Sharon and Garni
Sharon was partnered with her first CPL service dog, C.W., in 2008. Unfortunately, due to health reasons, C.W. has retired (he will be staying on as …
Officers of the Board
President Janie Cramer
Ms. Cramer graduated from The University of Maryland, School of Nursing with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (B.S.N.) and as a Registered Nurse. She worked at South Baltimore General Hospital in Pediatrics, John’s Hopkins Hospital’s, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit as a Senior Clinical Nurse specializing in Cancer Care for Children and as a Nurse Manager at St. Joseph’s Hospital’s Pediatric Unit. During her tenure, she presented training sessions for managers and directors on the process of Performance Appraisals and Staff Development. She also implemented a comprehensive program, which planned individualized care for children with disabilities that included child life, play therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy. Ms. Cramer enjoys time with her family including her husband and two daughters.
Ms. Cramer has served on the Board of Sanford School’s Home and School for two years and was involved in their annual fundraising event. She has been a volunteer at CPL for 13 years as a puppy raiser and also as a breeding program home for Butter and now Butter’s daughter, Susan. Ms. Cramer coordinates visits by CPL dogs to local assisted living facilities. She also presents demonstrations to different groups to help build awareness of CPL’s work and the work of service dogs. She served on CPL’s spring event committee for several years and enjoys being an ambassador for CPL’s mission and core values. Ms. Cramer had previously been on the Board of Directors for a six-year term and has been Chairperson of the Board Governance Committee for the past eight years working on Board Governance, Recruitment, and Education. She also serves as Co-Chairperson of the By-Laws Committee.
Vice President Alex Joyce*
Alex Joyce has been involved with CPL since 2008 as a volunteer and service dog recipient. With her canine partner, Shandy, by her side, she has spoken at many CPL events and often volunteers to provide service dog demonstrations in the community. She has volunteered for a number of different projects for CPL‚ including Open House functions and administrative tasks. Alex was elected to the Board of Directors in 2014, and she is an active member of the Board Governance Committee and Co-Chair of the Bylaws Committee. She previously served as Secretary of the Board. Alex and her family are great ambassadors for spreading the word about CPL and have been devoted puppy raisers.
Alex graduated summa cum laude from Wilmington University, with a B.S. in Legal Studies, and Certificates in Child Advocacy and Criminal Justice. She is currently a J.D. Candidate at Widener University Delaware Law School (anticipated graduation, May 2017). In addition to her studies at Widener Law, Alex serves as President of the Transactional Law Honor Society, and is the Josiah Oliver Wolcott Fellow to the Honorable Chief Justice Leo E. Strine of the Supreme Court of Delaware. Alex has consistently ranked within the top ten students in her law school class, and has been awarded Dean’s Lists honors.
Secretary Janet Cooper
Janet Cooper has been an active volunteer at CPL since 2010. She provides a home for one of CPL’s breeding program dogs (Journey), as well as serving as a temporary puppy-home. In addition, Janet performs demonstrations, participates in socialization outings, and has gone on a few prison puppy training trips. She serves as Secretary on CPL’s Board of Directors and Co-Chair of the Board Governance Committee.
Janet has been employed at West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. in Exton, PA, for more than 14 years as an Executive Assistant. She is a committee member of the Company’s “West without Borders” charity, through which West has raised over $2.5 million for local and global charities since 2004. CPL was West Exton’s charity of choice in 2010. Janet feels passionate about CPL’s mission and takes every opportunity to spread the word about the impact service and companion dogs can have on a person’s life!
Treasurer Cynthia S. Gorton
Co-Treasurer Mike Flynn
Mike Flynn is a financial executive with over 30 years of experience in public and industry accounting. He is currently serving as the CFO/Secretary Treasurer and Chief Compliance Officer for a Real Estate Investment Fund where he is responsible for all accounting, finance, tax, audit, and treasury functions. Mike previously worked as an Assistant Global Controller for an industry leading consulting firm, was a Senior Manager within a public accounting firm specializing in not-for-profit accounting and consulting, and was owner/manager of an IT consulting firm. Mike served as Commissioned Officer in the United States Marine Corps (1984–1988) where he was selected for the rank of Captain. He obtained a BBA (concentration in accounting) from the University of Notre Dame, an M.S.B.A. from Boston University and successfully completed the CPA exam in 1989.
2017/2018 CPL Board Members
Mary A. Bryant, V.M.D.
Dr. Mary Bryant is a 1995 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine and spent 8 ½ years in small animal private practice in Wilmington Delaware. In 2004, Mary joined Merial and spent 11 years there, first as a Senior Technical Services Veterinarian and then promoted to the Northeast Regional Director of Field Veterinary Services. In May 2015, Mary became the first Executive Director for the Office for Students at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine where she leads the now combined offices of admissions and student affairs. Dr. Bryant is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Penn Vet, where she coordinates and teaches a career development course to third year veterinary students.
Dr. Bryant is actively involved in the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association, having served as PVMA President in 2007. In August of 2014, she was the recipient of PVMA’s “2014 Distinguished Veterinary Service Award.” While working in Delaware, Dr. Bryant was named the DVMA’s “Veterinarian of the Year” in 2000. Dr. Bryant has had national leadership roles in the AVMA as well as AAHA.
Dr. Bryant was a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Veterinary Economics for three years and has written extensively for Veterinary Economics, publishing more than a dozen articles within that time frame. Dr. Bryant has also published in AAHA’s Trends Magazine, Cat Fancy and Kittens USA. Dr. Bryant also has a short story published in “Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover’s Soul”.
Dr. Bryant resides in West Chester, PA, with her husband, Michael Saporito, PhD, a neurobiologist and co-founder of Melior Discovery, a biotechnology company located in Exton, PA. She has 2 furry children: Rhys, titled in obedience and a certified Canine Good Citizen and Sam, the world’s best Border Collie, because he has no herding sense whatsoever.
Jessalyn Cool, Esq.
Jessalyn Cool, Esq. is an associate attorney at RFE LAW Firm, LLC. where she represents disabled and catastrophically injured clients to help ensure they receive the medical care and treatments they require as a result of their injuries. Canine Partners for Life hosted Ms. Cool as part of the 2014–2015 Philadelphia Bar Association Young Lawyers Division’s Board Observer Program and offered her a Board position at the end of the program.
In addition to joining Canine Partners for Life’s Board, Ms. Cool dedicates the majority of her professional career to helping those in need while also encouraging others to do so. Ms. Cool is very passionate about showing respect and gratitude toward and obtaining justice for those who have fought for our country, both at home and abroad. Currently, she is a volunteer attorney for the Widener University Delaware Law School Veterans Law Clinic and also offers her services through the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s “Lawyers Saluting Veterans” program. As part of her private practice commitment to pro bono service, she regularly handles Veteran’s Disability Benefit appeals, at no cost to veterans. Ms. Cool also regularly volunteers with Wills For Heroes to provide both veterans and first-responders with the comfort of knowing that if the worst should happen, their last wishes will be made known and honored.
Ms. Cool is a graduate of Temple University with a B.A. in Psychology. She graduated from Widener University School of Law with pro bono distinction, where she was a three-time Martin Luther King, Jr. Public Service Fellow, a Reed Smith Public Interest Fellow, and also earned the Thomas P. Lomax & Nicholas Theodore Memorial Award, for being the graduating student who devoted the most time (over 730 hours) to public service during law school.
She has also previously volunteered her time with the Delaware Valley Legal Services (DVLS) Domestic Violence Project, where she assisted a diverse community of domestic abuse survivors and helped formulate materials to distribute to and educate them about how to increase personal security by being cautious with their use of social media and technology.
Ms. Cool resides in Swarthmore, Pa with her 6 year old rescue Lab/Mastiff, Doyle, whose special attributes include having a particular knack for finding unique hiding places during thunderstorms, being terrified of boiling water as well as the Crockpot, and thinking he’s a 100 lb. lap dog.
Michael Dzuba is a licensed clinical social worker who lives in Philadelphia and works in private practice in Wilmington DE with a group called Broudy and Associates. Mr. Dzuba has had a wide range of experience with young children, adolescents, and adults. He has also worked extensively in family therapy and with couples. He became acquainted with CPL Executive Director and Founder Darlene Sullivan when she was a teacher at Centreville School, and she referred children with special needs to hm. He has been involved with CPL as a donor in addition to being a volunteer puppy raiser and providing a home for a breeder. In the past three years, Mr. Dzuba and his wife Linda have raised four dogs for CPL: Balick, who has been successfully placed with a CPL recipient, Mimi, who has been released from the breeder program and resides with them, Kadince, who is in the kennel, and Snugles, who is in her first year in the program. He finds the experience of raising service puppies immensely rewarding, especially the support he feels from the CPL community. Mr. Dzuba graduated from Temple University with a BA in English and the University Of Pennsylvania graduate School Of Social Work where he received his MSW degree. Mr. Dzuba is a fervent Temple Owls fan and is known for taking first Balick, then Mimi, then Kadince, and now Snugles to many football and basketball games throughout the seasons.
Tory Kitchell has served numerous six-year terms on CPL’s Board of Directors. She has also been a volunteer in many capacities. Her efforts have been integral to the success of many of CPL’s fundraising events including the past Capital Campaign, and the Annual Spring Events. She is an ambassador for CPL every day with everyone she meets. Ms. Kitchell is currently the chairperson for the Capital Campaign Committee.
Jennifer Madden is new to CPL although she is not new to organizations that understand how a dog’s love and abilities can help people live more fulfilling lives. She studied accounting at Penn State University and worked in customer service and consumer lending in the banking business for 13 years. She currently volunteers for several organizations in the community including ‘PAWS for People’, ‘Goldheart Golden Retriever Rescue,’ ‘Meals on Wheels’ and at St. Mary’s Church.
She has served as both the President and Vice President on Sanford School’s Board of Directors. She has also served on their Building and Grounds Committee and as the Auction Acquisition Chairperson. During that time, Ms. Madden allocated funds raised by the Home and School Associations to the school for special purchases. Her experiences include planning and managing the Home and School budget and coordinating fundraising activities.
Erin O’ Brien
Erin O’Brien is a Senior Director of Marketing at West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc., a leading manufacturer of packaging components and delivery systems for injectable drugs and healthcare products. Prior to joining West, Erin spent 15 years in global sales & marketing positions at FMC BioPolymer, a leading pharmaceutical excipient manufacturer, including assignments leading the sales teams in North America and Europe.
Erin received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a B.A. in General Arts and Sciences with a minor in History from Penn State University. In addition to her role on the CPL Board of Directors and Bylaws Committee, she is a member of the Advisory Council for DCAT (the Drug, Chemical and Associated Technologies Association), the premier business development association in pharma, whose membership is comprised of companies that manufacture, distribute or provide services to the pharmaceutical, chemical, and related industries.
She resides in Chester County, PA with her husband, two Rottweilers and 3 cats.
Dr. Grafton Reeves
Grafton D. Reeves, M.D., is the Medical Director, Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) Program, at the Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE. His work has been recognized many times over and he has been acknowledged as one of Delaware’s “Top Doc’s” (Delaware Today Magazine); “The Best Doctors in America” (Best Doctors Database); “America’s Registry of Outstanding Professionals;” and Strathmore’s “Who’s Who” Registry.” In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Reeves has had a number of faculty appointments including: Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Jefferson Medical College, Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Jefferson Medical College, and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Jefferson Medical College. He is a member of American Diabetes Association, The Endocrine Society, Lawson Wilkins Pediatric Endocrine Society, and American Academy of Pediatrics, Fellow. Dr. Reeves graduated from Yale University (B.A.) and Temple University (M.D.).Dr. Reeves and his wife, Deenie, have been supporters of CPL from the very beginning, over 20 years ago.
Dr. Glenn Stryjewski
Dr. Glenn Stryjewski is a Pediatric Critical Care physician new to the CPL organization. After receiving his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University he went on to medical school at the State University of New York in Brooklyn. Pediatric training brought him to the Philadelphia area where he met his wife Alison, a Pediatric Nurse. After additional training and receiving his Masters of Public Health from George Washington University, they both came to work at the Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington. While there, he became the Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit as well as the Director of Nemours Inpatient Partnerships. He has an active teaching role at the Thomas Jefferson University where he is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics.
He has been named one of “Delaware’s Top Docs” for the past several years. Most recently however, he has taken a new position as the Clinical Inpatient Director of Pediatric Critical Care at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. It is a unique position with quite the commute, but has allowed him time to dedicate his energy to other passions. After seeking out several possible options to support philanthropic organizations, Glenn knew CPL was the one for him. He recognized CPL’s dedication to helping others as well as the unique services provided were a perfect fit.
Glenn and Alison reside in nearby Avondale Pennsylvania. They have two wonderful daughters, Sophia, age 13 and Isabella, age 11. They have adopted two rescue dogs, Tessa and Abbey. The entire family is looking forward to becoming actively involved with CPL.
2017/2018 CPL Board Observers
* Indicates the person is a service-dog recipient