New Beginnings for Two GDA Employees

Andi Krusoe Retires as Admissions and Graduate Services Manager

Andi KrusoeAndi Krusoe, who started her career at Guide Dogs of America more than 23 years ago, retired in July.

As admissions and graduate services manager, Andi has personally reviewed thousands of applications and contacted each person to answer questions and to help them through the process. Many students have received Andi’s warm, welcoming greeting several times over the years as they retire one dog and return to the school for their next.

Andi is loved by everyone at GDA, but it is the students and graduates who are always quick to include mention of Andi and the kindness, compassion, and understanding she has given them from their first conversation until long after they have graduated.

When asked what she has enjoyed about her job all these years Andi said, “I love the fact that every day is different, whether a class is in the dorm or I’m talking on the phone with people interested in our program. Each person is so unique, special, and remarkable in what they share about their lives.”

The same can be said for Andi. She is unique, special, and remarkable and she will be missed by the staff and the students. Please join us in thanking Andi for her years of dedicated service to GDA and in wishing her many happy years of retirement.

Patty Elizondo, Licensed Guide Dog Instructor, Has a New Role

Patty ElizondoTransitioning into Andi’s position is a familiar face at GDA, Patty Elizondo. After joining the GDA Training Department in 2006, Patty served her three-year apprenticeship and became a fully licensed guide dog instructor in 2009. She has helped to train numerous guide dogs and guide dog teams during that time.

In preparation for her new position, Patty trained under Andi since the beginning of the year. Please join us in congratulating Patty on her new role as GDA’s admissions and graduate services manager.


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