Brenda Dew, Ph.D. joined the volunteer team of Retrieving Independence in 2012 after retiring as a Professor of Counseling. She is the Counseling Coordinator for Retrieving Independence and is responsible for developing and managing relationship assessments for the inmate trainers, applicants and caregivers. She also heads the Drill Team that showcases our service dogs and their training.

Additionally, she is responsible for the graduations for the dogs and the recipients. She previously served on the Board since 2014. Brenda is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, National Supervisor for AMMFT and a Certified Pet Therapist as well as a certified evaluator for Pet Partners. Brenda and her dog Daisy were awarded the Frist Humanitarian Award in 2006 for exemplary service to patients and the healthcare community through HCA.