Founder, Executive Director, Head Trainer
Barbara Henry’s wide range of talents are rivaled only by her strength and tenacity. Barbara spent many years dedicating herself to providing therapeutic horseback riding lessons to children struggling with developmental disabilities or who were residing in the Colorado foster care system, when her family’s life was irrevocably changed by the tragedy of 2 randomly bizarre unrelated events that would leave Barbara struggling to overcome a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and her youngest daughter Caitlin suffering the effects of a spinal cord injury.
In 2006, Barbara took her years of horse training experience and her unique perspective into the world of persons with disabilities and began training her daughter’s first service dog, Badger. The process would include hundreds of hours of public access training, participation in a local owner/trained service dog program and regular class attendance at Caitlin’s elementary school. Ultimately, Badger spent 6 years by Caitlin’s side attending every important event from school field trips and family vacations to doctor visits and hospital stays, before beginning her gentle transition into retirement in 2012.
During her time in service, Badger assisted Caitlin with mobility by pulling her wheelchair, helping her walk, stabilizing her balance and building her self-esteem. More importantly, Badger brought Barbara’s unique talents and skills into the world of service dog training. By 2012, Barbara was laying the foundation for Domino Service Dogs (DSD).
Barbara is an AKC Canine Good Citizens Evaluator, a Canine Life and Social Skill Evaluator, a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, and a graduate of Rocky Mountain Regional Dog Training Academy.
Assistant Trainer, Owner of Bee A Good Dog
Maureen has had dogs and cats all her life. She’s loved all critters from a young age, and has always enjoyed working and playing with their family dogs. Maureen was taught the choke chain method of training, but that method always felt invasive and it never felt like the right thing to do. She knew there had to be a better, more positive way to train.
Chester the Wonder Pup, a rescue from Boulder Humane Society, has been Maureen’s biggest inspiration to become a full-time, gentle-method dog trainer. Maureen graduated from Rocky Mountain Regional Dog Trainer Academy in August 2012. Since then she has had opportunities to do a lot of hands-on volunteer work as well as complete additional courses to expand her knowledge while continuing to work clients and their dogs.
As a former volunteer and a current foster mom to puppies and dogs that would otherwise be euthanized, Maureen knows first hand how important training is to keep your FurBaby in their FurEver home.
Maureen is an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator, a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and Pet Professional Guild, as well as having just received her Humane Trainer Certification. She continues to expand her knowledge through seminars, workshops and classes.
Maureen is also proud and honored to be a volunteer trainer with DSD!
Julie grew up in South Dakota and went to Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD. She worked for Earth Resources Observation Systems and transferred to Denver with the US Geological Survey in 1982. Julie then attended the Denver Paralegal Institute and worked as a paralegal for approximately eighteen years. Her last few years at work were for an oil and gas company doing land work and oil and gas accounting. Julie had to leave the work force on disability due to a host of autoimmune diseases and neurological disorders.
Julie grew up with dogs and has had several her entire adult life. She began to look into service dogs on the suggestion of her rheumatologist, but after researching service dog organizations—and seeing their costs and wait lists—she did not think a service dog was even an option. However, she ran across DSD and emailed Barbara Henry. This resulted in her meeting Maislyn, a gorgeous, loving, and very bright chocolate Labrador. Maislyn has lived, very happily, and trained with Julie since June of 2014. Maislyn prevents falls, picks up a plethora of objects on a daily basis, and assists with clothing. She helps with laundry, opens automatic doors with the handicap button, turns on lights, brings the phone when asked, and more. They will graduate from DSD in August 2016.
Julie is a member of PEO, an international philanthropic education organization that promotes the higher education of women by providing loans, scholarships, and grants. She has been Treasurer, Recording Secretary, and President throughout her 35 years of membership in the local chapter. She served as Treasurer of the Colorado Metalsmithing Association for two years. She has also served on PTA boards, band board, and other organizations that come along with children.
Dr. Brett Sargent, DVM
Dr. Brett Sargent earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in 1987. Shortly after graduation he joined his father at Front Range Veterinary Clinic. Brett’s area of special interest includes internal medicine, dentistry, and soft tissue surgery. Dr. Brett has been certified as a Diplomate by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) specializing in canine and feline practice. Dr. Brett Sargent was awarded the 2012 Cappi Service Animal award by the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition.
Jay Swearingen has lived in Colorado for most of his life and received his Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree from the University of Denver Law School in 1972. His legal background includes serving as house counsel for the Colorado Association of School Boards, as well as being a partner in the private-practice law firm of Miller and Swearingen, and being a solo practitioner. His areas of expertise include Civil Rights, along with Municipal, Public Sector, Education and Administrative Law.
Jay’s life-long interest in animals began with his horse, cats, pigeons and a Bantam rooster he owned as a child, and he has since raised and trained seven German Shepherds who have earned various American Kennel Club and Schutzhund titles. He has served as a past President of the Western America Region of the Deutscher Verband der Gebrauchshundsportvereine (a German dog sport organization), and remains a founding member of Centennial Schutzhund club begun in 1980. He has held the positions of President, Vice President and Training Director and has helped train, test, and evaluate nearly 1,000 working and sport dogs for club members and the general public. The club offers membership to both private individuals and police officers.
At the Animal Law Center, Jay works closely with clients on a wide variety of cases and is involved in issues that range from preserving owners’ rights and preventing animal cruelty, to facilitating pet-custody agreements, and fighting breed-specific legislation. Jay is a passionate advocate for working and service dogs and their owners.
Marilou is a gifted realtor with Re/Max of Cherry Creek. She is an avid dog lover and excellent people person. Marilou is our newest director and was instrumental in finding us a location to lease for our training center. Marilou is consistently using her skills and contacts to help DSD daily operations.
Felicia Diamond has been passionately involved in the nonprofit sector for over 40 years as a volunteer, lobbyist, founder, executive director, development and marketing director, consultant and board member.
Her greatest love is for animals and she is particularly happy when animals are able to do the work for which they have been bred. She is well versed in the human-animal bond as she and her husband live their lives with four dogs, two chickens and two “grand parrots”. In spite of her efforts, none of their animals behave well.
Felicia also sits on the Board of Directors of the Urban Farm at Stapleton.