Staff & Board



annieAnnie Magnant
President & CEO
Dr David WilliamsDavid 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 with Mimi
Senior National Director, Program Development
Bilyana and OdieBilyana Yakova with Odie
Program Manager
Felice Nightengale with Spook
Learning Administrator
Lisa Zeiner with Kit and Macy
Instructor/Evaluator Support Specialist
Kate Pitroff with La Llorona
Program Operations Coordinator
Elisabeth Van Every with Kaga and Drina Program Operations Coordinator
Natalie and KanacNatalie Pond with Kanac
Volunteer Engagement & Support Specialist
Deborah Carr with Mr. Parker, Thomas and William
National Program Educator
PattiAnderson-and-TanzaniaPatti Anderson with Tanzania
National Program Educator
Patricia Tirrell with Jade
National Program Educator
LaureMacConnell-and-RemyLauré MacConnell with Remy
National Program Educator

Development & Strategic Partnerships

Traci Pryor with Frisco
Senior Director, National Strategic Partnerships
Mary Bohmke with Sharon and Ty Bear
Senior Philanthropic Advisor
staff-sherylSheryl Bryner with Attica
Donor Care Specialist


Alison AndrewAlison Andrew
Director of Communications

Amanda-Pleshaw-and-NalahAmanda Pleshaw
Marketing, PR & Social Media Coordinator


Teresa Starr with Simba and Charlie
Director of Finance

staff-MarcMarc Courtmanch with Dolly and Nemo
Staff Accountant

2015 Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Board Chair
Mary Craig, DVM, MBA
Gentle Goodbye Veterinary Hospice



Board Vice Chair
Diana KiriakidesDiana Kiriakides

Vice President of Talent Acquisition – North America


Michael SappMichael Sapp

Vice President, Merchandising – Corporate



Laird Pisto


Board Members

Jack BarronJack Barron, Jr.
Central Oregon Community College




Chad Biagini 2Chad Biagini
Managing Director & Southwest Practice Leader
Harvard Group International




Lisa BurbyLisa Burby
Vice President, Brand Marketing, Planning & Integration
Wyndham Vacation Ownership



Michael Castagna, PharmD
Vice President, Global Commercial Lead, Biosimilar Business Amgen

15VBall vs East Bay-during the Brocos 3-1 win over Cal State East Bay at Kellogg Gym October 22, 2015.Aubrey Fine, EdD
Professor of Education
Cal State Polytechnic



Ryan GranardRyan Granard
Vice President, Cloud Engineering



Jim Hedington
Principal Executive Recruiter
Starbucks Coffee Company

Valerie Jennings
Chief Executive Officer
Jennings Social Media Marketing & Viral Bolt Media

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




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




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



Michael Price
Price Management

Human-Animal Bond Advisory Board (HABAB)

Aubrey Fine, EdD
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

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