Pet Partners Welcomes Two Members to Board of Directors
Pet Partners, an organization that registers therapy animals for animal-assisted interventions, welcomed two new members to its board of directors.
Angel May, corporate citizenship lead for Mars Petcare, which has U.S. headquarters in Franklin, Tenn., and Dana Brooks, president and CEO of Pet Food Institute (PFI) have joined the organization’s board of directors.
May is the strategic leader for Mars Petcare's Better Cities for Pets signature program, working to drive policy and behavior change to create a world where pets are welcome in more places.
With 17 years of communications experience in sports, government and consumer-packaged goods, her work has received awards in public relations volunteer campaigns and managing responses to America’s worst disasters—Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, and the Joplin Tornado.
“May’s communications expertise as well as industry experience bring a lot of value and make a great addition to our board,” said Annie Peters, president and CEO of Pet Partners.
Brooks has more than 30 years of experience across the food and agricultural industries, including leadership roles in federal and regulatory outreach. Prior to PFI, she served as the senior director of government affairs for Land O’Lakes, Inc., where she managed state affairs and industry relations. Brooks has also held the positions of corporate advisor of government affairs for Elanco Animal Health and senior vice president of government relations for the National Milk Producers Federation.
“Dana’s industry experience and leadership make her a great addition to our team and we’re thrilled to have her on the board,” Peters said.
Pet Partners aims to improve human health and well-being through the human-animal bond, registering nine species of animals with their human handlers as therapy animal teams. Pet Partners teams make more than 3 million visits per year in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, libraries, airports and at employee well-being events. Pet Partners also advocates for legislation that promotes human health and well-being through its grassroots advocacy program and educates handlers and the public about the positive impact of animal-assisted interventions (AAI).
Founded in 1977 and grounded in the underlying research of AAI, Pet Partners is the gold standard in therapy animal visitation and is widely credited with expanding the field of AAI. Pet Partners is led by a board of directors and advised by members of its Human-Animal Bond Advisory Board.