VOLUNTEER STAFF

We are thankful to hold a wide range of professionals on our Staff, who are all dedicated to help carry out our mission as volunteers.


Sammye Darling, BS, CPDT-KA

Founder & Executive Director

Sammye Darling is an honors graduate from Texas A&M University, who received her bachelors of science in psychology and minor in neuroscience. Aside from her academic achievements, Sammye is well known for her fervent love for animals and helping people. While growing up, Sammye spent time with an array of animal species and volunteered regularly for shelters, rescues and the special needs community. She also worked as a pet sitter and veterinary assistant before specializing in dog training. Sammye has trained numerous dogs, but is very proud of her first dog, Paisley, who is now a Special Agent with the FBI detecting digital media through scent. While in college, she enjoyed her curricula, recognizing the opportunity to learn about disabilities and learning theories and methods.

Early in her dog training experiences, Sammye started as a member of, and later became the Director of Publicity for, a student-run organization called Aggie Guide-Dogs and Service-Dogs. Through AGS's puppy raising program, she acquired extensive force-free and positive reinforcement and operant conditioning training skills. She then raised and trained several service dogs for Power Paws Assistance Dogs, Made in Texas Assistance Dogs and Service Dogs Inc., while assisting other pet owners with obedience lessons and handlers in owner-training service dogs. She further learned how to interact with and educate the public about service dogs, but learned even more about the impact service dogs have on their handlers. Sammye is the CEO of The Whole Shebang - Pet Services as her full-time career grooming, training, and boarding dogs in Austin.

Jacqueline Martinez

Director of Communications

Jacqueline Martinez is a junior and Gateway Scholar at the University of Texas at Austin where she is majoring in corporate communications and pursuing a certificate in business foundations. She has been an animal enthusiast her entire life, and since moving to Austin, she has found herself volunteering regularly at Austin Pets Alive where she receives training to work with dogs of all backgrounds and breeds. She aims to pursue a career in the nonprofit world, as she has always loved helping and making a difference in the lives of people and animals. Her growing experience in public relations and communications has driven her to help spread the message of Texas Service Dogs and shed light on the issues that are faced daily.


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Your donation enables us to raise future service dogs, equip our trainers, cover operational costs and place highly qualified, task-trained canines with disabled individuals.