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David Burry: Managing Director
David Burry gained his love for animals and the outdoors at an early age, enjoying long walks with his pet dog in nearby Tyler Arboretum in Delaware County, PA. For David, it brought an inner peace just watching his dog play together with other dogs and observe the way they communicated with each other with their eyes, their ears, their tails, and their posture. And when teaching a new cue and observing his dog work-to-please, it was so rewarding to eventually see them figure out exactly what he wanted them to do.
Much later in life, after two children, two businesses and several other pet dogs and assorted animals, David was introduced to a non-profit committed to the belief that their assistance dogs change the world one person at a time.
Having the opportunity to work with children and adults with disabilities, seeing them interact and respond with their trained service dogs and knowing from a first-hand experience how these dogs enrich their lives and brighten their day, all of this is an experience that David knew to be a life-changing path in knowing that he would have a part in making a difference and helping others. In addition to David's work with Compass Key, he is a co-founder of Atlas Assistance Dogs - a nonprofit organization working towards teaching and certifying service dog trainers and providing funding for training non-specified disability groups with privately owned dogs.
David lives on a small farm in pastoral Lancaster County Pennsylvania with his Golden Retriever and surrounded with an abundance of wildlife.
Ashley O'Hara: Director of Administrative Operations
Ashley O’Hara has a passion for dogs acquired over the course of her entire life. From a young age Ashley attended training courses with her dogs and became increasingly interested in their learning abilities. She was volunteering with a nonprofit service dog organization when her father posed the question: "What do you really love most in life?". The answer came easily: organizing/planning, helping others, traveling (especially to Disney World), and dogs. In 2012, Ashley devoted her time to the inception of Compass Key (then "PAWS Training Centers").
Ashley remains focused on evolving processes and standards to continue strengthening the company. She finds it deeply rewarding to create new pathways in the service dog industry while focusing on training standard integrity, accommodation, and globally helping more individuals with disabilities. In addition to Ashley's work with Compass Key, she is a co-founder of Atlas Assistance Dogs - a nonprofit organization working towards teaching and certifying service dog trainers and providing funding for training non-specified disability groups with privately owned dogs.
Ashley holds an associate’s degree in paralegal studies and a bachelor’s degree in business. Ashley, her husband Tom, and young son live southwest of Philadelphia. They have two rescue dogs - Sampson (a Saint Bernard mix) and Sarah (an Anatolian Shepherd/Great Pyrenees mix), and a rescue cat - Snickers, none of them have any potential as service animals but are fantastic friends all the same!
Beth Bridger: Director of Client & Trainer Services
As a Coast Guard kid, Beth Bridger moved around her entire childhood and has not stopped since. No matter the location, there was and always still is a four legged friend waiting at home. Beth has been working in different professional environments for the past 12 years. Most recently she did event planning and administrative work for a non-profit service dog organization, where she learned about and loved the idea of helping others through Assistance Dogs. She is excited to help Compass Key in their venture to help others as the Director of Client and Trainer Services. Beth resides in southeastern Wisconsin and is dog mom to a rescue, pit-lab mix Ecko.
Alice Smith: Client Services Coordinator
Alice Smith was born and raised in Hampton Roads Virginia and there was always a dog in her home growing up. She credits her parents for her love of dogs because they believed in treating them as family members. When she was old enough, Alice helped with training the family pets.
Several years ago, Alice apprenticed with a local dog trainer and felt she had found her dream job. She was able to combine her love of dogs with her wish to help others. Unfortunately, the apprenticeship didn’t last due to the owner going out of business.
In February of 2016 Alice began working with one of the Compass Key (then PAWS Training Centers) trainers and loved working with dogs again. When Compass Key had a part-time administrative position open up, she applied and was hired. Alice is now thrilled to communicate with all new potential clients as the national Client Services Coordinator for Compass Key.
Alice earned her Associates of Arts in Human Services Management in 2010 and plans to continue her education. She currently resides in sunny central Florida.
Amanda Mencer: Client Services Coordinator
Amanda Mencer is an enthusiastic team member with an enormous love and dedication to all people and all animals. In a friendly neighborhood inside the suburbs of Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania she lives with her daughter Meadow and other family members. Their three dogs enjoy the property running freely and sun bathing for hours. Since Amanda was a child she has always been fond of animals and has always had a house full of dogs. She is especially trained in English Pointers due to her dad’s fondness for that particular breed. Currently Amanda is enjoying the opportunity to work closely with her dad’s newest English Pointer puppy, Lindsey, by teaching her basic cues and tricks. Amanda has always possessed the patience needed to be a caring and loving advocate when it comes to animals.
As a stay-at-home-mother for 10 years, Amanda has had the honor of playing several roles from running a family business, being a caregiver to her grandparents, tending to the family pets, and being the biggest advocate of her daughter’s Type 1 Diabetes. Amanda has gained and developed various skills being exposed to each role. She is excited to use these skills in her Client Services Coordinator position at Compass Key. Amanda has a determined personality and will stop at nothing to overachieve goals she sets for herself within the company. Her main focus is driven from the loving and caring temperament she has as an individual. She has maintained the foundation of her home keeping the family at ease and strives to do the same at Compass Key. She gains motivation through her family and plans to share her love for people and animals with whomever she encounters along the way.