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

Bethany is a partner with the law firm of Stoel Rives LLP and focuses her practice in the area of employee benefit program compliance and design. This includes qualified and nonqualified retirement plans, health and welfare programs, fringe benefit programs, and executive compensation arrangements. In an evolving regulatory environment, Bethany partners with clients to stay on top of legal developments and current industry trends, such as pension derisking and self-funding health benefits. She represents plan sponsors in devising, negotiating, and implementing changes to employee benefit programs to address tax qualification issues, align plan design with business objectives, and mitigate risk through use of the IRS and Department of Labor correction procedures. Bethany has extensive experience assisting clients in corporate transactions with identifying potential liabilities, analyzing opportunities for synergy and creating employee communication strategies. She regularly handles plan spinoffs and mergers.

When not focusing on her benefits practice, Bethany serves as a member of Stoel Rives’ Pro Bono Committee and represents pro bono clients on a variety of issues through the Stoel Rives night clinic run in partnership with Multnomah County Legal Aid. She previously won the firm’s pro bono award in recognition of her service.

Bethany’s professional honors and board activities include:

  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America©, 2013-2019
  • Listed among Rising StarsSM(Employee Benefits-ERISA), Oregon Super Lawyers®, 2009-2011
  • Board of Directors, Western Pension and Benefits Council, Portland Chapter
  • Board of Directors, Oregon Lawyers Against Hunger
  • Board of Directors, Northwest Catholic Counseling Center

Bethany lives in Portland with her King Charles Cavalier, Harry.

AMANDA BOW
DIRECTOR

Amanda has worked in the hospice and palliative care community for ten years. She joined the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in 2014. Her main duties center on the internal and external communication efforts of the NHPCO and its affiliates: National Hospice Foundation and Hospice Action Network. As a member of the NHPCO Strategic Communications Team, Amanda manages outreach efforts, membership acquisition and renewal campaigns, social media, and various initiatives including the award-winning public awareness campaign, Moments of Life: Made Possible by Hospice and the public affairs campaign My Hospice.

Before relocating to the Washington D.C. area in 2013, Amanda spent six years at Hospice of the North Country in northern New York as the Director of Development and Communications and was part of the senior leadership team.  She was honored to work for the organization that cared for three of her family members including her beloved grandmother.

She received her MBA from the University of Nevada, Reno and her BS in Business from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. In her free time Amanda enjoys participating in Spartan races, reading, traveling and spending time with family, friends, and her two rambunctious cats.

MARK CUSHING
DIRECTOR

Mark is the CEO and Founder of the Animal Policy Group LLC, based in Scottsdale, AZ, Portland, OR, and Washington, DC. APG’s clients represent a wide-range of veterinary and pet health interests.

Mark focuses his practice on providing high-level strategic advice, state and federal lobbying, regulatory and policy services and consulting to animal health and veterinary clients with needs at any level of government, and universities and industry groups throughout North America. Since 2004, Mark has specialized in animal health, animal welfare, veterinary and veterinary educational issues, developing a cutting-edge practice across these sectors. He currently leads several industry coalitions and initiatives. Mark has guided successful AVMA accreditations for a growing list of veterinary colleges, including new accreditations, and also serves as Policy Advisor to the Center for Animal Health in Appalachia.

Mark is a frequent speaker at veterinary medicine and other animal policy conferences. He is an adjunct professor of law at the Duncan School of Law in Knoxville, Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, and the University of Oregon School of Law. Mark is an honors graduate with distinction from Stanford University and the Willamette University College of Law.

MOLLY MCALLISTER
DIRECTOR

Dr. Molly McAllister is the chief medical officer at Banfield Pet Hospital. She is responsible for the Veterinary function, ensuring the strategy, talent, organization and culture to effectively deliver excellence in high quality medicine, as well as cultivating productive relationships within the veterinary profession. Dr. McAllister earned her veterinary degree from the Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine and a master’s in public health from the University of Minnesota. She started her career in private veterinary practice before joining Royal Canin as a scientific services veterinarian, responsible for educating veterinarians about nutritional solutions to clinical disease. In 2012, she moved to Banfield Pet Hospital to lead medical education programs before transitioning to lead the Veterinary Science team and drive research from Banfield’s extensive electronic medical records database. Dr. McAllister became the chief medical officer in June, 2019.

She and her husband have a busy family that includes two children, three dogs, two cats and a horse. They live in Camas, Washington, where they enjoy the great hiking, birding, food, and drink of the Pacific Northwest.

Emeritus Board Members

ASHLEE PLOWMAN
DIRECTOR

 

Staff Members

CHRISTY BORK
PROGRAM MANAGER

Christy Bork is Pet Peace of Mind’s Program Manager.  She has daily operational responsibility for executing program operations, fundraising, marketing, and communications. 

She is Co-Founder, Secretary and Treasurer of Iron Athletics, a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop student athletes in basketball, leadership and team play at a national level at a reduced cost.  She is responsible for executing the daily operations, fundraising and communication responsibilities for Iron Athletics. 

During Christy’s career, she has held a variety of positions in marketing and merchandising for Fingerhut, an industry leading provider of products to customers throughout the world. 

Christy is an active volunteer in the La Center School District, including the Instructional Materials Committee, which reviews all school curriculum for grades K-12 prior to adoption. 

Christy graduated cum laude from the University of St. Thomas.  She holds a B.A. in Business Administration with a major in Marketing and minor in Spanish.

She lives in Southwest Washington with her husband, two children and two dogs, Sota and Nayely.