- Newly formed 501c3, non profit organization
- Chartered in the State of Tennessee
- All volunteer organization
- Participating with University of Tennessee Business School for long term business plan
Board of Directors/Founding Friends
Chairman/Spokesperson - Mike Kitchens --- resides in Tellico Village, Loudon, TN. Masters Degree from Western Kentucky University, continuing education degree from Texas A & M School of Business. Has served on numerous boards, including Texas State Industrial Accident Board, Corpus Christi Drug Abuse Council. Is a Vietnam Era Veteran, having served in the US Army. Retired from DuPont Company after having held Senior Management positions in Sales, Marketing, and Human Resources.
Board Secretary - Debra Sciarretta --- Debra retired from AT&T as a Regional Asset Manager in Telecommunications. Resides in Tellico Village, Loudon, TN. with her husband Richard and Barley, a two year old Goldendoodle. Debra and Richard have served as fosters for several service dogs.
Treasurer - Steve Rieth --- received his B.S. in Accounting from Valparaiso University and his MBA from Xavier University. Prior to his retirement, Steve served as Chief Financial Officer of the Schoenling Brewing Company in Cincinnati, Ohio where he was directly responsible for all aspects of accounting, finance, information systems, human resources, and customer service. Steve also served on the Board of Directors and as Corporate Secretary. Steve currently lives in Loudon, TN. with his wife Diana.
Board Member at Large/Chairman Emeritus - Suzy Kitchens --- originally from Maryville, TN. and currently resides in Tellico Village, Loudon, TN. Registered nurse (surgical nurse, Mgr. of Occupational Nursing Program, Blount Memorial Hospital). Retired from radio advertising sales after 20 years. Former Board Member of Appalachian Bear Rescue Center and President of the Tuckaleechee Wildlife Center. Has fostered several service dogs.
Board Member at Large - Elaine Lintner --- originally from California, where she was on a county SPCA Board of Directors for sixteen years. Directed pet assisted therapy programs for hospitals and children's homes, Kindness Kids educational programs and a literacy program using therapy dogs to assist remedial readers. Active in therapeutic riding programs and has raised service dogs for Guide Dogs of America. Has served as Board Chair, Foster Family Program Director and Volunteer Coordinator for a service dog organization. Volunteers at Young Williams Animal Care Center.
Board Member - Al Czachowski --- resides in Tellico Village with his wife Sue and their Golden Retriever, "Elwood". Al retired as Director of National Accounts with United Parcel Service and has a degree in Accounting and Business Administration. Al and Sue are members of Tellico Village Community Church. Al will assist SMSD with policy development and program evaluation and special events.
Board Member at Large - Carla Werner --- M.A. Degree in Education University of Tennessee, retired from Maryville, TN. School System where she coordinated the Talented and Gifted Program.
Board Member - Larry Denney --- Larry Denney, is a United States Marine Veteran who served his country as an A-4 aviator who flew many combat missions in Viet Nam. Larry is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and the United States Military War College. After his military duty, he flew commercially for American Airlines and also served as an examiner for the FAA.
Board Member - Pat Chappell --- Pat Chappell, received her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Illinois in Business Education and also holds an MBA Degree from Drake University. Pat retired from the John Deere Company where she held several senior management positions.
Board Member - Judy Handley --- currently resides in Loudon, TN. Judy received her Bachelor of Science Degree from San Jose State University and her Master's Degree from the University of San Francisco. Ms. Handley was a teacher and administrator in the California school system and California Colleges for many years.
Smoky Mountain Service Dogs "Tribute to Our Military"
"Friends", a Message From Our Dogs
Written by Mitch Townley specifically as Theme Song for Smoky Mountain Service Dogs
Each Smoky Mountain Service Dog puppy is hand selected by our trainers and the majority will come from reputable breeders. Appropriate shelter/rescue dogs may also be considered.
Smoky Mountain Service Dogs now accepting Preliminary Applications.
Our CanDoo is off to Western Kentucky University for handler training. CanDoo will split his time between the University's Kelly Autism Program and the Veteran Affairs Department. Shown above is CanDoo's foster parents, Dr. Tami Wyatt, Maureen Keyes, Eileen Reed, and Gail Alexander. CanDoo will provide great comfort and love to the autistic children and the Veteran students. Thanks to all volunteers and trainers for helping CanDoo grow his service capabilities. Got to love this dog.
On behalf of Smoky Mountain Service Dogs, Marine Cody Evans and his SMSD "Willie" accept donations totaling $25,000 from Marine Eric Barton, President and CEO of Vanquish Worldwide and his wife Mechelle on behalf of LexLin Gypsy Horse Ranch. This wonderful donation paid for the training of "Willie" for Cody and will also cover the total training cost to provide another Smoky Mountain Service Dog to a Wounded Warrior. Assisting Marine Evans is Mike Kitchens, Volunteer Chair of SMSD.
Smoky Mountain Service Dogs was honored to be invited to the Autism Camp at the Center for Courageous Kids, a clinical camp for children with debilitating and terminal illnesses. In attendance were thirty one autistic children and their families from Tennessee, Kentucky, and Indiana. Please check out their website link on our home page. Our beautiful service dog "Bella"was a big hit.
In March, the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta reported that 1 in every 50 school children suffer from autism. That is more than 1 million U.S. School Children.
In January of this year NBC News reports that for the first 11 months of 2012, 177 active duty military personnel took their own lives. That is more than the 176 combat related fatalities. Army suicides have increased 54% since 2007 when 115 took their own lives.
For the latest in Autism News please see this link: www.TheAutismNews.com
Did You Know?
Over 50 million Americans, ages 5-65 have physical or psychological disabilities.
22 military veterans commit suicide daily, 7,744 annually
1 in 50 American children suffer from austism
It takes approximately 2 years, between $20,000 to $25,000 and 1200 hours of training to place a service dog.