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GDA Adds Director of Training

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Dan Rollings has joined Guide Dogs of America in the newly created position of Director of Training. Rollings has more than 21 years of guide dog training experience and was involved with dog training for the United States Air Force for three years.

In Tribute to Nigel

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

By Dale E. Hartford, GDA President/Director

Retired Guide Dog Nigel, a star of Guide Dogs of America’s educational films, passed away on August 14, 2015. Nigel, a Golden Retriever, and his partner Lorri Bernson graduated from Guide Dogs of America in 2002, as members of Class #333. Nigel was 15 years old.

Guide Dog Instructor Caitlin Smith Joins GDA

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Guide Dogs of America is pleased to announce that Caitlin Smith has joined GDA’s training department staff. Smith, originally from the Portland, Oregon area, completed her apprenticeship and license qualifications at another California-based guide dog school. California is the only state to have a license requirement for guide dog instructors and schools.

GDA Announces Newest Licensed Instructor 

Thursday, August 6th, 2015
GDA trainer Jamie ViezbickeGuide Dogs of America is pleased to announce that training department staff member Jamie Viezbicke has successfully passed all of the requirements of the California State Board of Guide Dogs for the Blind and is now a licensed guide dog instructor.


GDA Announces New Director of Programs

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

After an extensive search and numerous interviews, Dale Hartford, president of Guide Dogs of America (GDA), has appointed Yvonne Martin as the new Director of Programs with all of the duties and responsibilities of those formerly held by retired Director of Programs Chuck Jordan. This includes overseeing each facet of the school’s programs.

A Goodbye Wag of the Tail to Chuck Jordan

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

GDA Director of Programs Chuck Jordan retired in July. Jordan, who worked at the school for nearly 14 years, first joined GDA in 1995 as Licensed Instructor and was promoted to Manager of the Training Staff in 1999, a position he held until 2002. In 2007, Jordan returned to GDA and has been his current position since then.

New Beginnings for Two GDA Employees

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

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. (more…)


Thursday, May 24th, 2012

New GDA Video

Guide Dogs of America (GDA) was founded over 60 years ago when a member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) was denied acceptance by existing guide dog schools due to his advanced age – he was only 57.

Since then, GDA has graduated over 3,000 teams thanks to the camaraderie, compassion, and generosity of the IAM and its members.

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