Susan joined the Canines for Service team in October of 2019. Susan is a dynamic, entrepreneurial minded leader with a strong background of successfully coaching operational, marketing and business development teams. Having held senior level positions with North Carolina State University Executive Education, Procter & Gamble and Green Seal, Susan has extensive leadership acumen in both the for profit, and the not for profit, business sectors. She also has previous experience helping veterans improve their quality of life. She was one of three principles that started a medical equipment/universal redesign company that dealt almost exclusively with the Veterans Administration and the Wounded Warrior Program. Susan holds Bachelor of Science degrees from North Carolina Wesleyan College in Business Administration and Criminal Justice.  She is passionate about the mission and reach of Canines for Service, and is excited to add her efforts to help save more lives!


Lead Trainer

Jen Wilson-Mathis

Director of Development

Jen joined Canines for Service in June of 2020 and serves as Development Director. Jen comes to us most recently from Friends School of Wilmington as the Director of Advancement. Her background includes fundraising, as well as marketing, communications, PR, media, event planning, and volunteer management.  Prior to Friends, Jen worked for Bald Head Island Limited, and advertising agencies in Raleigh, NC and New York. Born and raised in Westchester County, New York, Jen and her husband Chris have lived in Wilmington, NC for 20 years and have three daughters.

Emily first joined Canines for Service through the Trainers Program and moved into a full-time training role in the fall of 2017. She serves as Lead Trainer, where her responsibilities include managing the training of the service dogs, teaching the internship program and the Military Prison Service Dog Training Program at Camp Lejeune, and working closely with clients both throughout their training with their service dog, and after placement. Emily is a Certified AKC Canine Good Citizen Approved Evaluator and graduated with a B.F.A. from Western Carolina University. She worked in graphic design and marketing prior to following her passion of training service dogs.


Trainer/Kennel Manager

David joined the Canines for Service Trainers Program in July 2017, advanced to a work study intern, and was brought on as a full-time employee in 2018. His responsibilities include kennel management, service dog training, IT support, and assisting the Lead Trainer in the intern program. He is a Certified AKC Canine Good Citizen Approved Evaluator.


Program Coordinator

Lexi joined the Canines for Service Team in December of 2019.  She coordinates the Canines for Therapy Program and manages the Volunteer Program. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.S. in Sport & Entertainment Management and has an extensive background in Sales and Marketing. Her continued passion for helping others and her love for dogs led her to join the Canines for Service team after previously working in the media industry.


Trainer/Kennel Assistant

Alexis joined the team in December of 2019. She graduated from North Carolina State University with a B.A. in Criminology and a minor in Animal Science. Working with animals has always been her dream and she is thrilled that in addition, Canines for Service rescues dogs and helps people in the process. She loves taking care of the service dogs in training and meeting all of the amazing volunteers she gets the pleasure to walk with!


Student Marketing Intern

Slone joined the Canines for Service team in Fall 2019 as a student marketing consultant. A skilled graphic designer with extensive non-profit experience, she has worked with several organizations and small businesses to bring fresh ideas and bold designs to their marketing teams. Slone works with our team on our websites and related marketing projects.


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Wilmington NC 28405

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