The initial Board of the IPFD is comprised of individuals with respected international reputations, who represent a broad array of stakeholders in dog health, well-being and welfare and who comprise a range of backgrounds and abilities that are needed by this new organization. They sit on the Board, not as representatives of their home organizations (Founding Partners), per se, but as individuals with commitment to the mission, vision and goals of the IPFD. Further, we have included an independent member of the Board who has no formal affiliation with the Founding Partners.
Brief CVs for the Board, as comprised in August 2014, follow.
Pekka Olson – Chair, Sweden
Veterinarian 1975, DVM, DR. h.c. (Honorary Doctorate Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences) 2013. Clinician/lecturer at the faculty of veterinary medicine, SLU, 1976 – 1996. Working at Agria Animal Insurance since 1996 and ongoing where he has had various roles including Veterinary Manager, Marketing Manager, Managing Director of Agria Pet Insurance, in the UK.
Manager for Veterinary Strategies, Agria Animal Insurance, Sweden
Chair, Swedish Kennel Club
Vice Chair, Hundstallet (Swedish dog shelter and humane organization)
On the boards of the Agria/SKK Research Fund; the Swedish/Norwegian horse research foundation, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), and Tröfast AB (an IT company providing service to 50% of Swedish veterinary practices).
Caroline Kisko – Vice Chair, England
Caroline Kisko is the Kennel Club Secretary and Director of Communications. She has spent her whole lifetime with dogs - growing up with Keeshonds and now having a pack of 18 Siberian Huskies and the 'odd' German shepherd. Her degree in Biology is from Sussex University and she worked for many years in PR and sales in the pet trade before moving to the Kennel Club. She became KC Secretary in 2000 and has been the principle spokesperson for the Kennel Club for a number of years. Prior to joining the KC she gave CCs in Siberian Huskies and Keeshonds and judged a number of other Spitz breeds. She continues to work her Huskies in harness.
Secretary and Director of Communications, The KC, UK
Eddie Dziuk – USA
Eddie’s involvement in purebred dogs began as a teenager, and he has been involved in breeding and exhibiting Beagles ever since. Eddie holds a BS in Economics, and completed his MBA from the U of Missouri in 2009. Eddie is involved in leadership roles of several US kennel clubs, and is the National Beagle Club’s AKC Delegate, where he has served on the Canine Health Committee for the last 8 years. Professionally, Eddie has spent the last 13 years as the Chief Operating Officer of the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) where he deals with canine health literally on a daily basis. He has been instrumental in the concept, implementation, and ongoing administration of the CHIC program and the CHIC DNA Bank in the US. CHIC works with breed parent clubs to define recommended health screening protocols, and recognizes dogs that have been tested in accordance with the breed-specific criteria.
Chief Operating Officer, Orthopedic Foundation for Animals United States
Member, Canine Health Committee, AKC
Peter Friedrich – Germany
Education and Profession Studies in Psychology and Biology; Professor for Psychology and Criminology : Analysis of extremely violent actions, especially cases of murder in the context of investigations, when the offender is unidentified, in the context of interrogation and questioning of accused, suspects and witnesses, in the context of court cases, in the context of prevention
Memberships Allgemeiner Deutscher Rottweiler Klub since 1980, Deutscher
Windhundzucht- und Rennverband since 2000, Deutscher Doggen Club 1888 since 2005 Breeding and Racing Society 2008 - 2011
Working Judge (IPO, FH, BH) since 1990; Specialist Breed Judge since 2008
Honouring : Großes Hundeführer-Sportabzeichen mit Kranz of the German Kennel Club (VDH) 1989
Kennel Rottweiler "vom Sternbogen" together with Elvira and Reinhold Mühle and Manfred
Mayer; Tahuara's Greyhounds and Sloughis , Owner: Heide Friedrich (Teamwork)
President of the German Kennel Club (VDH) since 2009
Head of the Breeding Board of the German Sighthound
Professor for Psychology and Criminology
Jean-Pierre Genevois – France
DVM, PhD, Dipl of biomechanics and biorheology, Professor Emeritus of Small Animal Surgery; Assistant Professor at Toulouse Veterinary School Faculty; PhD (Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse) in 1983. Full professor, Head of surgery at the Maison-Alfort Veterinary School (near Paris) in 1990; Head of surgery, Head of small animal department Lyon Veterinary School, as of 1992; author of many scientific and lay articles, chapters in books; international teacher and lecturer.
Retired, Professor Emeritus
Member of the Scientific Commission of the Société Centrale Canine (French Kennel Club), in charge of hereditary joint diseases
Member of the International Elbow Working Group
Member of the European Society of Veterinary Orthopaedics and Traumatology.
Panelist for hip and elbow dysplasia screening, expert of the appeal procedure.
Alan Kalter – USA
Alan started his advertising career in high school, working for his father in their one man, one boy advertising agency, eventually moving on to work at Doner Advertising. During the more than 45 years he worked there, Alan built Doner into the largest privately held advertising agency in the world, creating successful marketing programs for companies like Mazda, Coca-Cola, and Amazon. Alan sold Doner and retired in 2009.
For more than a decade, Alan contributed free advertising to the American Kennel Club for a variety of programs, including originating “We’re more than champion dogs. We’re the dog’s champion”; creating television, print, and digital advertising; and the introduction of the AKC Humane Fund. He currently serves on the Board of the American Kennel Club, the Board of the AKC PAC, and as Chair of AKC Reunite.
In addition, Alan is a Trustee Emeritus of the Morris Animal Foundation, having developed the communications and fundraising program that was successfully used by them for a number of years and the successful Canine Cancer Campaign – which has raised millions of dollars for research to find a cure.
Alan’s passion for Bullmastiffs, and purebred dogs in general, is shared by his wife, Chris Lezotte. They have been active breeders and exhibitors for 30 years, producing 165 champions including BIS, BISS, and five generations of Group winners under the HappyLegs, Registered prefix. Alan is the AKC Delegate from the American Bullmastiff Association and its current president.
Patricia N. Olson – USA
Patricia N. Olson is a veterinarian and board certified in the specialties of theriogenology (reproduction) and animal welfare. She established and owned a veterinary clinic; was a tenured faculty member at Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences; served as the veterinary advisor for the International Air Transport Association; oversaw canine health, breeding and training at the largest guide dog school in North America (Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc.); served as a congressional science fellow at the U.S. Senate; and was the former President/CEO of the largest non-profit research granting agency in the U.S. to advance health and welfare for companion animals and wildlife (Morris Animal Foundation). Dr. Olson recently founded the Animal Welfare Research Institute for the American Humane Association.
Consultant in Animal Health and Welfare
Member of the Health Committee of the AKC
Member on the Boards of: the Smithsonian; and Proctor and Gamble (Mars).
Kirsi Sainio – Finland
Education: Ph.D., University of Helsinki, Faculty of Medicine 1998
Adjunct Professor in Developmental Biology, University of Helsinki 1999 - ;Principal Investigator, Institute of Biomedicine, Biochemistry and Developmental Biology 2003 – ; Senior University Lecturer, Institute of Biomedicine 2008 –
Research Activities: 50 original scientific articles; Other publications: 15 (chapters in books, reviews); Supervisor of numerous Ph.Ds and master’s thesis
Public Relationships: Specialist in Radio Broadcasting and TV news and special programs (Finnish Broadcasting Company News, Finnish Broadcasting Company Prisma-program; Swedish Radio Vega etc.), interviews to Newspapers; Numerous articles in magazines
Member of the Board of The Finnish Kennel Club 2008 - (http://www.kennelliitto.fi/fi)
Finnish Kennel Club:
Chair of the Breeding and Scientific Commission
Finnish Kennel Club: Chair of the DNA-group
Nordic Kennel Union: Chair of the Scientific Committee and DNA-group
Fédération Cynologique Internationale; Scientific Commission, member
Fédération Cynologique Internationale (http://www.fci.be/); Breeding Commission, member and secretary
Finnish Kennel Club: conformation judge (FCI group 3; Terriers)
The Skye Terrier Club of America, Health Committee Chairperson
Skye Terriers since 1974, breeder (prefix of Skyeline).
Currently owner of 9 Skye Terriers in USA and in Finland and 1 Airedale Terrier
Officers (Ex-officio on the Board)
Brenda N. Bonnett – CEO, Canada
Formerly tenured faculty at the Ontario Veterinary College, Brenda is a veterinarian and
Consulting Epidemiologist. Her research and projects in Europe and North America include,
e.g., development of national and international programs with kennel clubs; extensive work with / publications on animal insurance data; human-animal interactions, numerous pet welfare initiatives spanning the National Council on Pet Overpopulation (1993) and, e.g., for the American Humane Association: Cat Welfare Forum (Sept. 2013) and Keeping Pets (Dogs and Cats) in Homes: A Three-Phase Retention Study. As Lead Scientist at Morris Animal Foundation (2010) she assisted in development of the (now titled) Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. Brenda is a frequent speaker on topics of animal health, welfare and human animal interactions at scientific meetings (e.g. Waltham-WSAVA Welfare symposium at the North American Veterinary Conference, 2013); plenary at Association of International Human Animal Interactions Organizations, Stockholm 2010, as well as to many stakeholders in the dog world, i.e., breed and kennel clubs, judges and veterinarians. Since the autumn of 2011 Brenda has spearheaded the work which has resulted in the creation of the IPFD and DogWellNet.com.
BSc, DVM, PhD
Papers (79) in refereed journals: 60 companion animals/ human-animal interactions/ education, 11 food animal, 8 horse; Co-author of book chapters: Selective Breeding, in Companion Animal Ethics: Sandoe, P, Corr, S and Palmer, C. (in preparation); Epidemiology and the Evidence-Based Medicine Approach, in Withrow and Vail / Small Animal Clinical Oncology, 5th Edition. Saunders, 2012; Evidence-Based Medicine: Critical Evaluation of New and Existing Therapies, in Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine. A.M. Schoen, S.G. Wynn (ed), Mosby, 1998. Supervisor/Co-advisor of 12 Doctoral (PhD, DVSc) and 10 MSC students; examiner on numerous qualifying exams and thesis defences.
CEO, International Partnership for Dogs
President, B Bonnett Consulting, Canada
Ulf Uddman – CFO, Sweden
CEO of Svenska Kennelklubben (SKK) since 1984. Before that he was employed at EY (firm of accounts) after studying economics at the Stockholm University. Ulf has been the SKK representative in a number of governmental investigations regarding animal issues e.g. animal protection, disease control and import of pets. Representing the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI) in various international working groups e.g.: the development of an ISO-standard for chips for pets, FCI Task Force 2010 producing an operational plan for a modernization of FCIs activities.
CEO, Swedish Kennel Club, (Svenska Kennelklubben (SKK))
Chair, Board of the Hundstallet (Swedish dog shelter and humane organization)
Member of the Boards: Agria/SKK Research Fund, Swedish University of Agricultural Science (SLU) Research Fund for Pets.