Board of Directors

Therapy Dogs United's Mission

Our mission is to motivate, inspire and enrich milestone moments for individuals with health conditions or impairments through the use of interactive animal-assisted therapy, humane education and the unconditional love of a therapy dog. At Therapy Dogs United, we have a proven track record of success. Every volunteer representing our organization is personally committed to ensuring your visit is pleasant, relaxing and memorable.

Our organization is proactive, and we show it by working hard to make a difference in every life we touch. While that is our organization's mission, our Board of Directors works tirelessly to help our team of certified therapy dog volunteers promote our mission, integrity, programs and events within the local community.

Board of Directors & Staff

  • Patricia Christianson - Executive Director & Founder 
  • Kelly Philson - Development Director & Hospital Liaison
  • Linda Holes - Treasurer, Board of Directors
  • Melanee Vogt - Board of Directors
  • Cherise Jones, LSW - Board of Directors
  • Lori Kieklak - Board of Directors
  • Cris Okulanis - Board of Directors (Florida)
  • Georgette Sanita - Board of Directors (Massachusetts)

Visits by our team of certified therapy dogs is available to any member agency that can benefit from our services. Please call our office at (814) 456-DOGS to schedule your visit, or visit our FAQ page.

Reminder: we only visit public facilities, not private residences.

Contact Us

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