Pet Care Trust Makes Changes to Leadership Team
The Pet Care Trust, a nonprofit organization that promotes the public understanding of the joys and benefits of pets through education, support and interaction, has appointed Michael Lasky of Schiaffino, Lasky & Associates, Inc. as newly elected president and Scott Rabe of Central Aquatics as vice president. Chris Clevers of Hikari Sales USA, Inc. has been re-elected as secretary-treasurer. Lasky succeeds Rand Kollman of Koller Enterprises, who has served as president for the past two years. Kollman will remain on the board as a director.
“It is a privilege and honor to have been elected president of the Pet Care Trust,” Lasky said. “The Pets in the Classroom program has been a passion of mine since joining the WPA [World Pet Association] Board 14 years ago, and why I was so thrilled to join the Pet Care Trust Board five years ago.”
Lasky’s experience on the board and knowledge of the program will be an asset to continuing the work of the Pet Care Trust, according to the organization.
Additional changes in leadership include the exit of Steve King as executive director. King, who is president of King Management Group and has been managing the program since 2011, will be stepping down at the end of the year to take on the position of president and CEO of the America Pet Products Association. Jackie King, executive vice president of King Management group will be the new executive director of the Trust.
“We cannot thank Steve enough for the dedication, passion, enthusiasm and motivation he has given Pet Care Trust over the past eight years,” Kollman said. “He will be greatly missed by the staff, retail partners and board members alike. These are exciting changes, and I'm sure Steve will meet the challenges in his new position with his usual optimism and unmatched expertise. The board looks forward to following the success of Steve’s career and are excited for the next chapter of Pets in the Classroom as we continue to support our community of teachers as they introduce students to the benefits of pets.
Jackie King’s familiarity with the program and experience in association management will allow for a smooth transition in leadership, according to the organization.
“I look forward to working with the Pet Care Trust as its executive drector and the opportunity to continue the Trust’s work through the Pets in the Classroom grant program, which provides thousands of children with an opportunity to interact with pets—an experience that can help to shape their lives for years to come,” said Jackie King.
Pets in the Classroom is an educational grant program that provides financial support to pre-kindergarten through 9th-grade teachers for the purchase and care of small classroom pets. Established in 2011 by the Pet Care Trust, the program’s mission is to provide school-aged children throughout the U.S. and Canada with the opportunity to interact with pets. More than 120,000 grants have been awarded since the program’s inception.