Kristen Stacy – President
Kristen lives in Denmark ME with her husband, two dogs and one cat. After attaining a Bachelors in Sociology and a Masters in Social Work Kristen has the passion, education, and experience in helping people by coordinating client centered programs and life skill learning opportunities. Combining her two loves, dogs, and helping others, it is a dream come true to be the Co-Founder of Service Dog Strong. As a fellow sexual assault survivor it is through empathy, grit, and compassion that she plans to support both people and dogs through this journey.
Kartika Wright – Secretary
Born in Virginia and transplanted to Maine at 1 and 1/2 years old, Kartika considers herself a Mainer but purists may not and that’s alright with her. She was raised in rural Northern York county, and has called Central Maine home for many years. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, earned at USM in 2000, and is mulling over tackling a Master’s in Social Work or something related. She is married, with two canines and two felines. She enjoys spending time outside with her Labrador Retrievers, fishing and boating Upta Camp, reading a wide variety of printed and Kindle material, and trying new recipes. She is a lover of all creatures, great and small. She has been on the Service Dog Strong board from the beginning and she is so proud and excited to be a part of this growing little organization with a huge heart for survivors and shelter dogs!“
Linsey McFarlin – Treasurer
Linsey grew up in Maine and has always enjoyed all that our beautiful state has to offer. She loves the ocean, fishing, golf and any outdoor adventure. She spent 7 years out West where she adopted her 2 rescue pups Lillian and Dog. While out West she had a small farm with chickens, ducks, 2 fainting goats and a miniature donkey. She is passionate about all animals but has always had that special connection to dogs. She has volunteered with multiple animal rescues as a volunteer at events and as a foster Mom. She is so excited to be apart of the SDS team and watch all the lives that will be changed by this amazing organization.
Samantha Bassett – Event Coordinator
Samantha grew up in Southern California. After bouncing around a bit she landed in Maine and decided to stay. Admittedly a cat person, she fostered cats for several years before she decided to get a dog. Her house has become “dog central” for all her friends, so you’ll likely find a few extra dogs at the house at any given time. Samantha wanted to volunteer for Service Dog Strong because she believes SDS will change lives for the better and she’d like to watch it first hand.
Kathleen Auclair – Website Manager
Kathy resides in North Monmouth, ME with her husband, Mike, and their three dogs and two cats. In the 30 years they’ve been married, they have raised and loved many animals including a rabbit, a guinea pig, several mice, and a bunch of fish. Kathy worked for a domestic violence agency before joining the Sexual Assault Crisis & Support Center seven years ago. Kathy’s experience in both fields of abuse, coupled with her passion for dogs, compelled her to volunteer to maintain the Service Dog Strong website. Kathy looks forward to updating the statistics and watching the pairings of rescued dogs with survivors of sexual assault and Military Sexual Trauma (MST) grow.