Trainers

We are proud to introduce the following individuals who oversee the training of our dogs, volunteers and clients.

Brenda – Director of Training

Oct 2015 – Present
Brenda is responsible for coordinating the training of the Journey Together Clients and dogs.  She is the primary point of contact for Oshkosh Correctional Institution, and has worked with the dog program there since 2012.  Brenda leads the training for the offenders at OSCI.  Brenda is a lifelong dog enthusiast with extensive experience teaching dog training to the public.  She is a certified member of the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors, a Canine Good Citizen and AKC Temperament Test Evaluator and a Certified Dog Parkour Instructor.

Shari - Dog Trainer / Socializer Coordinator

Oct 2015 – Present
Shari instructs the offenders and each Journey dog as they take part in training classes weekly at OSCI. She also assists on outings with volunteers that help enhance training. These outings provide opportunities for the dogs to experience different surroundings and situations.

Cindy - Dog Trainer

Oct 2015 – Present
Cindy instructs the offenders and each Journey dog as they take part in training classes weekly at OSCI. She also takes new puppies in the program into her home for a few weeks to begin their home skills. Cindy has been a lead trainer for Winnebago County 
4-H dog project for over 25 years. Cindy is a trainer for obedience classes at the Oshkosh Kennel Club and competes in Obedience, Rally and Field work.

Alissa - Dog Trainer

Oct 2015 – Present
Alissa has been working with service dogs in training since 2014. She instructs the offenders and each Journey dog as they take part in training classes weekly at OSCI. Alissa helps clients learn the skills needed to graduate with their service dog. She does the design work for Journey Together and our special events.