Rhonda Bissell is the Director of Development at Guide Dogs of America and Secretary-Treasurer on the GDA Board of Directors.
She has been involved with the organization for over 20 years including serving as a trustee on the Guide Dogs of America Foundation board.
Rhonda started volunteering as a puppy raiser where she began fostering puppies in training. She subsequently joined the staff and was appointed as Volunteer coordinator where she solicited and assigned volunteers to assist and supplement the GDA staff. During this time, she has filled multiple roles within the organization including fund raising, travel coordination and as Executive Assistant to the President.
Her primary role today is as Director of Development where she manages the Wills, Trusts and Bequests program. She has successfully collected over 40 million dollars for the organization during her time.
Rhonda is most proud of the six puppies she and her husband have raised for GDA, two of which went on to become guide dogs. They presently have three Labrador Retrievers, Harvey, who is a breeder for GDA, Haden, who is a retired Guide Dog and Bomar, a “career change” pup.