APAW is primarily run by volunteers – we have a handful of weekly on-site volunteers as well as Puppy Parents and a Board of Directors. Only our Executive Director/Trainer is paid.
Read our full background about our Founder and Executive Director Jillian (Gartner) Emerson on our History page.
In addition to training many dogs and their owners, Jillian has managed a boarding kennel and grooming salon, worked in a veterinary clinic, and as a personal care assistant.
Many of our other volunteers come from varied backgrounds primarily focused in training, education and therapy roles working to help people and/or dogs with assorted challenges to lead happier lives. All of our volunteers are here because they believe strongly in APAW’s mission and want to be a part of changing the world one Poodle at a time.
Jillian (Gartner) Emerson
Founder, Executive Director, Lead Trainer and President