Joe is a GDB alum and is partnered with a new guide, Vino, after his previous guide, Balsam, retired. Joe provides a unique look at the GDB lifestyle sharing his personal story at presentations and events, he is a great asset to L.A. Southwest. Joe and Balsam have together enjoyed travel and cruises at vacation time.
Melissa, a GDB alum, and her guide dog, Camry, has provided invaluable support and inspiration for L.A. Southwest. Sharing her story at presentations and events provides education to the public about blindness and related issues. Melissa has served as an outstanding representation of the ultimate goal for L.A. Southwest members and the community.
Melissa is currently an elected member the Board of Directors of Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc.
Melissa is also President of Paws of Fame Los Angeles, Alumni and Friends of Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc.
Follow Melissa’s adventures at Blindgirl.net
Karen and Manny are planning for their next puppy. Meanwhile they are assisting with puppy sitting, presentations, and special events.