Meet the Team
Rob ShewmakeOwner / K9 Handler
The love and affection that Rob shows to his dogs are beyond impressive. There is no better example of what a personal protection dog is if you were to meet his beloved Ado. Rob has always had a love of dogs and this drew him into the K9 world. He is a good handler and takes the time to travel the country and sometimes the world to attend as many seminars as he can to continue learning different techniques and current training methods to keep his dogs on their toes. Competing in Protection Competitions has become a new found passion for Rob and his dogs. Rob served an honorable 4 years in the Army as Military Police. following that Rob served an additional 3 years in the civilian law enforcement sector.
Kason NewmanOperations Manager / K9 Handler
Abigail WilmothMaster Trainer
Abigail Wilmoth is a Northwest Arkansas native, growing up on a local farm she grew up with herding dogs, and that is when her passion for dogs began! She pursued her passion by attending the Tom Rose School in St. Louis Missouri, there she spent her time training her two loved dogs, Vita and Nugget, to the highest levels of obedience, specific odor detection, and tracking. Along with learning how to use the latest training methods for a variety of dogs! Now Abigail has joined us, along with pursuing her degree in Animal Science at the University of Arkansas!
Zeke JohnsonMaster Trainer
Zeke was born and raised in Arkansas. In 2007 he left the nest to join the world’s most elite warriors The United States Marines. During his tenure he deployed to distant lands and travelled many a sandy mile. When he returned to the states and was released he had no direction other than up. Zeke has moved several times and held a plethora of jobs but in 2018 he found a dog and rescued him. Little did he know this dog (who would later be known as Buck) would change his life forever.
Hanna KeithDog Trainer and Behavior Specialist
Hanna was born with a love of animals regardless of species, or size. In high school, she started focusing more on her handling skills with dogs. She has worked in grooming salons, doggie daycares, pet boutiques, and even as a puppy sitter.
Hanna has always had a passion for learning as much as she can about Canine behavior and will always strive to continue her knowledge. This led her to attend Purdue University to receive a degree in Animal Behavior and Wellness. Soon after graduating, she travelled to Starmark Academy in Texas, where after hard work and dedication, she is proud to have the title of a Certified Canine Trainer and Behavior Specialist.
Hanna has been accompanied on these adventures by her two dogs, Willow and Valko, who help push her to be the best trainer she can be!
Sonya RobersonKennel Technician
Sonya Roberson was born and raised a country girl here in beautiful Northwest Arkansas. From bonfires to baby animals she loves all that the country life has to offer.
Sonya has a servants heart, destined to help those around her as well as their four-legged companions. She grew up raising animals, dogs, cats, pigs, bunnies even the occasional squirrel or chipmunk. Her love for animals drove Sonya to attend Petra Allied Health where she studied to become a Veterinary Technician. She has been doing that for 3 years now at a local clinic in addition to working with JFK9.
Her faith in Jesus Christ is number one and is the driving force in all that I do. Through Him, all things are possible.
Bryan GibbyKennel Technician
Bryan is an Oklahoma native who has spent most of his life in Arkansas. His passion for dogs has led him to a 5 year career immersing himself in animal health. This intense drive has only grown his love for them and has inspired him to pursue a lifelong commitment in mastering and training dogs. Bryan has joined the Joint Forces K9 team and is excited to become proficient in all aspects of training dogs for your every need.
Abby RiceKennel Technician
Ever since she can remember, Abby has always had a passion for animals. Her passion for animals extends beyond cats and dogs, however. She has owned almost every animal you can think of, from rodents to snakes and even arachnids. Abby is originally from Virginia but moved to Arkansas in early 2018. She grew up between the city and the country and has a melting pot of interests and hobbies.
When she first arrived, she got a job at the Siloam Springs Animal Shelter as a kennel technician. This job solidified the fact that she wanted to work with dogs and so she sought better potential at Joint Forces K9. She now works at JFK9 as a kennel technician but hopes to extend her knowledge of anything and everything dog related. She works closely with the prestigious trainers at the facility to learn all that she can.