Guide Dog Foundation and America’s VetDogs Elect New Board Members


Smithtown, N.Y.  (April 15, 2019) – The Guide Dog Foundation and its sister organization America’s VetDogs are pleased to announce the election of four new board members.  The boards provide counsel and oversight to advance the organizations’ mission to provide guide and service dogs and training – free of charge – to people who are blind or have low vision, and to those who have served our country honorably.

Wendy Ladd has worked at National Grid, one of the world's largest providers of energy, since 2008. She is in Strategic Communications and the Long Island spokesperson for the company, responsible for day-to-day contact with broadcast, newspaper and Internet reporters and editors. She also focuses on long term media strategy and planning for long term projects. “It is remarkable what the Guide Dog Foundation and Vet Dogs accomplishes, changing lives and in such powerful ways by empowering our veterans. It is such important and valuable work. I’m proud to join such a successful team.”

Dr. Matthew Sherwood currently serves as the Director of Public Markets Investments at MMBB Financial Services. Sherwood is also a recipient of a guide dog through the Guide Dog Foundation in 2018.  "I am so excited to join the Guide Dog Foundation as my experience has changed my life. My guide dog empowered me to further overcome challenges. I am inspired by the dedicated staff who care for the blind community, and the dogs who guide them, as well as the volunteers who, together make the Foundation such a special place. As a Board member, I am committed to the sustainability of this organization, so others in my shoes may be as blessed as I am."

“I am pleased to welcome Matt and Wendy as new board members,” said John Miller, president and CEO of the Guide Dog Foundation and America’s VetDogs.  “These individuals bring a wealth of experience and expertise in their fields and will be tremendous assets to our organizations as we further our missions.”

The Guide Dog Foundation and America’s VetDogs boards of directors comprise volunteer leaders from the medical, business, academic, and military and veteran communities. Members of the boards of directors set strategic direction and policy, and help raise awareness of the organizations’ services. 

About the Guide Dog Foundation
For more than 70 years, the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc. (www.GuideDog.org), has trained and placed guide and service dogs to provide independence, enhanced mobility, and companionship to people who are blind, have low vision, or have other special needs. The Guide Dog Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization serving clients from across the United States and Canada. The Foundation relies on contributions from generous individuals, corporations, service clubs, and foundations to fund its mission to serve people with disabilities. It costs over $50,000 to breed, raise, train, and place one assistance dog, but the Guide Dog Foundation provides its services completely free of charge to the individual.  Its sister organization, America’s VetDogs, trains and provides guide, service, and hearing dogs for disabled veterans and first responders. The Guide Dog Foundation was the first assistance dog school in the United States to be accredited by both the International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs International.

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About America’s VetDogs
Since 2003, America’s VetDogs (www.VetDogs.org) has trained and placed guide and service dogs to provide independence, enhanced mobility, and companionship to veterans with disabilities from all eras. In 2015, VetDogs opened its programs to first responders, including fire, police, and emergency medical personnel.  America's VetDogs is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded by the Guide Dog Foundation and serves clients from across the United States.  VetDogs relies on contributions from generous individuals, corporations, service clubs, and foundations to fund its mission to help those who have served our country live with dignity and independence.  It costs over $50,000 to breed, raise, train, and place one assistance dog, but America’s VetDogs provides its services completely free of charge to the individual. 

America’s VetDogs has been accredited by both the International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs International.