Staff & Board of Directors
Founder & Executive Director; Director of Training
Peggy began service dog work at the Assistance Dog Institute in 1999. In pursuit of more specialized skills in animal training, Peggy enrolled in the Operant Conditioning Workshops in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She has attended the trainers’ workshop given by Ken Ramirez at the Shedd Aquarium as well as multiple “Clicker Expo” training workshops. She also worked with National Service Dogs in Ontario, Canada, to learn about training dogs to assist children with autism. Peggy is part of an international coalition of trainers working to improve and set standards for the emerging field of diabetic alert dog training.
Lauren started working with SDV as an intern in 2011 and quickly became a valuable part of the team. In mid-2012 she came onboard full-time and now teaches the weekly Puppy Class and serves as the volunteer coordinator as well. Lauren graduated from the University of New England in Maine with a Bachelors of Science in Animal Behavior.
Sally Day, Director of Development
Sally Barbee Day joined SDV in late 2014 as Director of Development. A Charlottesville native and UVa graduate, she's thrilled to combine her desire to help others with her lifelong love of dogs. Sally has experience in fundraising, events, marketing, and communications. Sally would love for SDV to have a permanent home and to be able to train more dogs each year to help those in need. She looks forward to meeting you and helping change lives one dog at a time. Feel free to contact her: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shannon Wilson, Office Administrator / Graphics & Marketing
Shannon joined SDV in January 2011. She manages the day-to-day administrative functions of the organization, and coordinates printing & graphics projects both in-house, as well as with outside vendors. She has years of experience in the non-profit sector, primarily in the arts and museums related to the study of Native American history. She graduated with honors from College of Eastern Utah (Blanding) with a degree in Cultural Resource Management, and New College of California (San Francisco) with a B.A. in Culture, Ecology & Sustainable Community with an emphasis in Ecological Literacy.
Linda Farina, Trainer
Linda Morris, Trainer
In addition to our highly skilled staff, we rely on volunteers to raise and train our puppies. A number of volunteers help us with advanced training, follow-up client training, fundraising, and events. Medical professionals, a special education teacher, and a teacher from the Virginia Institute of Autism also work with us to shape our programs to specific clients’ needs.
Board of Directors
Peggy Law, Executive Director
Rachel Potter, President
Polly Tarbell, Secretary/Treasurer
If you are interested in joining our board, please contact Peggy Law, email@example.com.