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Yorkville, IL  60560

Meet the Fox Valley Therapy Dog Club

President
Lauwers, Jan Jan Lauwers is a life long dog lover and FVTDC member for 11 yrs. Retired now she has spent 50+ yrs grooming pets, working for vets and training “most” of the 20 dogs she has had. Most of those have been rescue or “second-hand” dogs. Missy is her only therapy dog now but she can seem like 2 or 3 when she gets wound-up.
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Vice President
Schumann, Sue I have been a board member since the club’s beginning in 2003 serving various positions. I have had 4 FVTDC therapy dogs but only have one currently active.
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Treasurer
Popp, Valerie  My name is Valerie Popp and I have been a member of the club since 2009. I have served as an officer on the Board of Directors in different roles for at least the past 5+ years. I have been involved in training dogs for  15 years in various capacities – -including many titles in dogs sports such as obedience, agility and nose work. As with many members of our club – my dogs have all been rescues – or should I say they rescued me. I do not have a dog that  I can visit with right now, but will when the right one comes along.  I do have Whitney who is part of the club, she isn’t interested in the “visiting therapy dog” part – but she does enjoy being with the rest of the group at our practices.
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Secretary
Benjamin, Lyn

Lyn Benjamin-I am currently serving my 2nd term as Secretary on the Board. I have been an active member of Fox Valley Therapy Dog Club since 2003. I have 2 certified therapy dogs that are actively visiting.

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Member of our Board
Ziak, Donna

I have been a member of Fox Valley Therapy Dog Club since 2004. I have served twice as a Board of Director. I’m also one of the evaluators when new teams test to become a visiting team member.

I have been training dogs for close to 50 years. I have trained and titles dogs in obedience and Schutzhund. I’m currently, and have  worked K-9s in search and rescue for the past 16 years as well as helped in the training of police K-9s.

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Board Member

Elected to the board in 2018, Joe plans and conducts activities for the club’s practice sessions. He and Bella, his German Shepherd Dog, visit at Rush Copley, various schools and nursing homes.

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Board Member

I have had dogs all of my adult life which I have always enjoyed training and finding jobs for them they are able to do. All different personalities, breeds and temperaments. Wrangler is my first therapy dog and I have enjoyed the process of figuring out what this little rescue dog likes to do. We have been a working team for over 2 years now and have just been elected to the board. We both enjoy our (very fulfilling) jobs.

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