Howie Gallagher - Head Trainer  

• Successful Service Dog Trainer
• Works closely with veterans and law enforcement in need of service dogs

• Certified in Canine Nutrition through UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine 

• Service dog handler

• Paired with a GOFI Service Dog

• Graduate of Regis College Mathematics Program

• Quickbooks Certified

• Book Keeper 

Service Dog Training


• Graduated from Regis College with a degree in Mathematics

• Artist and calligrapher

• Skilled in Quickbooks

• GOFI recipient and mentor

• Successful Entrepreneur Since 1995 

• Registered Nurse working in a critical care environment for more than 20 years

• Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) with AKC Titles in Agility and Obedience

• Breeder of Golden Retrievers for more than 20 years

Pauline Hoegler - President & CEO

Meet Our Team

About Golden Opportunities for Independence


Kristen Lee -  CFO

"GOFI has been a transforming experience. Howie knows how to work with veterans (I was very stubborn about joining) and has the expertise and knowledge to train exceptional service dogs. Pauline is also kind and gentle-hearted and I have never felt that I was a stranger in her home." -Marine veteran recipient of a PTSD service dog

"GOFI is truly about building a community support team.  We strive to provide our service dog recipients with a support system that not only includes their new dog, but also a family of GOFI staff, volunteers, trainers, and community groups.  We don't give you a dog and then turn our backs, we provide support for as long as the recipient wants."

Golden Opportunities For Independence In Walpole, is a 501c3 nonprofit organization

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