Washington, DC

About Our Chapter

This chapter serves the greater DC Metro area.

Training Team

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Christine Michaud
Christine holds a B.S. Degree from the University of South Florida, is an Honor's Graduate of Jean Donaldson's Academy for Dog Trainers, a Pat Miller Certified Trainer, and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer. She owns Family Dog Training, LLC in Northern Virginia, where she provides private behavior consulting and training services for companion dogs and puppies. She is delighted to be the volunteer trainer for the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Ambassador Canine, Growley II, and his cadet handler team. Christine resides in Northern Virginia with her husband, who is a retired Air Force Veteran of 26 years, where they hold down the fort for their two college kids, one mixed breed dog, and a mixed breed kitty.

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Desiree Lomer-Clarke
Desiree moved to the DC area in 2002 to study law. After three years of practice, she left to start a dog walking company with a focus on positive training. Desiree is also an apprentice at a local dog training center, teaching puppies and adults basic behavior. She has helped socialize puppies for local shelters, has been a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator, and is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA). Desiree is the mom of a wonderful little human boy, and two wild mini Aussies - Chewie and Wicket.

Behind the Scenes Team


Belle Schneider, CFP ®, AFI®: Treasurer 
Belle, her husband Martin, and their two rescue dogs, Abby and Blitzen, reside in Falls Church, Virginia. She enjoys spending time on the Potomac River on their boat or paddle boarding. She is also learning to be an apiarist - ask her about her bees!  
Belle is a financial advisor who has a unique approach to financial advice due to her background in Instructional Design. She believes that it is her role to act as a financial translator, helping her clients fully understand complex financial strategies and identify what is best for them. She is passionate about merging left and right brain thinking to give everyone the opportunity to thoroughly understand and take ownership of their personal finances.

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Megan Greathouse: Events Committee Chair
Megan has a soft spot of all things furry.  Although she grew up with dogs, she now has two cats, Blossom and Alex who keep her on her toes.  Like several of our team members, Megan also has a military background having been born at Fort Sill Army Base and was in Crailsheim, Germany for her first two years before coming back to the states.  She currently supports our troops by regularly volunteering with the USO and Honor Flights at Dulles Airport.
Megan has 25+ years in the Information Technology field and is now the owner of Kaminsky Services, a personal concierge service that assists with personal and professional tasks that take time from the things that matter most.

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Michelle Madigan: Chapter Director
The first thing you need to know about me is that I have an undying passion for animals and their welfare and this has been a constant theme in my life and career. Through work with area shelters and rescues, I am proud to have been able to improve the circumstances and quality of life for a number of less than fortunate souls. The second, and equally important fact to know about me, is that I am fiercely patriotic and stand in awe of the men and women who choose to offer their lives and wellbeing into the service of our great country. Their sacrifices humble us all I hope to able to repay that debt in some small way through my work with Pets for Vets.

I am a lifelong resident of the DC Metro area, and after a successful career in the financial services industry am looking forward to giving back to my community and to those in need. I live happily in Oak Hill, VA along with my daughter and two big goofy dogs.

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Talmar Anderson: Vice President
Talmar is a proud Navy Brat who has never known a home without a pet. Currently, her family’s pets include Inu, a beautiful brindle rescue from the Tennessee floods and Grizz, an Ohio born rescued Bernese Mountain Dog.  It was an easy and quick yes for her to serve the mission of Pets for Vets DC Metro Area!

Talmar, the founder her own business, Boss Actions, brings over 20+ years building and growing business and teams for small business owners and entrepreneurs. She has been active in the Greater Reston Chamber of commerce and George Mason University’s Women In Business Initiative Advisory Board.

We are excited to welcome Talmar to the Pets for Vets DC Metro Area chapter!



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Pets for Vets Washington, DC Metro Area Chapter is a proud participant of the 2018 Combined Federal Campaign.