Staff / Board

Power Paws’ trainers go through an intensive course at The Bergin University of Canine Studies – Assistance Dog Institute. There they learn to train service dogs, hearing dogs, and social/therapy dogs. This program shows them how to select and identify puppies abilities based on their personality as well as how to cultivate the puppies talents while they grow to help them succeed, and finally to match the puppy with their new person to ensure a long and happy relationship.


Robyn Abels, Executive Director – Robyn co-founded Power Paws with her daughter in 1999. She has been involved with training assistance dogs since the 1980’s while raising her family. Robyn has been the voice of Power Paws since its inception, giving interviews on local television and radio stations. She is a registered nurse, bringing her knowledge and experience to the assistance dog world through her understanding and working with children and adults with disabilities.

Carey Dillabo, Associate Director – Carey has served as a Puppy Raiser and volunteer with Power Paws since 2010. She works closely with our team of trainers working with new litters of pups, instructing volunteer trainers and giving individual support to Puppy Raisers by conducting additional in-home training.

Meg Flynn, Program Manager – Meg serves as Program Manager and lead trainer. She graduated from The Assistance Dog Institute in July, 2006 and has been a Puppy Raiser for Power Paws since 2003. Meg is certified to teach the High Schooled Assistance Dog Program.

Cindy Abels, Reproduction Specialist – Cindy is a graduate of Bergin University.  She is a co-founder of Power Paws and was the Executive Director for eight years.  Cindy now serves as our Reproduction Specialist.

Board of Directors
Dr. Jim Bander, President
Dr. Steve Stralser, Vice President
Judy Trammell, Secretary
Kami Jewart, Treasurer

Board Members
Shoshanna Abels
Andrew Armstrong
Sandra Manna