Jill founded Assistance Dogs of the West in 1995 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. ADW provides well-trained dogs to assist people in activities of daily living. Some of the people they serve are living with multiple sclerosis, spina bifida or degenerative nerve diseases, as well as victims of accident, stroke, and war injuries. The Dogs are trained by students at Desert Academy School in Santa Fe. Jill’s program is unique in that it focuses on the benefits for these teenagers, as well as for the recipient of an assistance dog.