Meet Our Team

The HKF staff is group of passionate people dedicated to addressing the needs of Military & First Responder families

John Raniowski
Founder and 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.
Barbara Ford
Director Equine Programs
Masters of Counseling, Regent University; B. A. History, Old Dominion University. I believe in the power of nature-based therapies and believe that Hero Kids Foundation will serve as a much needed resource for veterans, first responders and their families.
Ryan Jones
Founding Board Member
PhD in Law, Frederic G. Levin College of Law. Hero Kids Foundation will allow for returning veterans to connect with their families and help the veteran and their family reintegrate into the community as a whole.
Taylor W
Director Public Relations/PR
B.S. Individualized Studies: Journalism & Psychology, Liberty University
Kelly W
Asbury University
John Janota
B.S. Clinical Psychology, Georgetown University
Brandy Eggeman
Director Canine Programs
Kim Painter
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.
MRO Computers
Social Media & Web Coordinators
MRO is proud to support HKF with their IT knowledge.