Graduating Class #393



Graduating Class #393
Class #393 graduated on April 24, 2016!

We’re proud to introduce the graduates, pictured from left: Alison Miller and Guide Dog Kelso; James Nishimura and Guide Dog Sonny; Jack Byers and Guide Dog Padmay; Wayne Aiken and Guide Dog Stella; Justin Bertrand and Guide Dog Sooner; Debbie Shane and Guide Dog Fargo; Troy Leeberg and Guide Dog Niklaus; Alyssa Hicks and Guide Dog Gabby; and Sonja Wolf and Guide Dog Bria. Guide Dogs of America instructors for Class #393 pictured standing, from left: Jamie Viezbicke, Sean Chiles, and Caitlin Smith. Not pictured with the group are Janet Perry and Guide Dog Doc, who were trained in-home by Guide Dogs of America instructor Steve Burkman.

Class 393 Graduation 4-24-2016

Wayne Aiken and Guide Dog StellaWayne Aiken and Guide Dog Stella, a black Labrador Retriever
Puppy Raisers: Andy and Liisa Primack
Puppy Sponsor: The Bley Stein Foundation
Harness Sponsor: The San Gabriel Valley Puppy Raiser Group

Justin Bertrand and Guide Dog SoonerJustin Bertrand and Guide Dog Sooner, a black Labrador Retriever
Puppy Raisers: Alan and Cindi Bleemers
Puppy Sponsor: Deborah Wrinkle
Travel Sponsor: Earl B. Gilmore Foundation
Harness Sponsor: John Coleman

Jack Byers and Guide Dog PadmayJack Byers and Guide Dog Padmay, a black Labrador Retriever
Puppy Raisers: The Allenby Family
Student Accommodation Sponsor: Earl B. Gilmore Foundation
Harness Sponsor: Edward and Frances Elizondo

Alyssa Hicks and Guide Dog GabbyAlyssa Hicks and Guide Dog Gabby, a black Labrador Retriever
Guide Dog Team Sponsor: The Sharon D. Lund Foundation
Puppy Raisers: The Corbin Family
Harness Sponsor: Gabby’s brother Grant and Maureen Ward

Troy Leeberg and Guide Dog NiklausTroy Leeberg and Guide Dog Niklaus, a black Labrador Retriever
Puppy Raisers: The Heaner Family
Travel Sponsor: Earl B. Gilmore Foundation
Harness Sponsor: The Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles Troop 5326

Alison Miller and Guide Dog KelsoAlison Miller and Guide Dog Kelso, a German Shepherd
Puppy Raiser: Cindy Valancius
Puppy Sponsors: The Levitt Family
Travel Sponsor: S. Andrews Trust
Harness Sponsor: In Memory and Honor of Guide Dog Gordy

James Nishimura and Guide Dog SonnyJames Nishimura and Guide Dog Sonny, a black Labrador Retriever
Puppy Raisers: The Moran Family
Student Accommodation Sponsor: Carla M. Wales
Harness Sponsor: The Bunko Babes of Westchester

Debbie Shane and Guide Dog FargoDebbie Shane and Guide Dog Fargo, a black Labrador Retriever
Guide Dog Team Sponsor: United Technologies Corporation
Puppy Raisers: The Davenport Family
Travel Sponsor: The Skidmore Family
Harness Sponsor: Glyn Judson

Sonja Wolf and Guide Dog BriaSonja Wolf and Guide Dog Bria, a Golden Retriever x Labrador Retriever
Puppy Raisers: Nancy Hawthorne and Roy Nitschke
Travel Sponsor: Shirley Donoho
Harness Sponsor: The Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles Troop 5326

Janet Perry and Guide Dog DocJanet Perry and Guide Dog Doc
Puppy Raisers: David and Rebecca Smith

Thank you to the puppy raisers and the sponsors who make these life-changing partnerships possible! We are also grateful to Class #393 donors The Courage Foundation, Bernardine Daskoff, Trish Gailey, Nate Israelson, and Pat and Marc Scott.


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