The mission of the Diabetes Alert Dog Alliance (DADA) is to create an Alliance between breeders, trainers, and consumers, offering resources on diabetic alert dogs.
The Diabetes Alert Dog Alliance is a tax-exempt charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States. Board members do not receive a salary or other compensation for their service. There are also no salaried employees. Funds raised go to support research and education projects that align with the Diabetes Alert Dog Alliance’s mission and vision. Funds also cover basic overhead items.
Diabetes Alert Dog Alliance Vision
- To do research in the field of diabetes alert dog training & selection
- To educate in the use of dogs for diabetes alert
- To set standards for training required for the dogs
- To maintain a web presence and provide information on diabetes alert dog resources
- To be the best resource for diabetes alert dogs and trainers in the world
DAD Alliance Board Members
Becky Causey, President
Becky is a former elementary and middle school teacher, who has been married for 20 years, with two children. Her older son is a Type One diabetic. She has not only trained dogs for diabetic families, but she has lived the life of a parent of a T1.
She has been breeding and training dogs for 24 years, concentrating on Labradors for the last 21 years. Her experience with dogs and diabetes gives her a wonderful 360-degree perspective when it comes to the world of Diabetes Alert Dogs.
“I think I can be very useful on the Diabetes Alert Dog Alliance board in many aspects. I grew up with a father, grandfather, and aunt who were all active breeders and field and hunt competitors. As a breeder, I am careful to breed only dogs that are cleared of hereditary diseases, and I am passionate about all dogs used in breeding programs getting appropriate screenings,” Becky says.
Jody Filonovich, Secretary
Jody is the founder and architect of DogWorks Kennel & DogWorks Service Dogs, LLC, in Rochester, NY. She began her training career in 1998 under the tutelage of some of the top professionals in dog sports while competing successfully in Schutzhund, tracking, search and rescue (SAR), and AKC Hunt Tests. That experience has led to training medical alert and diabetes alert dogs since 2012, where the majority of her efforts and energies are now focused. She is actively training and placing DADs state-wide in New York. The Wayne County Sheriff s Department will be using her skills in human remains detection once her dog Pinto is certified.
Jody and her husband Edward are avid outdoor sportspeople who enjoy fly fishing, kayaking, and hunting upland game with their Labs, who are master hunters.
Bill Creasy, Treasurer
Bill Creasy was born and raised in Kingsport, Tennessee, and is a veteran of the US Air Force. After military service, he pursued a career in dog training that included protection training, AKC obedience competition, and hunt tests. He trained, trialed, and titled hundreds of dogs during his 20-year involvement with hunt tests and field trials. He also judged trials all over the eastern US until the middle of the year 2000.
He is retired from Tennessee Eastman Chemical Company, where he worked from 1977 through 2009 as a Control Systems Tech Associate. Currently, his work focuses on private security with his Belgium Malinois, “Hawk.” Among the services provided are private, confidential narcotic searches, search & rescue, and tactical tracking. He also trains diabetes alert dogs and service dogs for the disabled.
He is a professional member of the IACP and is an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator.