2017/2018 CPL Board of Directors
Officers of the Board
President Janet Cooper
Janet started volunteering with CPL in 2010. She started out by volunteering in the cuddle room, then walking the kennel pups, temporary puppy home, breeder dog home for Journey and performed numerous demonstrations. Janet joined the BOD in June 2014. She was the Board Secretary from August 2016 – March 2018 and is now the board’s President.
Janet has been an Executive Assistant at West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. in Exton, PA, for the past 16 years. West chose CPL as their local charity of choice in 2010 and they continue to support CPL year after year. Janet is a committee member of the company’s “West without Borders” charity, through which West has raised over $3 million for local and global charities since 2004.
Janet feels passionate about CPL’s mission and takes every opportunity to spread the word about the impact our service and home companion dogs have on people’s lives!
Vice President Glenn Stryjewski
Dr. Glenn Stryjewski is a Pediatric Critical Care physician. 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 are now active volunteers at CPL. They reside in nearby Avondale, Pennsylvania. They have two wonderful daughters, Sophia, age 15 and Isabella, age 13, and two rescue dogs Tessa and Abbey.
Secretary Alex Joyce*
Alex Joyce is an attorney who works in Wilmington, Delaware. Alex has served as a judicial law clerk to Judge John Parkins, Jr. in the Delaware Superior Court, and has also served as the Josiah Oliver Wolcott Fellow law clerk to Chief Justice Leo Strine in the Delaware Supreme Court. Alex graduated cum laude from Widener University Delaware Law School in May 2017, and with pro bono distinction. She was admitted to the practice law in Delaware in December 2017, and was admitted to practice in the District Court for the District of Delaware in January 2018. Alex received her Bachelors of Science summa cum laude from Wilmington University.
Alex has been involved with CPL since 2008 as a volunteer and service dog recipient. She is currently partnered with her third service dog, Prize, who is also an honorary member of the Delaware Bar, and who accompanies her in and out of the courtroom. Alex has spoken at many CPL events, and provides service dog demonstrations in the community. She volunteers for a number of different projects for CPL‚ including Open House functions and administrative tasks. Alex and her family are great ambassadors for spreading the word about CPL and have been devoted puppy raisers.
Alex was elected to the Board of Directors in 2014, and has been an Executive Committee member since her election, serving first as Secretary, then Vice President. She also serves as Co-Chair of both the Board Governance Committee and Bylaws Committee.
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
David W. Baker
Dave is a Principal with Navigate, a Philadelphia-based management consulting firm that works with clients to drive business effectiveness. He has over 25 years of industry and consulting experience focused in technology, operations and business management. Dave is responsible for delivering solutions that enable clients to streamline operations, support growth and improve profitability.
Earlier in his career, David was the founder and President of a successful information technology consulting firm that provided services and solutions to pharmaceutical, insurance and retail clients throughout the Greater Philadelphia region.
Dave grew up in Delaware County, Pennsylvania and graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1991 with a BS in Computer Science. Dave settled in the Philadelphia region, and currently resides in Exton, PA with his wife Cathy and four children.
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 Welsh Springer Spaniels: Rhys and Tully.
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 Founder, Darlene Sullivan, when she was a teacher at Centreville School, and she referred children with special needs to him. 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 five 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 has been placed in a companion home, Snugles, who has been placed in a companion home, and Louis who is being prepared for a companion home placement. 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 Balick, Mimi, Kadince, Snugles and Louis to many football and basketball games throughout the seasons.
Joseph Fratinardo Jr., CPA
Joe Fratinardo is a retired financial executive with over 30 years of experience in public and industry accounting. Joe started his career in public accounting with Ernst and Young for 5 years. Joe worked at Wyeth for 18 years and held numerous roles in corporate and operations finance. Most recently Joe worked for 7 years at West Pharmaceutical Services as VP of Finance. Joe obtained his BBA from Pace University and is a CPA. Joe is also actively involved with other non-profit organizations. He is the President of the West Chester Food Cupboard and serves on the Finance Committee for Unite for HER.
Jeffrey M. Gorris, Esq.
Jeff Gorris is a partner at the Wilmington, Delaware law firm of Friedlander & Gorris, P.A. His practice focuses on corporate litigation in the Delaware Court of Chancery. Prior to his career as an attorney, Jeff was a CPA at a big four accounting firm. He earned his BBA from the University of Notre Dame and his JD from the University of Pennsylvania. Jeff began his involvement with CPL as a donor in 2013. Now, in addition to serving on the board, he and his wife regularly open their home to service dogs-in-training.
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 studied accounting at Penn State University and worked in customer service and consumer lending in the banking business for 13 years. She currently co-owns a distribution company with her husband.
Jen 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.
In addition to serving on CPL’s Board of Directors, Jen helps plan CPL’s large fundraising events and gives presentations to educate the local community about CPL’s services. In her spare time, Jen stays busy by volunteering for several other organizations in the community. She works with PAWS for People, Goldheart Golden Retriever Rescue, Meals on Wheels, St. Mary’s Church, and even volunteers for the USGA Men’s US Open Golf Tournament.
Erin O’ Brien
Erin O’Brien is Vice President of Product Management and Marketing Operations at West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc., a leading global manufacturer in the design and production of technologically advanced, high-quality, integrated containment and delivery systems for injectable medicines. 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, 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. Erin also volunteers with her local chapter of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association.
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.
2017/2018 CPL Board Observers
Alison began volunteering with the CPL Board of Directors via the Board Observer Program, which is sponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association, in 2016.
Alison is an attorney at Archer & Greiner in Philadelphia where she practices in their Business Litigation group. At CPL, she assists the Board of Directors with the legal and practical issues associated with the running of a non-profit organization. Alison was drawn to CPL by their commitment to raising service dogs and home companion dogs which profoundly change the lives of their recipients.
* Indicates the person is a service-dog recipient