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MEET THE TEAM

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Arin

Arin is a young entrepreneur and the inspiration for Arin’s Good Girl Dog Treats. In 2009, Arin met Posie, her service dog, who has always been called “Good Girl” by Arin. After years of feeding Good Girl countless homemade all natural treats, Arin’s hobby became her career after graduation from Webb Street School. Arin has an infectious personality, an endless love for animals, and loves making people smile! Arin is passionate about being able to earn her own living, run her business, and encourage the differently abled community.

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Nathan

Nathan likes making dog treats, especially when he gets to give his sister’s dog, Parker, treats! He also loves to play sports, showcasing his talents on the Carolina Fireflies Baseball team, in softball, soccer, and bowling with the Special Olympics of Gaston County. He also likes listening to music and playing his guitar. He enjoys being around other people and making them laugh. Nathan showcases his talents as a  hard worker and learning how to do new things. He envisions a future for the differently abled community where everyone else gets to live in their own place, hang out with friends, and have a good job doing something that makes them happy.

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 Andrew

Andrew is a graduate of Webb Street School where he got some great experience making dog treats.  He learned discipline, respect, and work ethic, through the work program at Webb Street School.  He has a good memory and pays great attention to details! Andrew’s vision for the future of the differently abled community, he says “I want to keep working at Arin’s Good Girl Dog Treats. Everyone should be able to work at a job they like. Everyone can work and help others if they are given the opportunity.”

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Alexandra 

Alexandra has a passion for helping people, participating in adaptive sports, and jumping out of perfectly good airplanes! Her discipline, respect, work ethic, enthusiasm, and commitment to redefining the labels about her disability has allowed her to flourish in the many activities she involves herself in. When envisioning the future she dreams of for the differently abled community, Alexandra says,”I hope to see more access in public for those with a disability, and access to the things that able bodied people have. I also want to see more able bodied people accepting of those with a disability.”

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 Kyra

Kyra is a high school junior at North Carolina Virtual Academy and will be starting classes at Central Piedmont Community College in 2022. She loves art and is planning on specializing in graphics in college.  Kyra’s greatest strength is doing her best in whatever she does and trying her hardest. 

 

Due to a traumatic brain injury from a car accident as a baby, Kyra has faced obstacles throughout her life but nothing makes her happier than proving people wrong when she is told she can’t do something.  Her vision of the future for the differently abled community is one where all people understand that “differently abled” translates to unique, gifted and competent.  There shouldn’t be one standard for success, achievement and effectiveness.  She says: “Those of us who have challenges in our lives can and do overcome those challenges in ways that make us stronger and more capable than those who don’t.  I want everyone to know that just because I do things differently or reach a goal in a different way doesn’t mean that I am any less worthy of consideration for whatever it is I am seeking to do or be in life”. 

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Talia | Director

Talia is a special education teacher and co-founded Arin’s Good Girl Dog Treats.  She believed Arin (her oldest daughter) had something special to offer the community around her.  She began by baking treats with Arin for Posie (AKA Good Girl) and determined Arin’s passion was all dogs.  Talia adapted Arin’s favorite recipes for dog treats and Arin’s Good Girl Dog Treats was born. 

 

Talia believes that all individuals have potential and by cultivating that potential any individual can reach success.  She has been instrumental at helping fundraise and build the only inclusive accessible playground in Gaston, NC, develop an outdoor interactive classroom and vocational training program for students with significant disabilities while fostering parent involvement in school by establishing a PTO and community partners.  Talia has a BA in Political Science and Urban Studies from Elmhurst College and a master’s degree in the Art of Teaching Special Education with a focus on adaptive curriculum from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte.