Who We Are



Stephanie Montgomery, DVM, PhD, DACVP - Chief Executive Officer
Andrea Fiumefreddo, MS
- Chief Operating Officer
Danielle Snyder - Event & Administrative Coordinator


Fleming Samuels - Director of Philanthropy
Paige Hofstad - Development Associate


Susan Childs, CPA - Director of Finance
Gary Jones - Staff Accountant

Research Programs

Kelly Balthazor - Grants Manager
Sharon M. Albright, DVM, CCRT - Manager of Communications & Veterinary Outreach

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.

Mary O. Smith, BVM&S, PhD, DACVIM  - Chairman
Wayne Jensen, DVM, PhD, MBA - Vice Chairman
Steven Hamblin
- Treasurer
A. Duane Butherus, PhD - Secretary
Kristin Bloink, DVM, MPH, PA-C, DACVPM
William I. Christensen, MD, MPH
J. Charles Garvin, MD, FACS
Susan LaCroix Hamil
Rhonda Hovan
Michael Knight, PhD
Laura Liscum, PhD
Karolynne McAteer
Nancy Shaw
Scott Smith
Tina Truesdale

Previous Board Chairs

J. Charles Garvin, MD, FACS, 2016-2024
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.

Help Future Generations of Dogs

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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