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


Smithtown, N.Y.  (June 25, 2018) – 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.

Walter (Jay) Buckley, Managing Director and Senior Corporate Banker who was responsible for developing and managing core client relationships for the various financial institutions he worked for during the span of his career. 

Kristen Chambers, Managing Director and Global Head of Media relations at J.P. Morgan Asset Management. She leads at team of Public Relations professionals in the United States, Asia, and EMEA who are responsible for generating investment coverage across asset classes, supplying daily views from market strategists and investors worldwide, and providing J.P. Morgan’s view on industry related issues and topics.

Michael Fischer, O.D., F.A.A.O., Chief of the Optometry Service at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center at Northport in Northport, NY. Dr. Fischer served as a member of the Medical Advisory Committee to the New York State Commission for the Blind and currently serves on Guide Dog Foundation and America’s VetDogs’ Program Committee. 

Kevin Lynch, president and chief executive officer of National Industries for the Blind (NIB) in Alexandria, VA, the nation’s largest employment resource for people who are blind. Since joining NIB in 1994, Lynch has served in a number of leadership roles, working with NIB’s network of associated nonprofit agencies to expand opportunities for meaningful employment and economic independence for people who are blind.

“I am pleased to welcome Jay, Kristen, Michael and Kevin 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 board 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. 

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.  

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