Our Staff

Guide Dogs Alex the Dean

Professor Alex, Dean of Canine Studies

Alex was hand-selected by our Training Department to be the Dean of Canine Studies,  helping socialize young puppies and teaching them the fundamental manners essential for Guide Work (read more)

Guide Dogs Penny PHD

Penny Poodle, Ph.D. (Pretty Happy Dog)

Penny Poodle, Ph.D. is one of our doggy moms at Guide Dogs of the Desert. Penny has had two puppies of her own that are now in our Puppy Raising program and are both on their way to becoming Guide Dogs! (read more)

The People Behind the Puppies

Executive Director

Robert Maher

Robert Maher

Executive Director

Student Services

Caryn Gates

Caryn Gates

Director of Admissions and Student Services

Justin Dancel

Justin Dancel

Admissions and Student Services Associate

Training Team

Michal Anna Padilla

Michal Anna Padilla

Director of Training

Emily Goodland

Emily Goodland

O&M Specialist & Licensed GDMI

Kelsi McCausland

Kelsi McCausland

Apprentice Instructor

Heather Stevens

Heather Stevens

Instructors Assistant

Medical Care and Canine Development

Angel Coleman

Angel Coleman

Director of Medical Care and Canine Development

Priscilla Martinez

Priscilla Martinez

Vet Assistant

Lynette Solorzano

Lynette Solorzano

Puppy Trainer

Paul Crish

Paul Crish

Kennel Technician

Timothy Cornwall

Timothy Cornwall

Vet Assistant

Shay Elenburg

Shay Elenburg

Kennel Technician

Madeleine Sanchez

Madeleine Sanchez

Kennel Technician

Carmen Buelna

Carmen Buelna

Vet Assistant

Jacob Harris

Jacob Harris

Kennel Technician

Development

Michael O'Donahue

Director of Development

Lux Hunsinger

Lux Hunsinger

Development Assistant

Lisa Morand

Lisa Morand

Volunteer Coordinator

Operations Staff

Ellen Jeffery

Ellen Jeffery

Director of Operations

Diana Carroll

Diana Carroll

Office Manager

Fidel Orozco

Fidel Orozco

Assistant Maintenance Technician

James Swinney

James Swinney

Facilities Technician

Kennel Team

Paul Crish

Shay Elenberg

Jacob Harris

Madeleine Harris

Thank You to Our Partners & Sponsors

Berger Foundation
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