Board & Leadership

Executive Leadership

Paige Mazzoni, CEO

Paige Mazzoni joined Canine Companions for Independence as CEO in 2018 and brings more than 25 years of professional experience, concentrated in corporate strategy and management, strategic initiative development and marketing implementation, including directing product and company positioning.

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.

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.

Jarrod Culver, National Director of Technology and Information Systems

Jarrod Culver joined Canine Companions for Independence as the national IT director in 2020. Jarrod leads the Technology and Information Systems department. As the national IT director, Jarrod serves as the day-to-day lead for coordinating and managing the various functions within the department and coordinates with and provides advice to the executive leadership regarding information technology, information management, information security and operations.

National Board Officers

John McKinney, Chair

In 2005, John McKinney retired from his career as a management consultant in the health care industry. He decided to become actively involved with Canine Companions, having witnessed firsthand the wonderful work of our assistance dogs through his nephew’s Canine Companions assistance dog.


Honorary Board Members

Terry Levin

Teresa Hart, LPCCI

Judy Allen
Jack Hanna
Dean and Gerda Koontz
Madeleine Paulson
Jon Provost