President-  Jeff Hiebert

  • Worked in law enforcement since 1989, currently works as a Park Ranger.  Certified Police Officer, Wild-land Firefighter, Training Officer, Field Training Officer and member of Mounted Patrol Program (horses.)
  •  Works his second and third  Ranger Service Dog, Dax and Trinity who are a blend of a police service k-9 and a SAR dog. His specialty is HRD, urban and wilderness trailing and is working towards certifying his 6th urban trailing canine. Jeff has certified and fielded five SAR dogs.
  • Handling and training SAR Dogs since 1989.   
  • Jeff has trained in all disciplines and received certifications (and evaluated) in wilderness airscent, water, avalanche, article, urban trailing, and wilderness trailing.
  • Former President and Vice-president of Front Range Rescue Dogs.
  • Education - BA- Environmental, Population and Organismic Biology- University of Colorado.  Minor- Animal Behavior (Ethology.) 

Vice President- Doug Teeft

  • Working with k-9’s for approximate 35 years. Doug grew up with working dogs, as his father was a Dog Master and Trainer for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
  • Doug started the first Canadian branch of American Rescue Dog Association in Nova Scotia (ARDA-NS).
  • Doug currently owns and operates Teeft K-9 Center. They provide dog training and k-9 equipment.
  • Doug currently has three German Shepherds at various stages of training in specialty work including search and rescue, disaster, evidence recovery, and gas line leaks. Yes, gas line leaks!!
  • Doug has worked with many agencies including; US Accellerant Dog Assoc.,California Narcotics Assoc., US Border Patrol, US Beagle Brigade (border food inspection), Auburn University, United States Department of Defense K-9 section, FBI Homicide division to name a few.
  • Doug coordinates searches for eastern Canada and provides detection services for their ports.

Treasurer- Ann Wichmann (co-founder)

  • Ann has been training service dogs since 1975, when she became a Park Ranger in Boulder.
  • Started a Park Ranger Service Dog Program and worked with a succession of three Ranger Service Dogs. 
  • Co-founder of Front Range Rescue Dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs of Colorado and Search and Rescue Dogs of the United States. All of these were efforts to help teams and handlers achieve high performance goals and do our very best for the victims.
  • Ann began working on disaster standards in 1986, and in 1991, was appointed to the FEMA Canine Subcommittee.  She worked on developing the standards and curriculum for the national disaster system until 2004.
  • She is a FEMA chief evaluator, mentor and instructor, and also an evaluator for Front Range Rescue Dogs.
  • Ann has been involved in the International Rescue Dog Symposiums since 1991, and  has  instructed in Berlin, Stockholm, Boulder, Prague, and Seoul.
  • Ann has certified five dogs to the FEMA standards and five dogs to Front Range Rescue Dog standards, including trailing, airscent, water, and avalanche.  She continues to train on a daily basis, and offers group seminars at her farm in eastern Colorado.

Secretary-  open

Director At Large- Teresa MacPherson

  • Has been involved in SAR since 1990.
  • She has certified dogs in wilderness, disaster, human remains recovery and water search. Teresa and her partners have responded to over 250 searches, including many disaster missions. These missions include the 1995 OKC bombing of the Federal Building and, most recently, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, with many in between.
  • Her search experience includes numerous responses to call-outs by the FBI, the Secret Service, and State and local law enforcement agencies.
  • Her current canine, Georgia (8 years), is operational in disaster search, wilderness search and human remains recovery. Banks (3 years) is operational in disaster search. Keys (1 yr) is in training. 
  • Teresa evaluates and instructs on a local, national and international level. She is currently a member of the FEMA Search Working Group and Chair of the FEMA Canine Sub-Group. Teresa resides in Catlett, VA with her husband, Jack, and her three Labrador Retrievers—all of whom keep her quite busy.

Director At Large- John Beck

  • Worked with search and rescue dogs since 1997.
  • He is the fprmer President of NASDN and has been involved with NASDN since 1996.
  • John is responsible for arranging training and evaluations across the country for NASDN.
  • John currently works a dog in human remains detection in Nebraska.
  • John also evaluates police k-9's when not working SAR dogs.

Director At Large Dr. Janet Brennan, DVM (co-founder)

  • Dr. Brennan has been a dog handler for over 30 years; a search and rescue dog trainer, instructor and handler with the California Rescue Dog Association (CARDA) and the Monterey Bay Search Dogs (MBSD). She is a consultant to police departments in the training, evaluation, conditioning and use of police service dogs.
  •  Dr. Janet M. Brennan is the director of the Animal Hospital of Soquel, Santa Cruz, Ca. since 1971.


Director At Large-  L. Bruce Bowler (co-founder)

  • Founder SEADOGS (Alaska) K-9 Search and Rescue Team; Team Manager since 1977.
  •  Bruce was Incident Commander on many of the over 650 search and rescue missions logged by SEADOGS from Barrow to Dutch Harbor.
  • Assisted in the formation of the SAR Dog network in Alaska.
  • Trained in Wilderness, Avalanche, Disaster (Collapsed structure) Water and cadaver search.
  • Bruce began teaching SAR management with NPS at one of the first search management courses in the early 80's.
  • Guest instructor at the Alaska Public Safety Academy, NASAR conferences and the National Fire Academy.
  • Led one of 2 American SAR Teams to Soviet Armenia in 1988 and to the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989 as SAR representative of Alaska's Governor.
  • Appointed to the FEMA National Standards Task Force which created the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue program; and was a member of the NASAR and ASTM national SAR Dog standards working group.
  • Received the Presidential Points of Light Award; Lt. Governor's Volunteer Award; DPS Directors Award; Alaska Peace Officers Association Member of the Year, Juneau's Citizen of the Year, and the Alaska State Troopers first "Lifetime Achievement Award" in 2004.
  • Bruce is a certified Critical Incident Stress Management Instructor and debriefer, NASAR ISAR and FUNSAR instructor, and co-founder of the SE Alaska CISM team. His wife Judy coordinates the SE Alaska CISM Team.


Director At Large-  George Epp


  • Epp started his career as a jail deputy with the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office in 1972, He worked up through the ranks of the Sheriff’s Office, eventually serving as the head of each major division. 
  • Epp was elected sheriff of Boulder County in 1990, and subsequently re-elected in 1994 and 1998.   Boulder County is home to one of the most active search and rescue communities in the nation.  During his career Epp was involved in thousands of search and rescue operations. 
  • Epp left the Boulder Sheriff’s Office in 2003 and accepted a position as Executive Director of County Sheriffs of Colorado. 
  • In 2006 he was asked by former Colorado Governor Bill Owens to become the Director of the Colorado Division of Emergency Management.  He retired from that position in 2007.  
  • Epp has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Colorado.
  • Epp serves on the Advisory Council and Board of Directors of the National Criminal Justice Association.
  • He has been the chairman of Colorado’s Drug Control and System Improvement Board, a member of Colorado Governor’s Columbine Review Commission, a member of the National Task Force on Public Safety Radio Interoperability, and the Colorado Legislature’s Task Force on the Mentally Ill in the Criminal Justice System.
  •  He was a member of the board of directors of the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless for 16 years and served three years as the president of that board.  He is also a past president of County Sheriffs of Colorado and was for many years the chairman of the County Sheriffs of Colorado Legislative Committee. 
  • Epp served for six years as a member of Colorado’s Juvenile Parole Board, including two years as chairman. 
  • In his retirement, he enjoys woodturning, bicycling, and hiking with his dog Wesley.