Enhancing Well-Being and Education with Pet Assisted Therapy

Board of Directors / Advisors / Friends of NEPP

NEPP follows a Community-Relationship Driven Business Model – Governing for What Matters. Our vision is bringing people and pets together to enhance well-being and education with pet assisted therapy in the community. The Board’s work centers around raising awareness about the benefits of Pet Assisted Therapy and providing resources to train qualified visiting teams with Pet Partners. Our annual plan/forecast aims at program development for organizations (individuals) wanting to implement pet assisted therapy into activities and therapeutic interventions. To drive our visionary goals, NEPP guides the Board of Directors and registered teams with professionalism, intention, integrity and accountability. Our approach is to engage with and generate relationships, matching teams with facilities. As a non-profit, we need sponsors who value and support our cause.

If you are interested in a Board Director’s position with NEPP, contact Maureen Ross or Mary Blake.

To become a sponsor or learn more ...  

Kathleen DeLong, RN, LTE - Team Kody

Executive Director,Volunteer Training

Lowell General Hospital, Lowell, MA


978-957-0099 / 978-614-5954 C

Gary A. Ross, ME, LTE, LTI


Raytheon Company  Engineering Fellow


Mary Blake, PP

Pine Hill Retirement Center

Board Secretary



Linda Browne, PP



Karen Lachapelle (Lowell, MA)

Canine Massage, Reiki Master, Acupressure

Rub My Belly

Chris McNiff, LMHC  (Hampton Falls, NH)

Noreen Daly-Eytel, LMHC (Hampstead, NH)

Teams and Facilities listed with New England Pet Partners.

Board Advisors / Friends of NEPP

Many people contribute in unique ways!

Pet Wellness Festival

Friends of NEPP are the volunteer teams, organizations and generous donators who support our cause. Registered Pet Partner Teams who have passed Team Evaluations at NEPP and filled out NEPP’s Website Contact Form are listed at Find a Team. These teams receive a Community Pet Partner Discount when they register with Pet Partners. Thank You Teams.  

Visit our Sponsors

Joan Whitebook, Chair

Masiello Group




NEPP’s Board of Directors and Wellness Officers

Diane Matte, Ph.D., Ed.D. - Team Danny and Chevy

Sweetpaws Art



Liz Harrington

Harrington Consultants / Focusing Safety

Hudson, NH



NEPP Org Chart

NEPP Code of Ethics

NEPP By-Laws

Maureen Ross, MA, President, Team Journey / Tate

Author of Awareness Centered Training - ACT

Dog Talk and Daily Doga


603-635-3647  / 603-661-3647 c

Anne Gagnon - Team BO

People’s United Bank



Board of Directors

Angel Carley Team Mabel

Robert Rules Quick Ref.

Board Bios

Honorary Board Members

Marie McNamara

Shirley Holdman

Karen Lachapelle

Rhody Dalsemer

Friends of NEPP

Carina J. Walter, BS, Master Herbalist  - Team Chester

NaturallyMaine Skincare