Staff & Board


Linda Dicus with Kalei
Executive Assistant

Information Technology

Pet Partners staffChris Calabro with Oscar & Heidi
Director of Technology
Felice Nightengale with Spook
Technical Program Manager

Communications & Marketing

Allison Younger with Panda
National Director, Communications & Digital Platforms
Elisabeth Van Every with KagaElisabeth Van Every with Kaga
Senior Communications Specialist & Managing Editor
Meghan RothschildMeghan Rothschild with Remi 
Communications Specialist

Animal-Assisted Interventions Advancement

Pet Partners staffTaylor Chastain Griffin, PhD with Bronx, Ivy, Rex, & Harlem
National Director, AAI Advancement

Therapy Animal Program

Jesse and RoadieJesse Haas with Roadie
National Director, Programs
Kate Pitroff with La Llorona
Senior Therapy Animal Program Coordinator
Lisa Zeiner with Kit & Macy
Senior Evaluator/Instructor Support Specialist
Moira Smith with Wayne
Evaluator/Instructor Support Specialist
Katherine Ketter | Pet PartnersKatherine Ketter with Smedley
Therapy Animal Program Coordinator
Charis TarbettCharis Tarbett with Orsa 
Learning Experience Manager
Katie Lowdon with RoloKatie Lowdon with Rolo
Volunteer Experience Manager
Colleen Stoner with MaceyColleen Stoner with Macey
Program Support Coordinator

Julia Heath | Pet Partners
Julia Heath with Juju
Program Support Coordinator

Development & Strategic Partnerships

Traci Pryor with Frisco
Chief Development Officer
Mary Bohmke with SharonMary Bohmke with Sharon
Senior Philanthropic Advisor
Brynna Morgan | Pet PartnersBrynna Counts-Morgan with Bentley
Philanthropy Manager

Ashley DrewAshley Drew with Cupcake
National Director, Special Events

Katie Kasten | Pet PartnersKatie Kasten with Scully
Strategic Partnerships Manager


Teresa Starr | Pet PartnersTeresa Starr with Simba & Charlie
Director of Finance

staff-MarcMarc Courtmanch with Dolly & Nemo
Accounting Manager

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Board Chair
Julie Lawless
VP, Corporate Affairs and Administration
Elanco Animal Health

Board Vice Chair
Dana Brooks
President & CEO
Pet Food Institute

Angel May

Vice President, Marketing & Communications
Nashville Entrepreneur Center

Milton Pappas

Immediate Past Board Chair
Michael Sapp
President, MiracleCorp

Board Members

Brandon Antin
VP of Social Responsibility & Innovation
VCA Inc.

Alicen Blair
Principal, Global Consumer Practice
Korn Ferry International

Sarah Fergusson Chambless
Fenwick & West LLP

Mary Craig, DVM
Gentle Goodbye Veterinary Hospice

Aubrey Fine, EdD
Professor of Education
Cal State Polytechnic

Wilson P. Garone
Seattle University

Sophie L. Gibson
Founder & CEO
VIVO360, Inc.

Jeff Keune 
Senior Vice President, Food Service & Innovation

Steve King
American Pet Products Association

Kay D. Mooney, FSA, MAAA

Stan Owens
Division Vice President, US Sales
Spectrum Brands

Jon Persch
Chief Commercial Officer
Major League Rugby

Carryl Pierre-Drews
Vice President of Marketing

Michael Price
Price Management

Gregg Scanlon

Marc Scarduffa
Founder & Principal

Brian Schwartz
Co-Founder at SIZE & SIZE Capital

Marcie Whichard 
VP of Professional & Community Relations
North American Veterinary Community

Human-Animal Bond Advisory Board (HABAB)


Nancy R. Gee, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry & Director of the Center for Human-Animal Interaction
Virginia Commonwealth University

HABAB Members

Sandra B. Barker, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry and Bill Balaban Chair in Human-Animal Interaction, Center Director
School of Medicine Center for Human-Animal Interaction
Virginia Commonwealth University

Peter C. Canning, PhD

Steve Dale, CABC
Steve Dale’s Pet World, LLC

Steven L. Feldman
Executive Director
Human-Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) Foundation

Lisa M. Freeman, DVM, PhD, DACVN
Professor of Veterinary Nutrition
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University

Zenithson Ng, DVM, MS, DABVP
Clinical Associate Professor
University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine

Maggie O’Haire, PhD
Assistant Professor of Human-Animal Interaction
Purdue University

Peter Rabinowitz, MD, MPH
Director, Center for One Health Research
University of Washington

Leslie Stewart, PhD, LPC
Assistant Professor
Idaho State University

Scott Weese, DVM, DVSc, DACVIM
Ontario Veterinary College, Department of Pathobiology
University of Guelph