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.
HELEN PRINOLD, PUPPY RAISER COORDINATOR
B. Comm., M.Sc. Animal Behaviour, CPDT-KA
SERENA IVANOVSKIS, TRAINER
Serena was raised with her mom's Irish Wolfhound which she has now successfully bred for over 30 years. Serena entered in the conformation and obedience world at a very young age competing with many different breeds of dogs. She has volunteered as a Behaviourist for several rescues over the years, Serena has also worked in the private industry doing behaviour modification for private clients.
Serena's passion is training working dog breeds. She started over 15 years ago working for a professional K9 trainer learning how to train and handle different types of detection dogs (explosive, arson, drug), Serena's career then expanded to the Toronto area where I was an explosives dog trainer/handler for a private security company for one of the first full time explosives detection dog programs in the city.
Serena also assisted with training the Patrol Dog Handlers and their K9 partners.
Serena has also worked in the private pest control industry training and handling bed bug detection dogs for the Global K9 Detection Services.
When she's not training service dogs she trains and competes with one of her own dogs in a Protection Sport called PSA.
Serena loves to learn and continues to expand her knowledge by travelling all over North America for seminars and workshops.
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 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. Following a maternity leave she has returned to ADS part time to manage the administrative aspects of the puppy program, the puppy sitters and adoptions as well as supporting 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