The Pet Care Trust Makes Staffing Changes
The Pet Care Trust appointed Michael Lasky as president, Scott Rabe as vice president and re-elected Chris Clevers as secretary-treasurer.
Lasky has knowledge of the program and experience on the board. He succeeds Rand Kollman, who has served as president for the past two years. Kollman will remain on the board as a director.
“It is a privilege and honor to have been elected president of the Pet Care Trust. The Pets in the Classroom program has been a passion of mine since joining the WPA [World Pet Association] Board 14 years ago, and why I was so thrilled to join the Pet Care Trust Board five years ago,” said Lasky.
Additional changes in leadership include the exit of Steve King as executive director. King will be stepping down at the end of the year to take on the position of president and CEO of the American Pet Products Association. Jackie King will be the new executive director of the trust. She is familiar with the program and has experience in association management.
“I look forward to working with the Pet Care Trust as its executive director and the opportunity to continue the trust’s work through the Pets in the Classroom grant program, which provides thousands of children with an opportunity to interact with pets, an experience that can help to shape their lives for years to come,” said Jackie King.
Pets in the Classroom is an educational grant program that provides financial support to pre-kindergarten through 9th grade teachers for the purchase and care of small classroom pets. Established in 2011 by the Pet Care Trust, the program’s mission is to provide school-aged children throughout the U.S. and Canada with the opportunity to interact with pets. Studies have linked classroom pets to a wide variety of educational, emotional and developmental benefits for students, including improved school attendance, higher self-esteem, stronger empathy and nurturing instincts, and a heightened sense of responsibility. More than 120,000 grants have been awarded since the program’s inception.