Debi is our lead trainer and board member. She is a certified dog trainer and AKC evaluator with 30 years of experience. Debi owns a private dog training business where she instructs basic puppy classes, advanced training classes, off leash classes, Canine Good Citizen and evaluator, as well as therapy dog training and evaluator.
Debi is not only a board member but also one our founders. Debi has a passion for Dog training and a passion for supporting our Active Military and Veterans. With those two passion combines and a shared dream from SFC Aaron McCarthy this organization was founded.
Debi is originally from California and married her childhood friend Robert Thayer. Debi enjoys her time off with her family doing any kind of outdoor activity or just hanging out. She also spends her time off taking her pet partner therapy dog to local hospitals or Madigan Military Hospital
Co-founder/ Lead Trainer
Bob spent 10 years in the Army as a Military Policeman and left the service in 1992. He has lived in the south Seattle metro since with my wife and son. There has always been a dog in his family since he was very young and he knows how helpful they can be. He am currently a Lab Engineer at the University of Washington's Institute of Technology and has a BS in Computer Engineering and BS in Computer Science and is working on his Masters in Computer Science. He is also one of the puppy raisers for our organization with the help of his wife and the best big sister for our puppies Mila, she is a Yellow Lab/Vizsla mix.
Board member / Veteran
Nancy joined us in 2018 and has become the treasurer.
Bob has held the office of president for our organization since April of 2014. Apart from being President of our organization, Rob is senior manager at Boeing Commercial Airplane Company in the Everette Propulsion Systems Division. Rob has been with Boeing for 35 years and has a degree in Business Administration-Economics from Seattle Pacific University.
Rob is originally from Yakima and is married to Debi Thayer. Rob and Debi have a daugther and 2 wonderful grandkids. Between the two families they have 4 dogs. Rob enjoys spending his time off with his family, riding quads, hunting, fishing or just hanging out
Susan is a Civil Engineer, safety professional and a Certified Industrial Hygienist. She works for a forensic engineering firm. When not busy at work she is volunteering with All American Assistance Dogs.
Susan has two beautiful black German Shepherds that are certified therapy dogs. She knows what a difference dogs can make to enrich a persons' life and how intuitive and helpful they can be. She also enjoys cooking and baking, model trains, oil painting, and occasional grand travel adventures.
SharonLee received her BA from Evergreen State College and her Masters from The University of Washington. She retired from the City of Seattle after 23 years as a human resources professional. She raised a daughter and visits her grandson whenever she can.
SharonLee almost always has a dog or two or three. She has a service dog today, Chai-T, a standard poodle. That big white poodle rides shotgun when SharonLee takes Amtrak down to Oregon to see her grandson play middle school football.
Secretary / Fundraiser
Karen, as a board member, represents families with PTSD, TBI and related conditions. She facilitates 3 support groups, all attended by veterans’ spouses and each with a different emphasis (e.g., wellness, self-care, resources, and “just sharing”). Karen tucks these activities in with her job as a parent of three pretty active children and her work with All American Assistance Dogs. We value Karen’s experience and advice in our support of veterans and their service dogs.