Southwest Training Center

Serving Arizona, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Southern California, Southern Nevada and Hawaii

The Southwest Region of Canine Companions was founded in 1986. We serve Arizona, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Southern California, Southern Nevada and Hawaii. The Southwest Regional Training Center is named the Dean, Gerda and Trixie Koontz Campus after our campus benefactors: bestselling author Dean Koontz, his wife and their late Golden Retriever adopted from Canine Companions after being retired from service.

The Dean, Gerda and Trixie Koontz Campus is located in Oceanside, California. We invite you to explore our volunteer opportunitiesmake a donation or attend an eventPresentations are also available for your group by Canine Companions representatives. The Dean, Gerda and Trixie Koontz Campus offers regular public tours.

Southwest Region Staff:
Marcell Mallette, Executive Director | Shelley Dickinson, Program Director | Chuck Dickinson, Training Manager | Becky Hein, Puppy Program Manager | Piero Berlonghi, Senior Development Director | Paul O’Brien, Colorado Development Director | Joanna Mueller, Development Director, Donor & Corporate Engagement | Kim Danker, Development Associate | Stacy Haynes, Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator | Gwen Seah, Volunteer Coordinator | Lauren Marshall, Community Events Coordinator

Southwest Region Board of Directors:
Sheryl Ishizaki, President | Joseph Celentano | Kim Haydel | Leslie Hennessy, Ph.D. | Jack Peluso | Susan Ryan, M.D. | Sondra Thiederman, Ph.D. | Glenn Torrez

Three Canine Companions dogs sitting in front of the Southwest Region campus sign

Canine Companions 

The Dean, Gerda and Trixie Koontz Campus
124 Rancho del Oro Drive
Oceanside, CA 92057
(760) 901-4300 Voice
(760) 901-4350 Fax
(800) 572-BARK (2275) Toll-free

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