Samantha McCormick, Stacey Booms and Dana Hunter of the breeding team stand smiling in the canine development center each holding a small black or yellow Labrador puppy wearing a blue Future Leader Dog bandannas

Meet the Breeding Team

The breeding team at Leader Dog supports our breeding stock host volunteers, maintains and develops our breeding colony of dogs, and oversees the health and well-being of the breeding colony, doing ultrasounds, x-rays and breeding.

Dana Hunter, Breeding Manager

Dana stands in the canine center smiling and holding a yellow Labrador puppy that is wearing a blue Future Leader Dog bandannaDana has been with Leader Dog since 2018. Her responsibilities include selecting the dogs with the best genetics to include in our breeding program and determining which males and females to breed together. Dana received her Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from Michigan State University. Before coming to Leader Dog, Dana spent over a decade breeding and caring for exotic animals (including cheetahs and polar bears). She had the opportunity to work for some of the nation’s top zoos and with some of the world’s most incredible animals. In addition to her work, Dana has supported conservation efforts of local communities and abroad. She traveled to Guyana, where she worked with area leaders and learned how they were working with their government to preserve their natural flora and fauna. She also volunteered with the Cheetah Conservation Fund, helping coordinate U.S.-based events that reinforced the conservation efforts on the ground in Africa. Dana feels fortunate to be a small part of this organization, using her breeding expertise to help provide the best guide dogs for our clients.

Stacey Booms, LVT, Breeding Specialist

A smiling woman stands in a large, brightly lit room with low-walled enclosures. She is smiling and holding a yellow lab puppy wearing a Future Leader Dog bandannaStacey Booms came to Leader Dog in 2013. She has been in the animal care industry for over 20 years and is a licensed veterinary technician. Stacey describes her work at Leader Dog as “equally rewarding and challenging.” She loves working with our puppies and finds joy in continuing the Leader Dog life cycle. Some of her responsibilities include overseeing the health and well-being of the breeding colony, doing ultrasounds, x-rays, breeding, and aiding and supporting our volunteer breeding stock hosts. Stacey has two dogs of her own, a mix named Barry and a career changed Leader Dog, a black Labrador named Flynn.

Sam McCormick, LVT, Breeding Specialist

Sam stands in front of the glass garage doors in the Canine Center smiling at the camera and holding a young golden retreiver puppy with a Future Leader Dog bandanna onSam joined the Leader Dog team in 2017. What she enjoys most about working at Leader Dog is being part of an organization that embraces the working relationship between a human and their canine partner. Her responsibilities include overseeing the health and well-being of the breeding colony, doing ultrasounds, x-rays, breeding and supporting our volunteer breeding stock hosts. Sam has a bachelor's degree in animal science and is a licensed veterinary technician. In her free time, Sam enjoys spending time with her husband and training her three German shepherds in various sports.