Meet Your New Co-host Lovey and the Amazing Agency that Trained Her, Assistance Dogs of the West!
Help us welcome Marcie’s new assistance dog, Lovey, to the show and special guest Linda Milanesi, Executive Director of Assistance Dogs of the West– the amazing agency that trained Lovey. Marcie and Linda talk about different types of assistance dogs. Linda explains ADW’s philosophy of One Dog One Person and One Dog Many People! They also talk candidly about the assistance dog placement process and the highs and lows that Marcie experienced through the process of being placed with Lovey. Marcie was reminded again that nothing ventured, nothing gained!
In 2006, Linda Milanesi began her career with Assistance Dogs of the West when she apprenticed to become an instructor/trainer in the school programs. She served as Vice President of the ADW board until 2011, when she was named ADW’s Executive Director. Linda oversees a whole-systems team approach for ADW. She supervises and manages policy and procedure, advocacy, board relations, finance, development and grant-writing. She is responsible for creating and nurturing donor and foundation relations and earned income projects. She produces the annual graduation ceremony celebrating the dogs that have been successfully trained for client placements and facility placements. Prior to Santa Fe, she lived in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and worked in Philadelphia and New York City.