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ACADEMICS AND ADMISSION: faculty and staff
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The University's faculty are selected for knowledge of their subject and their ability to share that knowledge in a vibrant, dynamic way. Students enjoy close working relationships with faculty due to the small class sizes, joint research projects, a caring atmosphere and the constant presence of dogs.

Faculty - Graduate Programs

Bonita M. Bergin, EdD.
EdD, Nova Southeastern University - Education
MA, Sonoma State University - Special Education, Early Childhood Education

Sarah Brown, PhD
PhD, University of California, Davis - Genetics
MS, California Polytechnic State University - Biology

Susan J. Caputo, DVM
DVM, University of Florida - Veterinary Medicine
B.S., Cornell University, Animal Science

Stanley Coren, PhD
PhD, Stanford University - Psychology

Deni Elliott, EdD
EdD, Harvard University - Philosophy of Education
MA, Wayne State University - Philosophy

Emma Grigg, Ph.D
Ph.D., University of California, Davis - Ecology
M.A., San Francisco State University - Biology

Monika Lipinski, PhD
PhD, University of California, Davis - Genetics

Felicia Palsson, MLS
M.L.I.S., San Jose State University - Library and Information Science
B.A., University of California, Berkeley - Philosophy

Faculty - Undergraduate Programs

Richard Adler
JD, Cleveland State University
BBA, Ohio University, Business Administration

Bonita M. Bergin, EdD
EdD, Nova Southeastern University - Education
MA, Sonoma State University (SSU) - Special Education, Early Childhood Education

Jim Bergin
MS, Bergin University - Canine Life Sciences
BS, Humboldt State University - English

Susan J. Caputo, DVM
DVM, University of Florida - Veterinary Medicine
B.S., Cornell University, Animal Science

Pamela Hogle
MS, Bergin University - Canine Life Sciences
MA, University of South Florida - Journalism and Media Studies

Martha Kowalick
B.S., Hayward State University
A.A., Merritt College - Registered Nurse

Monika Lipinski, PhD
PhD, University of California, Davis - Genetics
B.S., University of California, Berkeley - Integrated Biology

Marcia Rogers
MA, New York University - Rehabilitation, Psychology & Education
RN and BS, University of Arizona - Nursing

D. Glenn Martyn
B.A., University of Montana - Psychology

Laurel Scarioni
BS, Humboldt State University – Natural Resources Planning

Lauren Tyler
BS, Oregon State University – Animal Science

 

Administration

Bergin University of Canine Studies' staff are dedicated working professionals, most of whom have attended the Service Dog Seminar, each of whom is committed to the mission of the University and to helping its students develop or expand their knowledge for scholarly or career purposes or to enhance their knowledge of their own specialties through the unique viewpoint provided by human-canine studies.

Bonita M. Bergin, Ed.D. - Founder and President
Ed.D., Nova Southeastern University - Education
MA, Sonoma State University (SSU) - Special Education, Early Childhood Education
BA, SSU - English, Psychology, Social Science

Rachel Bradish - Bookkeeper
Empire College

Denise Gregersen - Chief Operating Officer
AA, Santa Ana College – Business Management

Dennis Kohke – Financial Officer/HR (CFO)
MBA, Arizona State University

Sherri Rieck – University Programs Assistant
AA, City College of San Francisco – Liberal Arts
AS, Bergin University of Canine Studies – Assistance Dog Education

Rebecca Richardson – Director, Student Services
BA, Simpson University – Liberal Studies

Marcia Rogers - Disability Officer
MA, NYU - Rehabilitation, Psychology & Education
RN and BS, University of Arizona - Nursing