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Carol Edwards, Executive Director

Carol Edwards

Executive Director

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Carol Edwards’ passion for working with dogs began early when her brother unexpectedly presented her with a German Shepherd/Labrador mix.  At the age of 13, she began her career in obedience training and since then, she has loved working with dogs, including the hands-on approach and behavioral science aspect of dog training.

Carol served as a puppy raiser and Puppy Raising Group Leader for Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) from 1998 – 2003, teaching new teams of puppy raisers annually. Her service to GDB included teaching basic obedience, supervising socialization, trouble-shooting canine behavioral issues, and mentoring both new and experienced volunteer raisers.

In 1999, Carol joined forces with Mark Ruefenacht on The Armstrong Project, an intensive research venture designed to assess the possibility of training service dogs to reliably scent-identify and alert on hypoglycemic episodes in insulin-dependent diabetics. The success of The Armstrong Project lead to the founding of Dogs4Diabetics (D4D) in October of 2004.  As Program Director, Carol led D4D for 7 years as it trained 85 teams throughout four western states.

Determining that no other not-for-profit diabetic alert dog program exists for children under the age of 12 and wanting to expand into this area, Carol launched Early Alert Canines (EAC), in December 2010.  EAC is an independent non-profit organization that shares the vision of placing full access service dogs with insulin-dependent diabetics, as well as, placing skilled companions with younger children.

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Beth Snow

Program Coordinator

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Beth has worked with Early Alert Canines since the very beginning. She works with clients, potential clients, and dogs as our Program Coordinator. She’s our front of house, answering questions and solving problems, and goes out of her way to make sure everyone feels welcome. 


Her favorite part about working at EAC? “The people I work with and knowing that what we do is making a difference in the life of a person with diabetes every day! Doggy kisses and cuddles are an added bonus!”

Victoria Briskin, Development Director

Victoria Briskin

Development Director

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Victoria is inspired by those who serve others with compassion and kindness.  Her diverse background includes hotel development & operations, sales & marketing, project management, community outreach & nonprofit development.  She is motivated to make a positive difference in the community and values the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues, businesses, local government and the neighboring community.  

Victoria’s favorite part of working with EAC?

“Everyone involved with EAC is passionate, motivated and talented!  The significant capabilities of an Early Alert Canine and the friendliness of our clients inspires me.  I am honored to be part of such an extraordinary organization and to help advance our mission by developing opportunities to grow the program and serve more people,” says Victoria.

Meet the Team

Liz Johnston

Service Dog Trainer/Instructor

Liz has had a passion for dogs since she was a child, and was only 16 when she began showing dogs.  Liz has built a career as a dog trainer, including professional training for pets as well as therapy dogs, and helped to start a nonprofit group for dog owners.  Liz and her Chihuahua "Boo" are still active in the dog show world!


Liz's favorite part of working at EAC?  "I love coming in every morning to happy dogs that love learning and seeing them progress," says Liz.   

Diane Holly

Volunteer Marketing Manager

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Diane graduated from Indiana University (Go Hoosiers!) with an MBA and she stumbled across EAC while trying to find a local dog-related nonprofit with which to volunteer. She loves how EAC helps diabetics and their families enjoy a better quality of life, because while she doesn’t have T1D, she can empathize with those who live with health-related challenges. 


Diane’s favorite part of working with EAC? “I really enjoy the people (and dogs) at EAC.  Everyone is very friendly and passionate about the organization's mission.  Since EAC is a growing organization, I get to help out with a variety of different tasks that align with my talents and interests -- something you may not experience at a larger nonprofit.”

Liz Johnston, Trainer
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