Jill Exposito, President
Jill Exposito is a 20+ years partner to two Hearing Dogs. Her first hearing dog from Canine Companions for Independence was Uriah II. Uriah and Jill enjoyed a partnership of over 10 years. Hanlee, also from Canine Companions for Independence, is Jill’s current Successor dog. They have been a team for 10 years, and though retirement is looming for Hanlee, she continues to vigorously alert Jill to the sounds she cannot hear. Her favorite alert has always been the timer for her meals.
Jill graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism. She has worked as a paralegal and for Hallmark Cards as a merchandiser. She is currently retired but working tirelessly and passionately for IAADP. Jill has been on the board of IAADP since 2002 and became President upon Toni Eames retirement in February 2021.
Jill’s passion is centered around assistance dogs. She hopes to continue to reach teams all across the globe and create new sponsorships and funding to continue to help IAADP members where they need help the most. She enjoys receiving emails from IAADP members and others who have an interest in assistance dogs. You are welcome to reach out to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jane Schlau, Ed.D., Vice President
Jane Schlau, Ed.D., is a retired school principal, wife, mother of two grown children, and grandmother of six. Jane has been an advocate of people with hearing loss for many years, as a former president and board member of the Association of Late-Deafened Adults, Inc., and as a member of the Health and Human Services working group, “Closing the Gap of Children and Youth with Hearing Loss.” She also served on a New York State committee to insure equity for rural schools. Jane received her Doctorate degree from Hofstra University in Long Island, Masters and Professional Degrees from Queens College, and Bachelors Degree from Hunter College. Jane hails from Queens, New York and currently lives in a small town in Western New York; she and her husband “snowbird” in Arizona. Currently Jane serves as Vice President of the International Association of Assistance Dog Partners, (IAADP). She has been partnered with hearing dogs from Canine Companions for the past 16 years and has been/continues to be an advocate for assistance dog partners access rights.
Megan Kennedy, Secretary/Treasurer
Megan Kennedy has been involved with the assistance dog community since 2011 and was partnered with her first Hearing Dog, a yellow Labrador named Ras, in 2012. Megan navigated college, her first job, and law school with Ras’ help by her side. Megan graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in 2018 and relocated home to Northern California, where she currently resides. She was matched with successor Hearing Dog, a yellow Labrador named Sir, in 2018. Sir has weathered many life stages with Megan, including multiple moves, new jobs, and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Megan is currently the Secretary/Treasurer for IAADP and has been involved with IAADP since 2016. Assistance dog advocacy, policy making, and law is a special interest of hers incredibly close to her heart. She was inspired to go to law school after being partnered with Ras because her life has been not only invaluably enriched, but quite literally saved on numerous occasions by her dogs. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, binge watching television shows, and playing on the beach with Sir.
Jennifer Warsing, Social Media Director
Jennifer Warsing, from Central Pennsylvania, has been partnered with her Hearing Dog Wellie for seven years. Wellie is her second hearing dog from the training organization Dogs for Better Lives. Jennifer is an ASL instructor; as well as, a nationally certified Pet CPR/First Aid instructor. Jennifer and Wellie’s hobbies include gardening, hiking, reading, crocheting and advocating for assistance animal rights.
Reverend Stephen E. Braddock, Chairperson of the Development Committee
Reverend Stephen E. Braddock is a Traumatic Brain Injury Survivor.
Due to his permanent disabilities, he retired from active ministry and a 27-year career as a nonprofit human services CEO and hospice chaplain. Fr. Stephen entered the Order of St. Camillus (Servants of the Sick) as a Roman Catholic Brother and was later ordained to the priesthood by Milwaukee Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland, OSB. He served his Order’s North American Province as Vicar Provincial and Chairman of St. Camillus Health Systems.
Fr. Stephen’s pastoral experience includes hospital, hospice, HIV/AIDS and prison chaplaincy, parochial ministry, teaching, retreats, workshops and administrative assignments. He was named President & CEO of the Florida Keys Outreach Coalition in 2000 and developed and operated housing & supportive service programs for the homeless, addicted, mentally ill and victims of domestic violence.
He has served on and chaired numerous nonprofit organizations.
In April 2021, New Horizons Service Dogs gifted Stephen an advanced trained mobility assistance dog named Widget.
Widget now accompanies Stephen 24/7 as he continues ministry in retirement as a chaplain, End-of-Life DOULA, and assistant priest at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Lake Placid, FL. Widget also shares his love for road trips and camping!
Fr. Stephen believes the sick and poor are the heart of God and by that serving them we serve the Christ.