Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors includes professionals with many backgrounds – each enriches our understanding of how we can contribute most effectively.


Linda Keast, Director / Chief S.T.A.R. Handler

Received April 22, 2013

Received April 22, 2013

Association of Professional Dog Trainers

  • Professional Member:  Assoc. of Professional Dog Trainers
  • Canine Sport Competitor:
    • AKC and UKC Obedience/Rally (Utility/Excellent)
    • AKC Agility (Excellent B level before Eli retired)
    • Flyball (Flyball Master level before Eli retired)
    • Canine Freestyle (Intermediate level – Eli)
    • K9 Nose Work®  (Nose Work 1 title – Lili)
    • Barn Hunt (RATN – Eli)
    • Do More With Your Dog “Trick Dog” (Eli and Lili at Expert level)


Tina Arth, Treasurer and Founding Member of the Board

  • BA, English
  • Retired Director of Physical Science Student Affairs, UC Irvine
  • Judge for 12 years in the Music and Arts Program. for Youth
  • Member, Board of Directors, Animal Aid, Inc.


Robert Robison, S.T.A.R. Handler

  • BA, Social Work and MA, Public Administration
  • Crime Victims Services Manager, Retired, Multnomah County Community Justice
  • Taught undergraduate criminology students about working with crime victims, Portland State University
  • Proud owner of Dylan the Wonder Dog, his fourth Golden Retriever


Lori Gamroth, Curriculum Coordinator and S.T.A.R. Handler

  • BS in Elementary Education, MS in Curriculum and Instruction, Spec. in Early Childhood
  • 30+ years of teaching and working with children and families in a variety of formal and informal settings
  • Former Child Development Instructor with NW Nannies
  • Former CASA for Yamhill County
  • Community Trainer for Oregon Registry for Childhood Care and Education
  • Positive Discipline Parent Educator
  • Taught conflict resolution for adults through the Oregon State Extension

Regina Noxon, Asst. Director and S.T.A.R. Handler

  • Regina is a S.T.A.R. Team handler with two of her dogs. In this role, Regina coordinates and volunteers directly with youths and helping train incoming teams to Little Dog Laughed.
  • Regina has more than 30 years of animal training experience ranging from riding and showing horses through 4-H as a teenager, to coaching equestrian Special Olympics teams and training dogs.
  • Prior to starting her voluteering with TLDL, Regina spent 6 years as a coach for Special Olympics and training horses for children.
  • Regina’a varied background in teaching at residential facilities, animal training and volunteering provided the perfect foundation for being a S.T.A.R Team handler.
  • Passionate about positive training modalities and its possibilities, Regina provides support and experiences that help youths and new team members embrace new training ideas.


Advisory Board

Samantha Balmes

  • JD from Vermont Law School with certification in International Comparative Legal Systems and emphasis on Environmental Lay (licensed in Vermont and Washington)
  • BAA in International Business from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, with second emphasis on French and a Paralegal certification
  • 5 years as pro bono counsel for animal nonprofits
  • 15 years experience in event coordination and fundraising, event coordination, and volunteer management
  • 4 years experience as a Girl Scout leader


Linda Hamilton

Association of Professional Dog Trainers


Kristin Lewallen

  • BA, Psychology and MA, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Clinical Specialist II at ProtoCall Services, Inc.
  • 9 years of experience working with at-risk youth
  • Trained in Trauma Informed Care and Nonviolent Crisis Intervention


Sally Simon (on medical leave)

  • MSW in Clinical Social Work
  • LCSW – Inactive (retired)
  • Past Children’s Program Coordinator in a domestic violence shelter in Houston
  • Over 30 years clinical and managerial experience in variety of inpatient and  outpatient treatment settings with children, adolescents and adults of all ages
  • Knowledge of mental health, chemical dependency and medical issues