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Pet Partners Adds a New Member to its Board of Directors


September 17, 2018

Pet Partners, an organization that registers therapy animals for animal-assisted interventions, has welcomed Alicen Blair-Sibly, managing partner of Social Impact and Consumer and Retail Practices for Boyden, a global retained search, interim management and leadership consulting firm, to its board.

“Alicen successfully places board of director candidates for not-for-profit organizations for a living and has nearly 20 years’ experience doing so,” said Annie Peters, president and CEO of Pet Partners. “We’re honored that she’s found a match for herself with Pet Partners.”

Pet Partners is the leader in improving human health and well-being through the human-animal bond, registering nine species of animals with their human handlers as therapy animal teams. Pet Partners teams make more than 3 million visits per year in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, libraries, airports, and at employee well-being events. Pet Partners also advocates for legislation that promotes human health and well-being through its grassroots advocacy program and educates handlers and the public about the positive impact of animal-assisted interventions (AAI).

Blair-Sibly has nearly 20 years of experience in the executive search industry and has completed hundreds of searches at all levels, including board directors, C-suite executives and vice presidents. Prior to Boyden, she served as managing director for Harvard Group International, another executive and professional search firm.

Blair-Sibly earned her bachelor’s degree in business from Georgia Southwestern State University and is certified in behavioral interviewing through Emory University.

Founded in 1977 and grounded in the underlying research of AAI, Pet Partners calls itself “the gold standard in therapy animal visitation and is widely credited with expanding the field of AAI.” Pet Partners is led by a dedicated board of directors and advised by members of its Human-Animal Bond Advisory Board.

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