Board of Directors
Kendra Amidon-Sanford – President
Kendra’s journey to the GO Team comes from her passion to give back and serve others. She is a native of Colorado, who, in 1990 earned a BA in Secondary Education from Adams State College and is an AKC Evaluator. Kendra is a dog lover who has had many special dogs throughout her life. Professionally, Kendra is a strong leader with 23 years of diversified learning and development experience that includes people management, training delivery, eLearning, and site start up. She is skillful in building high performing teams and developing/ maintaining strong partnerships with key stakeholders. She handles 2 GO TEAM dogs (Hope and Harmony) and coordinates GO TEAM events for the Southern California Coastal region.
Cary Solberg – Vice-President
Cary has lived in Colorado her whole life, but that doesn’t stop her from traveling and camping with her husband and dalmatian. She has been a Occupational Therapy Assistant for small schools for 20 years. Cary is also a self employed Massage Therapist and EMT. In addition, she presides on the Board of Directors for Freedom to Cowboy Up, a non-profit therapeutic horseback riding clinic in Akron, Colorado for the last 10 years. In 2017; Troy, Cary, and Snickers joined Go Team. When not working or volunteering, Snickers loves to go kayaking (although she hates the water).
Heather Becker – Treasurer
Dr. Heather Becker is a Nebraska native. She earned a B.S. in Veterinary Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and earned a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. from Kansas State University. She is currently employed full time as an associate emergency veterinarian at Animal ER Care, located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In addition, she is co-owner of Animal Emergency Medical Training, which provides small animal first aid and CPR training to firefighters, first responders, police K9 units, search and rescue teams, dog boarding facilities, and pet owners (her Go Team dog Mercy is a co-trainer; she is the demonstration dog for taking vital signs and practicing bandage placement!) Heather appreciates the opportunity to donate her time and expertise to the Board to support The Go Team’s Mission.
Connie Tran – Secretary
Connie is a Colorado native. She has earned a BA in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Colorado and a MBA from the University of Phoenix. Connie has worked as an art director for a marketing and public relations agency for 10 years and is a long time member of the local young advertising professional group, Ad 2 Colorado. Connie joined the Go Team in 2019 with her dog, Chama (a foxhound mix).
Melissa Simko – Director
Melissa was an SAP ERP consultant and currently owns multiple Sit Means Sit franchises. Her passion for working with dogs began at a very early age, working alongside her father. Melissa is an AKC Evaluator. Her devotion is in tracking missing canines, with her dogs. Together, they have brought home numerous lost dogs. Melissa was an independent Therapy Dog Handler for many years and her passion is Alzheimer units and Hospice. She shares her home with Loki, FaRook and FarZen, which are all Leonbergers. Ekko is a Long Haired Shepherd, with whom she trained and tested for the GO TEAM in 2016. She also has a Belgian Malinois named Taboo. Melissa continuously expands her dog training knowledge and is eager to help the GO TEAM flourish.
Erin Carlson – Director
Erin is a native from upstate New York, where she received her Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Plattsburgh State University of New York. In Need of a change, she settled in Denver area in 2014 and today, Erin is a full-time Clinical Supervisor for Speech Therapy for MGA Pediatric Homehealth, specializing in Infant feeding and swallowing. She joined Go Team in 2017 with her Viszla dog Kinnser. While Kinnser is a quirky dog, who is often kiddish he seems to bring a calm to people of all ages. When not involved in work and volunteering, Erin can be found at one of her husband’s 100 mile races or participating an one of her Obstacle course races.
Steven Schlonski – Director
Steve is a native from upstate New York and settled in Colorado Springs following a 21-year career in the U.S. Air Force as a space operations officer and systems engineer. Today, Steve is a full-time systems engineer supporting the U.S. Space Force. He holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Mathematics and minor in Computer Science from Potsdam State University of New York and a Masters Aeronautical Science degree from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. He and his wife Lori joined Go Team in 2015 after teaching their female Yorkie-Poodle named Pepper. They also taught a tiny Shiz Tzu-Poodle named Maya. Pepper and Maya regularly work at a local psychiatric hospital and the East Branch of the Pikes Peak Library Paws to Read program.
Steven Schlonski, President (Apr 2018-Jun 2019)
Pam Nash – Treasurer (Apr 2018-Mar 2019)
Carla Albers – Secretary (Apr 2018-Mar 2019)
Bill Lehman – Director (Apr 2018-Mar 2019)
Mary Kaye Podschweit – Director (Apr 2018-Mar 2019)
Debbie Griffin, Vice President (Apr 2018-Mar 2019), Director (Apr 2019-Mar 2020)
Brittany Bobak – Secretary (Apr 2019-Mar 2020)
Tim Abenroth – Director (Apr 2018-Mar 2020)
Claudine Shank – Director (Jul 2019-Mar 2020)