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Our Team

Dedicated to Making a Difference…

Susan Bolton

President and Cofounder, Executive Trainer

Cofounded Patriot Service Dogs in 2009 and has served as CEO, Director of Fundraising, Director of Puppy Training and Head Trainer for Service Dog Teams. In 2006 she participated in the “Train the Trainer Course” through East Coast Assistance Dogs. From 2004 to 2006 Susan volunteered as a puppy raiser for NHSD and served as their executive trainer from 2005 to 2007. From 1994 to 2004 she was a volunteer puppy raiser for Southeast Guide Dogs.

Julie Drexel

CEO and Cofounder, Director of W.O.O.F.

Cofounded Patriot Service Dogs in 2009 and created the W.O.O.F. program at Lowell Correctional Institution in 2011. Julie volunteered for New Horizons Service Dogs, raising and training puppies from 2000 to 2007 and was a volunteer puppy raiser for CCI from 2000 to 2003.

Julie has a BS in Early Childhood Education, specializing in disabilities/ELL from the College of Central Florida, as well as a BS in Business Management. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Social Work.

Lee Conger

Volunteer Project Evaluator and Trainer

Lee is responsible for training/evaluating each dog team (handler and dog) in basic obedience and tasks related to assisting disabled veterans.  Lee was an instructor at the 341st/Dog Training Section (DTS) and Military Working Dog (MWD) Academy, Lackland AFB, TX from 1999 to 2002, training MWDs both pre- and post- 9/11. MWDs were trained in both patrol work/handler protection and in the detection of either explosives or narcotics. Lee trained over 100 MWDs, while assisting in the training of countless other MWDs as team leader of one of the six training teams, each with 11 personnel. After his tour of duty at the 341st, Lee continued the field training and deployment preparation of MWD teams at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Naval Air Station Brunswick, Maine for Individual Augmentation (IA) in support of Enduring Freedom for both Iraq and Afghanistan until he retired from military service in June 2007. In September 2008, Lee certified as an American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Trainer/Evaluator and continues his education in dog training.

Lori Frye

Treasurer

As a member of the Board, the Treasurer oversees the management and reporting of finances and provides the annual budget for the Board members’ approval. Lori has twenty years of experience in accounting, customer service, supervisory, secretarial and office management. Currently working as Assistant Controller for Taylor Residences, Lori earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from American Public University.

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