Meet our team

    Jody Wilson

    General Manager

    Working for Mobility Dogs brings together my interest in disability issues, my academic work (Biological/Social Anthropology and Social Science for Public Health) and now, working with people whose reality is the lived experience of disability.

    Phone: (027) 700 7017

    Corinna Cooper

    Auckland Senior Trainer

    I’ve worked as a vet nurse, zookeeper and detector-dog handler, but Mobility Dogs brings together my love of dogs and people. I co-ordinate and support our puppy raisers, manage vet visits and support the training team. I feel privileged to be making a positive difference in people’s lives.

    Phone: (021) 241 4098

    Sarah Carley

    Trainer Auckland

    I have held a number of roles within the government sector, including biosecurity dog handling, engagement and frontline coaching/ training. I have an applied science background, majoring in animal management and welfare. I coordinate the ‘Puppies in Prison’ programme and support our dogs and clients with advanced training.

    Phone: (027) 700 7016

    Veronica Garcia Gil

    Senior Trainer Hamilton

    I started training dogs in 1994 and have been supporting Mobility Dogs since 2010 as a puppy raiser and as the Hamilton Coordinator. I have a Masters in Animal behaviour and am passionate about animal training, enrichment, and welfare. Now as a Senior Canine Handler, my desire to directly assist people with disabilities while following my passion for training dogs has become a reality.

    Phone: (027) 700 9656

    Judy and Grant Reid

    Southern Lakes Senior Trainer

    We have been raising puppies for many years, and after retiring to New Zealand, we continued this work with Mobility Dogs. Grant now trains puppies, and Judy coordinates speaking engagements and organises PR events. Grant also conducts monthly puppy meetings, trains existing and new puppy raisers, and places fully-trained dogs with disabled clients.

    Phone: 021 288 2660

    Gemma Overton

    Client Coordinator – Applicants

    I have been involved in the disability sector for 12 years both personally and professionally.  I have two wonderful daughters and my eldest daughter has Cerebral Palsy.  My passion is helping support individuals and whanau to navigate living with disability in NZ. I see this role as an extension of my previous experience as a Family Support Manager in the disability sector, combined with my love of animals.  I am so impressed by the Trust and its programmes so feel it is such a privilege to be a part of the team.

    Phone: 027 700 1721

    Maree Butler

    Client Coordinator

    I started volunteering at the Guide Dogs for the Blind Breeding Centre and quickly realised this was the right career change to make. I completed the Service Dog Instructor Certification at the Bergin University of Canine Studies in mid-2017, and I am delighted to be a part of the Mobility Dogs team in the role of Client Coordinator.

    Phone: (027) 700 2248

    Dianne Armstrong CBE, FFINZ

    Funding & Grants Coordinator

    I have worked in the charitable sector for many years and income generation for great causes is my passion.  I am a Fellow of the Fundraising Institute of NZ and involved with many groups working to support Management and Governance structures in charities. For many years I volunteered as a puppy walker and am always amazed at the amazing gift these animals bring with a wag to humans.

    Phone: 027 274 6545

    Penny White

    Social Media and Marketing

    I have worked in Marketing for my whole career and have also worked in the not-for-profit space for quite a while now. I love working for an organisation that is able to do something so meaningful for people who have a need. I am a long time dog lover and I love the whole ethos of Mobility Dogs.

    Phone: 0211 589 606