North Central Training Center
Serving Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin,
Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota,
South Dakota and Western Pennsylvania
Canine Companions for Independence North Central Region has been enhancing the lives of children, adults and veterans with disabilities since 1987. The North Central Regional Training Center, located just outside of Columbus in Delaware, OH, opened its doors in 1990 and serves 13 and a half states: everything west of Pittsburgh, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. The North Central Region also serves our graduate teams living in eastern Canada.
To allow for continued growth Canine Companions has broken ground on a new 16+ acre state-of-the-art campus in New Albany, OH, that will allow the North Central Region to be on the forefront of Canine Companions Future. The new campus will allow us to serve more children, adults and veterans with disabilities than previously possible. We’ll be capable of accommodating more than 100 placements per year. Click here to learn more about our future and how you can be a part of it.
**Canine Companions is closely monitoring developments with the coronavirus (COVID-19). We are taking precautions to limit its effect on our operations, including cancelling, postponing or going virtual with our events and non-essential activities, including most travel, public campus tours and on-campus large group activities. Our campus is currently non open to the public at this time. Please be patient with us as we reschedule appointments and activities. We look forward to being able to see you and serve you in our usual fashion as soon as possible!**
North Central Region Staff:
Meredith Herrison, Community Events Coordinator | Megan Koester, Executive Director | Matt Levering, Senior Development Director | Molly Schulz, Public Relations & Marketing | Kristina Skarupa, Volunteer Coordinator | Andrew Snouffer, Development Associate | Nancy Whetstone, Development Director, Donor & Corporate Engagement | Todd Wurschmidt, Campaign Gift Officer
Gwen Dudek, Program Director/Senior Instructor | Sophia DaCunha,Puppy Program Assistant | Eric Fatka, Graduate Program Manager/Senior Instructor | Zach Frye, Kennel Technician | Renae Gerchow, Kennel Technician | Courtney Hale, Kennel Technician | Tonya Halford, Senior Instructor | Colleen McBride, Instructor | Sara Miller, Kennel Supervisor | Devin Ortiz, Apprentice Instructor | Marissa Radick, Apprentice Instructor | Erin Rich, Applicant Program Manager/Instructor | Suzanne Sliclen, Puppy Program Manager/Senior Instructor | Adrena Spreacker, Training Manager/Senior Insturctor
North Central Region Board of Directors:
Tom Clements, President | Todd Bailey, Vice President | Kevin Cullen, Colonel, USAF | Mike Cvengros | Keith Dare | Beth Hawkins | Kathy Hostetter | Carolyn Hrach | Mike Jarvis | Nancy Riggs | Rex Riggs, DVM | Peter Schwab | Chad Utrup