North Central Training Center

Serving Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin,
Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota,
South Dakota and Western Pennsylvania
little boy in wheelchair next to a woman, petting a Canine Companions dog

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.

North Central Region Staff:
Meredith Herrison, Community Events Coordinator | Megan Koester, Executive Director | Matt Levering, Senior Development Director | Molly Schulz, Public Relations & Marketing | Andrew Snouffer, Volunteer Coordinator | Nancy Whetstone, Development Director, Donor & Corporate Engagement | Todd Wurschmidt, Campaign Gift Officer 

Gwen Dudek, Program Director/Senior Instructor | Sophia DaCunha, Kennel Technician | 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 | Sarah Mitchell, Apprentice Instructor |  Devin Ortiz, Apprentice Instructor | Jessica Prather, Puppy Program Assistant | Marissa Radick, Apprentice Instructor | Ashley Rosenberger, Release Dog Program/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 | Nancy Riggs | Rex Riggs, DVM | Peter Schwab | Chad Utrup 

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North Central Training Center

Canine Companions for Independence
4989 State Route 37 East
Delaware, Ohio 43015
(740) 833-3700 Voice
(740) 363-0555 Fax
(800) 572-BARK (2275) Toll-free

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