Board of Directors

Ron McDade, President

Ron has enjoyed a nearly 30 year career in healthcare performance improvement, and is honored to have spent that career improving the quality, safety and cost of local healthcare providers. He is an Industrial Engineer by training (Penn State University), and holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland. Ron also serves as President of the Institute of Industrial Engineers’ Society for Health Systems, a national professional organization of his colleagues.

A long time dog lover and healthcare professional, Ron takes great satisfaction in the work of Fidos For Freedom, in particular, seeing the human-canine partnerships that develop – whether between our assist clients and their dogs or between our therapy dogs and their customers.

 

 

Karl Fetscher, CPA, Treasurer

Karl Fetscher, CPA, Treasurer

 

Karl is currently a Manager in the Transaction Advisory Services group of RSM, LLP, the fifth largest accounting firm in the United States, specializing in healthcare related transactions. Prior to RSM, Karl worked for the assurance practice of Ernst & Young, LLP for four years. Karl holds Bachelors degrees in both Finance and Management from the University of Delaware (’08) and a Masters in Accountancy from the University of Virginia (’09).

 

 

 

Rick Wilson, Interim Secretary

​Rick is currently the Director, Enterprise Cyber Defense at Intelligent Decisions Inc., a cybersecurity consulting company. Rick retired from the National Security Agency ​in January,​ 2014 after 34 years of service. At NSA, he was a member of the Senior Executive Service and held technical leadership positions in counterintelligence, cybersecurity and information security. He has also served as a professional staff member for the United States Senate Subcommittee on Terrorism in the 105th Congress. Rick began his government service in the United States Air Force.

Joining NSA in1980, Rick’s first assignment was as a cryptographic system design engineer. His final assignment was as the Director’s Special Assistant for Cyber. He has received numerous commendations and awards from the Secretary of State, Director of Central Intelligence, Secretary of Defense, Secretary of Homeland Security, Director of NSA, Members of Congress and professional and industry organizations.

Rick was elected to the Laurel, Maryland city council in 2002. Now retired from elected office, he remains very active in his community serving at various times as a​n appointed​ member of the ​Laurel ​City Planning Commission, Emergency Services Commission, Chairman of the Laurel Boys and Girls Club Task Force, and an occasional columnist for the Laurel Leader newspaper. His wife Joanne is a 20 year volunteer puppy raiser for Fidos for Freedom and beside​s​ a couple of dozen ​service dog ​puppies, they have also raised two children. Mary, is a Public Radio reporter and Steven, serves in the United States Marine Corps.

 

Kim Rau, MemberKim Rau

  • 32 years with the City of Laurel, Maryland
  • City Clerk for 19 years
  • Deputy Clerk for 7 years
  • International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC) Member since 1990
  • IIMC Mentoring Committee Member
  • IIMC Region II Director
  • Maryland Municipal Clerk’s Association (MMCA) President (3 terms), served as Vice President and on several committees
  • MMCA Clerk of the Year – 2009
  • Maryland Municipal League Board of Director’s
  • Charter Member of Patuxent Toastmaster’s, Laurel

Mary Nekola, Member

Mary received her doctorate from the University of Illinois and post doctoral training at Harvard Medical School. She did research at Tulane Medical School, presented numerous papers, published manuscripts and received a grant from the Ford Foundation. When Mary moved to the National Institutes of Health, she was selected for special training in administrator. She retired from NIH as Chief, Scientific Review Office, National Institute on Aging. Her office reviewed grant applications and contract proposals totaling millions of dollars. She has volunteered at the National Zoo since 2006 where she interacts with visitors and school groups. Mary is on the board of directors of two home owner associations and is an officer on both. Mary is a dogless handler at Fidos for Freedom and looks forward to working with the Dogless Handler and Sponsorship Programs.

Gary C. Norman, Esq. L.L.M., Member   picture of Gary Norman
Gary constitutes a dynamic leader with a disability, and citizen lawyer, gifted at brokering people together to discuss, if not resolve, their disputes, including, but not limited to, some seventeen years in complicated healthcare law for which he has a postgraduate legal degree. To help Gary towards this goal, the Grand Architect has blessed Gary in a plentitude of ways. The least of which includes partnerships with service animals. To date, he has been the honored working and, then sidekick partner of Misters Langer (2001 to 2014) and Pilot (2010 to present).

He is a lawyer who has a passion for leveraging the full range of Alternative Dispute Resolution tools, including, litigation when necessary; believing that animals may play a leading role both at a mediation table and in the courtroom. Moreover, he serves as the Vice Chair at the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights. His first state-wide appointment.

He believes that, in the level of time, all of us must find a way to add to our public discourse and to our communities. He draws on his fellow brothers Grand Master Franklin and President Theodore Roosevelt as examples whilst on this journey.

As such, a gentleman scholar, who is always seeking towards being a bon vivant, he is likely to be found with Pilot at a bistro with his wonderful wife or with Pilot at a coffee house reading his volumes and drinking café, if not meeting on animal law and policy or on disability law and policy. When not engaged in work endeavors, Pilot and he may be likely found at Mount Moriah Masonic Lodge No. 116.