the U.S. Army, 2 combat tours. I too have a rescue dog, Katie. She helps me with the everyday troubles of PTSD.  I’m proud to have the opportunity to help fellow brothers and sisters through K9CC of West Michigan.

Additional Board Members and Volunteers

Teresa Sombati – Lead Dog Trainer

Sandi VandenHeuvel – Board Member

Krista Koster – CPA, Board Member

Caroline Hubbard – Office Administrator