Canine Companions® Names Paige Mazzoni as New CEO

Leading assistance dog organization changing lives of nearly 6,000 people with disabilities September 4, 2018
Santa Rosa, California

Canine Companions for Independence®, the non-profit that matches people with disabilities with expertly-trained assistance dogs, has appointed a new chief executive officer, Paige Mazzoni.

Paige brings more than 25 years of professional experience, concentrated in corporate strategy and management, strategic initiative development and marketing implementation, including directing product and company positioning at several high-tech companies. Most recently, Paige was the Chief Marketing Officer at VIP Petcare. Paige has also served on the executive committee of several non-profit fundraising boards, including the Buck Cardinal Board at Stanford University, her alma mater.

“I’m honored to be working with Canine Companions, continuing the great work that has been done since its inception in 1975,” Mazzoni states. “I am eager to further the exceptional work of serving people with disabilities and work together to bring the organization to even greater heights.”  

Canine Companions has matched assistance dogs with nearly 6,000 veterans, children and adults with disabilities and was the first non-profit assistance dog organization to help people with physical disabilities. Founded in Santa Rosa, CA in 1975, it is by far the largest assistance dog organization with six comprehensive training centers across the country. World renowned for the quality and longevity, Canine Companions assistance dogs are trained in over 40 commands to enhance independence. Each assistance dog, along with a lifetime of ongoing follow-up support, is provided entirely free of charge to recipients.

“The Canine Companions national board of directors was impressed with Paige’s extensive experience in the for-profit and non-profit sectors, including the animal care field,” says John Miller, national board chair for Canine Companions. “We are confident that Paige will continue to position Canine Companions as the leader in the assistance dog industry.”

As CEO, Paige will oversee Canine Companions’ national operations and over 225 employees.  The non-profit benefits from over 3,000 dedicated volunteers and partners to help deliver the mission of free assistance dogs.

“I am inspired by the genuine passion my colleagues at Canine Companions have for the organization’s mission,” says Paige. “I look forward to building on the life-changing work of the organization across the country while maintaining the heritage, guiding principles and commitment to the highest standards that have shaped Canine Companions into an organization of excellence.”