ANIMALS 4 THERAPY
A NON-PROFIT 501(c)(3) ORGANIZATION

Who's Who


 
 
 


KATERI NELSON, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
TRAUMA SUPPORT PROGRAMS, INSTRUCTOR & EVALUATOR


    After many years of volunteering at several facilities, it became clear to us that a “resource center” was needed for all -- teams and facilities -- offering clear, accurate, and unbiased information to those interested or already involved in therapy animal programs in the Rocky Mountain region. 

    As a former adjunct professor and educator, I also saw that there was a need for additional training to better prepare future visiting teams, which is why I developed the Get Ready for Therapy Work curriculum.

    
The information provided in the following pages does not answer your questions? No worries! You can always call us, or send us a request by filling out the contact form on the last page.

    So here we go!

   Co-founders


ABOUT KATERI
Delta Society/Pet Partners Registered Therapy Animal Handler since 2006
Delta Society/Pet Partners Licensed Instructor and Team Evaluator since 2010
One of the few truly qualified Pet Partners horse evaluators in Colorado
AKC®'s Canine Good Citizen® (CGC™) Program Licensed Evaluator since 2011
HOPE Animal-assisted crisis response member 2014-2015
R.E.A.D.® registered team
Former Board Member, All Breed Rescue Network
Former Board Member, Safe Harbor Lab Rescue
Trauma Support Team for the court system
2016 Volunteer Innovation Award, 18th Judicial District, Colorado

    
I joined Delta Society (Pet Partners' former name) in 2006, first with my late yellow lab Spencer who was always a serious and professional volunteer at Swedish Medical Center, then with my black lab Chester, a multi-talented partner who still enjoys visiting anyone, anywhere, anytime, more recently at Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colorado. For Chester's story, click here!Chester_s_Story-A_Long_Detour.pdf
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ABOUT CHESTER
Full name: Everso's Winchester Black Diamond, RN, ThD, CGC
Registered therapy dog with Pet Partners since 2008. Rating: Complex.
Certified Crisis Response Dog through HOPE AACR
Registered with Reading Education Assistance Dogs® (R.E.A.D.)
Worked at Mental Health Center of Denver, Swedish Medical Center, Sky Ridge Medical Center, Rocky Mountain MS Center, and more recently at Craig Hospital and Jefferson County Public Libraries, plus numerous public events such as the Rocky Mountain Cluster Dog Show, and the Read-for-the-Record global literacy project featured in the Denver Post:
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Trauma Support Dog, Animals 4 Therapy Canine-Assisted Trauma Support Program, Arapahoe Justice Center
Hero Dog Award Nominee 2016, American Humane Association


    Chester is a sweet, caring, patient pup, always happy to visit with people in any environment: hospitals, schools, courts, public events, etc. Chester has been hugged, kissed, massaged, and admired by hundreds -- if not thousands -- of fans since he started working.

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
DEAN NELSON, CHAIRMAN
DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE PROGRAMS & PRESS RELATIONS
dean@animals4therapy.org

FELICIA MULLINS, SECRETARY/TREASURER
COMMUNITY OUTREACH


OUR PROGRAM DIRECTORS

SUE DAVIS, R.E.A.D.
ASSISTANT EVALUATOR

KENT WISE
DIRECTOR, ASSISTED-LIVING AND MEMORY CARE PROGRAMS

OUR ADVISORY BOARD

JOSEPH P. BENKERT, P.C.
ATTORNEY-AT-LAW

Joseph P. Benkert is the founder of Colorado 9-1-1 Foundation, a non-profit corporation and 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization established to raise funds through charitable donations from the general public and businesses in Colorado, and make grants to fund improvements in Colorado Public Safety Answering Points and deployment of a Next Generation 9-1-1 Network in Colorado. The Foundation also conducts public information campaigns promoting effective use of 9-1-1 and Emergency Notification Services. 

In addition to his deep knowledge of non-profits and their operation/ administration, Joe is a telecommunications and new technologies attorney with a national practice. For almost 30 years he has represented clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to “mom and pop” entrepreneurs in regulatory, transactional and litigation matters. 


KRIS FATTOR, DVM, MBA
SMALL ANIMAL PRACTICE OWNER

Dr. Kris Fattor has owned and operated Green Mountain Animal Hospital in Golden, Colorado for the past 20 years.  He has served on the Executive Boards of the Denver Veterinary Medical Society, the Sierra Veterinary Medicine Association, and many committees for these associations as well as the Comparative Veterinary Gastro-enterology Society, and the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association.  

Over his career he has also been involved in many charitable non-profit organizations in Colorado as a volunteer, board member and also has served on many committees for these associations.  These have included human-animal bond groups, organizations for people with disabilities, performing arts, rural human medical services, recreational districts, dog shows, and state political entities. Kris also was the only veterinarian to serve on the Board for the Colorado State Department of Agriculture's efforts to put together the vicious animal and domestic hybrid legislation that passed in the Colorado State Legislature and became law.  He has served as an expert witness in animal cruelty court cases and peer reviewed professional conduct rulings.



MARIE SUTHERS, DVM
PROFESSOR OF ANTHROZOOLOGY

Dr. Marie Suthers teaches anthrozoology at Carroll College, Helena, Montana. She has more than 25 years of experience in veterinary practice, academic and community education, and the study of human-animal interaction. Marie is also a well-known national and international speaker on the relationship between people and animals including the impact of human-animal interaction on specific human populations and the wellbeing of animals employed in therapeutic interventions for humans.

Prior to joining Carroll College, Marie served as Vice President of Human-Animal Interactions for the American Humane Association. Previously, she was the Director of Community Education for Heifer International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to relieving global hunger and poverty, and also developed and directed the Center for Animal-Human Relationships at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech, where her focus involved human well-being as it relates to interaction with companion animals.

She is former-President of the American Association of Human Animal Bond Veterinarians and served on the board of directors of the International Society for Anthrozoology, the Association for Veterinary Family Practice and the Animal Related Careers Consortium. 



TED TERROUX
DOG TRAINER/BEHAVIORIST, AUTHOR

Ted Terroux began handling and training household, show, field and obedience trial dogs as a young child and has accumulated over 30 years of professional training experience with over 25,000 clients. He has personally lived with, cared for and trained 52 dogs of 28 different breeds from all seven AKC breed groups. Ted and his wife, Tiffany Terroux, authored The Complete Family Dog, previously titled Practice for Real Life.  Ted has been seen on Animal Planet, all major Denver television news channels, local newspapers and several national dog publications.

Ted is recognized as a dog behavior expert witness by several city and county jurisdictions in the Denver metro area and a canine behavior consultant and evaluator for many Rocky Mountain region rescue organizations dedicated to rehoming dogs.  He uses moderate approaches in his training methods that take into account the temperament of each individual dog, and emphasizes the importance of constructive interactions, socialization and exercise.   

 

MECHELLE MUNROE, LCSW
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Mechelle Munroe moved to Colorado in 2006 to obtain her master's degree from the Graduate School of Social Work at Denver University (DU).  In 2010, she returned to DU to complete the Animals and Human Health Certificate program and in 2011 became a registered therapy animal team with Pet Partners.  Upon completion of the program Mechelle and her dog Seamus became Red Cross volunteers and began a canine assisted therapy program with the Warrior Transition Battalion(WTB) at Fort Carson, Colorado. 

The canine Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) program helped service members in their treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, and adjustment disorders.  In June 2013, Mechelle and Seamus transferred from the WTB to the Fort Harrison VA Medical Center in Montana where they developed a canine AAT program for Veterans of all branches of the military.  Currently Mechelle and Seamus are working in the PTSD and Substance Abuse residential treatment units. 

     
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Please consider adopting from your local shelter or rescue if you're looking for a new therapy partner. Also, although therapy animals don't have to be altered, we strongly supports spay-neuter programs and believe that altered animals are able to better focus on our clients, and enjoy their career even more!
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Animals for Therapy
17130 W 53rd Ave Golden, CO 80403 US
Phone: 303-507-8234 Website: http://www.animals4therapy.org/
Training and evaluations for people and their pets interested in animal-assisted activities and therapy.

 
 
 
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