Graduating Class #387

Graduating Class #387
Class #387 graduated on January 25, 2015! Watch the video of the ceremony here.

We’re proud to introduce the graduates, pictured from left: Karla Maradiaga and Elena; Randy Dowdell and Stanley; Giselle Hartman and Chloe; Done Sorensen and Dino; William Murphy and Titan; Rebecca Mendez and Corra; Lisa Hauptfleisch and Doc, and Amanda Weare and Bria.
Guide Dogs of America instructors for Class #387 pictured standing, from left, are Steve Burkman, Melinda Romero, and David Ponce.

William Murphy and Guide Dog TitanWilliam Murphy and Guide Dog Titan
Guide Dog Team Sponsor: Fred L. Hartley Family Foundation
Puppy Sponsor: Sepulveda Building Materials
Puppy Raisers: Morris and Cathy Makshanoff

William Murphy, known as “Murph,” was chosen by his fellow graduates as Class #387 spokesman. “Murph” is a Marine Corps veteran and during his moving speech at the graduation ceremony, he led Class #387 in a Marine Corps-style cadence dedicated to Guide Dogs of America! Watch the video of the performance here.


Randy Dowdell and Guide Dog StanleyRandy Dowdell and Guide Dog Stanley
Puppy Raisers: Andy and Liisa Primack
Puppy Sponsor: Riley Eisenberg
Student Travel Sponsor: Ellen Zimmer
Guide Dog Harness Sponsor: San Gabriel Valley Puppy Raisers Group


Giselle Hartman and Guide Dog ChloeGiselle Hartman and Guide Dog Chloe
Guide Dog Team Sponsor: The Sharon D. Lund Foundation
Puppy Raisers: The Dreyfuss family


Lisa Hauptfleisch and Guide Dog DocLisa Hauptfleisch and Guide Dog Doc
Puppy Raisers: David and Rebecca Smith
Guide Dog Training Sponsor: Louis and Donna Jones Family Foundation
Guide Dog Harness Sponsor: Ms. Shirley Donoho


Karla Maradiaga and Guide Dog ElenaKarla Maradiaga and Guide Dog Elena
Puppy Raisers: Judi Gomez and Miguel Ola
Puppy Sponsor: Sepulveda Building Materials
Student Accommodations Sponsor: Betty Corradini Endowment Fund
Guide Dog Harness Sponsor: Santa Clarita B.P.O. Elks Lodge #2379 In Memory of Glenn Barker


Rebecca Mendez and Guide Dog CorraRebecca Mendez and Guide Dog Corra
Puppy Raisers: The Barger family
Guide Dog Training Sponsor: Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Employees’ Reaching Out (LM AERO) Club, Palmdale, CA
Guide Dog Harness Sponsor: Kevin and Judith Hills


Don Sorensen and Guide Dog DinoDon Sorensen and Guide Dog Dino
Puppy Raisers: Keith and Nancy Pacheco
Student Accommodations Sponsor: The Sharon D. Lund Foundation
Student Travel Sponsorship: GDA Graduate Connie and Peter Jacomini
Guide Dog Harness Sponsor: The Bunco Babes of Westchester


Amanda Weare and Guide Dog BriaAmanda Weare and Guide Dog Bria
Puppy Raisers: Nancy Hawthorne and Ray Nitshke
Student Accommodations Sponsor: The Sharon D. Lund Foundation
Student Travel Sponsor: Carla Wales
Guide Dog Harness Sponsor: Gary and Patricia Rebuck


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