Our Team

Dedicated to Making a Difference…

Julie Sanderson

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 has a MSW from Saint Leo University.

Lori Frye


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.

Ivette Alvarez


Ivette brings a strong background in dog training to Patriot Service Dogs. As secretary she is in contact with our past recipient veterans and is active in community outreach. She is bilingual and is also an AKC CGC evaluator.

Garth Franz

Board Member

Garth brings a business background working with CSX in a management position. He knows Patriot Service Dogs from many aspects, including as a volunteer, a financial supporter, and a spokesman. Garth proudly served in the Army for 20 years reaching the rank of Captain. He has a Masters Degree in Systems Development and a Bachelors in History and has served on the board of the Boy Scouts and Holy Catholic Family Church.

Mike Appelbaum

Village Coordinator

Mike Appelbaum is the Village Coordinator. He brings a strong past of board participation, having served on the United Cerebral Palsy of Broward County and the Broward Zoological Society Markham Park. He has been a volunteer for the past seven years and has helped us establish our presence in the Villages, FL.

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