Joshua Araujo

Joshua Araujo was born in Boynton Beach, Florida but raised in Brasilia-DF, Brazil. At the age of 18 Joshua came back to the USA. Joshua then joined the United States Marine Corps in 2011 to become a military police officer. In 2012 he was hand picked to become a K9 handler for 2D LE Battalion Camp Lejeune, NC.  He then attended a specialty canine program Specialized Search Dog.  In 2014 Joshua received orders to become a Specialized Search Dog trainer instructor where he trained dogs, taught students how to utilize these K9 assets, and procured potential K9s for the program. Josh separated from the Marine Corps in 2017. He joined AASAR in 2017 with his canine Layka, a Dutch Shepherd.

Certifications – IPWDA Certified Human Remains K9 Handler

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth Bachle

Elizabeth was born and raised in San Antonio, TX and then briefly left to attend college at Texas A&M University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences. Elizabeth joined Alamo Area SAR in 2015 after deploying to the Wimberley floods that occurred in May 2015.  She is currently a graduate student in a Masters of Physician Assistant Studies program.  Her Border Collie, Rey, is her first SAR K9 and they are an IPWDA certified Human Remains Detection K9 team.

Certifications – NASAR SARTECH II, IPWDA Certified K9 Handler, Basic Wilderness Search Specialist

 

 

 

 

Christina Brewster

Christina Brewster was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. She has been around animals her whole life. She spent 4 years volunteering with horses and disabled children using equitherapy as a way of rehabilitation. She is currently enrolled in online classes to become a licensed veterinary technician. She joined AASAR with her pitbull Lucas McCain who is being trained for HR detection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Molly Buis

Molly Buis grew up in southeast Michigan, where she attended Michigan State University.  She joined AASAR in November 2016 on her arrival to San Antonio.  Her Labrador, Pippi, is her first SAR K9 and they are a IPWDA certified Human Remains Detection K9 team.

Certifications – IPWDA Certified Human Remains K9 Handler

 

 

 

 

 

 Karen Carr – President

Karen was born in Key West, FL. and raised on the Chesapeake Bay.  She got to TX as quickly as she could after traveling the world as a Navy wife and mother.  Since 1992, home has been Fredricksburg, TX.  Karen has been an active community volunteer serving on several non-profit boards.  She helped establish the local mentoring program in FISD.  After receiving her bloodhound pup, Woodrow, Karen decided to tackle the skill of man-trailing.  She joined AASAR in April 2015.  Karen and Woodrow are now an IPWDA Man-Trailing certified K9 team.

Certifications – NASAR SARTECH II, IPWDA Certified Trailing K9 Handler, Basic Wilderness Specialist

 

 

 

Chris Fritz

Bio Coming Soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mat Garber

Mat lived in Michigan until he joined the military after high school. He spent the next 26 years in the military while completing degrees from Ferris State University, the University of South Carolina, the University of Oklahoma and the University of Michigan. He joined the team as a flanker in 2017 after he realized the integral niche it filled for our community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Jennifer Holguin – Secretary

Jennifer was born in San Antonio but raised every where else as the daughter of an Air Force father.  She has lived in San Antonio since 1991 and joined Alamo Area SAR in 2015.  She has been a government contractor for 13 years and works as a database administrator at the Air Force Civil Engineering Center at Lackland AFB.  Jennifer and her canine Allie are a certified Human Remains Detection K9 team.

Certifications – NASAR SARTECH II, NASAR Certified Human Remains K9 Handler, and Basic Wilderness Search Specialist

 

 

 

 

Shiloh Hurst

Shiloh Hurst was born and raised in Redwood City, California. She moved to San Antonio, Texas in 2016; where she started a business and adopted her Australian Cattle Dog mix, Mowgli. Having always been interested in Search & Rescue, and looking for a way to volunteer in her new community, she jumped at the opportunity to visit Alamo Area SAR when a friend invited her to watch a training. Shiloh and her K9 are now training to become a certified in air scent/live find.

 

 

 
 

 

Sami Kleppe

Sami moved to Bandera, Texas from Montana where she was a member of DTSAR. She was a deputy in East Texas and worked with a multi-agency drug task force. She and her first SAR K9 Radar are cross trained, certified in Human Remains Detection, Live Find, and Gun Source Residue through NSDA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sheila Newland

Sheila was born in Kansas and moved to Texas to attend optometry school in Houston.  After graduation she remained in Texas in private practice and recently retired.  She has taught pet obedience classes and competed in agility and obedience for over 25 years.  After acquiring Vex, her Belgian Malinois, she became interested in SAR and joined Alamo Area SAR in 2017.  Vex is in training as an air scent dog and has been joined by Widge, a Dutch Shepherd, who is training in Human Remains Detection.

 

 

 

 

 

 Orlando Nunez – Operations Chief

Orlando was born in Corpus Christi, Texas into a military family.  He began his military career in June 1994 joining the United States Army Military Police Corps.  During his ten years in the Army, Orlando, was a canine handler at Fort Riley, Kansas as well as a canine trainer and instructor at the Department of Defense’s Military Working Dog Training Center, Lackland AFB, Texas.  In 2004, he was honorably discharged from the Army and accepted a civilian canine instructor position with the Department of Defense as an instructor in the Specialized Search Dog (SSD).  He joined Alamo Area SAR in 2010.  Orlando and his K9, Reme, a Belgian Malinois, are a certified Human Remains Detection K9 team.

Certifications – NASAR SARTECH III, Wilderness Search Specialist, IPWDA Certified Human Remains K9 Handler

 

 

 

 Marcel Perret-Gentil

Marcel currently serves as University Veterinarian and Director of the Laboratory Animal Resources Center at the University of Texas at San Antonio.  He is also the Attending Veterinarian of the START Center for Cancer Care in San Antonio.  His educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science, a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, a joint residency/Master of Science in Comparative Medicine, followed by a fellowship in experimental minimally invasive surgery.  Past veterinary appointments include the United States Army, Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Merck, University of Florida and Texas Tech Health Sciences Center.  Marcel and Nuru, his Belgian Malinois, are a certified human remains detection team through the International Police Work Dog Association.

Certifications – IPWDA Certified Human Remains K9 Handler

 

 

 

 Nancy Perret-Gentil

Nancy married Marcel in 1979 and is the mother of three grown children.  She has served in various organization as a volunteer such as the Red Cross, Child Advocates San Antonio (CASA), Shands Hospital, VA Hospital and various nursing homes among others.  She supports Marcel and Nuru, with their Belgian Malinois, a certified human remains detection dog.

 

 

 

 

 

 Susan Rodenko

Susan Rodenko was born outside of Chicago Illinois.  She was 91P in the U.S. Army during the Gulf war.  After the Army she worked as a Radiographer at a level 1 Trauma Center at Northwestern Hospital Chicago.   She successfully showed and won awards at the National Level with Great Danes and Paso Fino horses.  Her love of dogs and her strong desire to serve culminated in her desire to do search and rescue work.  Her main residence is in Midland, Texas.  She is currently certified with her bestie, Vuk, in Wilderness Human Remains Detection through IPWDA.

 

Certifications – IPWDA Certified Human Remains K9 Handler

 

 

 

Erika Schaffer

Erika was born and raised in Pennsylvania. She graduated high school early in 2000 to join and serve in the United States Marine Corp from 2000-2005. Graduated from boot camp as platoon and company honor graduate. Stationed in Camp Pendleton, CA as an Aircraft communications, navigation electrical system technician specializing on Fire Control weapons systems for the AH-1W and UH-1N Helicopter Marine Light Attack Unit. During her service she deployed to Okinawa Japan twice, Thailand twice, Tinnian, South Korea, and one combat deployment to Kuwait and Iraq in 2003 to support OIF/OEF operations. Her HMLA Unit earned a Presidential Unit Citation for the time during their combat deployment. She was Honorably discharged and decorated with six medals from her enlistment. She moved with her husband and now three children to Texas in 2015 and joined AASAR in 2017 after being inspired and led to serve in some way again after Hurricane Harvey. Her K9 Indie is currently being re-evaluated for her position to train toward certification and Erika is in the process of pursuing another K9 more suited to certify.

 

 

 

 Sarah Stone – Vice President

Sarah was born in Texas City, TX.  but  moved around the world until she attended Texas Tech University.  She is married with two children and four grandchildren.  Her last job was director of the Pregnancy Care Center.  She is retired and decided to join Alamo Area SAR during June 2015.

Certifications – NASAR SARTECH II, Wilderness Search Specialist

 

 

 

 

 

Racheal Study

Racheal Study was born in Denver, Colorado. She joined the United States Marine Corps in 2012 to become a military police officer. She was then stationed in Iwakuni AB, Japan where she was hand selected to become a K9 handler for the United States Marine Corps. While in Japan Racheal was the Kennel Master/ Chief Trainer and had to work in conjunction with the Japanese Nationals. In 2015 Racheal received orders to train dogs for the Department of Defense. Racheal separated from the Marine Corps in 2017 and joined AASAR in 2017.

Certifications – IPWDA Certified Human Remains K9 Handler

 

 

 

 

David Wilde

David was born and raised in Thousand Oaks, California and attended college in Utah before moving to San Antonio in 2016. He has been interested in Search and Rescue for several years and joined the team in 2017 to give back to the community and as an excuse to get outside at least once a week. He is married with a two-year-old son and is currently a 3rd-year medical student in the MD program at UT Health.

 

 

 

 

 

Megan Williams

Megan was born in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The military has located her to San Antonio, Texas. Specializing in information technology, she realized she needed to get from behind the screen. She also wanted to give her high drive German Shepherd Dog, Jax, a job to help him stay busy and alert which lead to joining the team.

 

 

 

 

 

 Lee Wingert – Treasurer

Born and raised in San Antonio.  Served seven years in the US Navy aboard two different aircraft carriers during the Vietnam War.  Graduate of St. Mary’s University in San Antonio.  Career in senior management positions in major corporations in Human Resources, Labor Relations, Safety and Security positions.  SPHR-Emeritus and SHRM-SCP certifications from the Society of Human Resource Management and the HR Accreditation Institute.  Football Official for 46 years, working the Referee position.  Previously served as the CERT Program Manager for San Antonio.  Currently a Commissioner on the Municipal Civil Service Commission for the City of San Antonio, hearing cases of discipline and discharge of city employees. Married with three grown children and one grandchild.  Joined Alamo Area SAR in 2013 to continue serving the emergency management community.

Certifications – Incident Support Specialist, Basic Wilderness Search Specialist, NASAR SARTECH III, FCC Licensed Radio Operator, CERT Master Instructor