1Pet1Vet Inc. NFP Board of Directors

Below is the current Board of Directors for 1Pet1Vet Inc. NFP


Benjamin "Drew" Sanders : President and Chairman of the Board of Directors.  Drew is a 20 year veteran of the United States Marine Corps.


Nancy L. Schimmel : Nancy is a banking and finance partner (member) at the law firm of Clark Hill PLC.  She has a B.A., cum laude, with Highest Honors in History from Williams College in Massachusetts, a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, and an M.B.A. with a dual major in Finance and Accounting from J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.  Prior to joining the Board, Nancy served as primary outside counsel to 1pet1vet Inc. NFP, assisting it with, among other things, obtaining its tax exemption determination letter under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  The love of her life is her Belgian Malinois, Bella.

Program Director - Treasurer

Eric Carlson : Treasurer on the Board of Directors and Program Director, Eric is a U.S. Army Veteran of the 3rd Ranger Bn. and has been with 1Pet1Vet since 2013.



Dr. Lynn Sebek DVM : Lynn serves as a Director on the Board and is a Doctor of veterinary medicine.  

Director - Veteran Liaison

Robert Perez served in the US Army's 25th Infantry Division and is an Afghanistan Veteran.  "Robbie"graduated from the 1Pet1Vet program in June of 2018 and has since come on as an apprentice trainer and the Veteran Liaison on the Board of Directors.

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1Pet1Vet contracts with Peggy Moran's School for Dogs, LLC in Manteno, Illinois for our specialized training program.


Training Director

Peggy Moran : 

Peggy began training dogs professionally when she was 15 years old and has been devoted to dog training as both her career and personal passion ever since. Peggy trains using positive, progressive reinforcement methods, and works with dogs of all ages, breeds, and backgrounds. 

Peggy has been behavioral consultant to the American Dog Owners' Association; a guest speaker to the Northern Illinois Veterinary Medical Association, the University of Illinois Police Training Institute, at the University of Chicago, and at many area humane societies; she has done in-service training for the staff of the Anti Cruelty Society in Chicago.

She was a monthly columnist, feature article writer, and online editor for Dog World Magazine from the mid 1980's through December, 2002, when she retired to devote more time to training, writing for a book publisher, producing a series of professional dog training DVDs, and most importantly spending time with her family, her students, and many pets. 

Peggy has been the recipient of the ASPCA's Pet Overpopulation Answers Award through the Dog Writers' Association of America in 2000; she has been featured on many local radio and television programs; and has been a frequent guest on Animal Planet Radio.

Peggy has a BA with Honors in Anthrozoology, and is a certified evaluator for:

The National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors, #1110

The Foundation for Service Dog Support, # 53

The American Kennel Club, Canine Good Citizen, #9580

The American Professional Dog Trainers Association, C.L.A.S.S, #E751117

Assitant Trainer

Monica Moran-Pachl : 

Monica, Peggy Moran's daughter, is the Assistant Trainer, and also partners with Drew Sanders to run our mindfulness group. After completing her undergraduate studies at the University of Chicago, where she studied Anthropology, Monica began working with her mother as her associate. She has grown up surrounded by animals and animal training, and has worked under her mother's tutelage as an assistant trainer for many years. 

Monica's area of specialization is human/pet animal relationships from an academic, social sciences perspective, and her thesis was about pet dog acquisition. She has been actively teaching people about living with their pets and acting as a pet sitter since the age of 15.  

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Kankakee Community College Volunteers

1Pet1Vet has partnered with Kankakee Community College to help students and faculty better understand the roles of Service Dogs.  Several staff and students have volunteered to assist with the socialization of the new puppies entering our program.  With their help, our newest future Service Dogs get a great start with their training and the public gets to learn about the purpose these animals serve.

Student Volunteer

Sarah Doris: Is currently a full-time student at Kankakee Community College working towards an associate degree in Biology. She began working with Peggy Moran in September of 2017 at KCC, where she started volunteering with 1Pet1Vet assisting in training service dogs for veterans with PTSD. In addition to meeting every Tuesday on campus, Sarah began attending Peggy's classes every Saturday at her facility in Manteno, Illinois. She plans to transfer to a four-year University after receiving her Associate's, and get a  Bachelor's degree in Zoology with a specialization in animal/wildlife biology. "Working along side Peggy has been such an incredibly eye opening experience and has helped me significantly on deciding the path I intend to take in the future"

Student Volunteer

Hannah Doris: Hannah is currently a high school student who began volunteering for Peggy in October 2017. In the future she plans to be an animal behaviorist who gives aggressive or previously abused animals a much needed second chance. "Volunteering at Peggy's facility has not only helped me understand my own anxiety better, but aided in my understanding of animals and their behavior as well. I hope to gain even more knowledge regarding animal behavior that will be beneficial to me going forward." 

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1Pet1Vet Volunteers

These are just a few of the many people who make our work possible.  We thank each and every one of them as without them our mission would be impossible.

Volunteer and Foster

Susan Zablekis : Susan is one of our "Super Volunteers"!  She is a Marine Mom who gives so much to the 1Pet1Vet program and its Veterans.  From fostering several of our service dog candidates, to assisting with training and visiting our Veterans and helping with transportation for them.  Susan and her family have gone above and beyond and have been an integral part of our organization for the past several years.


Tim Rice : Tim is another of our long-time "Super Volunteers" who assists in everything from fund raising to manual labor.  Tim is a United States Marine Corps Vietnam Veteran and is retired from Exxon Mobil.  Through Tim's volunteer hours with 1Pet1Vet, Exxon Mobil gives the organization a monetary donation, so not only does Tim assist us in our mission physically, but also monetarily just by his volunteer spirit.


Jimmy Franko : Jimmy is currently in High School and is a Boy Scout.  He assists with group training and general volunteer duties, as well as helping to wrangle puppies.

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1Pet1Vet Inc. NFP is a 501(c)(3) not for profit charity organization.  The organization specializes in pairing and training companion, emotional support, and certified service dogs with military veterans coping with the affects of Post Traumatic Stress.

We are based in northeast Illinois in Chicago's south suburbs.  Training is conducted in Manteno, Illinois at Peggy Moran's School for Dogs.

1Pet1Vet was founded in 2013, by U.S. Army Afghanistan Veteran Joe Trainor Jr., with the goal of assisting fellow veterans dealing with transitional issues following their time in service.



Originally we rescued dogs from local shelters and paired them with veterans seeking companion and emotional support animals.  Since those early days, 1Pet1Vet has focused primarily on PTSD service dogs in our effort to make an impact on the rate of suicide in the veteran community.

We are a small organization that focuses on the quality of our training and the overall welfare of the veterans who come into our program.  


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