Our Team

Early Alert Canines is a small non-profit organization. We rely on our close-knit team of staff and regular volunteers. 

Carol Edwards


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.

Beth Snow

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!”

Program Coordinator

Marianne Ryan

Marianne also started with EAC in the very beginning, when our Training Center opened. She is a puppy raiser for Guide Dogs for the Blind, and one of her puppies, Kade, was career changed to EAC and became one of our first graduates in August 2012. She graduated from Saint Mary's College of California with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics. Her favorite part of working with EAC is seeing the dogs alert on their partners, especially when the diabetic is a child.

Human Resources Director

Diane Holly

Diane is the most recent addition to our team. An MBA graduate from Indiana University (Go Hoosiers!), 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.”

Marketing Manager

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Jason Guthrie - President

Nate Wright - Vice President

Dr. Kim Bercovitz, DVM - Secretary

Garrett Bock - Treasurer

Rahn Springer

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Early Alert Canines is accredited by Assistance Dogs International

Early Alert Canines is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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