Maria Ikenberry, the executive director of Eyes Ears Nose & Paws (EENP), is this week’s WCHL Hometown Hero. Her work with the organization has helped to place assistance dogs where they’re most needed: improving physical and mental health in our community.

Dogs from EENP are extensively trained as assistance dogs who can increase the independence and individual control of individuals with disabling medical conditions and assist in therapeutic solutions for a variety of physical and mental ailments. The dogs at EENP represent a wealth of untapped potential in their ability to intuitively read and understand human emotion and behavior, willingness and ability to learn and work, and unique traits — such as an extraordinary sense of smell — that can be extremely beneficial to those they assist.

The work that EENP does inarguably improves out community, and that work wouldn’t be possible without someone like Ikenberry at the helm. Thank you, Maria, for being this week’s Hometown Hero!