Staff & Board


Linda Dicus with Kalei
Executive Assistant

Information Technology

Chris Calabro with Oscar and HeidiChris Calabro with Oscar & Heidi
Director of Technology
Felice Nightengale with SpookFelice Nightengale with Spook
Technical Program Manager
Katherine Ketter | Pet PartnersKatherine Ketter with Smedley
Manager, Technical Applications & Analytics

Communications & Marketing

Jenn Gilbertson and TuckerJenn Gilbertson with Tucker
Chief Marketing Officer
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
Katie Lowdon with RoloKatie Lowdon with Rolo
Volunteer Experience Manager
Lisa Zeiner with Kit & Macy
Senior Evaluator/Instructor Support Specialist
Moira Smith with Wayne
Evaluator/Instructor Support Specialist
Charis TarbettCharis Tarbett with Orsa 
Learning Experience Manager
Julia Heath | Pet PartnersJulia Boyd with Juju
Senior Member/Volunteer Support Coordinator
Colleen Stoner with WillowColleen Stoner with Willow
Senior Member/Volunteer Support Coordinator

Lisa Bassi with Frodo
Lisa Bassi with Frodo
Member/Volunteer Support Coordinator

Development & Strategic Partnerships

Traci Pryor with Frisco
Chief Development Officer
Mary Bohmke with SharonMary Bohmke with Sharon
Senior Philanthropic Advisor

Ashley DrewAshley Drew with Cupcake
National Director, Special Events & Field Development

Katie Kasten | Pet PartnersKatie Kasten with Scully
Strategic Partnerships Manager

Chelsea Glick and LinusChelsea Glick with Linus
Development Manager


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

staff-MarcMarc Courtmanch with Dolly & Nemo
Accounting Manager

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Board Chair
Julie Lawless
SVP, 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
Global Head of Media of Media Solutions, Klarna Media

Board Members

Brandon Antin
Tasty Nutrition Inc.

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
VP Sales and Trade Marketing
Spectrum Brands

Carryl Pierre-Drews
SVP, Marketing & Communications
Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB)

Gregg Scanlon

Marc Scarduffa
Founder & Principal

Brian Schwartz
SIZE & SIZE Capital

April Shepard
Head of Talent Acquisition
Central Garden & Pet

Lauren Sherman
VP, Consumer Direct Marketing
Nike, Inc.

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

Human-Animal Bond Advisory Board (HABAB)


Nancy R. Gee, PhD
Virginia Commonwealth University

HABAB Members

Sandra B. Barker, PhD
Virginia Commonwealth University

Peter C. Canning, PhD
VetBio Partners, LLC 

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

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

Aubrey Fine, EdD
Cal State Polytechnic 

Gina Fisher, PhD 

Lisa Freeman, DVM, PhD, DACVN
Tufts University  

Megan Mueller, PhD
Tufts University 

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

Kerry E. Rodriguez, PhD
Colorado State University

Sabrina E. B. Shuck, PhD
University of California, Irvine

Leslie Stewart, PhD, LPC
Idaho State University