The Top Dogg K9 Foundation is dedicated to bringing awareness to the needs of veterans with PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Military Sexual Trauma and other mental/physical disabilities from military service-related injuries. We are dedicted to being of service to those who have served our country in dignity and honor.


Shamika Battle

Shamika M. Battle, LPC, CPCS

Licensed Counselor

A licensed counselor, certified life coach, clinical supervisor, author, clinical manager and community partner.  Shamika Battle brings the knowledge, the skill and the compassion to work with veterans and their families experience service-related post traumatic trauma. 

Shamika Battle is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Clinical Supervisor, who has over 15 years of experience.  She is also the founder of JK Rox Publishing and Just Heal Counseling. Over the years, she has developed a passion for working with women, children and families, helping them heal from grief, loss and life transitions.  She is able to meet individuals where they are and help them move past their pain.

As a Clinical Supervisor, Shamika is able to help other therapist take pride in their careers, bring their best self forward and reach your dreams.  Her area of expertise will benefit you greatly in achieving your licensure on either track, LPC,  CACI and CACII.

Throughout the years, Shamika has found great passion helping others create the opportunities to begin the healing journey.

Cynthia Cuppernell

Cynthia M. Cuppernell LPC, LMHC, LCMHC, CBIS, NCC

Mental Health Counselor

Cynthia is an Adjunct Professor in Counseling and Psychological Services Department at SUNY Oswego University specializing in and teaching PTSD, Post Combat, and TBI for graduate students. She teaches a course designed for students who wish to specialize in or expand upon existing clinical skills when working with various populations affected with Post Combat, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI). Her course has a strong military and post combat outline. Upon completion of this course, students are familiar with civilian, military (Department of Defense: DoD), and The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) treatment options, assessment, resource materials, processes, and research for both PTSD and TBI. This course is designed to provide the student with skills leading to assessment, diagnosis, and treatment for populations diagnosed with PTSD and TBI.

Her students will be familiar with various types of brain injuries, anatomy of the brain, neuropathology, assessment tools, scales, and theory upon completion of her course.

Violence Prevention Integrator (VPI) & Suicide Prevention Program Manager (SPPM)

Air Force Resilience

Resilience, Suicide, Sexual Assault/Harassment, Civilian Resources, Spouse and Family Resources

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Dwayne Ledford

Offensive Line Coach, Atlanta Falcons

Dwayne Ledford is in his second season as the offensive line coach for the Atlanta Falcons.

Ledford previously spent two years at Louisville as the offensive coordinator/offensive line coach. In 2020, the Cardinals posted 2,686 passing yards and 2,200 rushing yards while averaging 29.5 points per game. In 2019, his offense was averaging 33.1 points per game and had a 1,500-yard rusher (Javian Hawkins) and 1,200-yard receiver (Tutu Atwell). The team had four offensive players named to All-ACC team; Atwell (first-team), OT Mekhi Becton (first-team), Hawkins (second-team) and AP Hassan Hall (second-team).



Blake Rashad

Master Dog Behavorist Trainer and Founder of Top Dogg K9 Foundation

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Sheila Rashad

Board President and Co-Founder of Top Dogg K9 Foundation

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Chairman of the Board

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