Staff and Leadership

The Guide Dog Foundation and America's VetDogs would not be able to realize its mission without the dedication and hard work of our staff and Board of Directors.

Each director, manager, staff member, and board member plays a crucial role in helping each assistance dog team be successful and live without boundaries.  If you have a general message, or if you are unsure who to send your message to, please address it to or and we will promptly route it to the appropriate person.


John Miller
President and CEO

Pam Vitale 
Executive Administrator

Grete Eide
Chief Canine Care Officer

Laura English
Chief Financial Officer

Jennifer Gisler
Chief Growth Officer

Brad Hibbard
Chief Program Officer

Loretta Quis
Director of Administrative Services

Andrew Rubenstein
Director of Marketing

Board of Directors 

July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020

The Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc., and America's VetDogs are proud to have the following individuals serve on its volunteer Board of Directors.  Their hard work and dedication to our organizations is integral to our success.  

Members of the Board of Directors develop strategies and policies.  Directors also ensure that the Guide Dog Foundation and America's VetDogs has adequate resources to carry out its mission, monitor the finances of the organizations, its programs, and performance.  

Executive Committee

Don Dea Board Chair
Co-Founder Fusion Productions
Rochester, NY

Travis Carey, CPA  
Board Treasurer
CEO of Carey LLC
Long Island, NY

Leslie H. Tayne, Esq
Board Secretary
Financial Attorney & Director of 
Tayne Law Group, P.C.
New York

Glenn Tecker
Vice-Chair Planning
Chairman & Co-CEO Tecker Int. LLC.
Yardley, PA

Lucas Matthiesen
Vice-Chair Organizational Culture
City Island, NY

Alphonse Brown, Jr. ACFRE
Vice-Chair Development
Dir. of Development and Alumni
Relations, Stetson Univ. College of Law
Gulf Port, FL

Robert Madden
Military & Veteran Relationships
Huntington, NY

Joseph N. Campolo, Esq.
Managing Partner Campolo Middleton & McCormick LLP
Ronkonkoma, NY

Jim Mayer
Washington, D.C.

Pamela Tate
Fmr President and CEO, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning
Oak Park, IL

John Miller
President& CEO
Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind &
America's VetDogs
  Long Island, NY

Board of Directors

Charlie Bonomo
SVP & Chief Information Officer
MSC Industries
Melville, NY

Gary Brown
Keller Williams Salesperson
Founder & President of 
Dream68 Inc.
Long Island, NY

Walter "Jay" Buckley
Frmr. Managing Dir. Credit, Agricole CIB
Centerport, NY

Laura Casale, AIA, ASID
Laura Casale Architect
Manhasset, NY

Kristen Chambers
Managing Director, J.P. Morgan
Manhasset, NY

Command Sergeant Major (RET) 
Gretchen Evans

Brunswick, ME

Michael Fischer, OD, FAAO
Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Northport, NY

Pamela Kaul Gresty
President, Association Strategies, Inc.
Chicago, IL

Lee Hornstein
Founder and CEO, C Systems Global
Edison, NJ

Wendy Ladd 
Strategic Comm.
   National Grid Hicksville, NY

Pamela Linden, PhD
Clinical Associate Professor
School of Health, Technology & Management, Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY

Celeste Lopes, Esq.
Long Island, NY

Robert McInerney 
Fmr President - COO Kleinknecht Electric Co. Cold Spring Harbor, NY

Edward P. Nallan Jr. 
Senior Vice President
Wells Fargo Bank
Garden City, NY

Matthew Sherwood PhD 
Bethpage, NY

Michael Troiano, Esq.
Attorney - Private Practice
Brooklyn, NY

MAJ Peter Way (Ret.)
Martinez, GA

If you would like to contact one of these Board members, please direct your correspondence to that person, c/o Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, or America's VetDogs, 371 East Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown, New York 11787.  You can also email us at and and we will direct your message accordingly.