Staff & Board



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

Therapy Animal Program

Mary Margaret Callahan
Sr. National Director of Program Development
Bilyana and OdieBilyana Yakova with Odie 
Program Manager
Jesse and RoadieJesse Haas and Roadie
Program Manager
Felice Nightengale with Spook
Learning Administrator
Kate Pitroff with La Llorona
Program Operations Coordinator
Elisabeth Van Every with Kaga and Drina Program Operations Coordinator
Lisa Zeiner with Kit and Macy
Instructor/Evaluator Support Specialist

Development & Strategic Partnerships

Traci Pryor with Frisco
Senior Director, National Strategic Partnerships
Mary Bohmke with Sharon and Ty Bear
Senior Philanthropic Advisor
Brynna Morgan with Spike 
Donor Care Specialist
Natalie and KanacNatalie Pond with Kanac
Marketing & Strategic Partnerships Coordinator


Teresa Starr with Simba and Charlie
Director of Finance

staff-MarcMarc Courtmanch with Dolly and Nemo
Staff Accountant

2016 Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Diana KiriakidesBoard Chair
Diana Kiriakides

Global Executive Recruitment


Michael SappBoard Vice Chair
Michael Sapp

Vice President, Merchandising – Corporate


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

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



Lisa Burby

Lisa Burby
Vice President



Ron BurnsRon Burns
Burns Studio Publishing


Michael Castagna, PharmD
Chief Commercial Officer
MannKind Corporation.

Cathleen Enright, PhDCathleen Enright
President & CEO
Pet Food Institute



Matt Fenwick
Vice President, Strategy and Relationships
American Hospital Association



steve-heaps-225x300Steve Heaps




Jim Hedington
Principal Executive Recruiting Director
Starbucks Coffee Company

Brad Kehlm and BuddyBrad Kehm
Emerging Markets Sales Director, Young Athletes
Nike, Inc.



Jeff Keune

Jeff Keune 
Brand Marketing, Planning and Activation




Brett Lauter
Vice President, Global Ecommerce and Media

Julie LawlessJulie Lawless
Senior Director, Corporate Affairs
Elanco Animal Health



Mike MossholderMike Mossholder
Executive Vice President, Global Marketing Partnerships
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)



MPriceMichael Price
Price Management





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.
Senior Research Advisor, Bioproduct Innovation
Elanco Animal Health

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
Research Manager, Human-Animal Interaction
WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition

Kathy R. Mitchell
Director, US Government Relations
Zoetis, Inc.

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

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