Courage Service Dogs 2016 Board of Directors
Lisa Burkett is the Founder and Director of Courage Service Dogs. She started the organization in 2013 as a result of her experience with her own PTSD service dog, Bella. Lisa has B.A. degrees in History and Criminology from the University of Minnesota. She also received a JD degree from Hamline University School of Law in 1992 and is a licensed attorney in the state of Minnesota.. Lisa has worked as an accountant for over 16 years and has successfully started and operated two additional businesses. In addition to her business skills, Lisa has done extensive research into the area of Mental Health and PTSD in particular. This knowledge, combined with her own unique experience with PTSD, has given her the tools she needs to run Courage Service Dogs with both efficiency and compassion.
Erin Dietz joined the board of directors in 2016. In addition to being a board member, she is Courage Service Dogs’ Recipient Program Director. Erin has served in the United States Air Force and has over twelve years of experience as a law enforcement officer. She is currently working as a licensed police officer and runs her department’s Peer Support program. Erin has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Psychology and Sociology and is currently working on her Master’s Degree. In addition to her formal education, Erin is a Crisis Intervention Team instructor and has done extensive research on mental health issues, including PTSD. Erin is a dog lover who has worked with police K-9s and has two dogs of her own. Erin’s comprehensive training, military service, law enforcement experience and psychological education makes her a valuable board member.