The staff behind the dogs that make a difference.
Meet our Executive Director
Christina joins with more than 10 years of experience working in the nonprofit and animal industries. As the key management leader of DFOB, Christina will be responsible for overseeing the administration, programs, and strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. She will report directly to the Board of Directors and founders.
Christina grew up in a military family. Her father served 25 years in the U.S. Navy and fought in Desert Storm. She is a 2005 graduate of Virginia Tech where she studied animal sciences and business. Christina started her career working with elephants at the Norfolk Zoo and completed two behavior research projects at the St. Louis Zoo in 2006. She served as Program Coordinator and Resident Caretaker at Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary in Ste. Genevieve, MO, from 2006 to 2008 living with the tiger family and one lion. Following that she joined the St. Charles Humane Society as Executive Director. Her experience also includes serving as the Operations Manager at Baywater Animal Rescue in Cambridge, MD, and most recently as Executive Director at the Friends of the Animal Center Foundation in Iowa City, IA.
Christina is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Rotary. She was recognized as one of the Corridor Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty in 2016, and recently received the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce Spark Leadership Award. She also served as a mentor with the Women in Business and Community Leadership Academy at the University of Iowa. She is excited to get involved in the St. Louis community. Christina lives in St. Louis with her dog Gertrude.
Meet our Head Trainer
Paul Scimone CPDT-KA, RVT, CGC
Bridgette has earned a B.S. in Animal Sciences with a minor in Captive Wild Animal Management from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She gained most of her animal experience working at four different AZA accredited zoos. As an Animal Care Intern and Zoo Keeper she learned valuable training skills that have easily transferred to our service dog training program. She is currently enrolled in the University of Missouri-St. Louis Public Policy Administration program working towards her masters degree and a certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership.
Bridgette grew up with several close family members who served in all branches of the military, and her brother is currently serving in the Air Force. Bridgette is excited to use her animal training skills to help our veterans. We are lucky to have Bridgette on our team!
Matt was born and raised right here in St. Louis. He has been a life long advocate for dogs, and his job at DFOB falls right into his passion. He received his Bachelor of Education with a minor in Psychology during his undergrad at Regis University. Though he originally anticipated using these studies to teach human children, he has been delighted to transfer his knowledge to work with his new canine students at DFOB. When he isn’t working work dogs at DFOB, he can found working with various other animals on a local farm – animals are his passion.
Matt has worked alongside dogs in various settings for over a decade, and he is currently pursuing educational development certificates to continue his service dog training skills. We appreciate Matt’s dedication and contribution to our team!