Roxy Reading Therapy Dog (RRTD) President Diane Smith announces the following leadership changes for the local, non-profit organization, effective February 1. RRTD recently celebrated its 10th anniversary in service to the Doylestown area through its mission to bring comfort to children, to enhance the experience of learning, and to enrich the lives of the organization’s human and canine volunteers. Smith, who founded the organization and proudly served as its President for the last decade, will remain on the Board of Directors and continue to be the leadership advisor of the organization.
- Sharon Fleck, a seven-year RRTD volunteer and current Volunteer Director of Schools, has been named RRTD President. Fleck and her Greyhound Bud have visited elementary classrooms at Central Bucks School District’s Gayman Elementary School for many years, becoming the Liaison for the school in 2009. In 2012, Fleck was named Volunteer Director of Schools responsible for coordination of RRTD volunteers and their classroom assignments. Fleck has also served as past Chairperson of two RRTD “Strut Your Mutt” fundraisers held in 2013 and 2014.
Prior to her volunteer work for RRTD, Sharon worked as a Supply Chain Analyst for Church and Dwight (parent company of Arm & Hammer) for 10 years. Currently, she serves as an independent consultant for Rodan and Fields and enjoys spending time with her family including her husband, daughter, three cats, and her therapy dog, Bud.
Replacing Fleck as Volunteer Director of Schools is Phyllis Mikolaj. Mikolaj began serving RRTD with her Golden Retriever Anya a year ago and currently serves as a School Ambassador to Gayman Elementary School. An Assistant Vice President of Sales & Broker Compensation & Business Initiatives with MetLife where she has worked for more than 35 years, she also has volunteered her time with other organizations including the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association. Her love of dogs and their work as therapy dogs is what led her to her involvement with RRTD.
In addition to visiting classrooms, Mikolaj also volunteers for many RRTD events throughout the year. She is the proud grandmother of two grandchildren and owner of four Golden Retrievers and a West Highland Terrier. Mikolaj is now obtaining Therapy Dog Certification for her second Golden Retriever, Mila, and plans to involve her in the Roxy Reading program after completion.
RRTD also announces the naming of Amy Rose as the Director of Courthouse Therapy Dogs. Rose and her therapy dog Callie have been involved in both RRTD’s courthouse and school-based programs for more than four years. She and her dog Callie provide therapy dog support at the Doylestown Court House in both the Dependency Court and the Minor Victims of Violent Crime programs. Rose, a former law enforcement and federal agent, understands the stress involved in preparing witnesses to testify in court as well as participation in the court process. She also leads RRTD’s Courthouse Orientation team. Rose lives in North Wales with her husband and two Golden Retrievers, Callie and Bella.
Named as RRTD’s new Volunteer Director of Pedia Manor Group Homes Program is Tracey Vazquez. A Doylestown resident for 24 years, Vazquez has volunteered with RRTD with her four-year-old Golden Retriever Teddy since 2014. Pedia Manor homes house children too medically fragile to live in their own homes, and are all ventilator dependent. Together, Vazquez and Teddy visit children in Bucks County Dependency Court, Pedia Manor group homes, and Central Bucks School District classrooms.
About Roxy Reading Therapy Dogs (RRTD)
Roxy Reading is a donation dependent 501 c 3 whose registered pet therapy teams promote literacy in schools, deliver comfort to children navigating the court system, bring relief to young victims of violent crimes, provide support to Doylestown Health pediatric patients and medically fragile youth residing in group homes. ll services are provided by unpaid volunteers, free of charge.