Board of Directors

Bob Youngblood, Founder and President  2b65ead

Bob has been involved with the Veterinary profession for 22 years serving as COO and CFO of Old Dominion Animal Health Center. In addition, Bob is Vice President of a private investment firm that he manages in his ‘spare’ time.
He graduated from Elon University in 1992 with a BA in Sociology and followed up with a Masters in Business Administration from Shenandoah University in 1997.
Bob created Paws of Honor, Inc. in 2015 because he recognized the need for high quality, no cost veterinary care for the retired military and police K9 community. He has been able to partner veterinary vendors and manufacturers with the retired service dog community for the common goal.
“The greatest reward of running Paws of Honor is to hear the stories of handlers and the bond they have with their dogs. It is something VERY, VERY special. That ‘bond’ is the core of Paws of Honor.”

 

 

Cassie Browne, COO of Old Dominion Animal Health CenterCassie Browne

Cassie started her career with Old Dominion Animal Health Center in 2000. Prior to becoming Chief Operations Officer, she served as manager of boarding services and then hospital manager. It was there that she was introduced to many dedicated working dogs who demonstrate what partnership really means. She admired the dogs’ high level of intelligence and training, and was touched by the amazing bond between dog and handler. Paws of Honor offers her the opportunity to use her knowledge and connections to better the lives of the dogs that protect our lives.

Cassie lives in Berryville, VA with her husband Kelly, their daughter Olivia, Layla the Shepherd mix, and Stinky the cat. Her older son and daughter live nearby.

David C. Orr

David Orr is a veteran of the United States Air Force where he served as a firefighter/EMT. He served one tour at Soto Cano Air Base in Honduras and was deployed during Operation Desert Storm. After separating from the Air Force, he continued his work as a firefighter with the Department of Defense where he served at Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi as well as Fort Myers in Arlington, VA.
David began his law enforcement career in 2001 with the Leesburg Police Department in Leesburg, VA. During his time with Leesburg he served as a patrol officer, a general assignment detective and narcotics detective.
He joined the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office in June of 2006 and went to work in the Criminal Investigations Division as a property crimes investigator. He served as a narcotics detective for approximately 5 years before accepting a position as an Explosives Detection K9 Handler.
In April of 2012 David was paired with K9 Buddy, a yellow Labrador retriever. David and Buddy worked as an Explosives Detection Team until Buddy was medically retired in April of 2016. K9 Buddy joined Paws of Honor in May of 2016, shortly after his retirement. He now lives at home with his handler and family.
David currently serves as a Special Victims Detective with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division.

 

Derek Person, K9 Handler

Derek Person is a veteran of the United States Army where he served as a Member of Charlie Company’s 8 Man Full Honor Casket team, performing Military Full Honor Funerals. He served two tours at Fort Myer in Arlington, VA as part of the 3rd United States Infantry, The Old Guard.

Derek began his law enforcement career in 2000 with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), serving as a Police Line Officer until joining the Special Service Branch (SSB) K9 Unit in 2004. From 2004-2009 He worked his first Police K9, Arno a Belgian Malinois. Arno was a dual-purpose dog, his specialty was Explosive Ordnance Detection. Arno retired in 2009 and is part of the Paws of Honor Program. Officer Person then was assigned a yellow lab, Frances. She was also an (EOD) K9. Officer Person worked her from 2009-2012 when she had to be medically retired due to PTSD. Frances is also part of the Paws of Honor program. Officer Person is still a K9 Handler with the CIA Police working his third (EOD) K9, K9 Harriet.