Staff

Administration

Pet Partners CMODavid E. Williams, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Linda Dicus with Kalei
Executive Assistant
Pet Partners staffChris Calabro with Oscar & Heidi
Director of Technology
Pet Partners staffJackie Vasquez Theodorakis with Tova & Walter & Reba
National Director of Field Relations
Pet Partners staffTaylor Johnson, Ph.D. with Bronx & Ivy & Rex & Harlem
National Director of Field Relations

Therapy Animal Program

Bilyana Yakova with Odie 
Program Manager
Jesse and RoadieJesse Haas with Roadie
Program Manager
Felice Nightengale with Spook
Learning Administrator
Kate Pitroff with La Llorona
Senior Therapy Animal Program Coordinator
Teague Thomas with Baron 
Therapy Animal Program Coordinator
Lisa Zeiner with Kit & Macy
Instructor/Evaluator Support Specialist
Katherine Ketter
Sr. Volunteer Support Specialist
Kassandra Gamez with Treason
Volunteer Support Specialist

Development & Strategic Partnerships

Traci Pryor with Frisco
Chief Development Officer
Mary Bohmke with Sharon & Ty Bear
Senior Philanthropic Advisor
Brynna Morgan with Spike 
Philanthropy Manager
Elisabeth Van Every with Kaga Marketing & Strategic Partnerships Coordinator

 Accounting

Teresa Starr with Simba & Charlie
Director of Finance

staff-MarcMarc Courtmanch with Dolly & Nemo
Staff Accountant

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Michael SappBoard Chair
Michael Sapp

Senior Vice President, Buying
PetSmart

 

Julie LawlessBoard Vice Chair
Julie Lawless

Senior Director, Corporate Affairs
Elanco Animal Health

 

Dana BrooksTreasurer
Dana Brooks

President & CEO
Pet Food Institute

 

MWhichardSecretary
Marcie Whichard

 

 

 

 

Diana KiriakidesImmediate Past Board Chair (Ex Officio)
Diana Kiriakides

Global Executive Recruitment

 

 

Board Members

Erik ArnoldErik Arnold
Chief Technology Officer
Microsoft Philanthropies

 

 

Chad Biagini 2Chad Biagini
Managing Director of North America
Nolan Partners

 

 

 

Reshma BishnoiReshma Bishnoi

 

 

 

Alicen Blair Pet PartnersAlicen Blair with Georgia
Managing Partner
Boyden Global Executive Search

 

 

 

Michael Castagna Pet PartnersMichael Castagna, PharmD
CEO
MannKind Corporation

 

 

 

 

Doris DaifDoris Daif
Vice President, Member Benefits and Programs
Nike

 

 

 

Wilson P. Garone
Corporate V.P., CFO, Global Sales & Commercial Business
Microsoft Corporation

 

 

 

Julia Geffner
Vice President, Marketing
Best Friends Pet Hotel

 

 

 

Jim Hedington Pet PartnersJim Hedington
Director, Global Executive Recruiting
Starbucks Coffee Company

 

 

Janice KapnerJanice Kapner
Executive Vice President of Communications & Community Engagement
T-Mobile US, Inc.

 

 

Jeff Keune

Jeff Keune 
Truthpoint Consulting Group LLC

 

 

 

Brett LauterBrett Lauter
CEO
Morris 4×4

 

 

 

Angel MayAngel May
Senior Manager Corporate Communications
Mars Petcare US

 

 

Kay D. MooneyKay D. Mooney, FSA, MAAA
Vice President, Employee Benefits and Well-being
Aetna

 

 

Mike MossholderMike Mossholder
Chief Business Officer
Vision Venture Partners

 

 

Stacey NeuStacey Neu
Sr. Vice President, Human Resources
Spectrum Brands, Inc.

 

Jon PerschJon Persch with Prince
Vice President Strategic Partnerships
Tribeca Enterprises

 

 

 

MPriceMichael Price
Founder
Price Management

 

 

 

Marc Scarduffa
Vice President Government Relations & Public Affairs
Pfizer Inc.

 

 

Brian Schwartz
Venture Partner
Extol Capital

Lori Ware
Chief Financial Officer / Vice President of Finance
Penn National Gaming

 

Human-Animal Bond Advisory Board (HABAB)

HABAB Chair
Aubrey Fine, Ed.D
Professor of Education
Cal State Polytechnic

 

 

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

Mary Craig, DVM
Gentle Goodbye

Steve Dale, CABC
President
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

Nancy R. Gee, PhD
WALTHAM HAI Research Manager
Department of Psychology
SUNY, Fredonia

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, DipACVIM
Professor
Ontario Veterinary College, Department of Pathobiology
University of Guelph

Melissa Y. Winkle, OTR/L
President
Animal Assisted Interventions International
Dogwood Therapy Services