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Pet Partners Names 3 to Board of Directors




The group registers therapy animals.

BELLEVUE, WA — Pet Partners, the nation’s leading organization registering therapy animals for animal assisted interventions, welcomes three new pet industry professionals to its board of directors.

Marcie Whichard, vice president, industry and public affairs, Petco Animal Supplies Inc.

Julie Lawless, senior director of corporate affairs, Elanco Animal Health.

Cathy Enright, president and CEO, Pet Food Institute.


“We are honored to have these accomplished women join our board and believe their experience and leadership will contribute immensely to Pet Partners’ success,” said Annie Peters, president and CEO of Pet Partners.

Whichard is a seasoned professional with broad U.S. and global experience, including internal and external corporate communications, community outreach, crisis management and other areas. She currently specializes in industry and public affairs, such as branding, government affairs and issues management.

At Elanco Animal Health, a division of Eli Lilly and Co., Lawless is responsible for the strategic direction and management of global corporate affairs professionals in corporate communications, corporate social responsibility, market access, scientific affairs, social/digital media and government affairs.

Enright has extensive public and private sector experience in legislative, regulatory and public affairs and leads the pet food sector in this regard, at both federal and state levels.



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