Amanda Davis is a former teacher and school administrator whose background includes work with special needs, including behavioral, emotional and physical disabilities. Amanda’s post-graduate education and opportunities in conflict resolution, reconciliation, negotiation and mediation have lent themselves to the success of the K9U program at Bella’s Buddies. The child of a career Cold War Air Force veteran, she is passionate about teaching young generations to appreciate those who have served to protect our freedoms. She sought some of the best trainers in the U.S. as she build the foundation for Bella’s Buddies. Amanda’s memberships include Alliance of Therapy Dogs and the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. She is a certified AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator as well.
Tommy Davis graduated from Tarleton State University in 1994 with a degree in Agriculture Economics. He has worked with his family, managing a feed and fertilizer business in Leon County, Texas for 25 years. He is a past president of the Centerville Chamber of Commerce, Ambassador for Leon County Go Texan Committee, and has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations such as Ducks Unlmited and Delta Waterfowl. He has been president of Leon County Farm Bureau for twelve years. During the school year, Tommy spends time promoting student athletes on radio station KMVL 100.5. He was the first honoree to receive the Leon County Real Men Against Domestic Violence award and he serves as the Leon County Emergency Management Volunteer Coordinator. Tommy plays an active role in raising and training the DogSquad as well as overseeing plant operations, canine health and wellness, and Bella’s Buddies social media.
Andrew Huffman is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Raised in Minnesota, Andrew enlisted after high school where he served in Iraq and Afghanistan during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. After being wounded in combat, Andrew was granted an honorable discharge and he attended the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where he earned his Bachelors in Sociology. The injuries sustained during his time serving led to his need for a mobility and PTSD service dog. He was paired with Wilson, his golden retriever, who was born at Bella’s Buddies in 2017. Andrew’s partnership with Wilson led him to learn more about using dogs to help disabled veterans. Andrew is the Director of Training and Programs for Bella’s Buddies, where he works closely with teachers, students, veterans and their dogs.
Katy is a mom of five who practices Real Estate Law at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP in Dallas. She is passionate about rescuing animals, lacrosse, and volunteering with charities that help those with special needs. The Abel family has three golden retrievers and a slew of other animals in their Highland Park Zoo. Katy’s legal experience lends itself to Bella’s Buddies’ mission and goals.
Born and raised in Centerville, Texas, Cara came back to her roots after attending Texas A&M and graduating with a degree in Agricultural Development.
Connie is a special education teacher and lover of dogs. She has been volunteering with Bella’s Buddies since it was just an idea. Raised in a family with two veterinarians, she grew up around animals and can’t imagine life without her dog, Sheldon. She brings a unique perspective on special needs children and their families to our board.
RaeAnn is an insane professional volunteer. She is a music therapist from Belton, Texas, where she lives with her husband, Chris and their three children. RaeAnn has a golden doodle, Scout, with whom she partners with to work in schools and grief response in her community. She recently took home a sheepadoodle puppy to train as a therapy dog. She is instrumental in developing fundraising activities for Bella’s Buddies.
Tyler is from the Sugarland area. He played lacrosse for Texas A&M where he earned his BBA in Finance from the Mays Business School in 2017. Tyler is a financial analyst for JP Morgan Chase in Houston, and he is devoted to his golden retriever, Ellie. He believes in a strong work-ethic and selfless service to others. Tyler and Ellie are working towards receiving the proper certifications to proudly wear the Bella's Buddies badge as they provide therapy assistance in their local community and continue the mission of enriching lives alongside our canine companions. Tyler has been fundamental in laying the financial foundation for our organization.
Judd is an Air Force veteran who practices prosthodontics in Madisonville, Texas. He is an avid hunter, a Texas Aggie, and a graduate of the Baylor College of Dentistry. During his Air Force career, Judd was instrumental in helping injured soldiers and airmen reinvent themselves following serious facial injuries. Judd believes that canines are a great tool in helping veterans and active duty military with physical and mental health issues.