Board of Directors
Cary Solberg – President
Cary has lived in Colorado her whole life, but that doesn’t stop her from traveling and camping with her husband and dalmatian. She has been a Occupational Therapy Assistant for small schools for 20 years. Cary is also a self employed Massage Therapist and EMT. In addition, she presides on the Board of Directors for Freedom to Cowboy Up, a non-profit therapeutic horseback riding clinic in Akron, Colorado for the last 10 years. In 2017; Troy, Cary, and Snickers joined Go Team. When not working or volunteering, Snickers loves to go kayaking (although she hates the water).
Jerry Carney – Vice-President
Jerry was born in Boston, MA and raised in the capital district of New York. He served in the Air Force for 27 years and lived overseas for 11 of those years and has been deployed world-wide. He then became a defense contractor working for several different companies working integration of missile defense systems in test and exercises for the next 20 years. Jerry is currently a senior part time employee for Jacobs Engineering, working recruiting and strategic planning. Jerry is married to Joan who is an active member of the Go Team with their Westie Lucca. They have just added Roxy, a new Westie puppy to the family.
Connie Tran – Treasurer
Connie is a Colorado native. She has earned a BA in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Colorado and a MBA from the University of Phoenix. Connie has worked as an art director for a marketing and public relations agency for 10 years and is a long time member of the local young advertising professional group, Ad 2 Colorado. Connie joined the Go Team in 2019 with her dog, Chama (a foxhound mix).
Barbara Shufelt – Secretary
Marti Rowland – Director
Marti is a native to Colorado and a recent transplant to the Phoenix area. She is passionate about giving back to our active duty, veteran, and service communities. This stems from being married to a Navy Veteran and raising a Marine, who is now a Veteran himself. She joined the Go Team Therapy Dogs over 7 years ago with her miracle dog, Bodie and has been busy bringing smiles, hugs and love to all ever since! In her professional life she works as a software business analyst for a large financial software development company. When she is not working or volunteering she loves to work with problem dogs, futz around her yard and take her dogs for walks up in the desert high country! She is extremely honored and excited to serve on the board and for the future direction of the Go Team Therapy, Crisis and Airport Dogs!
Casey Wirick – Director
Casey comes to us from Portland, Texas just outside of Corpus Christi. She was raised in Temple, Texas where she married and has 4 children. She received multiple certifications for Early Childhood Education and Director of Early Childhood over the 14 years she worked in the Childcare field. Her and her husband have been working with dogs since they got their first dog in 2005. Having a shepherd taught them that obedience is key, and so dog training begins. Casey started working with dogs in 2006, but didn’t start actively training till they moved to Portland where they started a dog obedience training business. As her business grew, so did her love for the community. Casey has been a Go Team member since 2016 with her wonderful pup, Daisy! Owning and running her own business has been a great experience. She is excited for the opportunity to work with the Go Team Therapy Dogs to bring smiles to the world!
Steven Schlonski – Director
Steve is a native from upstate New York and settled in Colorado Springs following a 21-year career in the U.S. Air Force as a space operations officer and systems engineer. Today, Steve is a full-time systems engineer supporting the U.S. Space Force. He holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Mathematics and minor in Computer Science from Potsdam State University of New York and a Masters Aeronautical Science degree from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. He and his wife Lori joined Go Team in 2015 after teaching their female Yorkie-Poodle named Pepper. They also taught a tiny Shiz Tzu-Poodle named Maya. Pepper and Maya regularly work at a local psychiatric hospital and law enforcement.
Steven Schlonski, President (Apr 2018-Jun 2019)
Pam Nash – Treasurer (Apr 2018-Mar 2019)
Carla Albers – Secretary (Apr 2018-Mar 2019)
Bill Lehman – Director (Apr 2018-Mar 2019)
Mary Kaye Podschweit – Director (Apr 2018-Mar 2019)
Debbie Griffin, Vice President (Apr 2018-Mar 2019), Director (Apr 2019-Mar 2020)
Brittany Bobak – Secretary (Apr 2019-Mar 2020)
Tim Abenroth – Director (Apr 2018-Mar 2020)
Claudine Shank – Director (Jul 2019-Mar 2020)
Melissa Simko, President (Apr 2019-Mar 2020), Director (Apr 2020-Jun 2020)
Heather Becker – Treasurer (Apr 2019-Mar 2021)
Stephanie Starling – Director (July 2020-Mar 2021)
Erin Carlson, Director (Apr 2019-Mar 2021), Treasurer (Apr 2021-Dec 2021)
Kendra Amidon-Sanford, Vice President (Mar 2019-Apr 2020), President (Apr 2020-Mar 2021), Director (Apr 2021-Mar 2022)