Meet Our Volunteers

Kristen Stacy – President/Program Manager

Kristen Stacy

Kristen lives in Denmark ME with her husband, two dogs and one cat. After attaining a Bachelors in Sociology and a Masters in Social Work Kristen has the passion, education, and experience in helping people by coordinating client centered programs and life skill learning opportunities. Combining her two loves, dogs, and helping others, it is a dream come true to be the Co-Founder of Service Dog Strong. As a fellow sexual assault survivor it is through empathy, grit, and compassion that she plans to support both people and dogs through this journey.

Simone Emmons – Vice President/Founder

Kartika Wright – Secretary/Social Media Manager

Kartika Wright

Kartika grew up in rural Northern York County, Maine, and currently lives in the Greater Augusta area
with her husband, two dogs, and two cats. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, an
immense love for all creatures great and small, and a passion for sexual violence victim/survivor
advocacy and support. She enjoys spending time outside with her Labrador Retrievers, fishing and
boating Upta Camp, reading a wide variety of printed and Kindle material, and trying new recipes.
She has been on the Service Dog Strong board from the beginning and is so grateful for the
opportunity to combine her love of dogs and passion for supporting survivors as a part of this small
but mighty all-volunteer team.

Samantha Bassett – Event Coordinator

Samantha grew up in Southern California. After bouncing around a bit she landed in Maine and decided to stay. Admittedly a cat person, she fostered cats for several years before she decided to get a dog.  Her house has become “dog central” for all her friends, so you’ll likely find a few extra dogs at the house at any given time.  Samantha wanted to volunteer for Service Dog Strong because she believes SDS will change lives for the better and she’d like to watch it first hand.  

Kathleen Auclair – Website Manager

Kathleen Auclair

Kathy resides in North Monmouth, ME with her husband, Mike, and their three dogs and four cats.  In the 31 years they’ve been married, they have raised and loved many animals including a rabbit, a guinea pig, several mice, and a bunch of fish. Kathy worked for a domestic violence agency before joining the Sexual Assault Crisis & Support Center eight years ago.  Kathy’s experience in both fields of abuse, coupled with her passion for dogs, compelled her to volunteer to maintain the Service Dog Strong website.   Kathy looks forward to updating the statistics and watching the pairings of rescued dogs with survivors of sexual assault and Military Sexual Trauma (MST) grow.