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Biographies IPFD Board

    The 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 growing organization. They sit on the Board, not as representatives of their home organizations, per se, but as individuals with commitment to the mission, vision and goals of the IPFD.

    Brief CVs for the current members of the IPFD Board are listed below.


    Current Members, IPFD Board


    Pekka Olson – Chair, Sweden

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    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 (re-elected to 2nd term in 2019)
    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).




    Bill Lambert – Vice-Chair, UK

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    Bill Lambert is Head of Health and Welfare at the Kennel Club, where he has worked since 2005. He has overall responsibility for their numerous health and welfare initiatives, which include the Breed Health and Conservation Plans, tools for breeders to help breed healthy dogs and the numerous health schemes that the Kennel Club are involved in as well as having overall responsibility for Kennel Club Breed Rescue.

    In addition, he is the chief Kennel Club spokesperson, and as such represents the KC both in the media and on internal and external committees and groups, including in Parliament. He is an IEMA approved Lead Auditor and formulated the process for assessing breeders’ premises on behalf of the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme – the Kennel Club is the only body worldwide currently able to provide UKAS certification to dog breeders.

    Bill is also a recognised authority on the Bull Terrier Breed, is a successful breeder and judge, and was former Vice-Chair of the Bull Terrier Club as well as being a volunteer for The Bull Terrier Club (UK) Welfare Trust. He has lobbied for changes to the Dangerous Dogs act since its inception in 1991.

    His previous career involved providing customer service where he has a long history in raising and applying accreditation standards as well as being involved in the specialised IT and print industries, where he ran a successful printing business for a number of years as well as being employed in the advertising industry, where he was responsible for the delivery of the world’s largest newspaper advertising campaign.



    Dave Eikelberg – USA


    Dave Eikelberg lives in Knoxville, Tennessee in the USA and has been married 38 years to his wife Kennetha. They have one son (an attorney in Boston, Massachusetts), and Dave and Kennetha are expecting their first grandchild in January of 2020.  

    Dave grew up on an apple orchard in Indiana and learned the value of hard work. He later joined the United States Navy as a propulsion engineer and served in the Pacific and Atlantic fleets earning commendations and an honorable discharge. From the Navy, Dave went directly into industry refueling commercial nuclear power plants and eventually went on to work at the Department of Energy as a nuclear safety analyst, where he currently works.

    Throughout those years Dave earned a Master’s degree in Information Technology and completed all his coursework for a PhD in Business specializing in Project Management. He also became a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute.

    Throughout all those years, Dave and Kennetha enjoyed raising and breeding dogs of many types including Maltese, Boxer, Bull Dog, Afghan Hounds, and currently, they breed Black Russian Terriers. Their four Black Russian Terriers, Zeus, Enya, Hunter, and Saphira keep them busy and passionate about responsible breeding, health testing advocacy, and the future health of canines throughout the world. His work with the Black Russian Terrier Club is an example of his dedication to canines of all types as he is developing a health research program in cooperation with various U.S. institutional research organizations to benefit the BRT.  

    Dave looks forward to bringing his business, financial, and practical dog breeding and rearing experience to the IPFD and helping to further the position of the IPFD as the global leader in canine advocacy.  




    Peter Friedrich – Germany

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    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
    Professor for Psychology and Criminology



    Marty Greer – USA


    Dr. Marty Greer received her Bachelor of Science in 1978, her DVM in 1981 from Iowa State University, and her JD in 2010 from Marquette Law School.

    Dr. Greer and her husband, Dr. Dan Griffiths, own Veterinary Village and International Canine Semen Bank WI-IL. She has a special interest in Pediatrics, Small Animal Reproduction and behavior. They have 2 married grown children, Katy (Tim Anderson) and Karl (Kelly) and one grandson, Jorin. In addition, they raise and show Pembroke Welsh Corgis, Danish-Swedish Farmdogs (and Bengal cats in the past). Her family has raised six puppies for Canine Companions for Independence, a bona fide service dog program that trains all varieties of assistance dogs except those for visually impaired handlers. She is Director of Veterinary Services at Revival Animal Health, a catalog company. Dr. Greer practices law part-time with her law partner, Sheila Kessler, at Animal Legal Resources, LLC. Her passion is to educate clients and keep puppies and kittens healthy.

    Dr. Greer's work on education and outreach extends to a wide range of breeders, e.g. through her work with AKC on the Bred by Heart program, as well as commercial breeders on topics of theriogenology, breeding standards, and kennel management.

    She is a serious foodie, loves beer, cooking, knitting, and photography. Dr. Greer has recently published the book: Canine Reproduction and Neonatology – for Veterinarians, Veterinary Staff, and Breeders.



    Grégoire Leroy – France



    Grégoire Leroy hold a PhD in animal genetics. He is, assistant professor at INRA/AgroParisTech Génétique Animale et Biologie Intégrative joint unit since 2008. His research activities focus on characterization, sustainable management and conservation of animal genetic resources.

    PhD, HdR
    43 peer reviewed publications; 6 chapters in book; 6 books or reports.

    Assistant professor at AgroParisTech and currently seconded to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    Société Centrale Canine (French Kennel Club): Scientific Commission, member
    Société Centrale Canine (French Kennel Club): Breeding Commission, member
    Fédération Cynologique Internationale: Scientific Commission, member 

    View Grégoire's Blog on DogWellNet.com



    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
    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; 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



    Barbara Thiel – Germany










    Education and Profession: Veterinarian, graduated in 2000 at the Justus-Liebig-University, Giessen. Worked for Royal Canin since being a student, then in the department for training and development as well as in the private label department at Fressnapf / MaxiZoo for seven years. Since 2013 and ongoing employed at Bewital petfood.

    Rassezuchtverein für Hovawart-Hunde e.V. since 1991, Deutscher
    Windhundzucht- und Rennverband since 2002, De Greyhound Club (NL) since 2018.

    Co-Breeder of "Koseilata’s"-Whippets from 2003 – 2018. Doing temperament tests for breeding licenses in many different breeds for the VDH and the DWZRV since 2012.

    R & D, training and development, Bewital petfood, Germany
    Head of the Breeding Board of the German Sighthound Association (DWZRV)
    Liaison for IPFD at the German Kennel Club (VDH)



    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.



    Past Members, IPFD Board

    Caroline Kisko – England

    Eddie Dzuik – USA

    Jean-Pierre Genevois – France

    Alan Kalter – USA

    Patricia N. Olson – USA



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It is my privilege to be associated with such esteemed and accomplished professionals from industry and academia.  It is my sincere hope that I can contribute to this most worthy cause of helping to grow the IPFD in its roll as global leader in all things canine.  I am dedicated to the advancement of the IPFD mission and vision.  For one thing, the IPFD stands as the most promising organization in helping to standardize and organize genetic testing protocols on a global scale.  That is going to be better for all canines and owners.  Perhaps most importantly, the IPFD is poised to lead the world in fostering ways to help all canines everywhere live longer, happier, healthier lives.  I hope many will join me in serving the IPFD so that these most worth-while goals can be realized.  

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