Guide Dog Foundation and America’s VetDogs Elect New Board Members

 
Smithtown, N.Y.  (July 20, 2017) – The Guide Dog Foundation (www.GuideDog.org) and its sister organization, America’s VetDogs (www.VetDogs.org), are pleased to announce the election of three new board members.  The boards of directors set strategic direction and policy to advance the organizations’ work of providing guide and service dogs and training – free of charge – to people who are blind or have low vision, and to those who have served our country honorably. Joining are:  

Pamela Linden, PhD, a clinical associate professor at the Stony Brook University School of Health Technology & Management.  She is also a certified veterinary social worker and certified pet loss and bereavement counselor; animal-assisted activities are included in the four main domains of veterinary social work. She has also conducted research with veterans involved in the criminal justice system.

Robert McInerney, a veteran of the US Army and a retired executive with experience in investments, marketing and operations.  Most recently, Bob has served on the America’s VetDogs Golf Committee and has been a supporter of VetDogs outings for many years.  He also serves on the board of the Huntington Country Club.

Leslie Tayne, Esq., founder of Tayne Law Group, a law practice concentrating in debt management, debt resolution and bankruptcy alternatives.  Leslie has been a puppy raiser and puppy sitter for the Guide Dog Foundation since 2011 and has supported Guide Dog Foundation fundraising events.

“I am pleased to welcome Pam, Bob and Leslie as new board members,” said Wells B. Jones, CEO of the Guide Dog Foundation and America’s VetDogs.  “These individuals bring a wealth of experience and expertise in their fields and will be tremendous assets to our organizations as we further our missions.”

The Guide Dog Foundation and America’s VetDogs Boards of Directors comprise volunteer leaders from the medical, business, academic, and military and veteran communities.  The boards provide counsel and oversight to the operation of the organizations as well as raise awareness of their services.

About the Guide Dog Foundation
For more than 70 years, the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc. (www.GuideDog.org),  has trained and placed guide and service dogs to provide independence, enhanced mobility, and companionship to people who are blind, have low vision, or who have other special needs. The Guide Dog Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that relies on contributions from generous individuals, corporations, service clubs, and foundations to fund its mission to serve people with disabilities. It costs over $50,000 to breed, raise, train, and place one assistance dog, but the Guide Dog Foundation provides its services completely free of charge to the individual.  Its sister organization, America’s VetDogs, trains and provides guide, service, and hearing dogs for disabled veterans and first responders.

The Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind was the first assistance dog school in the United States to be accredited by both the International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs International. 

About America’s VetDogs® 
Since 2003, America’s VetDogs (www.VetDogs.org) has trained and placed guide and service dogs to provide independence, enhanced mobility, and companionship to veterans with disabilities from all eras. In 2015, VetDogs opened its programs to first responders, including fire, police, and emergency medical personnel. America's VetDogs is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded by the Guide Dog Foundation. VetDogs relies on contributions from generous individuals, corporations, service clubs, and foundations to fund its mission to help those who have served our country live with dignity and independence. It costs over $50,000 to breed, raise, train, and place one assistance dog, but America’s VetDogs provides its services completely free of charge to the individual.

Be sure to catch Charlie, the VetDogs “Puppy with a Purpose” daily on NBC’s TODAY. 

America’s VetDogs has been accredited by both the International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs International.