Meet the Board

Nancy Teague

Founder/CEO

Ms. Teague holds both a B.A. in Business Administration (BBA) and a Masters in Hospital Administration (MHA) from the University of Michigan, graduating with distinction both times. She pursued the two-year MHA degree, rather than the one-year MBA as she wanted to help people. The field of Hospital Administration was too many meetings, so she spent most of her adult life instead selling complex products –  matching people with products. She found her calling when she became immersed in the world of Service Dogs ten years ago. It began with her training her mixed breed dog at ASPCA in NYC to become a Therapy Dog, several steps below a Service Dog. They visited a Brooklyn Hospital weekly for four years, bringing much cheer.  She fostered a brood, raised several puppies, and was an Early Puppy Socializer Volunteer for Guiding Eyes for the Blind for two years. She was on the NE Board of Canine Companions for Independence for three years. Because the waiting list is over two years long for Service Dogs for people with physical disabilities other than blindness, Ms. Teague founded Putnam Service Dogs. She hopes you’ll join her in building a Center for Putnam Service Dogs and supporting its life-enhancing programs. For further inquires, Ms. Teague can be reached at: nteague@putnamservicedogs.org.

J. Schlick

Vice President

Mr. Schlick holds a B.S. in Business Administration degree from Jacksonville University. He has worked his entire professional life in the state of New York and has been active in the Community with various non-profit organizations over the years. He joined the Board of Putnam Service Dogs because of his love for dogs and seeing the benefits they’ve brought his wife and brother-in-law, both of whom have multiple sclerosis. Mr. Schlick has been a resident of Putnam County for thirty-one years. For further inquires, Mr. Schlick can be reached at: jschlick@putnamservicedogs.org.

Karen McIlvenny

Treasurer

Ms. McIlvenny holds a degree in Business Administration from Mercy College, and also graduated from Berkley School of Business with honors. She has held various supervisory and administrative positions for KPMG, Pepsi Bottling, and JRS Pharma, and has planned numerous corporate events. Ms. McIlvenny joined the Board because she believes Service Dogs can enhance the lives of people with disabilities, and add to their independence. She has happily shared her life and home with dogs for the past twenty years and has been a Putnam County resident for the past twenty-two years. For inquires, Ms. McIlvenny can be reached at: kmcIlvenny@putnamservicedogs.org

Ingrid Elizabeth Sutherland

Secretary

Ms. Sutherland grew up in Westchester County and graduated from Fox Lane High School. She holds a B.A. in English and Education from Lynchburg College and a M.A. in Education from Columbia University. The education field has been one of her life-long passions. She has worked as a naturalist on the beaches of Florida to running outdoor challenge courses in Michigan. As a high school English teacher, in addition to being an educator, institutional designer and learning analyst with creative approaches to innovate traditional training strategies and assessment, she has a strong background in curriculum development and solutions for organizational goals. Recently Ms. Sutherland became a hypnotist, specializing in stress reduction, and formed her own company.

She has worked in a range of environments from inner city schools of New York to the suburbs of Putnam County. Ms. Sutherland has been a steadfast volunteer for Putnam Service Dogs, and believes deeply in our cause. An avid dog lover, she believes Putnam Service Dogs is making the world a better place. For inquiries, Ms. Sutherland can be reached at isutherland@putnamservicedogs.org.