Executive Leadership

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Kay Marquet, Interim CEO

Kay Marquet joined Canine Companions for Independence in the fall of 2017. Kay is an award-winning CEO, fundraiser and community builder with more than 30 years experience in community foundations, private foundations and community benefit organizations. Read more...
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Jack Peirce, CFO & Corporate Treasurer

Jack Peirce joined Canine Companions for Independence as chief financial officer and corporate treasurer in 2016. Jack leads the financial, accounting and business operations of Canine Companions and assist with corporate governance matters, strategic initiatives and major operational projects. Canine Companions' mission appealed to his desire to join the organization. Read more...
Barbara Barrow

Barbara Barrow, Chief Development Officer

Barbara Barrow first joined Canine Companions for Independence in December 2011 as the Executive Director of the Southwest Region. Under Barbara’s leadership, the Southwest Region’s operating income grew from $3 million in 2012 to over $5 million in 2016. In March 2017, Barbara assumed her current role as chief development officer and is responsible for shaping the organization’s overall fundraising strategy. Read more...
Sarah Birman

Sarah Birman, National Director of Training and Client Services

Sarah received her bachelor’s degree in neurobiology and animal behavior from Cornell University. Sarah first started working with Canine Companions in 2010 as a member of the training staff, training approximately 100 assistance dogs in her time as an instructor. Read more...
Brenda Kennedy

Brenda S. Kennedy, DVM MS, National Director of Canine Health and Research

Dr. Brenda Kennedy joined Canine Companions as their national veterinarian in 2014 and was promoted to her current position as the director of canine health and research in 2016 - a role that combines her passion for research with her love of veterinary medicine. Read more...
Jeanine Konopelski

Jeanine Konopelski, National Director of Marketing

Jeanine Konopelski joined Canine Companions in 2006, leading the organization’s marketing and public relations efforts. Jeanine manages the overall Canine Companions brand marketing strategy, with the core objective to engage more people in Canine Companions' mission. She oversees the creation and execution of integrated marketing campaigns and programs to grow, mobilize and steward the broad and diverse family of Canine Companions stakeholders. Read more...