Officers & Board

Take the Lead was founded in 1993 as a not-for-profit foundation under Section 501 (c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code dedicated to provide direct services, support and care for all qualified participants in the sport of dogs who suffer from the devastating realities of life-threatening or terminal illnesses.

The AIDS crisis opened our eyes to the many ruthless illnesses that were challenging us to our very core. Though we came together week in and week out to compete at shows and trials, to participate in club activities, to share knowledge and common interests, we had inadequate resources in any one place to take care of those in our community who so clearly needed our help.


Mary Miller

1st Vice Chairman
Dottie Collier

2nd Vice Chairman
Patricia W. Laurans

3rd Vice Chairman
Thomas H. Bradley, 3d.

Paul Campanella

Susan Sprung

Executive Director
Pamela Beale

Counsel to the Board
Kimberly Gill McKinnon
Gordon, Fournaris & Mammarella, PA

Director of Operations
Lynette Thayer

Thomas H. Bradley, 3d.
Dottie Collier
Ellen Frost
Michael Larizza
Patricia W. Laurans
Jeffrey Pepper
Eric Steel


Edd Bivin*
Timothy Catterson
Randy Garren
Amy Kiell-Green
Theresa Hundt
Carolyn Koch
Dan Nechemias 
Mari-Beth O’Neill*
Jeffrey Pepper*
Bruce Schwartz
Cindy Vogels*

All officers and Trustees indicated with an asterisk (*).

Director of Operations
Lynette Thayer