America's VetDogs would not be able to realize its mission without the dedication and hard work of our staff and Board of Directors.

Each director, manager, staff member, and board member plays a crucial role in helping each assistance dog team be successful and live without boundaries.  If you have a general message, or if you are unsure who to send your message to, please address it to and we will promptly route it to the appropriate person.


Executive Office: 631-930-9010

Wells B. Jones, FASAE, CFRE, CAE, Chief Executive Officer 631-930-9001
Pam Vitale, Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer 631-930-9003

Finance Department: 631-930-9080

Laura English, Chief Financial Officer 631-930-9081

Consumer Services: 631-930-9070 or 866-282-8047

Sheila O'Brien, Director of External Relations 631-930-9005
Karen Greis, Consumer Services Manager 631-930-9071
Janice Washburn, Consumer Services Application Coordinator 631-930-9074 Direct Fax # 631-930-9075

Development/Fundraising: 631-930-9050 or 866-282-8045

Katherine Fritz, Director of Development 631-930-9057
Jaime McGrade, Community Fundraising/Events Manager 631-930-9054
Karen Accardi, Grant Specialist 631-930-9053

Training/Canine Care: 631-930-9075

Grete Eide, Chief Canine Care Officer 631-930-9067
Brad Hibbard, Director of Training 631-930-9076
Hallie Wells, Puppy Program Manager 631-930-9064

Human Resources: 631-930-9040

Loretta Quis, Director of Administrative Services 631-930-9031

Marketing/Public Relations: 631-930-9091 or 866-282-8048

Andrew Rubenstein, Director of Marketing 631-930-9091
Bill Krol, Communications Manager 631-930-9034

Board of Directors 

July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016

America's VetDogs is proud to have the following individuals serve on its volunteer Board of Directors.  Their hard work and dedication to our program is integral to our success.  

Members of the Board of Directors develop strategies and policies.  Directors also ensure that VetDogs has adequate resources to carry out its mission, monitor the finances of the organization, its programs, and performance.  

Donald Dea, Chair of the Board  
CSM Gretchen Evans (Ret.) - Vice Chair – Development
Alphonce J. Brown, Jr., ACFRE, Vice Chair – Donor Engagement
Heidi Vandewinckel, Vice Chair – Program
Lucas Matthiessen, LCSW, CASAC, Vice Chair – Planning
Travis J. Carey, CPA, Treasurer
Barbara J. Kelly, Esq. , Secretary
Wells B. Jones, FASAE, CAE, CFRE, Chief Executive Officer  

Executive Committee:

James C. Bingham, Immediate Past Chair
Robert S. Madden
Jim Mayer 
Glenn Tecker 

Board of Directors:

Lynn Bissonnette
Laura Casale, AIA
Deborah Firestone
Lee Hornstein
Arnold Lesser, VMD
Celeste V, Lopes, ESQ. 
Chris Montagnino
Edward P. Nallan Jr.
LTC John J. O’Brien (Ret.)
Warren Palzer 
Mary Porter, DO
Jack Sage
Bernard Sarisohn, Esq.
Robert T. Stratford, Jr. 
Michael F. Troiano, ESQ
MAJ Peter Way
Colonel E. David Woycik, Jr. (Ret), Esq.

If you would like to contact one of these Board members, please direct your correspondence to that person, c/o America's VetDogs, 371 East Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown, New York 11787.  You can also email us at and we will direct your message accordingly.