K9 Kop Project founder, Vickie Richards has a passion and love for animals, especially dogs, and with an extensive background in business development, and years dedicated to helping others follow their dreams, it was time to follow her own dream.
“I’ve had animals all my life, and from the time I was a little girl my dream was to be working with them in as many ways as possible.”
A U.S. Army Veteran who loves working with people (especially veterans and LEO’S) and animals, I’ve made it my mission to try to help charitable foundations, animal businesses, and animal rescue operations run more efficiently and effectively.
A Lehigh Valley native, Richards’ left the military and spent many years in other states, working and owning a variety of businesses, Richards’ moved back in 2011 to be around family in the Lehigh Valley. I’m currently in Walnutport, Pennsylvania, and applying my business knowledge to benefit my own foundation the K9 Kop Project which helps supply K9 units with everything from K9s to equipment to immediate needs and emergency supplies.
The fundraising and education never stops, any chance I get I will make the time to talk to individuals and groups about our mission. We negotiate with some of the best equipment manufacturers, companies, and local small businesses to get them what they need to stay safe.
We have several events throughout the year to help raise money to include a K9 officer calendar, photos with Santa and a K9 Officer, a 5k run, and 1 mile Pet walk with our signature yearly event the “East Coast K9 Trials” (ECK9 trials) it’s is a fun-filled, educational event that allows the public to come and watch K9 and military officers compete against each other.
This event helps the public to understand the day-to-day challenges and needs the units to face and allows us to raise money to donate back to them and their brother and sister Leos throughout the US.
Ultimately, raising money to support the needs of the officers could never happen without family, friends, volunteers, interns and communities from all over the US who understand just how important K9 Units are at providing safety while on duty.
A resident of Lehigh Township, my love for animals gave me an opportunity to be involved with many rescue groups. I was very active in TNR (Trap/Neuter/Release) and volunteering with events to raise funds for help with the many cost of saving lives and being their voice. I have been a long time volunteer with MAESSR (Mid-Atlantic English Springer Spaniel), S.O.A.R. (Starting Over Animal Rescue), and Paw Prints on the Canal that benefits the Northampton Police Dept. K9 Force. I became a volunteer and advisor with K9 Kop Project when my township received their first K9 and started the 1st Annual K9 Cash 5K Run/1 Mile Pet Walk. I enjoy meeting LEO’s and their K9 partners and raising funds for their many needs to keep all communities safe.
I am currently a part-time Security Professional, prior I worked 15 years at Walgreens D.C. and was active as a First Aid Responder, The Safety Action Team and Fundraising Committee which raised funds for different charities like Dreams Come True, The American Diabetes Assoc. and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I also worked 10 years at Bethlehem Steel Family Health Center and Sacred Heart Hospital Emergency Room.
Gloria Domina is a resident of the Lehigh Valley and a community activist involved in many organizations against bullying, domestic violence, and promoting the arts and music.
She is a two-time Grammy Nominee and Grammy-winning Producer. She also is a Governor of the Recording Academy, the Philadelphia Chapter. She is a Board Member of the GLVMA/LVMA. She has won numerous awards including Local, Statewide, and National Woman of the Year.
Let me introduce myself to you, I am Richard Nederostek, the host of the Ned Richards show on WALN Cable Radio and TV Allentown, Pa. I started my career by studying to be behind the scenes of radio as an engineer at Philadelphia Wireless School. It was one of my mentors Long John Wade of WFIL in Philadelphia, Pa that said, “You got the voice, use it.” So, I pursued a career behind the mic. I obtained my FCC license and have been on the air since 1969 starting in Belfast, Maine. I have hosted many shows on local radio stations such as WRFY in Reading, WSAN Country, WPXN NJ, WLEV, WODE which was Oldies 99 and WGPA Bethlehem. In Jan. of 2012 I moved my radio show to television and currently broadcast on WALN SECDTV-128/137, QAM 93.11 and online at Livestream.com/walncableradio/walncableradio on a Wednesday and Thursday night from 8 pm to 11pm. Nov. of 2019, I celebrated my 50th year in broadcasting.During my career on radio I have had the pleasure of working with Camelot for Kids and Dream Come True. I introduced many group on stage such as Turtles, Five Satins, Monkees, Peter Noone, Randy & the Rainbows, Harptones, The Cookies and Kenny Vance & the Planetones. You can see some of my interviews with the stars on You Tube: Search: “Ned Richards WALN”. My shows today consist of a Wednesday night Oldies and Thursday night Doo Wop along with some specialty shows such as Old Country, Disco, British Invasion, First Decade of Rock and Roll and Motown. In March of 2019 I was nominated and won LV Music Awards for the Best Cable TV & Internet Radio Show along with my cohost Kristen. I’m looking forward to many more shows and promoting the K9 Kop Project.
A resident of Northampton who has numerous years of leadership in adult corrections and juvenile treatment. Currently retired, I possess many years of experience in various fields, personally and professionally such as Law Explorers Post Vice President, Girl Scout Leader, Boy Scout Volunteer, Certified Correctional Officer, and KidsPeace Supervisor for 19 years. I possess extensive experience in problem-solving, developing policy, interviewing, and working in a team environment that have enhanced overall operations with positive outcomes. My husband and I owned and operated a small Clydesdale breeding farm until retiring this past year.
My hobbies consist of spending time with family and friends, caring for our rescue horse Sahara and pups Nikki and Nala along with our various birds, and attending local singing concerts.