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
- MA, Spanish and MS, Computer Science
- 47 hours Training in Domestic Violence Advocacy through the YWCA and Raphael House of Portland and Clackamas Women’s Services
- 6 hours Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) training along with the staff of Raphael House
- Animal-Assisted Play Therapy Level 1 Certification
- TAGteach Level 1
- Former Pet Partner® (formerly Delta Society) with Lili and Eli
- “Kids on the Block” Powerful Puppetry DoveLewis-certified handler in dog safety program, 3 years
- “SMART” reader, five years
- Licensed Doggone Safe “Be-a-Tree” Presenter
- Licensed “I Speak Doggy” and “Dog Stars” Dog Safety Program Presenter
- 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.
- 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
- BS, Biology and BS, Medical Technology
- Application System Analyst for Legacy Health Systems
- Owner/Trainer, Cold Noses Warm Hearts Dog Training and A.A.T.
- Pet Partner® (formerly Delta) Team with three German Shepherds.
- Teaches an Animal-Assisted Therapy Prep Workshop, and provides mentoring for therapy teams
- APDT C.L.A.S.S. (Canine Life and Social Skills) Instructor and Evaluator
- Active member HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response and National Animal-Assisted Crisis Response ( NAACR)
- Served on DoveLewis Animal Assisted Therapy and Education (DLAATE) Steering Committee
- Experienced Obedience and Humane Education Trainer
- AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Instructor and Evaluator
- Pet Partner® Team Trainer, and Team Evaluator
- BA, Psychology and MA, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
- Crisis Counselor at Cascadia’s Urgent Walk-in Clinic
- 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