Canine Prison Program – Can Do Canines
1:00 PM - 1:55 PM, Ballroom C
Summary: Individuals with disabilities may need assistance in completing various tasks in order to live, obtain, and maintain independence in the community. Human beings are not always reliable and it can be costly to pay someone to assist you when you are limited on income. Learn about the collaboration of the Stanley Correctional Institution, Can Do Canines, and community volunteers filling that need through the training of service dogs. Hear about the life changing results for handlers at the institution, persons with disabilities receiving the dogs, and volunteers in the community.
Dyan Larson, Can Do Canines, Stanley Correctional Institution & Jackson Correctional Institution
Lori Patrouille, Warden's Secretary, Stanley Correctional Institution
Lizzie Tegels, Warden, Jackson Correctional Institution
Laurie Carlson, Community Outreach Coordinator, Can Do Canines
Colleen Etzbach, Program Director, Rehabilitation Services Program, UW-Stout
Dyan Larson is a successful competitor, teacher, trainer, dog groomer and business owner, Dyan has made a living with dogs for the past 25 years. She was hired in 2016 by Can Do Canines to run the dog program at Stanley Correctional Institution, and a year later, launch the program at Jackson Correctional Institution. Dyan loves working with the inmates and having the chance to contribute to society in so many ways.
Lori Patrouille is the Warden's Secretary at Stanley Correctional Institution (SCI) in Stanley, WI. She started her career with the Department of Corrections in 2001, working in various positions within the Department, having served over eight years as the Warden's Secretary. Lori was instrumental in the implementation of the Can Do Canines service dog training program at SCI in 2016 and continues to assist in management of the PAWS program (Prisoners Assisting With Service dogs), working closely with the inmates, staff and Can Do Canines.
Lizzie Tegels has been with the Department of Corrections for over 29 years serving in a variety of roles to include Officer, Sergeant, Probation and Parole Agent, Captain, Unit Supervisor and Deputy Warden. Lizzie was appointed Warden in 2011 and currently serves in that capacity at Jackson Correctional Institution, a medium security institution housing nearly 1000 male inmates. Lizzie was an instrumental part of the collaboration to bring Can Do Canines program to the institution. She has seen first-hand the positive impact the program has made on the inmate handlers and the overall institution climate.
Laurie Carlson is the Community Outreach Coordinator at Can Do Canines. She has been with Can Do Canines for 18 years. During that time she was the Volunteer Coordinator until the position split into multiple positions last fall. Currently, she handles all requests for presentations to the general public, employer groups and service clubs. She maintains and grows their group of speakers, and promotes Can Do Canines with community members in key areas. Ms. Carlson also supports the Volunteer Coordinator in recruitment efforts.
Colleen Etzbach is the Program Director of the Rehabilitation Services Program at UW Stout. She is a volunteer with Can Do Canines fostering puppies in the Great Start Program which go on to the PAWS (Prisoners Assisting With Service dogs) Program and weekend fostering with the dogs that are currently in the PAWS program.