Our Founders

Committed to the Cause

Ann King

 Ann is a certified dog trainer, and has her own training and pet care business.  She teaches group classes and also teaches free bully basics classes.  She has worked extensively with many local shelters. Ann loves volunteering with the dogs whether it is at the shelter or with her own dogs doing therapy work.  She has three rescue dogs, Truffle, Fernando and Rodrigo.  She has a rat named Renton, and her sofa is home to countless other critters who need a soft way station on the road of life. 

Doug Tappan

Doug was a founding member of Best Bullies, after putting in many faithful hours as a volunteer at the Yonkers shelter, training and providing crucial exercise and stimulation for the larger dogs.  He is a husband, a busy father, and an airplane pilot—and we are forever grateful for Doug’s time and expertise in getting Best Bullies off the ground.

Jo Ann Beard

Jo Ann is a writer and animal advocate who teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College. Her dog, Beatrice, is a Best Bullies rescue.

Our Board Members

Ritsa Galitsis


Ritsa has been a trainer for over 15 years, continuously working with rescues and shelters. She is currently Training Director for the adult training program at Rikers, and also has her own training business, Happy Hounds.

Agnieszka Lepore

Community Coordinator

A Polish native, Agnieszka devotes countless hours to her family's business, Toscana Ristorante of Eastchester, and to helping cats and dogs find fosters and homes through her work with Best Bullies. She has two cats and two dogs, one of whom is Best Bullies alum Robbie, and serves as our willing go-to person for small dogs who need an emergency foster home.


Monique Pujol Taylor

Monique grew up in NYC where her parents owned a succesful French restaurant. After moving to Westchester, Monique started volunteering at the Mount Vernon Animal Shelter where she can be found most days. Monique often has at least one of two Best Bullies dogs at her home at any given time.

Keri Sershon

Foster Co-ordinator

Keri spends her volunteer time at Mount Vernon Animal Shelter from where she has fostered many dogs for Best Bullies.


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