Meet the Team



Julia  Adwar
Board of Directors - President

As a child I grew up on Long Island with 6 brothers and sisters and many pets. I always had a passion for taking care of animals, especially ones that needed special care. After getting married and raising 3 children, I have dedicated much of my time to rescuing animals.  

I have spent the last 20 years rehabilitating unwanted animals. During that time I have fostered many dogs through the ACC, helping them to find loving homes. I also spent several years as a volunteer at the North Shore Animal League. I then became involved with a non- profit animal rescue based out of New York City. My responsibities included fostering, fundraising, and adoption events. During that time I have raised tens of thousands of dollars and have been directly responsible for saving hundreds of animals. I have always had a love for animals and have made it my life's passion to try and save as many shelter dogs as possible.

I realize how fortunate I am to be an American. The sacrifices our soldiers, firemen, and policemen make every day to protect our freedom is to me the ultimate act of bravery. I could think of no better way to show my appreciation than helping this incredible group of people deal with the stress related problems associated with their professions. Paring professionally trained rescue dogs with the men and women who protect our freedom is my ultimate goal. 

I have assembled an incredible group of volunteers that include professional trainers, professional fund raisers, and just good people with the same goal.

Stephanie Gould

Board of Directors - Treasurer 



Natasha Shulman
Board of Directors - Secretary

Stephanie lives in Woodmere, NY with her husband, Perry. She is the proud mother of four boys (three human and one canine) and one little girl (canine). She has been actively involved with NYC Second Chance Rescue as a fund raiser and foster parent since 2012. Her only girl Cleo was adopted after coming into her home as an injured foster and sneaking into her family's heart.

Stephanie was a member of the Board of Education of the Hewlett-Woodmere School District for eighteen years from 1996 through 2013, as vice president for five years and president for the last four years. She is a graduate of Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations and now serves  as treasurer for the class of 1975. She participates in the Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassadors Network (CAAAN). CAAAN reaches out to and speaks with prospective Cornell students and their families throughout the country. Stephanie 

is also an active member of the Ladies' Board of The Seawane Club in Hewlett Harbor. 

She believes that training select rescue dogs to perform as service dogs for those who served our country is a truly worthy pursuit that will greatly benefit the veterans and their new companions.



Evelynn Linden
Dog Trainer

Evelynn Linden has been training dogs for fourteen years. In this period she has trained more than four thousand dogs. Originally from Sweden, her own dog was a fully trained protective K9 at elite level obedience. She has also handled a wide variety of behavioral issues as well as formal obedience training. 

Evelynn was one of the premier trainers and top producers for Petco, Inc. It was there that she met Iggy, a fearful and poorly behaved lab rescue lab. Iggy's owner was legally blind. With Evelynn's help, Iggy ultimately became an amazing seeing eye dog despite his initial poor disposition and total lack of training. This was the seed for the idea that is now 'Pets for Heroes'. If this abused and fearful canine could be trained to be a competent seeing eye dog, then what could be done with a rescue dog that has been selected for its great disposition and innate intelligence?

Alesha Thomas
Fundraising Manager

Alesha is a Co-Founder and assists with fundraising for Pets for Heroes. She graduated from The George Washington University with a degree in Human Services concentrating in Non-Profit Management. Her non-profit background includes assignments at The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, The Robert F. Kennedy Foundation The Atlanta Police Foundation and Mogul PR. Alesha served as Co-chair for the 2010 Atlanta Children's Museum Annual Fundraiser and has assisted in various fundraising events for rescue dogs. In 2011, Alesha moved to Long Island with her husband, daughter and two rescue dogs. 












Natasha Adwar is one of the co founders of Pets for Hereos and currently serves on their Board of Directors.  Natasha has worked in wealth management since 2007 both at Morgan Stanley and Alliance Bernstein. Her background includes providing proprietary investment service and support to high net worth individuals, family offices and foundations with respects to preservation of capital wealth management. 

Natasha holds a BA from the George Washington University and is registered with FINRA with her Series 7 and Series 63 registration.She is proficient in American Sign Language and has been active in both the deaf community and the American Brain Cancer Association.  For the past few years, Natasha and her family have found their passion in fostering rescue dogs.