The JDog leadership team is comprised of individuals who live by the values of Respect, Integrity, and Trust. Learn about the unique assets and backgrounds they bring to the JDog brand and how they support the JDog Foundation’s mission.
Ralph Galati was born and raised in Philadelphia and Delaware County, PA. He is a graduate of St. James High School (Chester, PA) class of 1966; and he received his Bachelor of Science degree from St. Joseph’s University (Philadelphia, PA) in 1970 and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. As a member of the Air Force ROTC, he was a Distinguished Military Graduate, President of the Arnold Air Society, and recipient of the St. Joseph’s University Dean’s Award.
Ralph attended USAF Flight Training in 1970, and received his Wings in 1971. He was a Weapon Systems Officer in the F-4 Phantom aircraft, and was assigned to Ubon Royal Thai Air Force Base in Thailand in the fall of 1971. Ralph qualified as a Laser Guided Bomb lead, and was soon elevated to the role of Forward Air Controller. On February 16, 1972 he and his pilot were shot-down over North Vietnam and were immediately captured and taken to Hanoi. He spent the next 14 months as a Prisoner of War. Ralph was repatriated on March 28, 1973.
Ralph served as an Officer in the USAF for eight years – as a Flight Instructor, Curriculum Developer, and at the Pentagon with the Secretary of the Air Force Office of Legislative Liaison. During this time he earned his Master’s Degree in Public Administration/Human Resource Management from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, CA. Ralph completed his Active Duty in 1978, and continued to serve in the Air Force Reserve until 1981. Ralph’s military awards include:
- The Silver Star
- The Bronze Star with Valor w/1 Oak Leaf Cluster
- The Air Medal w/4 OLC
- The Air Force Commendation Medal w/2 OLC
- The Purple Heart w/1 OLC
Ralph was hired by IBM in 1979, and retired in 2007 after 28 years of service. He was a Certified Client Executive and Global Account Manager in the Industrial Sector, developing solutions for large, global enterprises. He was the recipient of numerous Leadership and Sales awards. After his retirement from IBM, Ralph was employed by SAP Americas Headquarters in Newtown Square, PA – and worked in their Education and Training business.
Ralph has also served as a University Adjunct Faculty member and Academic Advisor at Widener University, Cabrini College and St. Joseph’s University from 1982 to 2012. His focus is the Business Value of Information Technology, Organizational Leadership and Managing Dynamic Change.
Ralph served as the Veterans Liaison for Delaware County, PA from 2011-2013. His role included outreach efforts across the county, as well as ensuring that all Delaware County Veterans and their families receive the benefits to which they are entitled.
Ralph is presently the Director of Veterans Services at St. Joseph’s University. His office is responsible for: Developing and implementing Entrepreneurship Programs for Veterans, with a specific focus on disabled Veterans; coordinating campus-wide programs for Veterans and dependents; and Designing Career Development initiatives for Veterans.
Ralph has been married to Rosemary for 45 years. They have two grown children – one with a Master’s Degree in Journalism, and the other is a Medical Doctor. Ralph and Rosemary live in Wallingford, PA. He can be reached at 610.999.4609 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tracy co-founded JDog with her husband, Jerry, and has spent the last seven years helping to grow the business into a national Veteran brand. She leads the company’s workforce development initiatives, including a strategic relationship with the Veteran Administration’s Compensated Work Therapy Program. Through these programs, Tracy connects JDog Junk Removal franchise owners with resources to grow their workforce and support other Veterans seeking job opportunities as they transition back to the civilian world. She also leads the JDog training program on culture and customer service, ensuring the values of respect, integrity, and trust are ingrained within every JDog Junk Removal franchise and franchise owner.
As a Veteran spouse and family member, Tracy is a valuable and trusted mentor to the JDog Junk Removal spouses. She founded and heads up JDog Spouses, a support community that provides advice, resources, and other ways to balance family while growing a JDog Junk Removal business.
Tracy is also a sought-after speaker on the topics of Veteran entrepreneurship, women’s entrepreneurship, and Veteran hiring and employment.
Tracy is the founder and choreographer of Divine Dance Ensemble, a liturgical dance group that performs in church and community events. She also serves as Co-Chair of the Worship Committee at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Berwyn.
Forrest Pragoff is a member of the JDog Joint Chiefs Advisory Board. He served in the Delaware National Guard and is a member of the Society of Cincinnati, America’s first military Veteran’s organization, founded by the victorious American and French officers at the conclusion of the American War of Independence. George Washington was the Society’s first President General and Forrest served as the Society’s President General from 2007 through 2010. In recognition of his successful initiatives to integrate the French members more fully onto the leadership and activities of the Society, Forrest was decorated by the French government with the award of Chevalier de La Legion d’Honneur. Forrest spent nearly 30 years in the investment management industry, where his teams achieved more than $1 billion in sales volume. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University.
Monica is the co-owner of JDog Junk Removal & Hauling Yolo County, California along with her husband Rob. She successfully manages the office, marketing and logistics for the business.
Monica earned her AA degree in Business Management and is pursuing her BA in Project Management. She has spent over 20 years in the Biopharmaceutical industry in Quality Assurance for one of the world’s leading biotechnology companies that discovers, develops and manufactures medicines to treat serious or life-threatening medical conditions until recently, where she joined alongside her husband in growing their business full time.
She is passionate about Veterans and her community. Her husband is a Marine Corps infantry Veteran and her son Jacob is on active duty in the U.S. Army, training to be a combat medic. Along with her husband and son, her father and both grandfathers also served in the U.S. Air Force and Army.
Monica is active in her community, she is helping build homes for Veterans through Habitat for Humanity, volunteers for Abundance Place a program for Women, and volunteers regularly in the kid’s ministry at The Father’s House church in Vacaville, California and other community events.
As a wife of a Veteran who was in Afghanistan, Haiti and Iraq she cares passionately for the real issues facing Veterans and their families by sharing awareness, support and hope with others.