AKC Canine Health Foundation Announces New Board Members


Sharon M. Albright, DVM, CCRT
Manager of Communications & Veterinary Outreach
AKC Canine Health Foundation
Phone: 919-334-4019
E-mail: sharon.albright@akcchf.org

For Immediate Release

RALEIGH, NC (December 28, 2021) – The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) is pleased to announce two new members for its Board of Directors.

Stephanie A. Montgomery, DVM, PhD, DACVP joins the Board of Directors. Dr. Montgomery is an Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and an adjunct Associate Professor at the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She joined CHF’s Scientific Review Committee (SRC) in 2019 and assumed the role of SRC Chair in March 2021. She has a professional and personal interest in translating state-of-the-art diagnostics and therapies to veterinary medicine as well as human medicine.

Michael Knight, PhD joins the Board of Directors. Dr. Knight has actively shown dogs for 42 years and serves on the AKC Board of Directors and as Delegate for the Texas Kennel Club. He has held numerous leadership positions within the Lone Star Poodle Club, the Texas Kennel Club, and the Poodle Club of America. He owns and manages a staffing firm in Sunnyvale, TX.

Sue Copeland and John Russell are leaving their positions on the Board of Directors.

“Dr. Montgomery’s leadership has been instrumental to the Scientific Review Committee and we welcome her added input as a Board member,” says CHF Board Chairman, J. Charles Garvin, MD, FACS. “Dr. Knight’s longstanding passion for purebred dogs and professional experience in human resources will also add a substantial contribution to our Board. We will always be grateful to John for his input and to Sue for her years of service and advocacy in support of CHF’s mission.”

For complete rosters and to learn more about the AKC Canine Health Foundation’s Board of Directors and Scientific Review Committee, please visit www.akcchf.org/about-us/who_we_are/.


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Since 1995, the AKC Canine Health Foundation has leveraged the power of science to address the health needs of all dogs. With more than $63.5 million in funding to date, the Foundation provides grants for the highest quality canine health research and shares information on the discoveries that help prevent, treat and cure canine diseases. The Foundation meets and exceeds industry standards for fiscal responsibility, as demonstrated by their highest four-star Charity Navigator rating and GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency. Learn more at www.akcchf.org.

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