Pet Partners Introduces Illinois Chapter



Pet Partners opened its new chapter, Pet Partners of Illinois. 


“As Pet Partners and the demand for therapy animal visits continue to grow, we are committed to dedicating more localized resources across the country to organize and guide our volunteers,” said Annie Peters, president and CEO of Pet Partners. “With the formation of the Illinois Chapter, our dedicated volunteers will be empowered to more directly focus their efforts on sharing the love of their pets with those in need.”


Designed to meet the growing demand for therapy animal teams throughout the area, Illinois will contain one of four newly established Pet Partners chapters. It will combine the opportunities available in the local community with the best practices put in place by Pet Partners International Headquarters, and will serve as an extension of existing Pet Partners community-based groups.


To manage the Illinois Chapter, Pet Partners added two members to its staff.


Elle Ullum is the executive director for Pet Partners of Illinois. She brings knowledge in development and leadership, event planning, and regional coordination at nonprofit organizations, having most recently served as the director of corporate relations at Camp Kesem. In addition to her professional experience, Ullum fostered rescue animals for One Tail at a Time. She received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Miami University. 


Jessica Hiltner, program manager for Pet Partners of Illinois, is the co-founder and president of Real Dog Moms, Inc., and joins Pet Partners with experience in volunteer management, community development, and event planning. She received her bachelor’s degree in family services from Eastern Illinois University. 


“Elle and Jessica take pride in giving back to their community and helping others experience the human-animal bond, making them the ideal candidates to continue the momentum of our chapter program,” said Peters. “We are thrilled to have them on our team and look forward to spreading the Pet Partners mission.”


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