Board Of Directors

Mirela Hardy 


Mirela Hardy is a naturalized American citizen, originally from Romania. She has an educational background in political science and over twenty five years of work experience in banking and finance, and a deep commitment to assisting veterans and rescuing animals. Ms. Hardy’s business acumen supports the financial operations of US K, and her service is grounded in principles of empathy and compassion.

Chris Hardy

Executive Director

Chris Hardy is the founder and head trainer at USK. He is an Eastern Shore naive from Salisbury. He joined the army in 1989 and served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne Division. He has extensive experience in dog training, in the military he trained bomb detection, search and rescue, tracking and patrol, and civilian applications. He is a recipiant of numerous awards and a member of the National K-9 Association, War Dogs Association and Pro Dog Trainer Association.

Linda Amos


Linda Amos is currently volunteering as the active treasurer for US Kennels Inc. She was introduced to Chris & Mirela Hardy (the founders of US Kennels, Inc) in 2017. Linda currently lives in Salisbury Md, and she has lived on the Delmarva Peninsula since 1972. Well before Linda became a board of director member, Linda and her husband attended board meetings in which she listened, learned, and fell in love with Ms. Hardy’s plans to reach out to veterans. Linda displays her compassion and commitment to US Kennels Inc by participating in numerous fundraising events and volunteer opportunities over the years; She has always been an active supportive participant with each group. Overall, we are thrilled and honored for the opportunity for Linda to be a part of the US Kennels, Inc. Team!

Karis Graham

Board Member

Reverend Dr. Karis Graham served more than 33+ years as an active duty and reserve military chaplain. She is also a three-war veteran. She also earned three Master's degrees, a Bachelors degree, and PhD. She lives in Cambridge with her Wadi dog from Oman.

Catherin Curran

Board Member

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Friends of the Board


Brian Whitman

Bill Amos

Steve Wilson