Our Staff

ICAN is operated by a small full time staff and supported by a dedicated volunteer base that ensures the quality and strength of the program.

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Executive Director

 

Jillian is a fundraiser with a heart for people and their personal stories. She brings more than 16 years of not-for-profit management experience to ICAN previously working for The American Heart Association, Community Health Network and the Indianapolis Chamber. She's even owned her own manufacturing company for a period of time. Jillian has been with ICAN since the beginning - serving as a furlough volunteer to a shy, black Labrador named Nora who happened to be one of the first three dogs in the ICAN program! She also served on the board of directors and as board president for five years.

For questions regardining board relations, risk management, ICAN staff, donor relations, or strategy and culture, please contact Jillian.

Email     |    Phone: (317) 672-3861

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Program Director

 

Sally has a Ph. D. in psychology and founded ICAN in 2001 with the desire to use dogs as a conduit to help rehabilitate incarcerated adults and provide independence to people with disabilities. She served as Executive Director until August 2013 when she stepped down to pursue another of her passions - teaching at the Kelly School of Business at Indiana University. Dr. Irvin also serves on the international board and North American board of Assistance Dogs International where she focuses on veteran affairs, access and advocacy for service dogs throughout the world.

For questions regardinging ICAN's breeding program, quality control and the oversight of program curriculum, or FETCH, please contact Sally.

Email   |    Phone: (317) 672-3863

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Director of Training

 

Sean joins ICAN from the The Humane Society of Indianapolis where he served as Canine Evaluator and Behavior Specialist. He has been a long time supportor of ICAN, a talented dog handler and hard working volunteer directly involved with training offenders in all three facilities.  Sean brings a unique and valuable perspective on ICAN's mission to unleash abilities on both ends of the leash.

For questions regarding furloughing, training, inmate handlers, released dogs, please contact Sean.

Email |  Phone (317) 672-3862

 


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Client Success Manager

 

Sandi has worked in the medical field for several years. She has been a long time volunteer for many different non-profit organizations. Her intial involvement with ICAN was in 2010 as a Breeder Caretaker. She has a strong belief in the mission of ICAN and is eager to apply her skills from patient care to client needs through service dogs. Sandi loves dogs, the bigger the better.

For questions regarding client applications, public access recertification, client/dog pairings, refresher classes, please contact Sandi.

Email  |  Phone: (317) 672-3865

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Director of Development and Outreach

 

Dino has a bachelor's degree in social work, over 30 years of event management, and has been a volunteer for ICAN since 2006. She began a paid role with the organization in 2012 to help plan and coordinate the 10th Anniversary Decade of Dogs Celebration in November of 2012. Dino is the 'master juggler' ICAN needs to develop supportors, events and the organization's communications. She loves dogs, all shapes, sizes and colors!

For questions regarding volunteers, donor relations, marketing/speaking requests, ICAN special events (e.g. Puppy Love, Dine Events, Wine and Wags), media inquiries, please contact Dino.

Email     |    Phone: (317) 672-3864

Joan and Bell

Office and Development Administrator

 

Joan has a bachelor's degree in political science and brought 12 years of not-for-profit administration experience to ICAN in 2010. She has a love of dogs and a passion for ICAN's mission. She works four days a week in the office and apparently has a soft spot for black dogs needing a home!

For questions regarding payables/receivables, donations/pledges, office management, If These Dogs Could Talk presentations (and the place to go when you don't know who to ask), please contact Joan.

Email    |    Phone: (317) 672-3860