Meet Our Staff/Principals
Company 2 Heroes is an ALL VOLUNTEER program. Trainers and volunteers represent a broad range of expertise and provide this service and assistance free of charge to our servicemen/women. There is no charge for our program, it is our duty, honor and privilege to give back to those who have given so much.
Every day our staff witnesses, and experiences, the incredible impact that dogs have on Veterans during the training process. They recognize the extraordinary benefits that dogs can bring to many aspects of our lives and in particular the tremendous improvement of symptoms for trauma-related mental health conditions including; Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
- Kate Van Auken serves as the Executive Director. She founded Company 2 Heroes after finally retiring from the U.S. Army with more than 28 years of service. Having served on multiple combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, she realized the immediate benefits of service dogs to veterans struggling with injuries seen and unseen. She volunteered with various programs in Pennsylvania where she lived for nearly 20 years, before moving back home to Massachusetts.
- Glenn Goldman is the Deputy Director/Lead Trainer and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) with over 30 + years’ experience. He holds a BA Psychology with emphasis in animal behavioral science. He is a member of several professional organizations including the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT). He is also an AKC approved evaluator for the Canine Good Citizen Program (CGC) and Community Program and Urban CGC.
- Judy Goldman is Trainer and Animal Behaviorist with 20 years experience
“The purpose of life is a life of purpose.”
– Robert Byrne