Our People


Board Officers

President: Wayne Svoboda, DVM

Wayne Svoboda DVMWayne is an Arizona veterinarian who has donated his time and expertise for over 20 years to provide canine safety training and veterinary care to police K9 teams. He has joined the FSDS to oversee curriculum for our Canine Safety Program and will lead the efforts to expand our training to include advanced canine life support. Wayne’s love for animals, professional expertise and demonstrated commitment to his community make him a invaluable asset to the FSDS.

Scott and BigbyVice-President / Treasurer: Scott Sefranka

Det. Scott B. Sefranka is a military veteran, serving as a member of the US Coast Guard for 8 years following high school. He traveled the world from Antarctica to the Artic, South America, and the Caribbean islands. He served in the Middle East as part of Iraqi Freedom and worked diligently on many mission from counter-narcotics, to anti-terrorism and anti-immigration where he received numerous awards and honors. After an honorable discharge, he joined the Phoenix Police Department where he has worked for 9 years. On 12-31-13 he was shot in the abdomen and sustained near fatal wounds while attempting to stop an armed robber. For his actions he was awarded the Police Shield and Medal of Valor. Scott is a Phoenix Detective.  He is now medically retired from the PD due to his injuries.  He has earned two Associate’s degrees with the highest distinction and is currently enrolled in Northern Arizona University for a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in Parks and Recreation. He continues to recover from his line of duty injuries including both the physical injuries and PTSD.  Scott has been involved in our community education / outreach efforts and is a valued member of the FSDS team.

Recorder: Stephanie Ames

FullSizeRender-1Stephanie is a native Arizonan and is an avid equestrian and dog lover. She has a BA in Communications and a Masters in Business. Her professional credentials include being a Forensic Scientist/Analyst at both the local law enforcement and federal levels. She has worked for the Tempe Police Department as a barn manager/groom while attending ASU and is still involved with volunteer training with the Mounted Officer Training Association.  Her background in business, work with the law enforcement community and love of animals makes her a valuable asset to the FSDS.

Meet Our Management

HR / Certification Manager:  Miriam W. Peterman M.H.S.

IMG_20141226_0001Miriam is one of the four Co-Founders of FSDS.  She is a graduate of Lincoln University with a Master’s in Human Services. She has started up several non profit organizations, Additionally, she has been a consultant to many organizations including  FSDS for a number of years after resigning as president of the Board of Director’s due to health issues in 2010. Miriam is now back with us serving FSDS as HR / Outreach Manager.   She is the  mother of three children, has fifteen grandchildren and five great grandchildren.  She enjoys scrap booking, card making and traveling.

Meet Our Staff

The FSDS is unique among service dog training programs in that we actively seek out credentialed, pre-screened, and professional educators to lead our service animal and canine safety training courses.

Gary Noble – Event Planner / Fundraiser

20160428_134053Gary is originally from Michigan where he grew up and went to school, graduating from Michigan State University with a B.S. degree in (Natural) Resource Development and M.B.A. degree with Marketing emphasis.  He’s worked in both the environmental, business, and nonprofit sectors for over 30 years in different capacities including regional planning, business line project management, sales and marketing, and most recently served as the initial Executive Director of a small environmental conservation nonprofit organization for 13+ years prior to working for the FSDS.  Gary brings significant fundraising, event planning, and grant writing experience and understands the challenges facing small nonprofits.  He looks forward to helping the FSDS grow and expand operations.  Gary moved to Arizona in Fall 2014 with his fiancé to be closer to their kids and grandkids.  He and his fiancé love hiking (especially in Sedona) and exploring Local, State and National Parks along with spending time with family.

Veronica Wiley- Lead Instructor

VWileyBusPhotoVeronica started with the FSDS  in 2013 coming from a canine behavior and veterinary technician background.  She has been professionally training since 2010 helping dogs and their owners in California and Arizona.  She believes strongly in the effective training methods of positive reinforcement.  With her current rescue dog, she is entering the world of agility training and enjoying it very much.  She is also continuing to witness the effects positive reinforcement has on a dogs motivation to learn and enjoy their work in competitive, pet and service dog aspects.  She shares this training method with the students in her class and looks forward to the years to come.  Currently Veronica is enjoying new motherhood with her husband; parents of their 3 year old son who enjoys being the dog owner of 2 Chihuahuas and a Coonhound mix.

Lisette Borja

Lisette2014Lisette is a May 2014 graduate of the FSDS youth-based service dog training program.  She earned her H.S. degree from AAEC High School as well as her Associates Degree in Graphic Arts from Estrella Mountain Community College.  Lisette is studying on full scholarship at Barrett Honors College, majoring in Mechanical Engineering.  She raised a service dog “Chloe” who was awarded to another local teen in need in 2014.  Lisette brings a great work ethic, positive attitude and training skills to her role with the FSDS.

Jessica Parker

FullSizeRenderJessica graduated from Animal Behavior College in 2017 and is currently studying the field of service dog training. As well as being a certified trainer she is also certified in animal CPR and has volunteered at the White German Shepard Rescue during school to help train basic obedience for their dogs in order to find them faster loving homes. Her dream has always been to work with animals, and finds training to be especially rewarding. She always brings a positive attitude to her work space and is open minded to any new information that could help us succeed. Through her involvement with the FSDS she will continue to study and learn more about training methods in service dogs.