Who We Are

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From Our President

Sharon Fleck

Research shows that magical things happen when a child interacts with a certified therapy dog. Anxiety level decreases, heartbeat slows, breathing becomes deeper and more relaxed, and fears are forgotten. When a child feels calm and secure, not only is learning possible, but physical and emotional healing are achieved.

Positively impacting thousands of children throughout our community, Roxy™ Therapy Dogs’ programs provide a unique, irreplaceable, dependable support system for children in a number of situations. These programs would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of our certified pet therapy dog teams, and the support of our generous community.

Coming in all shapes, sizes, colors and breeds, Roxy Therapy Dogs are as diverse as they are unique. What they all have in common though, is their love of children, and their undeniable ability to comfort and connect with them.

Whether you are interested in volunteering, donating, or learning more about Roxy Therapy Dogs, our website is full of helpful information and meaningful photos. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact any of our Directors, listed below.


Volunteer Program Directors

Phyllis MikolajDirector of Schools 

Melissa D’Amato, Director of Courthouse Companionship Program

Joyce Rivas, Director of Roxy Pediatric Comfort Program at Doylestown Health 

Tracey Vazquez, Director of Roxy Pediatric Comfort Program at Pedia Manor

Sharon Fleck, Director of Secondary School Stress Relief Program  

Volunteer Administrators

Pam Carroll, Director of Marketing  

Catherine Refice, Director of Volunteers  

Maddi Fleck, Associate Director of Volunteers 

Patricia D. Morrison, Director of Development

Roxy History

 Roxy Founder Diane Smith and the one and only, original Roxy therapy dog.

Roxy Founder Diane Smith and the one and only, original Roxy therapy dog.

Roxy Therapy Dogs’ formation was the result of witnessing the positive effects that therapy dogs have on Alzheimer’s patients. During a visit with her beloved grandmother, Roxy Therapy Dogs founder, Diane Smith, saw how a resident therapy dog was able to connect with her grandmother and bring her out of her shell and into the present in a way Diane had not seen in a very long time.

It was those special moments that inspired her to adopt Roxy, a gentle Boykin Spaniel, and to start training in 2004 as an emotional therapy dog team.

Roxy’s extreme love of children prompted her to offer therapy dog visits at her son’s elementary school in the Central Bucks School District in 2005, encouraging children with reading challenges to read aloud to her. We got our official name when their learning support students surprised Diane and Roxy with a banner proclaiming, “Reading Rocks with Roxy Reading!” And the rest, as they say, is history!

 

Board of Directors

Diane Smith
Founder
Community Member

Sharon Fleck
President
Community Member

Linda McCrillis
Board Chair
Community Member

Kendal Beck
Board Vice Chair

Mental Health Professional for Family Based Services for Central Behavioral Health

Robert McCrillis
Treasurer
Community Member

Denise Cronin
Secretary
Community Member

Jo Anne Atwell
Licensed Realtor in PA (Flo Smerconish) and NJ (River Valley Realty)

Lisa Corr
Guidance Coordinator, Central Bucks High School West

Thomas Donnelly
Attorney, Antheil, Maslow and MacMinn, LLP

Jill Fein
Attorney, Hill Wallack

Cheryl Luginbuhl
Community Member

Patricia D. Morrison
Community Member

Jennifer Shelly
Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Biotechnology and Conservation, Delaware Valley University

Russ Weis
Financial Planner, Marshall Financial Group

ADVISORS

Susie Danzis
Certified Dog Trainer/Owner, Training Tails Dog Training

Sean Diver
Business Strategy Professional

Hollie B. John
Attorney, Jacobson & John, LLP

Stacee Paley
Clinical Psychotherapist, Owner, Stacee Paley and Associates Counseling