Guide Dog Foundation and America’s VetDogs Elect New Board Members
Smithtown, N.Y. (February 11, 2019) – The Guide Dog Foundation and its sister organization America’s VetDogs are pleased to announce the election of four new board members. The boards provide counsel and oversight to advance the organizations’ mission to provide 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.
Gary Brown, a former NFL player and Green Bay Packer Super Bowl XXXI Champion, now channels his professional football experience to give back to the Long Island community as a Community Activist, Motivational Speaker and Philanthropist. “I have always admired the mission of the Guide Dog Foundation and America’s VetDogs and am honored to join their board of directors. I look forward to working with the team as they continue building success for the communities they serve.”
Pamela Kaul, President & Founder of Association Strategies, Inc. (ASI). Since founding the company in 1986, Pamela pioneered ASI’s unique systems-based approach to executive search, and has successfully applied it to deliver superior talent to hundreds of leading associations, foundations, NGOs and philanthropic institutions. “The Guide Dog Foundation and America’s VetDogs’ missions have long resonated with me as I have observed first-hand the many benefits derived by those who are abled differently, once they engage with a service dog. It is truly an honor and privilege to serve.”
“I am pleased to welcome Gary and Pamela as new board members,” said John Miller, president and 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. Members of the boards of directors set strategic direction and policy, and help raise awareness of the organizations’ 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 have other special needs. The Guide Dog Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization serving clients from across the United States and Canada. The Foundation 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 was the first assistance dog school in the United States to be accredited by both the International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs International.
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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 and serves clients from across the United States. 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.
America’s VetDogs has been accredited by both the International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs International.