Our Team

Katie

Katie

Director
Director
Voting Board Member
Director – Oversees training and administrative staff, as well as the Operations Manager 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 
Training Manager – 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. 
Property Management – Oversees security, landscape and buildings of the Little Angels Ranch

Katie brings business management, dog breeding, animal husbandry, veterinary, kennel management, and 20 years of service dog training experience to the board. She began her career training police dogs, but quickly switched gears when she saw how a well-trained assistance dog could change the life of someone living with a disability. Katie is a professional certified dog trainer and an American Kennel Club CGC evaluator. She reports to the Board of Directors.

Josh

Josh

Operations Manager
Operations Manager
Operations Manager – Oversees the management of the kennel, foster program, events coordination, and all handler training instructors for a smooth running of day-to-day operations at the ranch.
Handler Training Coordinator: Responsible for training handler training instructors and oversees recipient instruction. Responsible for recipient follow-up and updates through maintenance reports, emails and phone calls to previous recipients and waiting recipients. Coordinates Handler Training with recipients before their visit to San Diego. 
Inmate Instructor – Responsible for instructing inmates at Avenal State Prison
Webmaster – Responsible for construction of website and updates, media review and marketing.
Facebook Administrator – Works to keep facebook consistently updated with news, pictures and videos of the ongoings at Little Angels. Answers Facebook messages. 

 

Josh is originally from New Hampshire and has spent the last four years in Boston, Massachusetts earning a degree in Sport Management and Marketing with a minor in Spanish. During the summer of 2016, Josh’s younger brother became a Little Angel’s Recipient. Josh was lucky enough to accompany his brother to San Diego and join him through the incredible journey of Handler Training. Once he saw how quickly a service dog was able to change his brother’s life, he knew this was a career path he wanted to follow! Josh took a foster dog home to the east coast to train for seven months, before moving to the west coast to work for Little Angels full time. He is now enjoying giving others the opportunity his brother was able to have.

Dana

Dana

Whelping Coordinator
Whelping Coordinator

Prison Program Coordinator – 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
Whelping Coordinator & Adoptions – Tracks and records breeding dog’s heat cycles and locates ideal studs, coordinates breeding and insemination, whelps and raises puppies, and/or guides whelping fosters through the process, coordinates collection on excellent males before neuter, responsible for adoption of puppies and adult dogs through breeders 
Behavioral Tracking – Records and tracks problem behaviors in dogs for further research in genetics and development. 

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.

Alaina

Alaina

Trainer
Trainer

Pack Leader – Full time trainer, groomer and advocate for her pack of dogs.
Event Coordinator
– Responsible for the planning, execution, and oversight of all company events
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

Alaina is originally from Napoleon, Michigan and moved to the San Diego area over a year ago. She currently studies business management while also working for Little Angels. Alaina grew up loving dogs and her childhood best friend was a Black Golden-Lab named Gracie! She first became interested in Little Angels through the foster program, and then ended up getting a job! Alaina’s favorite part of being with the company is working so hard with each of her dogs and getting to see the end result when they go home with their forever person. Outside of work, she enjoys staying active outdoors and continually exploring all of the hidden adventures San Diego has to offer. We are so happy to have her a part of our training team!

Samantha

Samantha

Trainer

Trainer

Pack Leader – Full time trainer, groomer and advocate for her pack of dogs.
Medical Coordinator – Schedules and vaccinates incoming dogs, schedules and coordinates rabies vaccines, spays/neuters and medical clearances. Oversees medication administration.
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

We were lucky enough to meet Sam and bring her onto our team after she gained a lot of experience within Starbucks Management. Sam originally grew up in Santa Rosa, California and recently moved to San Diego. Dogs have always been one of her biggest passions, and she’s even convinced she was a dog in a past life! Sam has her own fur-child named cheddar, and small kitten named Hazel. She always loved being around dogs, but never envisioned the chance to work with them for a career. Now that she has found Little Angels she’s so happy to give her love for dogs a purpose. On the rare occasion that she doesn’t have a leash in hand treat pouch on the belt, you can find Sam at the beach, which is her favorite place to relax! Our pups are so fortunate to have Sam be a part of their training routine!  

 

Jen

Jen

Trainer
Trainer

Pack Leader – Trainer, groomer and advocate for a pack of dogs
Foster Coordinator
– responsible for determining which dogs go to which fosters, and for how long, responsible for instructing the fosters, and follow up with progress reports
Supply Coordinator – tracks, purchases, and stores dog food and kennel supplies

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

Jen joins Little Angels with a vast amount of experience in the animal training and psychiatric fields. She earned both her B.A. in psychology in 2010 and her M.A. in psychology with a dual emphasis in marriage and family therapy and professional clinical counseling in 2015 from Chapman University.  She has worked with a variety of species during her animal training career including bottlenose dolphins, sea otters, several species of river otters, and penguins, but credits the start of her animal career to being a volunteer puppy raiser for Guide Dogs for the Blind.  As a clinician, Jen has also worked in a variety of settings including residential substance abuse treatment, trauma-informed care, acute psychiatric care, and most was involved with a non-profit organization in San Diego working with individuals that were re-intergrating into society after being incarcerated.

What drew Jen to Little Angels and their mission was the ability to combine her love of dogs, animal training, and her desire to really connect and help each individual she interacts with.   She initially entered the mental health field in hopes that she would be able to work with an animal assisted therapy program.  She believes that animals can make a huge difference in a person’s life and is so excited to be training with an organization that helps individuals with a variety of disabilities including PTSD and psychiatric disorders.

When Jen isn’t at the ranch, she’s can usually be found goofing around town with her husband Ryan, and their dog Boomer, a giant mastiff/lab mix that they adopted from a rescue in 2016.  Jen and Ryan love to travel the world and most recently spent three weeks in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.  Jen also loves Harry Potter and lives her life by the quote, “Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving.” — Kingsley Shacklebolt, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

 

Gwen

Gwen

Trainer
Trainer

Pack Leader – Trainer, groomer, and advocate for a pack of dogs
Specialty Groomer – Taking care of our dogs that need extra attention on a grooming table
Conformation Specialist – Instructs our staff how to show our breeding dogs in the conformation ring 

Bio Coming Soon…

Amie

Amie

Application Administrator
Application Administrator

Voting Board Member
Board Secretary – Accurately records minutes and administrates for board meetings. 
Applications Administrator – Reviews recipients applications, medical provider recommendations, personal referrals, and video interviews/home inspections in order to accept or decline applications for our program
Info Emails – Responds to emails submitted through our contact page on the website 

Amie brings executive business experience, previous board experience and 501c3 experience. She has been involved with Little Angels for over ten years, watching it grow from a sole-proprietorship as Little Angels Dog Training to the non-profit organization of Little Angels Service Dogs.  She has witnessed all those who have been helped through the program, understanding the importance of continued success in our communities nationwide.

Judy

Judy

Recipient Contact
Recipient Contact

Recipient Contact – Responsible for supporting our recipients through the difficult process of the placement waiting list
Media Contact – Returns phone calls and conducts interviews for educational and media purposes
Instagram, Twitter, Youtube & Pinterest Administrator – Works to keep all of these platforms updated with new and awesome content for our users, as well as produce exciting videos of our dogs. 
Foster Recruiting – Recruiting of new fosters at fairs, churches, colleges and malls. Creation and design of foster advertisement brochures, flyers and materials. Screeing of new fosters through application review, phone interview, and home inspection. 

Judy is a professional comedian and delights the masses with her sense of humor. We can always rely on Judy when we need a good laugh to lighten the day. Judy is also a past recipient of a service dog, and so was inspired to help our program with her many talents, so we in turn can help more in need. Judy also holds her certification from Little Angels as a service dog trainer and always makes herself available when we need a helping hand.

Darlene

Darlene

Recipient Contact
Recipient Contact

Recipient Contact – Responsible for supporting our recipients through the difficult process of the placement waiting list
Info Email – Responds to emails submitted through our contact page on the website 
Online Store – Admin and contact for merchandise store, ensures store is running smoothly

Darlene is originally from New Hampshire and was introduced to Little Angels after her son had to get a service dog from LASD. She has always loved dogs, but never quite realized what they could be capable of until she saw how one was able to help son. Being enthralled with the process, and wanting to be able to help others achieve what she had for her boy, she asked to stay involved with the company! She loves being able to help other families understand the waiting process, and give advice on how she was able to get through it with her family. She’s an amazing asset for all our recipients struggling with waiting for their dog!

Sara

Sara

Filing Clerk
Filing Clerk
Filing Clerk – Takes all important documents and recipient applications to file and organize, keeps information orderly for use by director and application administrator

Bio coming soon…

Gary

Gary

Facebook Admin
Facebook Admin
 Facebook AdministratorWorks diligently to answer all of our Facebook queries, and does an excellent job in keeping our followers updated with fundraising events and the many fun activities going on in our communities. And he does all of this amazing work as a volunteer! 

Gary is a well-known radio personality and spokesperson, and is kind enough to create videos and professional voice overs for Little Angels. His enthusiasm for helping the disabled through service dogs has helped hundreds over the years. We couldn’t do this without you, Gary!

 

 

Our Board:

Mark

Voting Board Member

Mark is a well-versed, experienced dog trainer of many disciplines. He has worked side-by-side with Little Angels over the years through many different capacities. His incredible work ethic has helped our program in countless ways from service dog trainer, to construction, to board member. He understands the needs of a stable temperament in a dog, and the responsibility of the handler to reinforce a high level of training. His honesty and integrity lead the way in an industry where many can be swayed. His opinions are highly sought after, and respected by our Board of Directors.

 

Stephanie

Voting Board Member
Board TreasurerReviews all financial documents, receipts and bank statements. Reviews expenditures with boards and seeks approval for various expenses.

Stephanie brings executive experience to the board, has played a major role in producing large-scale fundraisers for Little Angels over the past five years, and is a family member of a Little Angels Service Dog recipient. Because of this, she is familiar with the expenses needed to produce and maintain a well trained service dog, all of the effort that goes into raising these expenses, and personally understands the beautiful end results of the investment.

 

Crystal

Voting Board Member

Crystal brings professional legal experience, and is a prior Little Angels Service Dog Trainer, thus being aware of our beginnings, where we’ve come from, and our initial goals moving forward. As a trainer, she is familiar with all that goes into training service dogs, and is aware of how important the proper placement of a dog with the right recipient is for the success of the team.

 

Steve

Voting Board Member

Steve brings professional leadership experience, and has been a dedicated construction volunteer and foster for Little Angels for years. Because of this he is aware of the energy that goes into every little detail of Little Angels, from the floor boards and up. His family has successfully fostered countless dogs through our program, being a vital part of their graduation process and placement with disabled recipients.

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