Michelle Porche earned her Masters of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling at San Diego State University, with an emphasis in psychiatric rehabilitation. She is currently pursuing licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and hopes to work with people with disabilities, especially those who have mental health diagnoses and are grieving the loss of their service or companion animal. As a long-time advocate for the rights of service animal teams, Michelle knows first-hand how powerful, lasting and critically important the relationship can be. Michelle is the author of two articles related to psychiatric disability. She strongly believes that everyone has something essential to contribute to our world. Given the right supports, they can do just that, regardless of the challenges they face.
Daniel Cox is a retired U.S. Marine and veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration from National University and has a background in recruiting and maintenance management. During his 20 year military career, Daniel Cox has seen the profound effects that traumatic injuries can leave on our service members. He has also seen the tremendous positive impact service and companion animals can have on veterans suffering from injuries sustained in the line of duty. He is now dedicated to providing support to those veterans that have had to endure further trauma due to the loss of their service or companion animal.