Meet the Kennel to Couch Board of Directors.
Thomas Bohne – CEO and President
Thomas is the founder and President of Kennel to Couch and was Rocky’s Dad. Upon Rocky’s passing, Thomas wanted to understand how he could make a difference if he could only get one dog adopted in Rocky’s honor, so he came up with the concept for Kennel to Couch.
Thomas is a dynamic business leader with an intimate understanding of the importance of relationships, external and internal to an organization. He has a firm belief that your relationship with partners and volunteers are just as important, if not MORE important, when they leave an organization as when they join. His philosophy centers around his understanding that making people feel valued and valuable is EVERYTHING. Thomas has 10 years executive experience spanning SVP, EVP, and C-Suite positions.
Thomas is an Army Combat Veteran, a classically trained chef from Johnson & Wales, and holds a Masters Degree in Marketing from Johns Hopkins University.
Amber Baum – Vice President and Secretary
Amber is the Vice President of Kennel to Couch and was Rocky’s Mom. Rocky played an espically important role in Amber’s life as he was responsible for identifying thyroid cancer before it was too late.
Amber is a Gold Star Spouse, two-time cancer survivor, former Army Combat Medic, senior business professional, and mother to a teenage daughter.
She holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Dynamics and certification from UPenn’s esteemed Organizational Consulting and Executive Coaching cohort, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree from Towson University. She was a HillVets Fellow in the United States Senate, and went on to operate at the highest levels of organization within the White House and on a U.S. Presidential Campaign.
She is a published author and has been a key note speaker and featured story for organizations such as USAA, Folds of Honor, Budweiser Brewing Company, Marine Corps Marathon, Travis Manion Foundation, TAPS, and Operation 300. In addition to advocating for the Pitties, you can see Amber championing for Gold Star and Veteran awareness in multiple online and nationally televised commercials.
Matthew Dykes – CFO and Treasurer
As Kennel to Couch’s Treasurer, Matthew understands the importance of precision in today’s work environment. Data driven decisions are the best way to lead your team to success. In addition to a BA in Accounting, Matthew holds an MBA with the hands-on leadership experience of more than a decade in retail management. Matthew is pursuing his CPA license within the next year.
Matthew is a father and a husband who likes building computers and all things tech, Dungeons & Dragons, Eagles football (Go Birds!), and spending time with his sons. His family just rescued and hatched five baby box turtles, so we’re growing as well!
Dr. Rusheeda Cornelius – Director
Rusheeda is an education and administrative professional with substantial experience leading all facets of office administration, distance learning, admissions recruiting, and classroom leadership. Rusheeda holds a Doctor of Education, Educational Leadership, from Liberty University, a MS in Higher Education and College Teaching from Perdue University, and a BS in Business Management from Pennsylvania State University.
Rusheeda is passionate about getting students involved in their career/college planning. Rusheeda has a talent for driving team collaboration and problem-solving. Rusheeda is an articulate and refined communicator, proficient in forging and nurturing professional relationships with stakeholders at all levels leveraging her interpersonal communication skills.
Arlo Clauser – Director
Arlo has turned an early love for computers into a successful business spanning two decades of IT leadership and problem solving. He has generously taken some time out of his Fortune 500 client schedule to assist us with our technology footprint, making sure we are properly positioned to act quickly in this ever-changing landscape of technology.
Rocky – Chairman Emeritus
Rocky set an example on how to live life to its fullest and love as deeply as possible. His energy was a force of nature. There was not a person who met Rocky that was not instantly smitten by his charm.
Rocky’s personality was as expressive as his human family members. He acted no less than as if he was our family’s human son. We watched Rocky’s love change the hearts and minds of people who previously held negative stigmas and sentiments towards the Pit Bull breed.
In Rocky’s memory, we decided we would to do everything in our power to help Pit Bulls in need of a home, connect with families that may not have considered their breed- as we previously had not. This commitment led us to create Kennel to Couch.