THE GOOD DOG! TEAM

The Good Dog! team is comprised of autism parents, therapy professionals, dog trainers, philanthropists, volunteers and multi-disciplinary business people who are all committed to making powerful positive changes by championing the cause for our community.

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LAURA SYLVESTER

Executive Director & Co-Founder

Laura is the Mother of a 18 year-old boy with autism and, along with her family, the owner of an autism companion dog named Orbit. Along with day-to-day operations of Good Dog! Laura teaches autism service dog courses at Bergin University of Canine Studies and lectures to parents and communities about the laws and benefits pertaining to autism service dog companionship. A UCLA graduate in Design she loves using her design talents to share the magical stories of connection between dog and child with the Good Dog! community.

Congratulations Laura for being named one of San Diego’s Most Inspiring Stories!

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RICK SYLVESTER

Director of Family Support & Education & Co-Founder

Rick is the Father of a 17 year-old boy with autism and the owner of the first Good Dog! Autism Companion, Orbit. He helped found the Good Dog! organization in 2011. His experience as both a Corporate Training Program Developer and Co-Creator of Natural Play Therapy make him the perfect coach for our families. Rick uses his passion for helping others to educate and guide our teams into successful service dog ownership.

GENE ALEXANDER Ph.D.,

Chairman of the Board

Dr. Alexander is the Chief Technology Officer of Body Surface Translations, Inc. He has previously taught in the Engineering School at Stanford University and the Business School at Chapman University. Gene is the founder/co-founder of multiple startup businesses that have either gone public or been acquired and has served on multiple for-profit and non-profit boards. He holds nine issued US patents and is a US Army veteran.

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MONIQUE GERMONE, Ph.D., BCBA

Board of Directors

Dr. Germone is a clinical psychologist and assistant professor for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Colorado and Children's Hospital Colorado.  She has over 10 years of experience providing behavioral and mental health services to children and individuals with autism and their families. Through research, education, and support for Good Dog! Autism Companions she hopes to raise awareness of the benefits of canine companions. 

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SAMANTHA QUACKENBUSH

Lead Trainer

Samantha uses her 10 years of experience in dog training  to oversee our dog training program at Good Dog! She started working for Good Dog! immediately following her gradation in 2013 from Bergin University of Canine Studies with an Associate of Science in Assistance Dog Education. Prior to her position at Good Dog! she held the following positions, Trainer at Puppy Training Academy in Vista, CA as well as started her own dog training company, Samantha has graduated 7 Good Dogs and has supervised the graduation of 20!

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KIMBERLY BORDONARO

Director of Family Fundraising

Kimberly is Director of Family Fundraising for Good Dog! Autism Companions. With 20 years of experience in marketing, public relations, and brand development for many diverse clients - including non-profit organizations - she is a tremendous addition to our team. She is also the owner of Instrumental Brands, a digital marketing agency in Los Angeles. Kimberly and her husband live in the L.A. area and are proud parents of two boys, two cats, and Good Dog! Yellow. After becoming involved with Good Dog!, a journey that started in back in 2015 while acquiring a dog for her son, Kimberly developed a passion for helping families fund raise to get service dogs of their very own.

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CHRIS WEBB

Senior Trainer

Chris Webb has been training dogs for Good Dog! Autism Companions since June of 2013 Int hat time she has graduated 9 Good Dogs! A graduate from Bergin University of Canine Studies with an Associate of Science in May 2013. Chris has also been employed as a Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Tech, has a private training company in Las Vegas and has trained at PetSmart in Las Vegas, NV. Chris has several co-Trainers: Great Dane, Dutch Shepherd, Pit X, Chihuahua, +4 cats

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LAURA SARVINSKI

Senior Trainer

Laura started working with dogs when she was 14 years old competing in dog agility and later teaching dog obedience classes. Laura received her bachelors in cynology from Bergin University of Canine Studies in 2014. She has held many positions in the field (vet hospital, dog boarding facility, and as a dog walker/trainer and dog sitter) but most notable is her position at Disneyland as stable attendant where she was responsible for the maintenance and well-being of the animals. Now as Trainer with Good Dog! Laura is currently training Good Dog! Bowie and Good Dog! Prescott and says "I could not be more excited and blessed to be a part of this amazing organization!!" You can also find Laura leading Obedience classes at HUMDOG.

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BRITTNEY MICELY

Trainer & Regional Team Leader

Brittney Micely  began her dream of training service dogs when she started out as an Apprentice Trainer for Good Dog! Autism Companions in April of 2017. She will graduate her first dog, Good Dog! Indy Jo, in November of 2018 and is currently training Good Dog! Zeke. She is a graduate from California State University, Fresno with a BS in Animal Science - Pre-veterinary medicine. She began her professional dog training career as a dog trainer for Petco and since then has worked at a local boarding facility helping in training sessions and leading playgroups, has been a dog walker and dog sitter, and interned at a vet office. Brittney has a few co-trainers that you may see on social media: Wyatt an 75lb mix breed, Ellie the Aussie x Border collie, and a cat!

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ADVISORY COMMITTEE

with special thanks

​The Drake Center for Veterinary Care – Specializes in the treating pets like family.

Phil Schneider – Former CFO & Chairman of the Board for YMCA San Diego County

Julie Sando – Founder of Autistically Inclined and Co-Creator of Natural Play Therapy

Geoffrey P. Radoff, M.D.,M.D,(h) – Specializes in the treatment of children with autism spectrum disorder
 

All gifts are received with the greatest of gratitude from us all.
Good Dog! is a 501(c) (3) tax exempt non-profit. EIN number #45-2627922

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ABOUT US

Good Dog! Autism Companions is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping children and families live better lives through autism service dog companionship. To help make this a reality, we customize service dog programs nationwide. We have many families approved for dog programs on our wait list and a lot of new applicants waiting for news. Thank you for your support.

CONTACT

760-913-9090


855 South Main Ave Ste K-162
Fallbrook, CA 92028

info@gooddogautism.org

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