By Pet Age Staff//February 7, 2024//
By: Pet Age Staff//February 7, 2024//
Press release: Pet Care Trust
The Pet Care Trust, a nonprofit organization that promotes public understanding of the joys and benefits of pets through education, support and interaction, is pleased to announce recent leadership changes on its board of trustees. Greg Andrews, formerly the vice president of the board and the current president of SVP pet distribution at Central Garden & Pet, has been appointed as the board’s new president, succeeding Chris Clevers. Steve Clark, chief revenue officer at Petmate, has assumed the role of vice president.
“Everyone associated with the Pet Care Trust extends our heartfelt gratitude to Chris Clevers for his exceptional leadership and dedication,” said Melinda Thomas, Executive Director of the Pet Care Trust. “He has been instrumental in advancing our organizational goals and driving the success of our programs, including the Pets in the Classroom and Dogs in the Classroom grant programs. As we embark on a new chapter, we are thrilled to welcome Greg Andrews and Steve Clark to their new roles, and we are confident that they will guide our continued growth and success.”
As a finance executive with over 10 years of leadership experience at a global blue-chip company, Greg Andrews has a consistent record of success developing and leading financial teams to maximize growth and profitability. His expertise also includes partnering with non-finance executives to optimize complex investment decisions, and he has cultivated a reputation for planning complex budgets, delivering reliable monthly forecasts, creating thoughtful long-range plans and meeting business objectives. Prior to joining Central Garden & Pet in 2018, Andrews held roles including Senior Director and Director of Corporate Finance with Gap, Inc., where he led numerous financial improvements for the company.
“I am honored to take on the role of president of the board at the Pet Care Trust,” said Andrews. “I look forward to leveraging my experience in finance and leadership to further contribute to the organization’s growth and success. Working closely with the dedicated team, I’m excited about the opportunity to make a positive impact on the Pets in the Classroom and Dogs in the Classroom grant programs and continue promoting the benefits of pets in educational settings.”
With over 12 years of experience in the pet supplies space, Steve Clark brings a strong expertise in consumer-branded products with an emphasis on sales, marketing and e-commerce strategy.
“I am excited for this new role to work more closely with the Pets in the Classroom executive team to further the reach and development of bringing more pets into our children’s classrooms,” said Clark. “Our experience and statistics show that children improve their social and emotional development when pets are present in their classrooms, not to mention their opportunity to experience the powerful human-animal bond at an early age.”
In welcoming Andrews as president of the board of trustees and Clark as vice president, the Pet Care Trust looks forward to the continued success and expansion of its programs, including Pets in the Classroom and Dogs in the Classroom. Pets in the Classroom is an educational grant program that provides financial support to pre-kindergarten through 9th grade teachers in both private and public schools to purchase and maintain small animals in the classroom. The Dogs in the Classroom program, in partnership with Pet Partners and other leading national therapy dog organizations, strives to bring well-trained and thoroughly screened therapy animal teams to schools in an effort to improve the health and well-being of students. The programs were established by the Pet Care Trust to provide children with an opportunity to interact with pets — an experience that can help to shape their lives for years to come. Between the two programs, over 242,000 grants have been issued, impacting more than 9.6 million students.