Nicole Hern – Director of Canine Education
Nicole’s animal experience comes from her work as a zookeeper, and in veterinary hospitals. Recently she attended Bergin University of Canine Studies which is the only accredited university for canine studies in the world. Nicole has ten years of experience as a manager/social worker. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Education of the Deaf and a Master’s degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling.
Nicole has two Boston Terriers “Bounty” and “Peanut”.
Rosa Mendoza – Canine Educator
At 17 years old Rosa became interested in service dogs. She participated in a high school elective class for 2 years for the Assistant Service Dog Educational Center. After completing her general education classes at Sacramento State, she transferred to Bergin University of Canine Studies. Rosa graduated from the Assistance Education Associates of Science in 2012. She then went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Cynology (the study of canines) in 2014, also from Bergin University.
Courtney Threw – Canine Educator
Courtney is originally from Exeter, CA and moved to San Luis Obispo to attend Cal Poly. She graduated with a degree in child development and a minor in psychology. Courtney always had a passion for dogs growing up and volunteered at a service dog organization in Woodlake, CA when she was younger. Courtney always knew she wanted to work with dogs, so after graduating from Cal Poly she attended the Assistance Dog Training Seminar at Bergin University. Courtney started as a volunteer at New Life K9s and currently is a puppy raiser for Jud, one of the dogs that is currently being taught to become a service dog.