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Puppy Raisers and Breeder Host Families
Trina Began - 760-285-5946
Lori Miller - 818-521-0030

Graduate Assistance - Bob Wendler - 760-524-1220

Guide Dogs of the Desert

Administration:  760-329-6257 or 888-883-0022
The Administration office is open Monday – Friday from 8:30am - 4:30pm

Training: 760-329-6257
The hours of operation are Monday – Friday from 8:30am – 3:30pm

Admissions and Client Outreach 760-329-6257
Linda Samulski

Kennel Operations760-329-1282 or 760-578-8877
The Kennel office is open Monday – Friday 8:00am – 4:00pm

Wellness Center: 760-329-1282
The Wellness Center is open Monday – Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm
Weekend hours by appointment

Puppy Raising and Breeding: 760-329-1282
Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm
In case of emergencies for breeder dogs or puppies in training, please call
Trina Began
Lori Miller

Mailing Address: -
PO Box 1692, Palm Springs, CA 92263

Campus Address: 60735 Dillon Road, Whitewater, CA 92282

Our Staff

Management Team

Sarah Clapp
Executive Director

Trina Began
Canine Development

Curt Bergeron
Finance, Facilities & Operations

Lori Miller
Breeding & Canine Development

Bob Wendler
Canine Operations


Debbie Sloss-Coyle
Database Manager

Shean Pao
Creative Manager

Linda Samulski
Student Services

Suzanne Suter

Becky White
Administration Assistant
Kennel Manager
Jennifer Pinder
Kennel Technicians
David Anthony
Angela Coleman
Cheri Duncan
Mike McCullough
Andre Murphy
Licensed Guide Dog Mobility Instructors and
Orientation and Mobility Specialists

Emily Goodland 
Michal Anna Padilla 


Board of Directors

Albert T. Milauskas, MD - Chair
Leonard Sigdestad, DVM - Vice Chair
Cynthia Woods - Secretary

Clark Hallren - Treasurer

Patricia Craine
Phil Dombrowski
Raymond McLean

Sha Newman
Bob Niez

Honorary Board Members

Peter Marshall
Kit and Arnold Palmer
Tom Sullivan
Dick Van Patten

Betty White

Directions to our campus:
Take the 10 freeway heading West. Take exit 117 to Highway 62 towards Yucca Valley / Twenty Nine Palms/Joshua Tree Turn left at the first cross street Dillon Road (follow the Guide Dogs of the Desert signs).

(If you turn right you will be heading toward Desert Hot Springs.)
Go left up the hill. Taking the driveway to the right will take you to the Kennel building.
The driveway on the left is the auditorium, dormitory and administration buildings.