It takes a village, here are some of our people...
While it would be impossible to name all those who make these missions possible, as we'd estimate more than twenty contribute to each relocation, we'd like to highlight a few of our key players.
Founder, Chairman & Chief Volunteer Pilot
Matthew's been flying for more than twenty years, holds his Airline Transport Pilots certificate and is also a Certified Flight Instructor. Combining his passion for flight and his love of dogs he'd be hard pressed to find a better way to spend a day.
While each mission presents with different challenges, all leave him feeling fulfilled. He enjoys all aspects of each mission, however the gratitude from the dogs is certainly his favorite.
He upgraded from a Cessna Aerobat to a Piper Saratoga enabling him to fly more dogs, greater distances. And looks forward to utilizing it to its fullest capacity.
Board Member & Air Support
Director of Marketing & Social Networking
Sarah has been with us since the beginning, aboard the first mission in the old plane. Sarah is a most formidable "co-pilot" and stewardess to the dogs. Additionally, she has passed her written as she progresses with lessons toward eraning her Private Pilot certificate.
With certifications as an Animal Cruelty Investigator & Animal Control Officer combined with years working as a vet tech, she brings a great deal of experience to each flight.
Sarah's compassion for dogs and can-do attitude have been incredible assets to the dogs and missions. She's also helps with the day-to-day activities.
Bruce (Buck) Davidson, Jr
Board Member & Air Support
Buck shares a love and admiration of all animals large and small. From the horses he trains and competes to his side kick Jack Russell Terrier, Buck appreciates how special these creatures are in their devotion to their caretakers.
With his experience operating a sole proprietorship, and a strong desire to improve the lives of dogs, Buck is a true asset.
Board Member & Volunteer Pilot
Anthony Archambault is a volunteer pilot with FlyPups, and as such has rescued many pups from desperate situations. He holds his Private Pilot certificate land & sea, as well as an Instrument rating. With decades of experience, Tony still pilots the same Beachcraft Bonanza he’s been flying since 1978.
Tony’s ‘day job’ is printing and he owns Budget Print in Clark, NJ. Tony is an expert in each aspect from design to finished product, and provides FlyPups with everything from pamphlets to banners and more.
Vice President & Volunteer Pilot
Steve Schapiro is a public information officer for the NJ Department of Transportation. He has worked in government, journalism and the non-profit arenas.
He earned his Private Pilot certificate when he was 17 years old and currently owns a 1968 Piper Cherokee Arrow, which his father bought new and picked up at the factory in Vero Beach, FL.
Carol Hannum Davidson
Administrator of Development
Carol is a consummate equestrian with accomplishments too numerous to mention. She is a lifelong animal lover and advocate.
Residing in Unionville, PA.
Melissa Jane Ehmann
Melissa joined the board in 2018 helping with bookkeeping and so much more. She has years of volunteer experience with The Junior League of Boston, of Greenwich, CT, and of New York City in direct service, in new members recruiting, in annual appeals, in grant writing and in strategic planning. She participated in Nonprofit Boards ClearingHouse "Leadership through Governance" Training Volunteers for Nonprofit Board Membership" course and is excited to use this knowledge with FlyPups.
She and her husband reside in a little red house along the Black River in Pottersville, New Jersey with their zany dogs Fiona and Chestnut. She works as a Certified Public Accountant in her family's tax practice, has a Bachelors Degree from Lafayette College, a Masters of Science in Accounting from Northeastern University, and a Masters of Accountancy in Taxation from Rutgers University.