Southwest Training CenterServing 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.
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 | Joanna Mueller, Development Director, Donor & Corporate Engagement | Kim Danker, Development Associate | Stacy Haynes, Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator | Gwen Seah, Volunteer Coordinator | Samantha Williams, Community Events Coordinator
Southwest Region Board of Directors:
Sondra Thiederman, PhD, President | Tim Gackstetter | Kim Haydel | Leslie Hennessy, PhD | Tom Hollenstein | Sheryl Ishizaki | Jack Peluso | Jane Rieger | Susan Ryan, M.D. | Bob Street | Susan Tancredi | Lance Weir