GDA Staff

GDA Staff

It’s More Than Puppy Love

Monday, November 6th, 2017

Guide Dogs of America is extremely fortunate to have, and is grateful for, our puppy raisers, a dedicated group of 200-plus volunteers actively raising puppies at any given time. In addition, the many more volunteers who have previously raised one or several puppies and those volunteers who are waiting to welcome home their first GDA puppy. The question most often asked of puppy raisers is, “How can you give him/her up?”
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GDA’s “It” Factor

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

What is it that makes someone choose Guide Dogs of America for their first guide dog and what keeps others coming back time after time? We asked our graduates to tell us, in their own words and through their personal experiences, what “it” is. As it turns out, “it” is everything. From the care and professionalism of the instructors and staff, to the perfect match made with their guide dog and the camaraderie found in class. From the daily meals, to the comfortable private rooms. From the big picture, to the little touches.
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Guide Dogs of America Grads Are On The Go

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

When students arrive at GDA, it is with the goal of achieving greater independence, mobility and freedom. Having the assistance and companionship of a guide dog certainly makes the day-to-day and routine activities easier. But for guide dog teams, exploring beyond their typical routes or boundaries that they’ve established for themselves can be an adventure and give the guide dog user a greater sense of wanting to explore further. Sometimes it’s a neighboring city or state; or it might be a destination across the country or on an ocean cruise with multiple ports of call; or the call of the wild and the great outdoors. No matter how near or far, our guide dog teams are out and about and enjoying life.
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7 Reasons Why A Guide Dog is Right For You

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Our training program is designed to accommodate both the experienced guide dog handler and the first timer. In this recent interview with The CW Network, Guide Dogs of America graduate Lorri Bernson talks about how her guide dogs have changed her life. Lorri is GDA’s Media and Community Liaison and a GDA board member.
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Change And Growth For GDA

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

There are exciting new changes at GDA. There’s the arrival of GDA’s new president Russell Gittlen (read his President’s Message here), as well as news about graduations and changes in many departments, several of which are included here.
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Message From New GDA President Russell Gittlen

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

It is with great enthusiasm, anticipation and excitement that I begin my tenure at Guide Dogs of America. I am looking forward to immersing myself in the program and dedicating myself to the continued success and growth of our school.

For the last 16 years, I have worked diligently to support GDA through fundraising activities. I want to bring the desire and passion for GDA that was instilled upon me to anyone looking to get involved.
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Thanks to Hartford, Welcome Gittlen!

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Taking a “paws” to thank outgoing Guide Dogs of America president and welcome the new GDA president. As we begin 2017, we ask that you join us in sending best wishes to Dale E. Hartford, who has retired after serving seven years as GDA’s president. Under his management and oversight there have been many changes and enhancements to the GDA campus as well as the program. His leadership has taken GDA to a new level of excellence.
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How GDA’s Instructors Prepare For Class

Monday, August 29th, 2016

From personality to pace, new students to retrains, young adults to seniors, there’s a lot that goes into preparing for a class of 10 students and 10 dogs.

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Russ Gittlen to Succeed Dale E. Hartford at Guide Dogs of America

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

IAM International President Bob Martinez announced this week that IAM District 15 New England Area Director and Local 447 Assistant Business Manager Russ Gittlen has been appointed Director of Guide Dogs of America (GDA) effective January 1, 2017. Gittlen will replace retiring GDA Director Dale Hartford.
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GDA’s Lorri Bernson Receives Access Award

Monday, January 4th, 2016

Guide Dogs of America is proud to announce that GDA Media Relations and Community Liaison Lorri Bernson has received the “Spirit of Accessibility” award from Access Services. Access provides complimentary transportation in Los Angeles for persons with disabilities who cannot ride the accessible public fixed route buses and trains.
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