VICE PRESIDENT, 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.

PAST 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.

The Companion Animal Program

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The Companion Animal Program is a 501(c)(3) non-profit,

tax exempt, charitable organization

​OUTREACH COORDINATOR FOR NEW CAP TEAMS - Jody Sastry is a Speech-Language Pathologist with a private practice in East Sandwich, servicing both children and adults. She has been a member of CAP since 2009 with her Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Jody and her husband live in East Sandwich and have two dogs, two cats, and two daughters - one in college and one in high school. In her free time, Jody enjoys taking walks in nature, sailing, and being at the beach

WEBMISTRESS - Lauren Richmond built and helps maintain 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.

PRESIDENT -  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.


​​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.

CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS AND TRAINER - 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.

VISITATION COORDINATOR - 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.

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- 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, technology and volunteering.  Joni joined CAP in 2011 with her certified Labradoodle named Chance, who has now crossed the rainbow bridge. She has a Goldendoodle pup named Finn, who is certified nationally as a therapy dog.   Joni is in

charge of internet communications and sends out the CAP newsletter periodically, keeps the CAP calendar populated, contributes to club's Facebook page and helps to edit/update information on the website.

FACILITIES DEVELOPMENT/EVENTS PLANNER-  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!

SECRETARY - 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.

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