Mr. Jerry Johnson is the President of Bio-Detection K9. Jerry is a Veteran of the United States Air Force, where he served as an Instructor at the DOD Dog Training Center. Jerry brings more than 33 years of operational experience in the security and canine industry serving both Government and Private Sector programs.
Jerry took his Military experience and entered the private sector. He quickly rose through the ranks of some of the largest security and canine services providers in the world to serve in various operational, leadership, and executive roles, including President and CEO. He has operational experience serving in the Middle East and North Africa dating back to 1994. From 2003 to 2007, as Owner and CEO of a private K9 company, Jerry deployed more than 100 Expat dog teams simultaneously across Iraq and Afghanistan.
As President of Bio-Detection K9, Jerry is responsible for managing a company that trains dogs to detect viruses and other pathogens dating back to 2013. This includes projects with the USDA, DOD, and private industry.
Jerry is recognized internationally as a leader in the Security Services Industry for the provision of Canine Services, Canine Training, and Canine Handler Training for domestic and international Law Enforcement, Government, and private entities worldwide. Jerry received his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Florida State University and completed his Master of Public Administration course work at The University of Oklahoma. He was also a former Instructor of Criminal Justice at Central Texas University.
Dr. Schneider received his BS in Biology from the University of Minnesota/Duluth and a Ph.D in genetics from Michigan State University. Following a post-doctoral fellowship at the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation in Oklahoma he worked for 16 years for the US Department of Agriculture at the Foreign Disease/Weed Science Research Unit. Dr. Schneider has 23 years of experience as a molecular biologist, studying virology, insect transmitted diseases and pathogen evolution. Over the course of his career Dr. Schneider has worked on numerous diagnostic tools for pathogens, including PCR, real-time PCR, deep sequencing and mass spectrometry.
Director of Business Development
Bill has over 18 years’ experience as a Canine Handler, Trainer, and Instructor. Bill has served as a Law Enforcement Officer, as well as a Fire Services and Emergency Management Administrator. Bill’s focus with Bio-Detection K9 is business development, daily operations, and assisting in the project & program management for numerous canine efforts.
Ashley Beard serves as the Director of Training for Bio-Detection K9™ and was hand selected due to her vast experience working in training positions for some of the most prestigious programs in the industry. She comes to Bio-Detection K9™ with a wealth of knowledge in all facets of the detection canine training space to include narcotics, explosives, and firearms. She serves as a National and International Instructor and Certification Authority for VWK9, and has trained over 2000 working dogs in her career. She has supervised the deployment of multiple canine teams at high profile events which include government entities, public and private corporations, state and local events, arenas, stadiums, professional and collegiate sports, as well as a variety of entertainment venues that have required a mass pedestrian screening capability. She has trained some of the Nation’s most recognized law enforcement officers and their canines, and considered one of the industry’s top trainers.
Director of Training