Board and Staff

Crystal Ayala

Executive Director, Training Supervisor

In addition to her extensive experience in service dog training, advanced obedience, and behavior modification, she is a 30 year survivor of PTSD and battles several painful autoimmune diseases. Due to her own personal life experiences, she knows exactly what our clients need from their service dogs and ensures that their dogs do what their owners need with ease.

Due to her training experience, our dogs and Veterans results are exceptionally fast and effective.

Combined with her training experience, our clients' results are exceptionally fast and effective.

All Paws for Veterans trainers are hand chosen and trained directly by Crystal.

Steven Kappes

Board Secretary, USMC Ret.

As a Paws for Veterans graduate in 2011, his skills quickly advanced him to a position as a trainer with our organization. He has been helping other Veterans with their service dogs ever since.

Nathan Nail

Board Member, USMC Ret.

As a Paws for Veterans graduate, Nate's determination to help Veterans makes him an asset to our group.

Julie Buskirk

Office Administrator, USMC

Julie's Military experience gives her a great ability to work with our Veteran clients and her organizational skills are a wonderful asset.

Julie also has a degree in psychology which is another great benefit to our organization.