Board of Directors

The Capital K9s board of directors is a dedicated group of individuals and community leaders that have rallied behind the mission and vision of the Capital K9s’ goals to meet the ever-changing needs of the MPD law enforcement K9 unit. The board includes the following leaders:

Susan McDonald, President 

Susan McDonald joined Capital K9s in January 2021 and assumed the role of President of Capital K9s in late 2021. She is a long-time Madison resident and retired attorney.  She first became aware of the organization in October 2013, after attending a ‘Capital K9s CSI’ program at the police training facility on Femrite Drive, where she was amazed by the stories of long scent tracks the K9s could perform.  She became a regular volunteer at Dog Paddle events, which were much enjoyed by her dogs, most recently a beautiful yellow Lab named Rafa.  Unfortunately, Susan is currently (and hopefully temporarily) dogless. She also enjoys tennis, hiking, anything outdoors, and her grandchildren.

Carol Grob, Co-founding Member

Carol Grob is one of the founders of Capital K9s. She became involved in creating the organization in 2004 through a retired law enforcement officer who knew of her experience providing legal counsel to nonprofit organizations. Carol was also a co-founder of Capital K9s’ first Dog Paddle fundraiser at Goodman Pool. Carol has practiced real estate and business law in south-central Wisconsin for three decades. She is currently a shareholder in the Madison-area law firm, Bartelt Grob, S.C., located in Middleton. Carol’s weekend mates are a pair of Golden Retrievers.

Amanda Reese

Amanda Reese joined Capital K9s in 2016. She is a health law and privacy attorney currently working for Epic Systems Corporation. When not working or volunteering, she enjoys sharing time with her family and their dogs.

BJ Bethke

BJ Bethke has been a member of the Capital K9s board of directors since 2011 and served as the organization’s President in 2015 and 2016. He was introduced to Capital K9s in 2008 when a board member asked him to develop a solution to getting dogs safely out of the water during Dog Paddle dog swim events at the Goodman Pool. Being an accomplished carpenter, he used his own dogs as test subjects and developed the ramps that are in use to this day. BJ and his wife raise champion Labrador Retrievers.

Annual Reports

Here are our Annual Reports from the past few years.