Staff & Board



Pet Partners CMODavid E. Williams, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Linda Dicus with Kalei
Executive Assistant
Chris Calabro with Oscar & Heidi
Director of Technology

Therapy Animal Program

Mary Margaret Callahan with Mimi
Senior National Director of Program Development
Bilyana and OdieBilyana 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
Katherine Ketter
Volunteer Support Specialist
Teague Thomas with Baron Therapy Animal Program Coordinator
Lisa Zeiner with Kit & Macy
Instructor/Evaluator Support Specialist

Development & Strategic Partnerships

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


Teresa Starr with Simba & Charlie
Director of Finance

staff-MarcMarc Courtmanch with Dolly & Nemo
Staff Accountant

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Diana KiriakidesBoard Chair
Diana Kiriakides

Global Executive Recruitment


Michael SappBoard Vice Chair
Michael Sapp

Senior Vice President, Buying


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

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


Mary_CraigImmediate Past Board Chair (EX Officio)
Mary Craig, DVM, MBA
Gentle Goodbye Veterinary Hospice



Board Members

Erik ArnoldErik Arnold
Chief Technology Officer
Microsoft Philanthropies



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




Reshma BishnoiReshma Bishnoi




Dana BrooksDana Brooks
President & CEO
Pet Food Institute



Lisa Burby

Lisa Burby
Vice President of Strategic Communications



Michael Castagna Pet PartnersMichael Castagna, PharmD
MannKind Corporation





Doris DaifDoris Daif
Senior Vice President, Customer Data Strategy
National Basketball Association (NBA)



Matt Fenwick
Vice President, Strategy and Relationships
American Hospital Association



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



Jeff Keune

Jeff Keune 
Truthpoint Consulting Group LLC




Brett LauterBrett Lauter
Morris 4×4




Julie LawlessJulie Lawless
Senior Director, Corporate Affairs
Elanco Animal Health



Angel MayAngel May
Senior Manager Corporate Communications
Mars Petcare US



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



Mike MossholderMike Mossholder
Chief Business Officer
Vision Venture Partners




MPriceMichael Price
Price Management




Jessica Roosli
Head of Global Brand Marketing, Event Marketing


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



MWhichardMarcie Whichard




Human-Animal Bond Advisory Board (HABAB)

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
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
Ontario Veterinary College, Department of Pathobiology
University of Guelph

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