Meet the Board of Directors

President and Treasurer

Carol Young has worked most of her life for local government and non-profit organizations. In California, she supervised staff and managed millions of dollars from public and private sources for the municipal governments of Los Angeles and San Diego. Upon moving to Indiana in 2008, Carol directed the operations of non-profit organizations focusing on healthcare, youth and animal health and welfare.

Carol and her family have rescued a number of dogs of various breeds over the years. In 2011 they adopted a handsome 3-year-old Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Bandit from a local rescue. Three years later Bandit passed away very unexpectedly during a “routine” teeth cleaning surgery, leading to the naming of the Bandit’s Bandaid veterinary assistance program in his memory. When the decision was made to set up Bandit’s BandAid, now Bandit’s K9Care, as a separate nonprofit organization, Carol took the lead to incorporate the nonprofit in the State of Indiana, and then to complete the IRS application for federal nonprofit status.

Carol serves in the capacity of both Board President and Treasurer of Bandit’s K9Care Inc. She oversees the governance and financial management of the organization.

Vice President

Josie Rhoads has over 25 years of customer service experience. Born in The Netherlands but with family in Canada, Josie became a Canadian citizen in 2006. After marriage she became a US citizen in 2015. For over 20 years she traveled the United States and Canada as a tour director, and after settling down in Texas she worked in the hotel business. After the passing of her husband, she moved to Colorado.

Dogs have always been a large part of Josie‘s life. As a kid she started to collect postage stamps with a focus on stamps with dogs. Her husband brought the first Pembroke Welsh Corgi into her life, Shorty, Josie has since adopted several Corgis to give them a good and “furever” home. At this moment, Josie shares her home with Pembroke Welsh Corgis Sammy, Caylee and Teddy.

In recent years Josie has done a lot of volunteer work, including serving on nonprofit boards and administering multiple Facebook pages and groups focusing on the Corgi breed, and on raising funds for both organizations and individuals in need. Josie has run a number of online auctions and attends events to fundraise and spread awareness about Bandit’s K9Care.


Jamie Rose joined our Board of Directors in 2019. She has a diverse employment history including being a licensed nail technician, a licensed pharmacy technician and running three major hotels in the Detroit area.

Jamie started doing rescue work from a very young age, and animals have always been a huge part of her life. She currently has 5 dogs, numerous chickens, and also does wildlife rehabilitation.

In June of 2018, Jamie’s family added an 8-week old Corgi puppy to their family. She began having health problems shortly after joining them. By 12 weeks old she was diagnosed with a liver shunt. At almost 4 months she had major surgery to fix the shunt which was on the outside of her liver. However, after surgery, Niya was still having problems and they could no longer handle her ongoing problems financially. Jamie contacted Bandit’s BandAid (now Bandit’s K9Care) and we, along with a wonderful donor, became what Jamie calls Niya’s guardian angels. It turned out that Niya had a second large internal shunt that could be treated once its presence was known.

So far Niya has continued to do great and Jamie wanted to find a way to give back to those who helped her girl. That is when she came up with the idea of Stitching Critters to sell her crafts on Facebook and donate funds back to the organization. Jamie also does craft shows, festivals, and trade show raising money throughout the state of Michigan. Additionally, her son started the “Jacob’s Act of Kindness” fundraiser with the help of his family to raise money for a local rescue and Bandit’s K9Care. From Jamie: “I knew I had found a home with the amazing people of Bandit’s K9Care, and it is where my heart belongs.”


Tauni Beckmann has a background in a little bit of everything. She worked in the biotechnology field early on in her career specializing in antibody production as well as working as a diagnostic laboratory technician in charge of all the sample confirmations for veterinarians across the USA.

Tauni earned her credential as an instructor for the United States Eventing Association and in 2005 began So Cal Eventing, training and coaching horses and riders of all ages. Tauni was invited to become a Professional Equine Appraiser and in 2013 she received her ASEA Certification thru the American Society of Equine Appraisers. Tauni has also managed a competitive Equestrian Barn of 46 horses.

Tauni has always had a love for Pembroke Welsh Corgis. In 2015 her Corgi “KC” became affected with Degenerative Myelopathy (DM), a canine version of ALS. Tauni began helping other owners of dogs with DM as well, and once KC crossed the bridge, Tauni and her husband Ted created the #ShadeOutDM awareness campaign. They now oversee the Facebook group with nearly 4,500 members. And recently they established the Shade Out DM Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Tauni joined the Bandit’s K9Care Board of Directors to focus on KC’s Kruisers, a program that provides quality wheelchairs and equipment to all breeds of dogs with mobility handicaps.


Nicole Engel joined the Board of Directors in 2021. Her sidekick is Jake, a 6-year-old Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Nicole works for a Michigan education nonprofit during the day, and supports Bandit’s K9Care when not at work.

In 2020, Nicole began managing the Corgi Secret Santa Gift Exchange. Over the last few years, she expanded the number of holiday gift exchanges (adding Christmas in July, Halloween and birthdays) and greatly increased the revenue brought in to support our organization. Nicole also manages some of our social media accounts.