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 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.
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, Mr. Quianzon advises the organization in charting its financial path and developing operational plans.
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.
Mr. Quianzon presently sits on the board of directors of numerous nonprofit organizations and has served on nonprofit 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.
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.
Tucker is earning his B.F.A in User Experience Design at the Savannah College of Art & Design. He has done design internships at both Gulfstream Aerospace and IBM. Tucker is an Eagle Scout with a great love for the outdoors.
Azua Luo, B.A., B.S.
Azua Luo is the Administrative Assistant for Tail Wags & Book Bags. She is a graduate of American University, with a dual degree in Environmental Science and International Studies. Azua is a Fulbright Scholar, dedicated to wildlife and environmental protection. Her passion for helping children and love for dogs makes her a perfect fit for Tail Wags & Book Bags.
As an intern, Nirmi assists Tail Wags & Book Bags with a wide variety of helpful projects. She attends Stone Bridge High School and the Academy of Science. Nirmi has previous experience working with children with learning differences and is a dog lover!
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 seven year old female Labrador Retriever.
I was raised and trained by Susquehanna Service Dogs. They taught me many skills, and tasks. I love 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 their dreams, 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 assist students so I would love to have more working dogs join our pack! See our "Throw us a Bone" tab to help us grow.