Barb SchultzePresident August 2009 – Present E-Mail President
Barb retired several years ago from a large manufacturing firm where she was a planner/buyer. Mrs. Schultze has had dogs all of her life. She has previously trained service dogs for the physically disabled and therapy dogs for Animal Assisted Therapy.
Marlette LarsenVice President August 2010 – Present E-Mail Vice President
Marlette is a retired business owner, running the Happy Pastime Shop in Middleton for 35 years. As the Fund Raising Chair, she has managed numerous, very successful fund raising events for OccuPaws, as well as hosting Promise, our Ambassador Dog.
Diane Hermann-BrownSecretary October 2012 – Present E-Mail Secretary
Diane was recently elected to the board, but has been an OccuPaws Puppy Raiser, volunteer, and puppy sitter for several years. She is also the City Clerk for Sun Prairie, WI.
Mark SchultzeTreasurer August 2009 – Present E-Mail Treasurer
Mark is retired from the State of Wisconsin, where he was a bank examiner for several years. Prior to that he was President of Sytech Integration, and before that, a Vice President of a Wisconsin Bank holding company. He spent a large portion of his career creating and analyzing business plans, budgets and audits.
Pam ReichOrientation and Mobility Specialist December 2008 – Present E-Mail O & M Specialist
Pam has been a Teacher of the Visually Impaired for 29 years. Pam’s specific talents include: knowledge of the developmental process of visually impaired students from age 3 to 21, wide variety of skills taught to students with visual impairment such as technology, Braille, orientation and mobility skills at all levels, daily living skills, entertainment and recreation, social and independence skills.
Randy MeyerAdult Outreach Director October 2012 – Present E-Mail Adult Outreach Director
Randy received his first guide dog, Deegan, from OccuPaws in 2010. Randy helps guide dog applicants with questions and decisions about receiving and working with a guide dog. He also assists with OccuPaws Corporate Fund-Raising and in his spare time, is the Mayor of Sheboygan Falls, WI.
Brenda is a lifelong dog enthusiast. She has been instructing dog obedience for over 30 years and is a certified member of the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors. Brenda works full time as a Sr. Manager in IT at Thrivent Financial. Thrivent’s strong support for volunteerism enabled her to invest herself in helping inmates train dogs for OccuPaws clients.
Desirae PausmaLabrador Breeding Director November 2010 – Present E-Mail Labrador Breeding Director
Desirae has been involved with Labrador Retriever’s most of her life, breeding, raising, training and showing her dogs. She also donates some of those puppies to several service dog organizations. She also raises and shows Ragdoll Cats.
Jennifer DubieDirector – PawsForward January 2014 – Present E-Mail PawsForward Director
Jennifer met her best friend, Sacha-a golden retriever, when she was in high school and her love of dogs continues. She has been a socializer for PawsForward since January 2013 and is also their vet coordinator. She is an RN on the OB unit at Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh.
Kelsey MehlhoffDirector – Training Coordinator January 2015 – Present E-Mail Training Director
Kelsey has volunteered with OccuPaws since 2009. She raised many puppies before she began training and coordinating our puppy raisers. Kelsey has worked several years in professional development.
Gary TraynorDirector – Adult Outreach January 2015 – Present E-Mail Outreach Director
Gary is the President of the Blinded Veterans of Wisconsin, serves on the board of the Wisconsin Council for the Blind and is an active guide dog user. He is a very active advocate and travels the state extensively with his Guide, Reuben.