Meet the Staff


Our staff is committed to transforming people’s lives through partnerships with service dogs.

Breeding Department

We breed our own guide and service dogs to ensure the best quality of dog for our clients.

Information and Technology Department

Provides the infastructure and experience necessary to keep us on the cutting-edge of technology.

Facilities and Maintenance

Keeps our 7 ½ acre park-like campus running smoothly and attends to the needs of our staff as it relates to facilities and equipment.


Affectionately known as Camp GDA, our Kennel provides boarding facilities and activities for our puppies and all working guides and service dogs while they are away from home.

Brooke Patterson

Brooke Patterson Kennel tech
Kennel Tech

Xochitl Sanchez

Xochitl Sanchez, Kennel Tech
Kennel Tech

Nataly Diaz

Nataly Diaz, Kennel Tech
Kennel Tech

Tiffanie Tayrien

Tiffanie Tayrien
Kennel Tech

Tara Doroginsky

kennel tech
Kennel Tech

Adolfo Arellano

kennel tech
Kennel Tech

Marketing, Media Relations and Outreach

Informs the public and media about Guide Dogs of America. Educates communities at hundreds of health fairs and through outreach programs and special events.  For general questions, email

Puppy Department

Places our puppies in loving foster-homes and assists the puppy raisers until the dogs are ready to come in for formal training.

Training Department

Our experienced instructors provide our guide and service dogs with the formal training they require in order to assist their partners.

Victoria Cavaliere

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Director Service Dog Program

Suzanne Veta

woman, 3 dogs
TLC Training Manager

Stephanie Santos

TLC Training Manager (South)

Nicole Maples

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TLC Training Manager (North)

Veterinary Department

Our state-of-the-art clinic is committed to the care and health of our hundreds of puppies-in-training and our working guides and service dogs. Guide Dogs of America’s Veterinary Department is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To make a veterinary appointment, please call 818-833-6470. 24-hour assistance is available for canine emergencies: For emergency assistance outside normal business hours, please call (818) 362-5834 and dial 0. Our fax number is (818) 833-6470.

Gary Uyeno, DVM