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

Jill Fein, Director of Advancement

Patricia D. Morrison, Director of Community Engagement

Jennifer Ashenfelter, Director of Marketing  

Catherine Refice, Director of Volunteers  

Maddi Fleck, Associate Director of Volunteers 


Volunteers

as of 11/1/18

Lisa Ament

Cecile Balizet

Barbara Blasko

Sarah Brinson

Susan Bulsza

Steve Carver (Zak)

Franca Caserta

Janet Coffman

Denise Cronin

Teri Cutler

Roni Dager

Deborah Deeken

Jeanette DeRichemond

Colleen Dey

Deborah DiGirolamo

Lois DiMarzio

Donna Doan

Stacy Donnelly

Kelly Downey

Coline Ebeling

Diane Elliott

Cindy Everett

Michael Flanagan

Cathy Flemming

Sandy Friter

Brenda Gouldey

Wesley Gouldey

Adrienne Gubernick

Irene Hendrix

Karen Horan

Anne Hoy

Mary Helen Hughes

Lisa Keidat

Gretchen Knittel

Nicki Kopach

Mary  LaValley

Sheila Lee

Ellen Levin

Joanne Loeffler

Amanda Martin

Linda McCrillis

Karen McGlynn

Phyllis Mikolaj

Diane Morgan

Jim Murray

Liza Norman

Lisa Pasterchik

Bob Peck

Robin Petkunas

Catherine Refice

Rachel Reilly

Nancy Riva

Joyce Rivas

Amy Rose

Pat Rubenstein

Debbie Saffren

Marie Sankus

Nancy Schaetzke

Sharon Schermerhorn

Beverlie Seltzer

Maggie Sivak

Judy Snyder

Joelle Solomon

Alice Sparks

Janet Stavrides

Maureen Sullivan-Bahr

Renee Tucker

Tracey Vazquez

Kerry Wargo

Cynthia Wirth

Suzanne Zak (Carver)

Cheryl Zimmer-Luginbuhl

Joanne Zuckerman

Mitch Zuckerman


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