Jennifer Barnhard, CEO and Founder
Jennifer Barnhard incorporated Starfleet Service Dogs, Inc in 2016 after founding Starfleet Dogs in 2013. Jenny has her Master of Science from Bergin University of Human-Canine Life Sciences.
She graduated from University of California, Davis in 2017, earning a dual Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior (NPB) and Animal Science, with a minor in Professional Writing. Jenny worked as an ICU/NICU Veterinary Assistant and as a Diagnostic Imaging Veterinary Technician at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine for 2 years, and now assists the NICU at Virginia Tech’s Marion DuPont Equine Medical Center. She leads our rescue program and behavior evaluation team.
Ashley Tringali, COO
Ashley Tringali joined Starfleet Service Dogs, Inc in 2016. Ashley is a graduate of the University of California, Davis and holds a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science with a specialization in Animal Behavior. She works as an affiliate researcher at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine where she researches human-animal interactions, canine welfare, and the service dog-handler dyad.
Ashley brings professionalism and new points of view to SSDI and has been key in expanding SSDI’s infrastructure by developing new educational materials for staff, clients, and the public to further SSDI’s mission. Ashley has also spearheaded our digital training system allowing us to reach clients whom have transportation restrictions and/or are in a region where SSDI does not currently have a Canine Training Specialist.
Katherine Barnhard, CFO
Katherine Barnhard joined Starfleet Service Dogs, Inc in 2019. Katherine is a graduate of Hofstra University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts. She works as a professional stage manager, production assistant, and child guardian on and off Broadway.
Katherine has worked on productions including Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes, Matilda the Musical, The Bronx the Musical, Kinky Boots, Actor's Studio, If/Then, and more.
She has also worked as a Cast Member at Walt Disney World and has experience managing large groups of people and animals.
Jaimie Bennett, CSO
Jaimie Bennett joined Starfleet Service Dogs, Inc. in 2017. Jaimie completed her Master of Science at Bergin University of Human-Canine Life Sciences in 2019. She graduated from West Virginia University in 2016, earning a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with an emphasis in Neuroscience.
Jaimie has worked for several service dog organizations across the country. Jaimie's experience and background allow her to analyze the scientific soundness of the operations of SSDI and is instrumental in our client and dog support.
Savanna Schmidt, CCO
Savanna Schmidt joined Starfleet Service Dogs Inc as our Chief Compliance Officer in 2019 after successfully completing two years in SSDI’s apprentice trainer program. Savanna has a background working in emergency medical services, human services, medical record management, and law enforcement.
Savanna is very passionate about the training and success of our academy dog program. As our compliance officer, Savanna uses her vast experience makes sure that we are constantly improving how we manage the safety and welfare of our dogs and clients.