Karin Hemphill, MA, M.Ed
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 Susquehanna Service Dogs, an Assistance Dogs International (ADI) accredited organization.
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 a Vice President of Global Public Policy at the Business Software Alliance and an attorney with the law firm of Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand. She began her career as Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Becca 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, Mr. Quianzon advises the organization in charting its financial path and developing operational plans.
Mr. Quianzon presently sits on the board of directors of numerous non-profit organizations and has served on non-profit and charitable boards for more than a quarter century. Mr. Quianzon actively volunteers and works with various causes nationwide and internationally including efforts in the Sudan, the Middle East and Asia.
Mr. Quianzon is admitted to the United States Supreme Court and several federal circuit, district and bankruptcy courts. Mr. Quianzon is also licensed as a CPA in Maryland and practices before the U.S. Tax Court.
Marketing and Technology Specialist
Tucker is the Marketing & Technology Specialist for Tail Wags & Book Bags. Tucker draws from his diverse background in UI Design, Videography, Photography and Website Development, work closely with Tail Wags & Book Bags to fulfill marketing and technology needs.
Outside of Tail Wags & Book Bags, Tucker works for the Johns Hopkins Sibley Innovation Hub as a UX Design Intern. Tucker loves playing/writing music, prototyping UI's of applications, and woodworking. Tucker is an Eagle Scout with one Bronze Palm and loves the outdoors.
Jaq Kende is the Administrative Assistant for Tail Wags & Book Bags. In this role, Jaq helps collaborate with the organization on ideas and projects including website development, creative strategies for growth, and fund raising for the nonprofit.
Jaq Kende began her work with Tail Wags & Book Bags as an intern. After graduation, she was hired as the Administrative Assistant. Jaq has extensive experience in service dog training, and has been certified through The Go Team, an AKC (American Kennel Club) recognized organization. She is currently enrolled at Oglethorpe University as an Animal Welfare major with a minor in Nonprofit Business Management.
Facility Service Dog
My name is Bingo and it's pawsome to meet you! I am Tail Wags & Book Bags' first facility service dog, meaning that I'm the original member of the pack. I am a four year old female Labrador Retriever. My human friends recognize me by my wagging tail, droopy ears and wet nose.
I was raised and trained by Susquehanna Service Dogs. They taught me manners, skills, and tasks. Now that I've graduated, I love spending my time at work, helping students gain the confidence they need to succeed and thrive at school. I like to remind them that they have the paw-tential to achieve anything they want, and I help bring smiles wherever I go!
Right now I am the only K9 member of Tail Wags & Book Bags. Unfurrtunately, there are only so many hours in a day to work, play, and eat, so I would love to have some new working dogs join me.