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 park

A Message from Canine Companions for Independence:

Due to the state of New York’s request for 75% of the workforce to stay home, we are proactively implementing a shelter-in-place response for our Northeast Region Training Center. For this reason, we are relocating our dogs to foster homes and have directed staff at this location to work remotely through April 7, pending further updates.

We are doing this in an abundance of caution. There are currently no positive diagnosis on this or any of our campuses. We will continue to collect mail, process donations and ensure the health and safety of our staff and dogs. We’re continuing to monitor activities nationwide.

We are also taking additional steps to protect our team members, volunteers and clients and have made the decision to cancel our May graduation ceremonies. We understand that this decision may be disappointing, but we know it is in the best interest of all. Thank you for your understanding and support.

We are grateful to our generous community and appreciate all continued efforts to fulfill our mission of enhancing the lives of people with disabilities by providing expertly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support completely free of charge. 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 | 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| 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 | Yvonne Dagger | Eva LaMere | John Libonati | Barbara Liguori | Stacey Johnson-Lucchino | Liz Meyers | John Miller, Emeritus | Javier Robles | Lisa Vaccaro | 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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Northeast Training Center

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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