New England Pet Partners, Inc. P.O. Box 534 Pelham, NH 03076 © All Rights Reserved 2011
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New England Pet Partners, Inc.
Board of Directors – Staff Bios
Maureen Ross, MA, NCC, CPDT-
Maureen is the founder of Dog Talk LLC (Training and Wellness Sanctuary) and co-
Gary Ross, ME, RPP, LTE (Team Quin, Team Brio & Jesy in training)
Gary is an engineering fellow at Raytheon Company. He is a Licensed Team Evaluator for Pet Partners and Treasurer for New England Pet Partners, Inc. Gary discovered the joy of dog companions when he met Moe in 1981. He had cats growing up. Once a canine owned him, the rest is history. In addition to his other activities, he is the “techie” and “maintenance” man for the training sanctuary, an operating business, and good dog(s), cat(s) and parrot(s) Dad.
Joan is a a Real Estate Agent at Masiello, and NEPP’s Chair. She helped to co-
Linda was a Resolution Analyst for United Health Care for over 10-
Liz was a teacher for many years. She is the founder of Harrington Consultants – Focusing Safety. Liz has relocated to California, MD, but remains close to the NEPPERS as our NEPP Facebook Team Group Administrator. Liz is an experienced volunteer for NEPP. Among her many talents, she has been working with adopted dogs including her beloved Beckie, Jango and Lando. Learn more about Liz at Facebook and Linked In.
Anne Gagnon, RPP Potential Team Lucy
Anne is a Sr. Commercial Lending Representative at Peoples United Bank. She became involved with NEPP when taking a class at Dog Talk and learned about the pet partner program. Anne has been a registered pet partner since 2008. She visits many facilities and volunteers as our mentor at NEPP. Her beloved Bo, Australian Cattle Dog passed. She is training potential therapy Australian Cattle Dog, Lucy. Anne was our fearless leader, fund-
Diane Matte, Ph.D., Ed.D (Team Danny and Smudge)
Diane is a retired teacher (40 years) who works part time as an Interventionist for the Lowell, MA School Department. She has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Lowell Chapter of Reading is Fundamental since 1993. She is a Registered Pet Partner with her Cocker Spaniel, Danny and English Springer Spaniel, Smudge. Diane is interested in bringing more Pet Partner Teams into the lives of children. She currently visits with autistic children, visually impaired children, and the Pelham Schools.
Austin O’Brien, M.D. (Team Benton)
Dr. O’Brien recently retired as a family medical doctor at Lahey Primary Care Organization, Lowell, MA. Benton often accompanied Austin to work. He is experienced working in the hospital & health care industry and skilled in event planning, Microsoft Excel, customer service, Microsoft Word and coaching. He is a strong business development professional with a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) focused in Family Medicine from Memorial University of Newfoundland.
We have proud to have him on our team.
Arlene Murphy (Team Wolfe)
Arlene worked as a branch manager for two State of New Hampshire Employment Security offices. Prior, she worked for Citigroup Corporation. After many years of service Arlene retired as Senior Vice President of Compliance. She has been a registered pet partner team with New England Pet Partners since 2006 having three working teams over the years. Those team have visited with a number of schools, corporations and medical facilities, and attended the RIM Conference in Boston MA, along with several teams. This conference brought NEPP a donation of $10,000. She and her husband, Jack, enjoy being with, and training, their pets, outdoor activities and crafting.