About Us

Raising Aid for Dogs At Risk was founded on January 19, 2012, and is recognized as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) public charitable organization by the IRS.

Board of Directors
Rick Thompson

Co-Founder, President and Treasurer

Rick has long been an advocate for all animals. He served on the board of directors of his local animal shelter, the Humane League of Lancaster County. He also volunteered as development co-coordinator for the shelter. He was co-advisor to an animal advocacy organization for college students. In addition, Rick has volunteered with several dog rescue groups. Prior to starting RADAR, he handled donor relations for Reach Out Rescue & Resources. He is an active member of Farm Sanctuary.

Ken Siegert

Co-Founder, Vice President and Secretary

Ken is an avid animal advocate. He has volunteered with several dog rescue groups. Prior to starting RADAR, he served as webmaster for Reach Out Rescue & Resources, where he devised, launched and managed a highly successful fundraising campaign. Ken also volunteered as development co-coordinator for the Humane League of Lancaster County. He was a co-advisor to Franklin & Marshall College’s Students for Animal Advocacy organization. He is an active member of Farm Sanctuary.

Steffi Ridgel


Steffi has been working in animal rescue for over a decade. She has fostered many dogs for three formal rescues and in addition has personally rescued uncountable dogs from ditches, under porches, the middle of highways. Steffi has done extensive work in animal assisted therapy, including research on the relationship between a therapy dog and older, isolated individuals on a medical level as well as psychologically calibrated testing situations.


Shelter & Rescue Liaisons
Kristin Baksa (Blount County, TN)

Susan Blakeney (Darlington County, SC)

Susan, an animal lover her whole life, became involved with the high-kill Darlington County Humane Society shelter in South Carolina when she adopted a discarded ten-year-old cat, Oscar, from that facility in 2005. She went on to spearhead their Petfinder page, create and administer their first website, fundraise for them online, and started reaching out to rescues to help rehome pets. Susan’s photography skills have been put to great use to help promote the pets to potential rescues and adopters. Although she now lives in Virginia, Susan continues her original work for that shelter, plus she works tirelessly for Caring for Creatures, a local animal sanctuary in Virginia.

Gretchen Kozen (Duplin County, NC)

Mary Lou Seymour (Aiken, Allendale, Greenwood County, SC)

Brandi Sowell (Lee County, SC)


Rebecca Brafman (Grant Researcher & Writer)

Maddie Carreiro (Cartoonist) 

Maddie loves animals and anything creative. She has used her talents to create some cartoon designs for RADAR’s Zazzle Store and for special projects.

Dorian Edwin (Volunteer, raises funds via Creations for Castaway Canines

Melissa Farr (RADAR Dog Follow-up Researcher) 

Sarah Lizee (Writer) 

After her Golden Retriever, Kokomo, crossed over the Rainbow Bridge, Sarah was in search of a way to pay tribute to his life by supporting animal advocacy. When she found RADAR, she fell in love with the process of making sure each dog’s story is told.

Kelly Matthews (Financial Auditor) 

Kelly is a licensed CPA in the state of Pennsylvania. She learned about RADAR through a posting on Volunteer Match. As a lifelong dog lover, she approached RADAR about the opportunity to assist their wonderful mission.

Karen Roth (Administrative Assistant) 

Jennifer Siegert and Anna & Emme Chang (North Carolina Events)

Jennifer and her daughters, Anna and Emme, have been actively helping in North Carolina, as part of the local “RADAR team”. When they aren’t promoting RADAR, they are busy making things for local events, from “thank you” gift baskets from Anna for donations, to framed artwork from Emme. If there’s a North Carolina event with a RADAR booth, you’ll find these three manning a booth.

Linda Siegert (Volunteer)

Linda wanted to help RADAR, and so she started Collars of Hope Creations. She makes collars, leashes and other dog-related items to raise funds for RADAR. Linda helps spread the word about us in North Carolina. She also posts to the RADAR Facebook page.

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