Meet Our Board Members

Jamie Sussman

President/Founder

I have always had a love of helping others. Ever since I can remember I’ve always wanted to jump right in and help someone who was in need, regardless of the possible circumstances for myself. I have spent the last 20+ years working in the medical field. Most of this time being in Emergency Medical Services. My love for helping others has just continued to grow over the years. 

I am a mother to 2 daughters, Courtney and Madisyn. On October 17, 2003, just one month after her 8th birthday, Courtney was diagnosed with type 1 Diabetes. The feeling of fear I felt when my child was diagnosed with a lifelong, life threatening disease is indescribable. Type 1 Diabetes means the pancreas is not functioning, and can no longer produce insulin. This meant that my daughter would need insulin injections every day, multiple times a day, for the rest of her life. Without these, she would not be able to survive. From that moment it was a struggle to keep her sugars within normal levels. She was put on an insulin pump at the age of 10, which helped to make things a bit easier with no longer needing individual injections. But over the years Courtney has continued to fight with very high highs and very low lows, dangerous levels. In June 2017, I decided I wanted to get a Diabetic Service Dog for Courtney. These dogs are amazing and detect high, low and trending blood sugars through scent and alert their handler by pawing. This dog could save my daughters life! I chose an organization, Diabetic Alert Dogs of America, and submitted all of the applications and paperwork. Once approved and informed of the cost, I kind of panicked. These animals are highly trained over the course of almost a year, which makes them quite expensive! I knew one way or another she needed this service animal, so I started trying to come up with fundraiser ideas. Then one day a friend made a suggestion, “Jamie you’re a runner, you should hold a 5k”, and from that moment on, planning a 5k Fundraiser became a second full time job for me! The event was called Halloween Sprint For Service Dogs & Trick or Treat Family Fun Walk, and I loved every second of planning this event! It was a huge success, the support was amazing! From that moment, I knew I wanted to help others who are in need of a service dog but unable to afford one. And this is when Sprint For Service Dogs was created! I can not express how grateful I am to those who have helped and continue to help to get this organization up and running! I am confident that this will be a huge success, and I honestly can not wait to help those in need of service dogs!

Kristina Richardson

Secretary 

 

My name is Kristina Richardson and I live in Dunmore Pennsylvania, with my husband Tom and three beautiful daughters, Emily, Abigail and Madelyn. 

I have had the pleasure of knowing Jamie Sussman for the past several years. Our friendship grew stronger over the course of the years. 

I had first met Jamie when our daughters played soccer together, growing fond of each other and creating a bond. From there, they have continued to do things together and throughout this time Jamie and I have become close. She began telling me about her non profit organization and I just knew it was something I wanted to be a part of. When I offered to help, she immediately asked if I would like to join the committee to help with planning and organizing events! From there, I have done countless jobs for her and her organization. Most recently she has asked that I take on the roll of board secretary. This organization is so near and dear to my heart, I could only say yes! With my husband being a first responder, I felt it was my duty to give back in every way I can through this organization. I can’t wait to see what great things are ahead. 

Connie Milunic

Treasurer

I started volunteering with Sprint for service dogs two years ago and was immediately hooked on their cause. Not only have I been a long time advocate for veterans but for animals as well. So hearing there was an organization that helped not only veterans, but first responders and animals, I immediately wanted to jump on board. Having family members and friends who have served in the military and as first responders, including my spouse who is both, this cause could not be closer to my heart.  I was so excited when Jamie asked me to not only be a part of the committee, but to be a board member as well. I can't wait to see all of the great things that can be accomplished through this amazing organization.  I also feel that it's a great organization to get my children involved in. They will be able to help at different events and see all that Sprint for service dogs has to offer the community, and

 teaches them to be Civic minded. 

Interested in joining our team? We have many committee opportunities and are always looking to expand our already wonderful team of volunteers!

Send us a message and one of our board members will be in touch with you soon!

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