Who We Are


Diane Brown, DVM, PhD, DACVP - Chief Executive Officer
Linda Black, CPA, FCPA - Director of Finance
Bradford Brady - Director of Development & Communications
Andrea Fiumefreddo, MS - Director of Programs
Laura Ferguson - Administrative Assistant / Bookkeeper
Melissa Smallwood, MS - Development & Events Specialist
Aaron Stepanek, MS, MPH - Projects Manager

Board of Directors

The American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation, Inc. is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.  The Directors bring a variety of experience in finance, marketing, human resources, human medicine and of course, canine health.  Click on the Directors names to learn more about each of them.

J. Charles Garvin, MD, FACS - Chairman
Susan LaCroix Hamil - Vice Chairman
Cindy Vogels - Treasurer
Ann Viklund - Secretary
Carl C. Ashby, III
A. Duane Butherus, PhD
William I. Christensen, MD, MPH
Sue Copeland
David H. Hopkins, Esq.
Rhonda Hovan 
Wayne Jensen, DVM, PhD, MBA
Mary Smith, BVM&S, PhD, DACVIM 
Tina Truesdale
Harvey M. Wooding

Previous Board Chairs

A. Duane Butherus, PhD, 2013 - 2015
Lee Arnold, 2011 - 2012
Cindy Vogels, 2007 - 2010
Wayne Ferguson, 2005 - 2006
John Studebaker, 2003 - 2004
Howard Falberg, 2001 - 2002
Robert J. Hritzo, MD, 1995 - 2000

Scientific Review Committee

The CHF Scientific Review Committee is responsible for the general oversight, funding and stewardship of the grants program of the AKC Canine Health Foundation.  The committee's recommendations and scientific expertise are utilized by the CHF Board of Directors in determining how to best distribute the available grant funds.  View the Scientific Review Committee Members.

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Participate in canine health research by providing samples or by enrolling in a clinical trial. Samples are needed from healthy dogs and dogs affected by specific diseases.

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