Board of Directors
Michelle is the proud recipient of Hayden, a Labradoodle mobility service dog that she received from Summit in 2006. After Hayden transformed her life, she became committed to helping others receive their life-changing service dogs. Michelle joined the Summit Board of Directors in 2007 and has served as president since 2008. Prior to her retirement, Michelle earned an M.S. in Management and worked as the Director of Administration for AIDS Housing of Washington. She was also employed at Seattle Counseling Services from 1995-2000, serving first as Program Director, then Director of Operations, and then Interim Executive Director. From 1990-1995, she was the Program Director for the Eastside Domestic Violence Program. Michelle now devotes her life to being an ambassador for Summit, with Hayden leading the way.
Brandon is an Account Executive in the Employee Benefits practice at Parker, Smith & Feek, Inc. He joined PS&F in 2008 and works in the Bellevue office. In 2012, Brandon joined and helped launch the Select Benefits unit to provide focused consulting services for small employers. He has also participated on the firm’s internal United Way committee.
Richard D. Greaves
Richard is a retired partner in the global professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. He served as the Seattle Office Managing Partner from 1996-98 and served as Global Engagement Partner for one of the firm’s top 100 multinational clients from 2004-09. Richard has a degree in Accounting from the University of Washington and a CPA license in Washington. He has served on a number of corporate and not-for-profit boards of directors, including Northwest Kidney Centers, Chief Seattle Council of Boy Scouts of America, and the University of Washington Foster School of Business, where he also was a part-time lecturer. Richard’s dog Ember hopes to become an intern at Summit to hone her skills in begging and sleeping.
Kimberly is currently a Program Manager with Microsoft. She has been an employee since December 2005, after working as a vendor for four years. Previous positions within Microsoft were Release Manager, Operations Program Manager and Editorial Analyst. Kimberly started volunteering with Summit Assistance Dogs in 2009. She is the chairperson for all Summit’s Microsoft Give Campaign efforts and has the pleasure of leading a team of core volunteers that run the Give Campaign events.
Matt joined the Summit Assistance Dogs board in 2012 and is a Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he provides consulting services to technology companies. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona, where he was part of an organization that provided consulting services to non-profit organizations. Matt resides in Bellevue, WA with his wife, Paula, and two sons, Andrew and Joshua, along with the family mini-Schnauzer, Molly.
Elected to the Board of Directors in 2015, Mike is the Chief Investment Officer at Cornerstone Advisors Inc. in Bellevue, WA. At Cornerstone, Mike leads the investment effort and is responsible for development of world class investment solutions. Prior to joining Cornerstone, he was the Director of Fixed Income for Perkins Coie Fiduciary Investment Services and a Senior Portfolio Manager for Safeco Insurance. His involvement with Summit stretches back over a dozen years, when he referred a very good friend to Summit to get his first mobility service dog. Mike and his wife Sally live in Mill Creek with their Summit career-change Labrador, Kelly.
Stephanie has worked at Microsoft since she graduated from the University of Washington in Computer Science in 2002. She currently works as an Engineering Manager in Bing, specializing in performance. Her involvement with Summit started through the Microsoft Giving campaign. She raised a puppy in 2011 that went on through the Summit program. During the process, she had a wonderful opportunity to see just how amazing the assistance dog program is for both recipients and dogs. She is a proud Summit supporter and hopes that others will join her by giving to empower people with disabilities to greater heights.
Founder & Executive Director
Sue’s love of animals started in early childhood. She trained her first dog at nine years of age, a Keeshond puppy she had received as a birthday gift. Simultaneously, she developed a great passion for horses and spent every day she could at a local stable in Toronto, where she was born and raised. Sue spent many years training horses, later moving on to train dogs professionally.
An entrepreneur at heart, she also started and managed a couple of small businesses before founding Summit Assistance Dogs in 2000. Sue graduated from The Assistance Dog Institute in Santa Rosa, where she gained an education in training assistance dogs for people living with disabilities. She has served as the Executive Director of Summit Assistance Dogs since its founding and she remains very enthusiastic and committed to her life’s calling.
Rita has more than 20 years of experience as an office manager/administrative assistant with GE Commercial Finance and Deloitte and Touche. She has been employed at Summit Assistance Dogs since 2009.
Trainer and Prison Program Director
Lisa has been employed by Summit Assistance Dogs as a trainer/instructor since 2008. She worked for Homeward Pet Animal Shelter from 2000-03 supervising pet intakes and adoptions. Lisa then worked for Cascade Kennels in Woodinville, WA from 2003-08 assisting with dog boarding, training, and teaching group obedience classes.
Melissa joined Summit’s training staff in the fall of 2015, which is also when she received Tanner, her second Summit mobility dog. She received Shiloh, her first Summit mobility dog, in 2007. Tanner is now sort of an “adjunct” staff member, since he is always with Melissa and can help other potential service dogs learn by example. Tanner does such things as pick up dropped items, open and close doors, turn lights on and off and other things for which Melissa, who has Cerebral Palsy, would need help from a human caregiver. Prior to joining Summit’s staff, Melissa ran a community inclusion and employment program for adults with developmental disabilities.
Client Services Manager
Teresa was born and raised in Washington state. She graduated with a BS in Nursing from the University of Washington and later earned her Master's degree in critical care nursing. She retired from nursing after 36 years of critical care and operating room experience. She shares her home with four Australian Shepherds, which is no surprise since she raised Aussies for 21 years and was active in Aussie rescue for several years.
Alex first joined the Summit family in 2006 as a client, when Summit paired him with Fraser. After a multi-year stint on Summit's Board of Directors, Alex joined the Summit Staff as Development Associate in 2014. Alex holds a Bachelor of Public Affairs degree from Seattle University with a minor in Non-profit Leadership. Currently, Alex is enrolled in a Master’s Program (International Education) through the School of International Training (SIT) in Brattleboro, VT.
Facilities Project Manager
Mark joined the Summit staff in July 2014 as Facilities Project Manager, after volunteering for many months conducting feasibility studies during Summit’s search for a property. He retired from the Shoreline, WA Fire Department as their Fire Chief in June 2013, after serving the Shoreline community for more than 25 years. Mark’s background also includes 20 years as a general contractor and a degree in marine engineering. He also serves on the Board of Sherwood Community Services in Lake Stevens, WA.
Foster Home Coordinator
Brenda joined Summit in 2009 as a foster home volunteer and then joined the staff in 2014 as Foster Home Coordinator. Her family was heavy into raising service dogs for Guides Dogs for the Blind and for Summit, Brenda’s prior job prevented her doing that, so she went another route and competed in obedience and conformation with her pet dogs, earning many titles. She also was an instructor at Positive Dog Training School in Woodinville for several years.