About us

Dedicated to serving those who serve at home.

 

The Hero Kids Foundation's aim is to provide a multidisciplinary approach to promote and support Military & First Responders children, together with the whole family, utilizing animal-assisted  therapies along with nature based activities. We strive on building hope, confidence, and self-worth.

Hero Kids Foundation is dedicated to serving those who serve at home & enriching families to connect, restore, and thrive.

Board of Directors

 

John Raniowski

Founder & Director

Former Naval Chief Hospital Corpsman; Non-Profit Program Management Certified You do not realize what your service really means until you hear how it impacted your children and spouse. I want every parent to have that same opportunity I have had to Connect with my daughters, Restore our communications and relationship, and obtain the tools to Thrive in a new normalcy. None of this could have been done without the animals or nature based environment.

Kim

Painter

Treasurer

Certified public accountant and 20 years of supporting youth and community activities. "Working with Children has always been my passion and I feel like this organization is a great place to make a difference in the lives of children and their families.

John Janota

Director of the Board

A Former SEAL Command Master Chief and member of United States Marine Corps Special Operations Command. John has a Bachelor of Science from Gerogetown University in Psychology and is an avid outdoors-man.

Barbara

Shurtleff

Board Member

VP of Network and Security Solutions for SAIC. (Science Applications International Corporation.) She is currently pursing dual graduate degrees in Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and Management Information Systems (MIS) from University of Mary Washington to augment additional undergraduate degrees in computer science and computer information systems. Barb and her family live in Stafford, VA.

Marie Eubanks

Director of Development
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Marie Eubanks is the owner of Dragonfly: a SWaM certified business established to help owners by creating, teaching and maintaining structured processes in order to strengthen productivity and create stronger businesses. She has many years of experience in marketing and event management.
Dragonfly knows sometimes all a business needs is a helping hand to reach their goals and become their best.
Marie currently serves on multiple non-profit boards. She is the head of the Marketing and Media board for Hero Kids Foundation, serves on the Virginia Beach Jaycee's board as the VP of Communication and Marketing, and is an active part of the planning and organizing of the Annual East Coast Surf Championships in Virginia Beach.
Along with all her professional accomplishments and activities, Marie is a proud military wife and mother to four Hero Kids of her own!

Program Directors

Brandy Eggeman

Director of Canine Programs
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Shane Roddy

IT Coordinator
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Along with MRO Computers, Shane is proud to support HKF via his assortment of IT Experience and knowledge. He and his family of 8 have been with HKF since the beginning and look forward to helping to grow the organization for many years to come!

Barbara
Ford

Director of Equine Program
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Barbara is currently pursuing dual graduate degrees in Masters of Business Administration (MBA)and Management Information Systems (MIS) from University of Mary Washington to augmentadditional undergraduate degrees in computer science and computer information systems.Barbara and her family live in Stafford, VA.

Our Animals

 

Tank

  • 12.1 hands

  • Welsh Cob pony

  • Black

  • 22 years old

  • Tank is a 22 year old welsh cob. He has played mounted games,
    polocrosse, show jumping, and was a cart pony when he was
    younger. He really relies on his rider to show him what to do.
    He is a big baby and loves to be near people especially when he
    is away from home. At the moment he is being trained for
    masters level Mounted Games. He was on the USA
    international team at United States Pony Club Championships
    in 2015, where he also competed in the senior division for
    Mounted Games. He won first place and went on to compete at
    Presidents Cup at the Olympic Trials in Maryland that October.
    He won the cup and has been back two times since then taking
    4 th in 2016 and 3 rd in 2017. Mounted Games Across America is
    another organization that tank has done well in. In 2015 and
    2016 he was the reserve champion for both Nationals and end
    of the year awards. 2017 was a good year for him too,
    becoming the Intermediate Champion at Nationals and reserve
    Champion for end of the year awards.

Misty

  • 13.3 hands

  • welsh, chestnut mix.

  • brown

  • 19 years old

  • Misty has competed for the last two years in United State Pony Club, Games Discipline, Championships, placing in top three teams. Misty has qualified for Pony Clubs Grand Prix events of Prince Philip Cup and President's Cup. Misty is 2018 Individuals Mounted Games Champion in Canada and has competed in Canadian pairs and team competitions. Misty has also won Worlds Team  U17 Competition 2015  and Worlds U17 Individuals 2015.

  • What farm would be complete without a goat or two?! Tommy,
    Milk Dud, and Jarod are the life of the farm. They are loved by
    everyone from the horses to the visitors. They help provide
    comfort and affection to visitors. Just like with many other
    therapeutic animals research indicates that interaction with
    goats can temporarily affect the release of various
    neurotransmitters in the brain. In turn this relaxes people and
    helps them to destress.

Tommy, Milk Dud and Jarod

Information

Contact Us

Phone: 757-598-4HKF

Email: info@hkfva.org

961 Speight Lyons Loop

Chesapeake VA 23322

 

 

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