Our Board of Directors

Pet Peace of Mind was founded by a group of professionals working in the fields of human health care, medical research, academia, palliative care, veterinary medicine, business, and nonprofit operations.

Recognizing the growing research proving the emotional and health benefits of the human-pet bond, PPOM’s leaders seek to fill a void in the nonprofit sector dedicated to helping hospice and palliative care patients care for their pets.

 

DIANNE MCGILL
PRESIDENT/FOUNDER

Dianne McGill founded Pet Peace of Mind in 2015 to ensure hospice and palliative care patients have the support they need for their animal companions.

Dianne is the former Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the Banfield Charitable Trust, a public benefit charity. She joined the organization in 2006 and guided the charity’s expansion to develop and launch of the Pet Peace of Mind and Meals on Wheels Pet Care Assistance programs and several others. During her tenure, the charity was thrice awarded Charity Navigator’s four star rating for operational transparency and financial stewardship. In 2013 and 2014, Charity Navigator also named the charity to its national top 10 national list of impact-to-income public charities.

Prior to her role with Banfield Charitable Trust, Dianne was the Resource Development Director for a higher education non-profit.  She has also served as an officer and director for seven nonprofit boards of directors and currently devotes a portion of her time to nonprofit management consulting.  Her other leadership roles include senior level positions with the Associated Press, McClatchy Company, and Gannett Newspapers.

Dianne graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Management & Organizational Development. She also holds certificates in Community Mediation and Organizational Training.

TERRI ROBERTS
SECRETARY

Terri Roberts serves as the Vice President of Marketing and Volunteer Services at Columbus Hospice.  Terri oversees all fundraising efforts, media and community outreach for the non-profit organization.  Her responsibilities include volunteer management overseeing 200+ volunteers.  Terri’s responsibilities include recruiting and integrating volunteers into numerous functions within Columbus Hospice. Terri was instrumental in Columbus Hospice’s early adaptation of the Pet Peace of Mind program in 2009, where it remains today the most successful local program in the nation.

Terri serves with the Georgia Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in the capacity of planning volunteer conferences with multi-state attendance. She is a speaker on the state and national level on numerous topics including Pet Peace of Mind Program, We Honor Veterans Program, volunteer management and non-profit fundraising.

She is a volunteer for Friends of the Libraries, Animal Ark, American Cancer Society and the Alzheimer’s Association. Terri attended Eastern Kentucky University and Watterson Business College.

DR. ROBERT LESTER
TREASURER

Dr. Lester holds degrees in Microbiology with high scholarship, Veterinary Science cum laude, and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine cum laude from Oregon State and Washington State Universities. He completed the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges Leadership Academy.

Dr. Lester currently serves as as Chief Medical Officer WellHaven Pet Health. He was previously Assistant Dean for the College of Veterinary Medicine at Lincoln Memorial University. He spent his early career as a small town mixed animal practice owner before joining the founding team at Banfield Pet Hospital. During his career, Dr. Lester has held leadership positions in medicine, operations, franchising, human resources, professional relations, and academia.

Dr. Lester serves on a variety of professional, university, and college committees, boards and task forces including as a two-time gubernatorial appointee to the Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board, a state delegate to the American Association of Veterinary State Boards, the American Veterinary Medical Associations Council on Education site team, is a past Banfield Charitable Trust Grant leader, on the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners Job Analysis SME Working Group, and on the board of the North American Veterinary Community.

BETHANY BACCI
DIRECTOR