Meet the Dogs4Diabetics (D4D) Staff:
Christy Gillham, Executive Director
Christy started her work with D4D in January 2014. She was previous employed at with the development department at Children’s Hospital of Oakland. Additionally, she worked as the Assistant Director of Admissions for Argosy University, soliciting partnerships with other educational and corporate entities. She learned marketing from her Grandfather’s knee, assisting in his marketing business from early childhood through her early adult years.
Christy has been charged with helping bring D4D to new levels of recognition among potential supporters. She is assisting D4D to develop a new strategic vision, drive organizational growth and foster new donor-centric relationships with individuals, foundations and corporate sponsors. Christy was named Executive Director in January 2018.
Ralph Hendrix, Director of Finance
Ralph is a retired regulator and banker, having served for 25 years with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, a Bureau of the U.S. Treasury Dept. In 2006, he retired as Senior Vice President & Chief Credit Examiner with Zions Bancorporation.
He has volunteered with D4D since 2006, served as a member of its Board of Directors from 2008 through 2010. He was elected as Vice President in 2011 and was D4D’s Executive Director from June 2013 to 2018. Lastly, Ralph now serves as D4D’s Director of Finance and will continue to serve without compensation.
Carrie Treggett, Programs Manager
Carrie is a California State Licensed Guide Dog Mobility Instructor. She came to D4D in 2011 from her previous position as the Northwest Field Manager for Guide Dogs for the Blind, serving 170 guide dog teams. Her 15 years of service with Guide Dogs included all aspects of dog training and client services.
Her position as Programs Manager with D4D is intended to provide oversight of all dog and client training activities. As well as training and working with our volunteers in these elements of our program services.
Diane Ketcham, Programs Coordinator
Diane joined D4D in late 2012, following a 26 year career in the insurance industry where her responsibilities included the creation of new operations and project management. Highly organized, Diane brings strong interpersonal and management skills to help D4D in building and managing its volunteer base and helping to coordinate many different program activities.
Diane’s project management skills have been very helpful in many areas of D4D’s services, including client development, fundraising. As well as in documenting many essential functions within our programs. As an active volunteer throughout her life, volunteerism has provided Diane with personal enjoyment and enrichment. In addition, to a fulfilling opportunity to give back to the community. Diane shares this same enthusiasm and passion in her work at D4D.
Christina Hobson, Trainer
Christina is a graduate of Moor Park College with multiple degrees in Exotic Animal Training and Behavior. Her work with dogs has been ongoing since childhood, as she and her mother raised multiple dogs for service as Guide Dogs. She has continued in this effort, volunteering with Mark Ruefenacht in his research and development guide dog group.
In her professional life as an animal trainer, she has worked with all types of animals including lions, bears, giraffes, wolves, bats and many types of marine mammals. Prior to joining D4D she trained dolphins and whales with Six Flags in Vallejo.
Furthermore, her interest and work in our program has spanned many years, and as we obtained the resources to hire a new professional trainer, she felt that D4D offered a wonderful opportunity to work with these great assistance dogs assisting our deserving clients. Since joining our program, she has made a tremendous impact on our training programs.
Cindy Sevilla, Assistant Trainer
Cindy has been a long time volunteer with D4D, as well as a Guide Dog Puppy Raising Group leader for many years. As a certified American Red Cross First Aid and CPR instructor, Cindy has trained D4D clients in first aid classes for dogs as part of our training programs. She has trained our staff in human and dog first aid to ensure our ability to address emergency situations. Also, she and her family have been long time supporters of our program.
When we posted a position in 2016 to expand our training staff to support both our dog training and foster care needs, Cindy saw an opportunity to become more involved and she stepped forward to assist us in these areas. Our staff and clients all enjoy her energy and specialized skills.
Hayley Sevilla, Assistant Trainer
Hayley has been a long time Guide Dog puppy raiser with her mother, Cindy, and has worked with her as a Co-Leader in supporting her Guide Dog group. Her interest in dog training lead her to participate in search and rescue training as well as work as a veterinary technician for local veterinary care providers.
She has also taken various dog behavior and training classes for these various activities over the years and provided dog-owner education in obedience and behavioral modification training. Hayley began her work with D4D in 2016 to help deliver these great dogs to our clients.
Cathy Pitts, Canine Training Partner Coordinator
Cathy’s passion for dogs started at a very young age. As an adult, she did work with Canine Companions in Santa Rosa, then decided to pursue her dream of training Guide Dogs. In 1988, Cathy was hired at Guide Dogs for the Blind. Then in 1991, she became a licensed Guide Dog Instructor, and remained there until 2002. Next, Cathy started her my own mobile dog grooming and training business, and enjoyed that for over a decade.
Cathy initially joined our Dogs4Diabetics nonprofit as a temporary dog trainer. Now, she is a proud permanent member of our D4D organization and holds the title of our D4D Canine Training Partner Coordinator since June of 2018. “I could not have been more excited to be a part of such a wonderful organization!” – Cathy
Stephanie Perkins, Canine Training Partner Program Leader, Trainer
Stephanie came to us initially as a foster care provider, and subsequently was asked to fill the role of our Canine Training Partner (CTP) Program Leader. She is knowledgeable and passionate about D4D’s foster care program and is responsible for initiating our weekly CTP training classes.
Her supportive and encouraging teaching style has greatly benefited this program, developing the skills of all our foster care families. Stephanie also volunteers as a trainer for both dogs and clients. Lastly, prior to coming to D4D, she spent 9 years as a Guide Dog puppy raiser.
Rebecca Morgan, Corporate Secretary
Rebecca has been a volunteer with D4D since its inception. She assists management in her function as corporate secretary, along with providing support in the business area. Also, her background in retail sales has been very helpful. She manages the sale of D4D items at all our special events.