Board of Directors

   

  Board of Directors

The OccuPaws Guide Dog Association is proud to introduce the following individuals serving on its volunteer Board of Directors. The dedication and hard work put forth by all of our board members is integral to the development and success of OccuPaws.

President

Photo of Barbara Schultze Barb Schultze

President
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.

Vice President

Photo of Marlette LarsenMarlette Larsen

Vice 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.

Secretary

diane and kenzieDiane Hermann-Brown

Secretary
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.

Treasurer

photo of mark schultzeMark Schultze

Treasurer
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.

Orientation and Mobility Specialist

photo of pam reichPam Reich

Orientation 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.

Adult Outreach Director

Adult Outreach Director - Randy MeyerRandy Meyer

Adult 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.

CVCD/VAD Outreach Director

CVCD/VAD Outreach Director - DesAnne HippeDesAnne Hippe

CVCD/VAD Outreach Director
October 2012 - Present
E-Mail CVCD/VAD Outreach Director
 

DesAnne’s daughter was paired with an OccuPaws’ Children’s Visual Companion Dog, Slick, in 2009. She has enjoyed watching them grow and develop as a team. In her role as a board member, DesAnne helps prospective families consider how an OccuPaws service dog might benefit their child with a vision impairment.

Director-PawsForward

brenda photoBrenda Cirricione

Director-PawsForward Coordinator
June 2013 – Present
E-Mail PawsForward Director
 

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.

Labrador Breeding Director

photo of desirae pausmaDesirae Pausma

Labrador 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.

Director-PawsForward2

jenniferJennifer Dubie

Director-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.