Southwest Training Center
Serving Arizona, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma,
Arkansas, Southern California, Southern Nevada and Hawaii
The Southwest Region of Canine Companions was founded in 1986. We serve Arizona, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Southern California, Southern Nevada and Hawaii. The Southwest Regional Training Center is named the Dean, Gerda and Trixie Koontz Campus after our campus benefactors: bestselling author Dean Koontz, his wife and their late Golden Retriever adopted from Canine Companions after being retired from service.
The Dean, Gerda and Trixie Koontz Campus is located in Oceanside, California. We invite you to explore our volunteer opportunities, make a donation or attend an event. Presentations are also available for your group by Canine Companions representatives. The Dean, Gerda and Trixie Koontz Campus offers regular public tours.
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 many large group events and non-essential activities, including most travel, public campus tours and on-campus large group activities. We ask that you help us by avoiding visits to campus if you are sick or exposed to anyone sick. 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!
Southwest Region Staff:
Simi Balter, Executive Director | Shelley Dickinson, Program Director | Chuck Dickinson, Training Manager | Becky Hein, Puppy Program Manager | Piero Berlonghi, Senior Development Director | Paul O’Brien, Colorado Development Director | Joanna Mueller, Development Director, Donor & Corporate Engagement | Kim Danker, Development Associate | Stacy Haynes, Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator | Gwen Seah, Volunteer Coordinator | Corrie Samaniego, Community Events Coordinator
Southwest Region Board of Directors:
Sheryl Ishizaki, President | Tim Gackstetter | Kim Haydel | Leslie Hennessy, PhD | Tom Hollenstein | Jack Peluso | Jane Rieger | Susan Ryan, M.D. | Bob Street | Sondra Thiederman, PhD | Glenn Torrez | Lance Weir