Ira Verbois |  Executive Director


Ira is a native of Denham Springs, Louisiana.  Ira served in the United States Air Force and participated in Desert Shield/Desert Storm.  After discharge from the Air Force, he worked in law enforcement and became a stay-at-home father to his and Glennal's three small children.  During this time, he served as a volunteer and board member for several organizations.  After moving to Alabama, he served as the treasurer for Service Dogs Alabama until he was asked to become the executive director.  

Ira has been married to Dr. Glennal Verbois, and he has four children and two grandchildren.



Ashley Taylor  |  Program Director

Ashely Taylor | Program Director Image

An Alabama native, Ashley has worked as a Veterinary Technician, has volunteered with various breed rescues and shelters, and has shown various dog breeds in American Kennel Club Conformation Shows. 

In 2009, Ashley began working as a trainer and tester with Dogs On Call, a therapy dog organization. In 2010, she helped co-found the K-9s 4 Kids Service Dog program and became its Head Trainer and Evaluator. She now heads the SDA prison training program's canine training of approximately 50 inmates.

Ashley enjoys implementing the most up-to-date A.D.I. standards and loves constantly researching the latest sensory-inclusive techniques to improve SDA!



SDA Staff

Amy Capps: Development Director

Paige Pritchett: Facility Director, Bookkeeper

Kayla Popplewell: Program Coordinator, Facility Coordinator

Summer Rogowski: Program Manager

Alexandria Pogue: Kennel Assistant



Service Dogs Alabama does not and shall not discriminate based on race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing staff, selecting volunteers and vendors, and providing services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all staff members, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

Service Dogs Alabama is an equal-opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.