VICKY SPADONI, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Vicky has devoted her career to advocating and helping charitable organizations thrive! She has held both long term fundraising and executive leadership positions with charities such as; The Ontario Lung Association, MitoCanada Foundation, The Children's Safety Village of Brant, Operation Lift and now Autism Dog Services.
Vicky resides with her husband Rick and son Adam in Brantford, ON and her step daughter Meagan lives in Hamilton, ON. Vicky and her husband rescue dogs and give them a life of love and respect.
Contact Vicky with your fundraising ideas, she would love to hear from you!
ALLISON SAVARD, DIRECTOR, CLIENT SERVICES
Allison began her interest in the Service Dog field when she began volunteering for the first program in the world to train and place service dogs for children with autism in 1998. After completing her degree at Wilfrid Laurier University, Allison began her career in the Autism Service Dog industry running a Puppy Program and went on to complete her Apprenticeship Tranining Program to train and place Autism Service Dogs.
Allison joined the ADS team in 2009 to continue her work with children, families and service dogs. Allison currently works part-time for ADS and is responsible for the effective coordination of all things related to families; including those interested in obtaining more information about acquiring a service dog, families on our wait list and families who currently have service dogs. Allison also spends part of her time training future service dogs, researching and writing grants for ADS.
ERIN FINOCHIO, TRAINER
Erin is a professional dog trainer with over 15 years of experience. Upon graduation in 2003 from Triple Crown Academy for Professional Dog Trainers in Texas, Erin was hired on as an instructor in the school. She has taught in many different disciplines of dog training from basic through advanced obedience and behavior modification, to dog sports such as agility and scent detection. Additionally, she has experience in training Service Dogs for Autism and PTSD. Erin is also a Registered Practical Nurse who worked in the Mental Health field. She is excited to have the opportunity to bring her nursing skills together with her knowledge and love of dog training.
During her downtime Erin volunteers with a local animal rescue organization. At home she has two dogs of her own. She enjoys training and competing with her young German Shepherd Dog in Schutzhund and Scent Detection. Her smaller and older Pomeranian prefers to lounge around and cuddle. When not spending time with dogs Erin, her husband, and their two children enjoy travelling and sports.
JANINE BRUBACHER, Puppy Program Coordinator
Janine has been involved in the Service Dog industry since 2006 and joined the ADS team in 2013. She has experience in many areas of ADS including puppy program, client services, advanced training and client follow up. Janine works part-time for ADS and manages the puppy program, the puppy sitters, adoptions and supports family placements.
Autism Dog Services is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of voluntary community members.
Board Members - 2018
Mike Craig, Chair
Nikki Dobben, Vice-Chair
Husain Gilani - Treasurer
Jordan Pelkmans - Secretary