Leadership

Josh

Josh

Executive Director

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PETS: 2 GERMAN SHEPHERDS, GOLDEN RETRIEVER, YELLOW LAB

 

Executive Director

As much as we love our dogs, its the people on the other end of the leash that play the biggest role in making us who we are. This past year, Josh has taken on the role of Executive Director, and he has done nothing but amazing things for this company. His journey started when his younger brother needed a service dog through Little Angels, ever since then, he has been fascinated by the training and use of these animals to help the disabled community. With his passion and his background in business and marketing, he managed to take on the largest role in the company, and be an amazing leader for its employees. He is pictured here with his personal German Shepherd, Nika. He also owns a Yellow Lab named Kai, another German Shepherd named Kona, and a Golden Retriever named Nellie. 

Katie

Katie

Founder & Director of Training

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PETS: BULL MASTIFF, GOLDEN RETRIEVER, GERMAN SHEPHERD

 

Voting Board Member

Executive Director – Oversees administrative staff, training staff, and site directors, for the betterment of the organization as a whole.
~Responsible for: Human Resources, final recipient applicant review and phone consultations, all legal matters and contracts, and financials as reviewed by the board Treasurer

Director of Training, CA

Responsible for evaluating each dog and trainer’s performance, and gives instruction to move forward with specific trainings methods and tasks based on a dog’s personality and propensities.

Darlene

Darlene

Director of Recipient Relations

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PETS: 2 GOLDEN RETRIEVERS, TEACUP MALTISE, AND A RESCUE

 

Director of Recipient Relations & Director of Human Relations

Darlene is the woman who does it all. She has many hats at our company. Even after all the hard work she puts in to keep the company running, she finds time to be, not just Josh’s and Ryan’s Mom, but every staff member’s second Mom. She started her Little Angels journey when her son Ryan did, 5 years ago. She was on the hunt for a service dog organization that would help Ryan, and she found Little Angels. She couldn’t be more grateful for her place within the company and enjoys touching lives, one dog at a time. She is pictured here with one of her personal dogs, Lily. She also owns a mix breed named Maddie, a Golden Retriever named Sonya, and acts as a breeding foster for one of our breeding dogs, Luna. 

Steph

Steph

Site Director, San Diego

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Board Treasurer & San Diego Site Director

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Remote Staff

Melody

Melody

Fundraising Manager

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Fundraising Manager

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Mary

Mary

Grants Manager

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Grants Manager

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Dana

Dana

Breeding Program Manager

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Breeding Program Manager

Dana has been involved in the assistance dog industry for over eight years and has whelped multiple litters for service dog programs. Dana has the gift of a watchful eye when it comes to the little details that go into starting a newborn puppy on the path to good health and behavior to become a much-needed service dog. Dana has trained for Little Angels for years and is a blessing to those touched by the program. She also works directly with prison staff to accommodate the needs of dogs within their facility, and directs training and instruction of inmates, responsible for inmate trainers and gathering monthly reports on dogs’ progress

 
Amie

Amie

Applications Manager

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Board Secretary & Applications Manager

My position at Little Angels as, Admissions Administrator, is much more than just a job to me. I truly want to help all of my applicants through the LASD application process and in doing so change their lives for the good. I also know that this is a very stressful time for my applicants and their families. Not only are they having to tell a complete stranger about their disability and many matters that they may have always preferred to keep private, they also are stressed about the outcome of their acceptance into the Little Angels program. I do try to alleviate some of that stress and let them know that I am on their team in their effort to obtain a service dog.
I have been involved with Little Angels from the inception more that 20 years ago. It is a pure delight to see how far this brainchild of Katie’s to give the disabled to a opportunity lead a more stable and comfortable life, has come. I remember when the concept of “Changing Lives One Dog at a Time ” was born and seeing the actual change that our dogs are making in peoples lives is one of the most fulfilling accomplishments of my life.

Gwen

Gwen

Assistant Trainer/Groomer

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Assistant Trainer/Groomer

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Julia

Julia

Applications Assistant

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Application Assistant

Julia comes to our organization with many years of experience in the medical and customer service fields, however, what makes her an ideal employee is that she herself is the recipient of Hope, a Little Angels Service Dog. She knows firsthand what it’s like to go through the application process, fundraising, the wait time for placement, and best of all living a new, more independent life with the help of her Little Angel. Julia is extremely grateful to have had Hope by her side, and now Echo, and to be a part of helping others receive their life changing dogs.

New Hampshire Team

Spencer

Spencer

Operations Manager, NH

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PETS: 2 GERMAN SHEPHERDS, A MIX BREED

 

Operations Manager & Training Manager

Spencer got his start with LASD in San Diego, four years ago. He worked his way up over the years from Kennel Maintenance to Operations Manager at our New Hampshire Ranch. Many of you have worked with Spencer before, or seen him working with recipients at Handler Training. His heart really shows in the way he interacts with our recipients. He has a passion for these dogs and what they can do for their humans, and that has taken him a long way. He is pictured here with his personal German Shepherd, Ryder. He also lives with his second German Shepherd, Reyna, and his rescue, Braxton.

Sav

Sav

Strategic Marketing Manager

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PETS: GOLDEN RETRIEVER, GREAT PYRENEES/SCHIPPERKE MIX, ORANGE TABBY CAT

 

Strategic Marketing Manager

Savanna, who also goes by Sav, is a new addition to the Little Angels crew! She has past career experience in Marketing, PR, and Digital and Print Content Creation. However, she went to school for Film Studies. She found out about Little Angels and the Service Dog world through knowing one of our training instructors, Kat. The two of them started with us at the same time and it has been wonderful ever since! Sav runs all of our social media, has started creating intimate video testimonials and other content for YouTube, and has revamped so much of our print and digital marketing material. As she continues to re-center our brand and help us market to the right donors, keep an eye out for new and exciting creative marketing content. Here she is pictured with one of our office cats, Barley. She herself has a cat named Weasley, a Golden Retriever named Kyra, who is also a demonstration dog for Little Angels, and a Schipperke/Great Pyrenees mix named Moonshadow. 

Kat

Kat

Training Instructor

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PETS: GOLDEN RETRIEVER, GREAT PYRENEES/SCHIPPERKE MIX, ORANGE TABBY CAT

 

Training Instructor, Pack Leader, & Adoptions Coordinator

Kat is one of our newer trainers at our New Hampshire Ranch. She got her start as a student Service Dog trainer for a Service Dog company in North Carolina. Through her time in college she worked closely with the dogs doing mostly public access training. She also volunteered and assisted at the organization’s puppy development center, learning how to navigate a service dog’s training process from as young as 8 weeks. After graduating, she continued to work for and volunteer with the service dogs for another two years, while also working as a Kennel Technician at an Animal Hospital. Her background in Service Dog training and her knowledge of medical practices involving canines, makes her a great fit as a trainer and pack leader. She is pictured here with LASD service dog in-training, Kolby. She herself owns a Golden Retriever named Kyra, who acts as a demonstration dog for Little Angels, a Schipperke/Great Pyrenees mix named Moonshadow, and an orange tabby cat named Weasley. 

Sherlee

Sherlee

Training Instructor

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PETS: GERMAN SHEPHERD, CHOCOLATE LAB

 

Training Instructor, Pack Leader, & Foster Coordinator

Sherlee is an amazing, very recent, addition to the Little Angels crew! She comes with a background in pharmaceuticals, but shortly before coming to us, changed her career path to training dogs! Her previous work in the kennel environment helped her easily adjust to our training methods and learn fast! She acts also as our Foster Coordinator. She is pictured here with one of LASD’s  Service Dogs in-training, Lupin. She lives with her Chocolate Lab, Lex, and her German Shepherd, Lio. 

Scott

Scott

Maintenance

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PETS: GERMAN SHEPHERD, CHOCOLATE LAB

 

Maintenance

Scott joined our team at the start of this year and right as winter came knocking! There is so much work that goes into keeping a property running, and LASD is so thankful that Scott has taken on most maintenance responsibilities in NH. He also takes care of the property pets who help with the training of our dogs. We have six cats and two bunnies on property who now all love Scott the best! He lives with his own two dogs, a Chocolate Lab named Lex and a German Shepherd named Lio. 

Kyler

Kyler

Maintenance Manager

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PETS: TEACUP MALTISE, MIX BREED, 2 GOLDEN RETRIEVERS

 

Volunteer Maintenance Manager

Door letting in too much air? Leaky faucet? Broken dog yard fence? Kyler is your guy! He works tirelessly to keep all the trainer cottages and main LASD buildings running and keeping our staff and dogs safe. He mostly volunteers his time, so on top of all of that, he works full time at a local construction company that he part owns, L.A. Drew. L.A. Drew donates a lot of their time and resources to our company as well. Kyler works closely with Scott, directing him regarding fixes on property. We wouldn’t have standing buildings if it weren’t for Kyler! He is pictured here with one of his personal dogs, Sonya. He also owns a rescue named Maddie, a teacup maltise named Lily, and acts as a breeding foster for one of our breeding dogs named Luna. 

Ryan

Ryan

Admin

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SERVICE DOG: LABRADOODLE (MOCHA)

 

Admin & Maintenance

Ryan is an incredible part of the Little Angels story. Five years ago, his family set out to find him a service dog, and stumbled upon Little Angels. Now his mother, Darlene, is our Director of Recipient Relations, his big brother is the Executive Director, and he works in Admin and Property Maintenance! What a journey! When he isn’t up at all hours of the night plowing or maintaining the property, you can find him elbow deep in admin work, with his LASD Service Dog, Mocha, right next to him. His attention to detail and amazingly positive attitude, make him the perfect representative of a Little Angels employee. 

California Team

Jen

Jen

Training Manager

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Kennel Maintenance

Responsible for caring for dogs and making sure their living environment is safe and healthy, day-to-day care of dogs, free play time, and caring for new puppies

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Julia

Julia

Training Instructor

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Sam

Sam

Training Instructor

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Dominique

Dominique

Training Instructor

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Pack Leader

Full time trainer, groomer, and advocate for her pack of dogs

Dominique is originally from New York City and studied Animal Science while concentrating in Canines at SUNY Cobleskill. Part of her curriculum required completing an internship within her studies. She was very interested in service dog training in specific, and reach out to LASD. Little Angels was happy to take her on as part of the team! Part of Dominque’s classes included dog training, so she was no stranger around a leash! Once she completed her internship LASD hired Dominique to become a pack leader and professional trainer. She’s extremely happy to be able to stay in Sunny San Diego and stay a part of the family! Outside of the company Dominique likes exploring the San Diego area and going on adventures with her new pup!

Trinity

Trinity

Kennel Maintenance

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Ryan

Ryan

Kennel Maintenance

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Kennel Maintenance

Responsible for caring for dogs and making sure their living environment is safe and healthy, day-to-day care of dogs, free play time, and caring for new puppies

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It costs over $38,000 to train and place a Service Dog.

Your contribution helps fund training and development for our Little Angels and to continue expanding our services to aid people with disabilities.

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