MEDIA COORDINATOR-​Susan Gordon ​has been a Registered Nurse for more than 35 years.  She has practiced as a clinical nurse, director and college instructor.  In 2017 she relocated from a suburb of Boston to Harwich with her husband,Frank, and her labs Gus and Harley.  Gus started making CAP visits this year, and enjoys entertaining friends and family with his newly mastered tricks.

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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​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

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.

TRAINING COORDINATOR-Sheryl Benson is the Head Trainer for Companion Animal Program.  She has been teaching the CAP Therapy Dog Training Classes since 2015.  She is a Dog Trainer/EnergyHealer/Communicator, who has been working with animals since she was 3 yrs old.  She has been actively involved in training with her own dogs in Competitive Obedience, Tracking, Agility, Freestyle, Rally Free, and Nosework for the last 30 years.  She is currently training her young Border Collie Sophie and Border Terrier, Drew in Nosework, Freestyle, and Rally Free.

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.



​​TREASURER - Rob Schain and his wife Debbie relocated to the Cape full time from New Jersey in 2011.  A few years later, Rob retired after a 36-year career as a financial analyst in the energy industry.  One of Rob's accomplishments in retirement was becoming a CAP therapy team in 2017 with Sophie, his now six-year old Brittany mix rescue, and he recently joined the CAP Board as treasurer.  His other activities in retirement include playing alto sax for the Chatham Band and the Sound Dunes swing band.

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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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.

The Companion Animal Program

P.O. Box 453
Chatham, MA 02633


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

tax exempt, charitable organization