Timothy Phillips, Sr. – Founder

Timothy joined the United States Navy at 20 years old.  He married his high school sweetheart 10 days before leaving for boot camp.  After completing boot camp, Timothy was stationed on the USS Bonhomme Richard LHD-6 at 32nd Street Base in San Diego, California.  While on the USS Bonhomme Richard LHD-6, he was a Mess Specialist.  During the first six months on his tour to West Pac, he visited Kuwait, Phuket, Thailand, Qatar and Australia. Timothy missed the birth of his first born son while on this six month tour. He was also stationed on the USS Bonhomme Richard during 9-11.  After serving four (4) years on sea duty on the USS Bonhomme Richard, Timothy decided to re-enlist and was stationed back in his home state of New Jersey, at the Naval Weapons Station Earle in Colts Neck, New Jersey. During his time at Naval Weapons Station Earle, he was a Building Petty Officer in charge of the Bachelor Housing, as well as working physical security.  

In 2004, Timothy was medically honorably discharged from the Navy due to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  He had numerous ups and downs with PTSD and anxiety from 2004 to 2017.  Finally, after many discussions with family and doctors, Timothy decided to search for a service dog.  He found a dog he believed would be a good fit at the Gloucester County Animal Shelter (GCAS) and found a trainer to help train this dog into a service dog.  ; this dog was Buddy. Timothy immediately had a connection with Buddy and Buddy went on to become his first service dog.  Timothy’s life changed for the better with Buddy by his side.  He was able to go out in public more because Buddy helped with his debilitating anxieties.  Buddy helped calm him, which in turn, made Timothy a better husband and father. Unfortunately, after only two (2) years of having Buddy, he had to be put down due to medical issues.  

After putting Buddy down, Timothy reached out to the Veterans Affairs (VA) to see what help could be provided to Timothy so he could obtain another service dog.  Timothy was told there was a waiting list of three (3) to five (5) years before he would be able to obtain another service dog.  After going for so long without a service dog and then having Buddy, he  knew the benefits and refused to wait multiple years again. Instead, Timothy took it upon himself to start a non-profit organization, Timothy’s Helping Heroes, to be a resource for other heroes and their families. Timothy said, “I knew the hassle of getting a service dog through the system. I wanted to try to make it a little easier for other disabled veterans and first responders so they do not have to wait for years to reap the awards of having a service dog.”


Andrea Hanson – President

Andrea is a wife, mother, business owner, animal rescue volunteer and foster, all in addition to being President of Timothy’s Helping Heroes. She has been heavily involved in non-profit organizations since 2008, starting with (and continuing in) animal rescue.

Between owning her own business, Hanson Canine Services, her career in dog training, and volunteering in animal rescue, this culminated into her helping Timothy start Timothy’s Helping Heroes (THH).

Andrea also has numerous family members and friends who have served in the military, as well as medical and first responder professions. In addition, she has a service dog of her own that has helped tremendously in multiple areas of her life such as, mental health issues and diabetic needs. This part of Andrea’s life has allowed an expansion in her understanding of the various needs people have who require a service dog for any given medical reason.

She looks forwarding to helping many people regain their independence over the coming years by helping train their potentially eligible dogs into service dogs.


Crystal Davis – Vice President

Biography coming soon!


Stacy Phillips – Treasurer

Biography coming soon!

Buddy – Timothy’s First Service Dog & Motivation to Start THH

February 2021