Northeast Training Center

Serving New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Eastern Pennsylvania,
Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Massachusetts,
Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

The Northeast Region of Canine Companions for Independence was founded in 1989 and was located on the SUNY Farmingdale Campus in Farmingdale, NY. The Northeast Region serves New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Eastern Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

In 2008, the Northeast Regional Training Center moved to a state-of-the-art facility, the Miller Family Campus located in Medford, NY. The 11-acre, 39,000 square foot Canine Care Center features 38 kennels, exercise yards, a wellness clinic and grooming facility, along with separate kennels and play yards for puppies. The Hagedorn Team Training Residence Hall has 11 spacious fully handicapped accessible dorm rooms for training participants and their families. Bogie's Bistro provides a community space with an accessible kitchen, dining room and lounge. There are five training rooms that are utilized for Team Training, professional training, puppy classes, as well as community meetings.

Northeast Region Staff:

Debra Dougherty, Executive Director | Ellen Torop, Program Director | Debra MacKenzie, Senior Development Director | John Bentzinger, Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator | Sara Beck, Development Associate | Lauren Ferraioli, Graduate Program Manager/Senior Instructor | Debra Knatz, Puppy Program Manager | Jessica Reiss, Participant Program Coordinator | Laura Ann Dubecky, Training Manager | Dan Moody, Facilities Manager | Rachelle Izard, Officer Manager | Bonnie Stinson, Caretaker | Amanda Otteni, Instructor | Marissa Guidoboni, Instructor | Kim Furino, Instructor | Leah Jacobson, Instructor | MaryAngela Benthal, Apprentice Instructor | Liz Vacchiano, Apprentice Instructor | Susan Porteous, Apprentice Instructor | Jennifer Krill, Kennel Supervisor | Casey Shannon, Kennel Technician | Christina Bendetto, Kennel Technician | Dylan Sanvitale, Kennel Technician | Katy O'Loughlin, Kennel Technician | Kristen Fitzpatrick, Kennel Technician | Kyle White, Kennel Technician

Northeast Region Board of Directors:

Yvonne Dagger | Eva LaMere | Stacey Johnson-Lucchino | John Libonati | Nancy McGraw | John Miller, Emeritus | Javier Robles | Susan Winters | Marc Wortsman | Col. E. David Woycik, Jr. | Bari Taylor | Nattavadee Hillegass | Georgette LeBlanc

The next scheduled tour of the Miller Family Campus will take place on Thursday, December 14 at 2 p.m.
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Northeast Training Center

Canine Companions for Independence
Miller Family Campus
286 Middle Island Road
Medford, NY 11763
(631) 561-0200 Voice
(631) 561-0230 Fax
(800) 572-BARK (2275) Toll-free

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