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.

man training a Canine Companions dog in parkA Message from Canine Companions for Independence:

Canine Companions is closely monitoring developments with the coronavirus (COVID-19). We are taking precautions to limit its effect on our operations, including cancelling or postponing large group events and non-essential activities, including most travel, public campus tours and on-campus group activities. 

Our campus is currently closed to visitors and volunteers. Please be patient with us as we may reschedule some appointments and activities. We look forward to being able to see you and serve you in our usual fashion as soon as possible!

Stay safe everyone!


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 | Dawne Alvarado, Development Director of Individual and Corporate Engagement | John Bentzinger, Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator | Allison Baal, Community Events Coordinator | Briann Newman, Volunteer Coordinator | Susan Parrinello, Development Associate | Denise Monaco, Development Associate | Lauren Ferraioli, Graduate Program Manager/Senior Instructor | Debbie Knatz, Puppy Program Manager | Stacie Sodano, Puppy Program Administrative Assistant | Jessica Reiss, Participant Program Manager | 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 | Gen Borrino, Apprentice Instructor | Alexis Dowling, Apprentice Instructor| Taylor Studley, Apprentice Instructor | Hailey Garner, Apprentice Instructor | Robin Liberty, Apprentice Instructor | Jennifer Krill, Kennel Supervisor | Christina Bendetto, Kennel Technician | Dylan Sanvitale, Kennel Technician | Katy O’Loughlin, Kennel Technician | Kristen Fitzpatrick, Kennel Technician | Kyle White, Kennel Technician | Angelica Papantoniou, Kennel Technician | Casey Shannon, Kennel Technician.

Northeast Region Board of Directors:
Nick Pasquarosa, Board President | Jason Brewer | Yvonne Dagger | Eva LaMere | John Libonati | Barbara Liguori | Stacey Johnson-Lucchino | Liz Meyers | John Miller, Emeritus | Javier Robles | Lisa Vaccaro | Wendy Valentino | Susan Winters | Marc Wortsman | Col. E. David Woycik, Jr.
Miller Family Campus Honorary Founders Board:  
Patricia Griesmeyer | Nattavadee Hillegass | Nancy McGraw | Bari Taylor

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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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