ABOUT OUR TEAM

Jordan Kaye

Jordan Kaye

Executive Director

Jordan brings various government, legislative, and non-profit experience to the Association of Service Dog Providers for Military Veterans. She most recently served as the Legislative Director for Congressman Ron DeSantis (FL-06), where managed an extensive policy portfolio and drafted the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers Act(P.A.W.S.).

Previously, Jordan served as a policy advisor and investigator for the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Previously, she held the role of Director of Outreach and Policy for FAIR Girls, a D.C.-based anti-human trafficking organization which provides direct services to victims of trafficking.

In addition, Jordan served in the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington D.C., where she was selected to the Human Traffic Unit within the Narcotics and Special Investigations Division. In that role, Jordan worked directly with the FBI’s task force on human trafficking, Project Innocence Lost.

Jordan holds a JD from the David A. Clarke school of law at the University of the District of Columbia and a BA from the George Washington University. She lives in Washington, D.C. with a former Army Ranger and two rescue dogs, Colonel (Ret.) Darby and Spanky.

Cole & Kaya Lyle

Cole & Kaya Lyle

Cole Thomas Lyle is an 8-year Marine Corps veteran of Afghanistan. Since acquiring his service-dog, Kaya, Cole has been advocating for service dogs to assist veterans with Post Traumatic Stress, spearheading the PAWS Act in Congress.

Amanda Baity

Amanda Baity

Media Director

Amanda Baity is currently Publisher of American Service Dogs magazine and Director of Operations and Photo Editor for Prince William Living and Brides & Weddings magazines. An Atlanta native, she has 9+ years of print & online media experience.

Wife of a Marine Corps combat veteran, Amanda co-founded Semper K9 Assistance Dogs in 2014 with her husband Christopher. She is currently Director of Operations for Semper K9 and an advocate for the military community with a focus on invisible wounds.

In her early work career, she was Controller for a multi-million dollar corporation in Atlanta as she attended college. While finishing her degrees in Optometry and Astro-Biology she worked as a family service worker for the Department of Health & Human Services Head Start Program.

BOARD MEMBERS

Judge Halee Weinstein

Judge Halee Weinstein

The Honorable Halee Weinstein was appointed as an Associate Judge of the District Court of Maryland for Baltimore City in 2002. For several years, she has served as the Judge-in-Charge of the Eastside Division of the Court. At that location, In October, 2015, she launched a Veteran’s Treatment Docket and serves as its Presiding Judge.

Michael G. Waltz

Michael G. Waltz

As President of Metis Solutions, Mike leads an international company that provides strategic analysis, intelligence support, and training services to the U.S. defense and intelligence Communities. Metis has twice been named to the INC. 500 list of the fastest-growing companies in America. He provides strategic advice to foreign governments and commercial entities, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa.

Earlier in his career, Mike served as Vice President Cheney’s Special Advisor for South Asia and Counterterrorism. His work in the White House culminated with Mike representing the VP during President Bush’s Strategic Review of U.S. policy towards Afghanistan and Pakistan. Prior to his time in the White House, Mike was the Director for Afghanistan policy responsible for providing policy recommendations to the Secretary of Defense.

After his years in active Army service and in parallel with his civilian policy work, Mike has commanded a U.S. Army Special Forces unit in the reserve component with multiple deployments to Afghanistan and the Middle East. He also served as the future plans officer for the Special Operations Detachment – Africa with deployments to West Africa and currently serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Florida National Guard. Across these deployments, Mike has been awarded four Bronze Stars, with two for Valor.

Mike is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies and regularly provides expert commentary on counter-terrorism and foreign affairs for FOX News, CNN, BBC, PBS Frontline, and the Voice of America. Mike is the author of the book “Warrior Diplomat: A Green Beret’s Battles from Washington to Afghanistan” which was endorsed by former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and was named to the U.S. Special Operations Command Commanders reading list. Net proceeds from book sales are donated to the Green Beret Foundation. Mike is a Distinguished Military Graduate of the Virginia Military Institute.

Kevin T. Carroll

Kevin T. Carroll

Kevin serves as the deputy general counsel of Babel Street, Inc. Previously, he practiced law at the law firms of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan as well as Hughes Hubbard & Reed.

Prior to these roles, Kevin served as senior counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security. He holds the rank of lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. In addition, Kevin served as a CIA case officer with service in a Middle Eastern combat zone.

Kevin holds a JD from Fordham University, a LLM from Georgetown University, and a BA from Johns Hopkins University. He lives with his wife and son in Northern Virginia.

Joseph Newman

Joseph Newman

As a research consultant with Qualtrics, a rapidly growing tech company, Joseph works with numerous departments within the Federal Government; and is exposed to diverse research methods and topics pertaining to everything from disease studies to workforce analytics. Before joining the association, Joseph acted as a representative in the DMV area for one of our member organizations, Labs for Liberty, beginning in August 2016.

Prior to these roles, Joseph worked at the American Bureau of Shipping as a risk analyst for counterterrorism efforts within the USCG and rail corridor sector. Additionally, he had worked as a Medicaid policy analyst in the Utah State Senate working in conjunction with the Governor’s proposed Healthy Utah plan; his experience in the health field also includes a two-year tenure as an account manager for a leading medical supplier in the region.

After his color blindness prevented him from joining the Marine Corps, Joseph attended the University of Utah where he received a degree in Economics with minors in both business and international studies; while pursuing his degree, he served as the Vice President of the University of Utah’s Best Buddies International chapter.

ADVISORY COUNCIL

Lisa Ziehmann

Lisa Ziehmann

Lisa Ziehmann is the Deputy Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Finance at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), where she is responsible for senior executive oversight for the agency’s financial operations and reporting, policy development, financial audit, and internal controls. Ms. Ziehmann has over 29 years of experience in Federal government financial management, budget, and enterprise-wide business systems development. Most recently, she was the Director for Financial Policy and Operations at the General Services Administration (GSA) in Washington, D.C. Before joining GSA, Ms. Ziehmann served as the Deputy Budget Director for NASA in Washington, DC. She oversaw budget formulation, justification, and execution functions for the agency’s diverse budget portfolio.

In her spare time, Ms. Ziehmann enjoys watching the Washington Nationals, exercising, cooking/baking, and gardening. She lives in Oxon Hill, MD with her husband, and has a son who attends James Madison University.

Christina Brathune

Christina Brathune

A Florida native, Christina is a Senior Account Executive at RepEquity a full-service digital marketing agency. While attending law school at the University of Mississippi, she started a personal fashion blog “The Quarter Life Closet” which quickly developed a large online following and collaborative sponsorships with major national brands.