MEMBER-AT-LARGE - Judith Cosgrove joined cap in 2009 with her darling rescue Vizsla, Eva. She had retired from Frontier and Verizon where she worked for many years as an IT professional. Eva passed over the rainbow bridge recently after she shared her love and compassion to all who met her. Judith now works part time at Powerhouse Gym in Cedarville that helps her maintain physical fitness to keep up with her other rescue Vizsla, Anna. Anna is scheduled for training in CAP. Judith belongs to the Sagamore Highlands Association where she created and maintains their web site. Her husband Tom and Judith reside in Sagamore Beach with Anna and their rescue kitty, Picasso. Judith does acting, community theater, background work for movies, and training videos for medical companies.
VICE PRESIDENT and HEAD TRAINER - Jan Weiner has been a member of CAP since 1993. She has been training dogs since she was 14. During her time with CAP she has served on the Board as President, Vice-President, Secretary, Visitation Director and Community Outreach. She has also had the good fortune to have partnered with four wonderful Therapy Team Partners. Three Dogs: Emma, Tobey and Chip and one rabbit: Bunny Foo- foo. They have taught her more than any training course!! She currently serves as Vice-President and Trainer/Evaluator. She recently retired her partner, Chip. He lives at home with Finn and Ozzy. Jan believes all our dogs are our therapy dogs.
TREASURER - Linda Forbush was an environmental consultant in Boston, where she worked on the “Big Dig” and acquired permits for wind farms, among other projects requiring environmental regulatory oversight. She also owned her own art gallery and worked in other retail ventures in the Boston area. Linda brings her business experience to the CAP Board in the role of Treasurer. She adopted Fili, her rescue Poodle/Bichon Frise mix, in March 2015; Fili became CAP certified in December 2015.
MEMBER-AT-LARGE - Shawn Goulet is a Computer Programmer at the Cape Cod Commission in Barnstable where he programs computers to build interactive maps, charts and other visualizations of data. Shawn and his wife Janine have a Golden Retriever, Beau, and have been members of CAP since 2016. The Goulets live in the Monument Beach neighborhood of Bourne. When not partaking in CAP visits, they are often found enjoying Cape life and the great outdoors.
The Companion Animal Program
P.O. Box 1321
Pocasset, MA 02559-1321
The Companion Animal Program is a 501(c)(3) non-profit,
tax exempt, charitable organization
SECRETARY and CLERK - Boni Heleen
DATA ENTRY and RESEARCH - Ellen Varnerin has been an educator for over 30 years starting as a 6th grade teacher and then continuing as a school psychologist. She finished her career having served for 12 years as an Administrator for Special Education. She and her fiancé, Ray, live in East Sandwich and have a CAP certified Weimaraner named Maxwell. Ellen and Maxwell have been making therapy visits with CAP since 2016.
BOARD LIAISON and COMMUNITY OUTREACH - Karen Carafoli is a registered nurse who retired in 2011 from Jordan Hospital in Plymouth, where she was given the opportunity to become the Director of both Cardiology Services and Professional Development. Karen lives with her husband, Richard in Sagamore Beach. They have two golden retrievers, Molly and Mia. Both “ girls” have passed their CAP certifications. Molly and her dad are starting their second year of visiting and Mia hopes to begin soon. In addition to CAP activities, retirement has provided time for quilting, decorative painting and enjoying four wonderful grandchildren.
GRANT RESEARCHER and PROCUREMENT - Suzanne Doherty (pictured here with her mother) was an educator for over 35 years. She was a teacher, principal, school superintendent, and college instructor. She has retired to Eastham where she writes children's books, sings with the 150-member Outer Cape Chorale, and is learning to play the harp. She started making therapy visits in 2017 with her CAP certified five-year-old Puggle named Sally.
COMMUNICATIONS - Joni Corcoran was an elementary teacher in New York for many years. She retired with her husband Ed in 2005 to Orleans on Cape Cod and Lakewood Ranch, Florida in the winter months. She enjoys gardening, dog training, book clubs and volunteering. Joni presently has a CAP certified Labradoodle named Chance and a Goldendoodle pup named Finn. She and Chance have been making therapy visits with CAP since 2011.
EVENTS - Debbie Cubillos permanently relocated to South Dennis, on Cape Cod, from Albany, N.Y. in the summer of 2012. She is a retired R.N. but keeps busy volunteering for a variety of non-profit organizations. Besides animals, she has a long time passion for 'The Arts' and a new found passion for curling. She and her beloved dog, Felix, completed training and became a CAP therapy team in November of 2014. They both love the work they do with CAP!
MEMBER-AT-LARGE - Nancy Rogoff joined CAP in 2009 with her then therapy dogs Bailey and Madison and is now on her second set of CAP Ambassadors, Crystal and Bear. Nancy worked for 30 years in the High Tech Field as a Recruiter/Human Resources Professional. Retiring to the Cape full time in 2009, Nancy and Bailey did 100 therapy visits with Caring Canines Therapy Group serving west of Boston. She also volunteers for We Can in their Work Support Program and has been on the Board of Orleans Improvement Association and Membership Committee at the Orleans Yacht Club. She enjoys biking, Mah Jongg and her two new grandbabies!
VISITATION COORDINATOR - Diane Willcox’s goal when she retired from software development was to finally have the big dog she had wanted for years. She welcomed Standard Poodle puppy, Jamie, with open arms and heart. Less than a year later she moved to Cape Cod. She had decided she wanted to visit nursing homes with her dog, found an ad in the Cape Cod Times for training for Companion Animal Program, and they were on their way. During Jamie’s 13 years of visiting with Diane, Diane joined the CAP board, took on the responsibility of Visitation Coordinator, and welcomed Shadow, another Standard Poodle, into their lives. Shadow, too, trained and joined Diane in visiting. Though Jamie left this life a couple of years ago, Shadow and Diane continue to find fulfillment in visiting, and she continues as Visitation Coordinator on the CAP Board. Diane says she has found her “work.”
DATABASE and MEMBERSHIP - Mary Dansereau has been a database developer and instructor for over 30 years. She has worked with CAP since 2005 in the background, creating a database to organize all of the information CAP needs to assure all of our therapy teams are certified, recertified and up to date with their rabies shots and where the teams visit, etc. Mary has served on the Board for 4 terms and has been visiting with her dog Luke, as often as possible.
WEBMISTRESS - Lauren Richmond built and maintains the website for CAP. She has been a member since the late 1980's. Her earliest visits were with Sport, a mixed breed, most likely a Cockapoo, and Ziggy, her first Hungarian Puli. They were followed by Buddy and Polly, also Hungarian Pulis and most recently by Rory, the friendliest/most adorable Puli of them all. With his unusual corded coat Rory puts a smile on everyone's face and is a joy to residents and staff alike.
CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS - Susan Hunt is a retired school nurse and health teacher. She and her husband, Carter, settled in her hometown of Falmouth in 2008. Susan and her Labradoodle, Chowdah, have been active members in CAP since 2013. Chowdah and Susan fill their lives with grand kids and family, long walks with friends and their dogs. They also participate in Rally-Free-O classes with CAP's head trainer, Sheryl Benson, and are part of the 4H Paws for the Arts and the after school program at Wixon School in Yarmouth.
PRESIDENT - Robin Lafleur and her Labradoodle Ziggy joined CAP in 2007 after her retirement from Nauset Regional Middle School in Orleans, MA, where she taught for 35 years. She and her husband live in East Sandwich.
CAP BOARD OF DIRECTORS