Southeast Training Center

Serving Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina,
Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana

The Southeast Region of Canine Companions for Independence has been making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities since 1989. The Southeast Region Training Center, an 8-acre campus, opened on Independence Day, July 4, 2000, and serves the states of Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana. The campus, named in recognition of Anheuser-Busch/SeaWorld's million dollar gift, consists of four buildings with a total of 32,000 square feet. It is a state-of-the-art facility where training, education and caring come together.

Southeast Region Staff:
Cathy Gooden, Executive Director | Dustin Carpenter, Senior Development Director | Jeanne Cooley, Director of Development, Donor and Corporate Engagement | Melinda Sowers, Program Director | Peggy Jensen, Office Manager | Yuclemia Ware, Community Events Coordinator | Martha Johnson, Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator | Jen Hanes, Client Services Program Manager | Ashton Roberts, Puppy Program Manager | Amanda Overend, Puppy Program Assistant | Caitlin Bradley, Volunteer Coordinator

Southeast Region Board of Directors:
Judy Albertson | Ashley Bacot | Nancy Baumann | Scott Cassidy | Fonda Cerenzio | Trish Chard Walsh | Chris Dold | Cathy Fischer | Dianna Green | Bill Gordon | David Isaacson | Mary Taylor Jacobs | Victoria Krutzer | Monica Laliberte | Francesca Lee | Jay Lemoine | Paul Richards | Robin Sanchez | Bill Sarantis | John Saunders | Bill White

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. And 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!

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Southeast Training Center

Canine Companions for Independence
8150 Clarcona Ocoee Road
Orlando, FL 32818
(407) 522-3300 Voice
407-522-3347 Fax
800-572-BARK (2275) Toll-free

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