Our Dawg Family


The Man, The Myth, The Legend

Jon Hemp

Jon started The Dawgs Project - Feed The Dawgs in 2009, bringing together the K9 family of the past and present, while honoring those that are no longer with us.

Jon fully retired in 2018, but you can still find him at all of the events he's able to attend, giving sound advice, and always his candid humor. He is 

The Dawgfather


Our Top Dawgs

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Kevin Sonka


Founder of Rocky Mountain Dawgs Project 501c3 in 2013, Board Member, Gold Star Father, Business Owner


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Luciano Aguilar


Veteran Air Force K9 Handler, President of The Dawgs Project prior to the merger, Board Member, Business Owner, School Board Member


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SSgt Grace Daniels

Assistant Director

Current Air Force K9 Handler, Kennel Master, Board Member, War Dawg Games Coordinator, Active Duty Liason



Kim Sonka

Vice President

Kim is a co-founder of RMPD, a K9 GoldStar Stepmother, and helps facilitate fundraising and events.


Bud Allen

Fundraising Coordinator

Bud began volunteering in 2013 and coordinates the many fundraising events in Colorado.

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Curtis Hemdel

Service Dog Program Manager

Curtis is an Air Force K9 Veteran, began volunteering in 2013, and coordinates all vetting and training of Veterans and dogs in the Service Dog Program.



Leticia O. Aguilar

West Coast Coordinator

Leticia began volunteering in 2013 and helps coordinate events and merchandise on the West Coast.

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Arlene Dee

West Coast Rep - CA

Arlene began volunteering in 2018 and is a K9 Gold Star Family member and liaison.


Erin Kissinger

Social Media Coordinator

Erin began volunteering in 2019 helping with Social Media platforms, Website and Newsletter organization, and East Coast events.



Mickey Imbroane

West Coast Rep & Photographer

Mickey started volunteering in 2014, helping with events on the West Coast, along with providing his photography business at events.

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Matty Rivera

East Coast Rep- FL

Matty is an Air Force K9 Handler Veteran and began volunteering in 2019, helping with Feed The Dawgs events on the East Coast.


Jeff Gaulke

West Coast Rep & Photographer

Jeff started volunteering in 2009 helping with events and providing photography services at events.

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Joe Kissinger

East Coast Rep - PA

Joe is an Air Force K9 Handler Veteran and began volunteering in 2019, helping with Feed The Dawgs events on the East Coast.

Board Members

Kevin Sonka

Kim Sonka

Luciano Aguilar

Grace Daniels

Curtis Hemdel

Bud Allen

Erin Murphy

For more information on how to volunteer or contribute, please contact us

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