Diane Rampelberg

Self Starter

A true self starter with a heart for disabled children, adults and their families.


Over 40 years successful teaching experience with a variety of age groups in a variety of settings at various levels.

Creative and Flexible

Highly creative, organized and dedicated. Comfortable working in individual or group settings.

  • Works with children and adults who are visually impaired, hearing impaired, autistic, orthopedically impaired, developmentally delayed, mentally challenged, emotionally disturbed, brain injured, medically fragile, socially inept and/or with multiple disabilities
  • Works in physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, developmental therapy and school settings
  • Works closely with teachers, therapists and staff designing activities that captivate and entice clients to accomplish therapy goals, Individual Education Program and/or Individual Family Service Plan goals using highly trained assistance dogs
  • Trains new behaviors and handles the dogs in such a way that they provide the motivation needed for a client to take the next step toward accomplishing his/her goals and independence
  • Designs Interactive Kits used to stimulate interaction and motivation between the dogs and clients
  • Works in one-on-one and in group settings
  • Directs plays for family, birthday parties and tea parties with disabled children and dogs
  • Works with families and in the community as needed by clients
  • Presents Parent Workshops designed to empower parents of disabled children
  • Conducts workshops and seminars for professionals interested in using dogs in therapy or school settings
  • Supports Canine Companion for Independence Facility dog and Skilled Companion graduates
  • Founder and Canine Modality Specialist, Dustin’s Paw of Idaho,Kuna,ID1999– present
  • Canine Modaility Specialist, Saint Alphonsus Rehabilitation Services Pediatrics and Jumpstart Clinic, Meridian, ID 2006-present
  • Canine Modality Specialist, Saint Alphonsus Rehabilitation Services Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, Boise, ID 2007-2010
  • Canine Modality Specialist and Patient Activities Saratoga Sub-acute Children’s Hospital, Saratoga, CA 2004-2006
  • Canine Modality Specialist, Children’s Recovery Center, Campbell, CA 2005-2006
  • Canine Modality Specialist, Scribbles and Giggles, Saratoga, CA 2004-2006
  • Canine Modality Specialist, Della Maggiore School, San Jose,CA 1999-2006
  • Canine Modality Specialist, Chandler Tripp School, San Jose, CA 2000-2006
  • Canine Modality Specialist, McKinnonSchool,San Jose,CA 2000-2003
  • Teacher, Santa Clara County Office of Education, San Jose, CA 2003-2006
  • Private Math, Reading and Writing Tutor, San Jose, CA 2002-2006
  • Teacher, Isaac Newton College Preparatory High School, San Jose, CA 1996-2000
  • Teacher, Rampelberg Family School, San Jose, CA 1987-1996
  • Teacher, Green Valley Parent Participation Play Group, San Jose, CA 1985-1987
  • Instructor, University of Montana, Missoula, MT 1982
  • Teacher, Stevenson Elementary School, Mountain View, CA 1979-1980
  • Teacher, Crittenden Elementary School, Mountain View, CA 1977-1979
  • Program Coordinator, Havre Public Schools, Havre, MT 1975-1977
  • Instructor, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 1973-1975
  • Instructor, Minot State College, Minot, ND 1972-1973
  • Graduate Instructor, University of Montana, Missoula MT 1971-1972

Workshops, Seminar and Presentations

  • Presentation with Trevor Vachter, Silver Trail Elementary School, Kuna, ID 2011
  • Selecting and Using Toys, Parent Workshop, Meridian, ID 2011
  • Boise Rotary Club Presentation, Boise, ID 2011
  • Music Magic, Parent Workshops, Meridian, ID 2010, 2011
  • Consult with O’Donnell’s and Galba, Meridian, ID 2011
  • Canine Companion for Independence Training Staff, Empowering Families to Use Their CCI Dogs, Santa Rose, CA 2011
  • State of Idaho Order of Eastern Star Presentation, Boise, ID 2011
  • Jumpstart Annual Parent Tea Parties, Meridian, ID 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008
  • 3 performances of Jumpstart Players present Trashy Town for parents and dignitaries, Meridian, ID 2011
  • Distinguished Citizen of the Year Speaker, Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, Boise, ID 2011
  • Presentation with Sam O’Donnell at Lincoln Elementary, Caldwell, ID 2011
  • Potty Training, Parent Workshop, Meridian, ID 2011
  • Saint Alphonsus Auxiliary Presentation, Boise, ID 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009
  • Boise Public School Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists Presentation, Meridian, ID 2011
  • Anser Charter School Presentation, Garden City, ID 2010
  • STARS/Peds Speech Therapist Computer/Dogs Inservice, Meridian, ID 2010
  • Falcon Ridge Charter School Presentation, Kuna, ID 2010
  • Canine Companions for Independence Puppy Raiser Demo, Meridian, ID 2010
  • Jumpstart Players present The Mitten for parents, Meridian, ID 2009
  • Hubbard Elementary School Presentation, Kuna, ID 2009
  • FOX News 12, Meridian, ID 2009
  • Brown Mackie College Presentation, Boise, ID 2009
  • Cactus Pete’s Presentation, Jackpot, NV 2009
  • Community Partners of Idaho Presentation, Meridian, ID 2009, 2007
  • Craig H. Neilson Foundation Presentation, Boise, ID 2009
  • KTVB Seven’s Hero, Meridian, ID 2009
  • 4H Presentation, Boise, ID 2009
  • Resource Faire, Meridian, ID 2007, 2009
  • Ameristar Get Together Presentation, Boise, ID 2009
  • It Takes Two to Talk, Parent Workshop, Meridian, ID 2009
  • Consulting for Gale Family, Meridian, ID 2009, 2008
  • Shareholder’s Breakfast, Boise, ID 2008
  • STARS Neuro Inservice, Boise, ID 2008
  • STARS Parents Presentation, Meridian, ID 2008, 2007
  • Ameristar/Cactus Pet’s Workplace Giving Video, Meridian, ID 2008
  • Sandra Bruce, CEO St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center at Jumpstart, Meridian, ID 2008
  • Spalding Elementary School Presentation with Anna Botts, Meridian, ID 2008
  • Miranda’s Queen for a Day Presentation, Meridian and Nampa, ID 2008
  • Consulting for North Star Foundation, Union City, CA 2008, 2007
  • Meridian Kiwanis Club Presentation, Meridian, ID 2008
  • Canine Companions forIndependence
  • Graduate Seminar Presentation, Santa Rosa, CA 2007
  • Canine Companions for Independence
  • Fundraiser, Sun Valley, Idaho 2007, 2006
  • Gem State Development Center Presentation, Nampa, ID 2007
  • Foothills School of Arts and Sciences Presentation, Boise, ID 2007
  • Jumpstart Players Present “The Gingerbread Dog,” Meridian ID 2007
  • Additional demonstrations and presentations in SW 2006
  • Santa Clara County Seventh Annual Early Childhood Best Practices Conference Presentor, San Jose, CA 2005
  • San Andreas Regional Center Unit Meeting Presentation, Campbell, CA 2005
  • Four presentations for Canine Companions for Independence, one for trainers and three at Graduate Seminars, Santa Rosa, CA 2005, 2004
  • CAL-ED presenter along with Amanda McEvoy and Lenore Williams, San Jose, CA 2004
  • Pawsitive K9 Therapy Dog Camp Presentations, Malibu, CA 2003
    Santa Clara Department of Social Services Presentation, San Jose, CA 2002
  • Plus many demonstrations and presentations in schools, libraries and community organizations throughout California 1999-2006
  • Facebook page www.facebook.com/dustinspawidaho 2011
  • Selecting and Using Toys manual 2011
  • Potty Training booklet 2011
  • Jumpstart’s Greatest Hits CD and songbook with Amber Gresham 2010
  • Let’s Have Tea, a computer game and book based on Jumpstart Tea Parties 2010
  • Miraculous Tails, a Dustin’s Paw Newsletter 2010-present
  • Booklet put together how dogs are used in rehabilitation therapy for Dr. Shilt,
  • Spasticity Clinic, St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center 2010
  • Dustin’s Paw Dogs and Infection Control Policies and Procedures 2009
  • The Mitten, a computer game for children based on play performance 2009
  • Material provided for Facility Dogs at Work Handbook 2009
  • Ovelle, Ovelle Who Do You See?, a children’s book and computer game 2008
  • Jumpstart Band, a children’s book 2008
  • Newsletter highlighting what Dustin’s Paw is doing in Idaho 2006-2009
  • Prepared a variety of brochures and information packets for Dustin’s Paw 2000-present
  • Created www.dustinspaw.org 2006-2011
  • Created website for those working with assistance/therapy dogs 2000-2004
  • Edited and published an international newsletter for everyone interested in using therapy dogs to enhance the therapeutic and rehabilitation processes 2000-2004
  • Wrote Dustin’s Paw Interactive Learning and Therapy Techniques 2003
  • The Clicker Journal, The Magazine for Animal Trainers, wrote article, “Wind Beneath Our Wings 2003
  • Wrote a chapter in The Golden Bridge: A Guide to Assistance Dogs for Children Challenged by Autism or Other Developmental Disabilities 2003
  • Wrote Dustin’s Gets a Bath, Dustin Sits On and Dustin Goes In and Out, books for hearing impaired children with Lenore Williams 2002
  • Produced and directed A Spoonful of Dog, Dog’s Colorful Day, One-Dog Canoe, An Exceptional Dog for Exception Children and Dustin Bakes a Cake, instruction videos, San Jose, CA 2002, 2003, 2004
  • Saint Alphonsus Auxiliary Grant 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007
  • Primary Beneficiary of Albertsons Boise Open September 2009
  • Ameristar/Cactus Pete’s/Craig H. Neilson Foundation Grants 2007, 2008, 2009
  • Saint Alponsus Foundation, Opportunity Grants 2006, 2007
  • Adalyn Jay Foundation Grant 2002, 2003
  • Prairie’s Welcome Party 2009
  • It’s a Doggone Miracle!, Front page article in Idaho Statesman 2009
  • Ovelle is KTVB, Seven’s Hero 2009
  • FOX New 12 2009
  • Ovelle recognized as therapist with the highest patient satisfaction 2008
  • Idaho Business Review Health Care Heros/Rehabilitation Care 2008
  • Selected to represent Facility Dogs at National Canine Companion for Independence Donors Celebration 2005
  • Catherine Cirese Volunteer of the Year Award, Parents Helping Parents 2003
  • Silver Bowl Award, Junior League of San Jose 2001

Saint Alphonus Rehabilitation Services Clinical Outcomes 2007-present


  • Canine Companions for Independence Idaho Chapter 2011-present
  • Sam Hartz Memorial Golf Tournament 2011
  • Kuna Days Parade 2010-2011
  • Saint Alphonsus Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit Reunion, Christmas Party 2010
  • Buddy Walk, Idaho Downs Syndrome Association 2009-present
  • Saint Alphonsus Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit Santa and His Reindogs Visit 2009-present
  • Capitol Classic, Saint Alphonsus Foundation 2008—present
  • March for Babies, March of Dimes 2008-present
  • Picture Exchange Communication Workshop 2011
  • Vision Therapy Inservice 2011
  • Pediatric Voiding Dysfunctions 2010
    Chronologically Controlled
  • Developmental Therapy (CCDT) 2010
    Musculoskeletal Ramifications of Spasticity 2010
  • Sensory Integration 2010
  • Barbara Bloomfield’s Icon Talk 2005
  • TEACCH for Autism Intervention 2004
  • More Than Words 2004
  • It Takes Two to Talk 2003
  • B.S., 1971, Northern Montana College, Havre, Montana
  • M.S., 1972, University of Montana, Missoula, Montana

Additional university credits and many continuing education courses throughout the years. This information is available upon request.

Tiffany Dean and Diann Davis-Martin
STARS Pediatrics and Jumpstart
179 SW 5th Avenue
Meridian, ID 83642
(208) 367-8282

Dr. Craig Jussell
Saint Alphonsus Rehabilitation Services
901 N. Curtis Road, Ste. 204
Boise, ID 83706
(208) 367-3351

Ron and Sara Gambassi
Gem State Investments
5141 N. Capson Avenue
Boise, ID 83704
(208) 890-5680

Melody Dean
1873W. Whiff Drive
Eagle, ID 83616
(208) 859-1232

Amber R. Myrick, LL.M, P.A.
3101 W. Main St. Suite 200
Boise, ID 83702
(208) 344-8600

Ken and Tessa O’Donnell
2950 N. Blue Springs Avenue
Meridian, ID 83646
(208) 447-9505

Lauren Rignel
NW Region Program Manger/Instructor
Canine Companions for Independence
P.O. Box 446
Santa Rosa, CA 95402-0446
(707) 577-1798

Lenore Williams
1218 Ruppell Place
Cupertino, CA 95014-5049
(408) 446-0858