CONWAY — Assistance Canine Training Services (A.C.T.S.) has named Kelley Brown of Fryeburg, Maine, as its new chairman of the board of directors. She will be succeeding Robin Crocker who held the position for the past four years. Crocker will continue as a board member and in the position of chief administrator and head trainer for the organization.
“I stepped up when the organization was in transition,” Crocker said. “Now we are strong and healthy and ready to move forward under new leadership. Kelley has a solid background of experience with dogs and with working with service dogs and she also has a good head on her shoulders. She is a natural leader and works well with people. She will do a great job.”
Brown and her husband, Herb, have been residents of Fryeburg, Maine, for over 30 years. Their grown daughter, Makenzi lives in San Francisco, Calif. Together they enjoy training and competitions with their dogs, Ellie and Finnbogi in disc (frisbee games) and agility.
Brown volunteers as a judge for the United States Disc Dog National Association.
Brown and her husband have worked with the Massachusetts-based service dog training organization, NEADS as puppy raisers and as breeder donors. Brown has been serving as a board member of ACTS for over a year and is currently also volunteering as a puppy raiser.
Brown has a masters degree in dpecial rducation. She has worked as a teacher for MSAD 72 for over 15 years. Her current teaching assignment is at the Molly Ockett School.
“I have seen first hand how helpful and special the dog/human connections can be by bringing some of the A.C.T.S. service dogs in training to my classroom to interact with my students,” Brown said.
Brown enjoys the outdoors. She knits, reads, hikes and swims for fun. She loves taking her dogs for walks and she has competed in several triathlons and Paws Walks that support area shelters.
“I looks forward to helping A.C.T.S. continue to grow, and to raise and train dogs that are able to serve people in a variety of ways,” she said.
A.C.T.S. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that trains service dogs for people with disabilities and facility dogs for people who work where animal assisted therapy may be beneficial. For more information on A.C.T.S. visit the website at assistancecanine.org.