The Tail Wags & Book Bags team is devoted to creating opportunities for students to bond with dogs. This allows them to engage with increased resilience when challenged at school. We are hard working professionals with warm hearts who care deeply about the educational, social and emotional well being of children. We're also big dog lovers!
Our highly skilled assistance dogs are raised and trained by service dog organizations accredited by Assistance Dogs International (ADI). We are grateful to Canine Companions for Independence and Susquehanna Services Dogs for these well trained, loving canines.
They each know 40-50 tasks and are integrated into goal-specific lesson plans. Handlers are professionally trained and certified. Our approach is pedagogical as well as therapeutic.
Bingo & Karma
Karin Hemphill is the Founder and Executive Director of Tail Wags & Book Bags. She manages the daily operations of the organization and provides direct services to schools. Karin is currently the Facility Dog Coordinator at The Lab School of Washington. She has been certified as a Canine Handler by Canine Companions for Independence and Susquehanna Service Dogs, Assistance Dogs International (ADI) accredited organizations.
Holding Master's Degrees in both Education and Human Development, Karin collaborates with teachers, occupational and speech therapists, reading specialists, and social workers to design student sessions, incorporating assistance dog skills with individual and group goals.
For twenty years prior to founding Tail Wags & Book Bags, Karin was the President of Fit as a Fiddle, Inc. This wellness consulting practice assisted clients in establishing and achieving individualized behavioral health goals to optimize well being. Fit as a Fiddle, Inc, provided educational services to adults and children in medical centers, schools, community organizations and corporations.
Becca Gould serves on the Board of Tail Wags & Book Bags and has been instrumental in strategizing and developing the organization. Becca is American Tower’s Senior Vice President of Public Affairs. In this role, she leads American Tower’s engagement with policymakers and industry groups.
Prior to joining American Tower, during twelve years as Vice President of Global Public Policy and Government Affairs, Becca built and managed Dell’s government affairs team based in the capitals of major markets. She was also Vice President of Global Public Policy at the Business Software Alliance and an attorney with the law firm of Verner, Lipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand.
Becca began her career as Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce. She earned a LL.M. in International Law from the Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. from the Washburn University School of Law, and B.G.S. from the University of Kansas.
Raymond Quianzon currently serves on the Tail Wags & Book Bags Board of Directors and has been involved with the organization since its inception. As an attorney and Certified Public Accountant, Raymond advises the organization on charting its financial path and developing operational plans.
Raymond is admitted to the United States Supreme Court and several federal circuit, district and bankruptcy courts. He is also licensed as a CPA in Maryland and practices before the U.S. Tax Court.
Raymond currently sits on the board of directors of numerous nonprofit organizations and has served on charitable boards for more than a quarter century. He actively volunteers and works with various causes nationwide and internationally including efforts in the Sudan, the Middle East and Asia.
Zizhan attends Harvard University as an International Relations graduate student. She earned a dual undergraduate degree from American University in International Studies and Environmental Science. Zizhan is a Fulbright Scholar. She has been instrumental in broadening the scope of the organization with regard to marketing and fundraising. Her professional skills, passion for helping children and love for dogs make her a perfect fit for Tail Wags & Book Bags.
Zizhan Luo, B.A., B.S.
Nirmi assists Tail Wags & Book Bags with a wide variety of projects including the annual donation campaign, photography shoots, correspondence and social media. She attends Stone Bridge High School and the Academy of Sciences. Nirmi has previous experience working with children with learning differences and is a dog lover!