VGina Fedele began her involvement with Putnam Service Dogs in 2020, after learning about the organization and finding that our mission, values and vision are very closely aligned with her own. She’s a 2020 graduate of Leadership Westchester, a rigorous nine-month program oriented towards nonprofit leadership. Gina is also a proud member of Impact 100 Westchester, a women’s giving collective to support local non-profits, and commits her time and talents to many local non-profits.
Gina earned a Master’s Degree in Energy Policy and Programs from the University of Pennsylvania, and had a 20-year career in New York State’s electric utility industry before leaving the field to raise her twins. She, and her family, along with 3 dogs and 2 cats, reside in Pelham.
In addition to her role as Board President, Gina is spear heading a multi-year campaign to build a Training Center for Putnam Service Dogs.
David Bruen was owner and President of Bruen Deldin DiDio Associates, Inc, an insurance brokerage firm with offices in Brewster, NY, Rocky Hill CT, and Coventry, RI.. Bruen Deldin DiDio specialized in Business, Personal insurance, Bonding, and Employee Benefits. David has recently retired from 43 years in the insurance business.
His community interests are Rotary Club of Brewster and Peach Lake Environmental Coalition. He enjoys fishing, golf, hunting, skiing and racquetball as well as family and friends. His Labrador Retriever Harley is always at his side.
Justin Kilian is a seasoned banking professional with nearly fifteen years of retail banking experience. Currently, Mr. Kilian is the Branch Manager of Trustco Bank in Mahopac, NY. With a passion for assisting his local community, he is also an active member of both the Mahopac Chamber of Commerce and Putnam Valley Business Network, as well as the Vice President of the Master Networks Mahopac Chapter. In his downtime, he enjoys spending time with his wife, his two children, and his faithful dog Spot.
Susan has been an attorney for the past 25 years. By way of education, she first attended Pace University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree, and she then went on to Pace Law School, where she obtained her Juris Doctorate degree. As a practicing attorney, she has focused primarily on medical malpractice, personal injury and litigation and has worked in both a large city law firm as well as small local firms. Susan has also been an active volunteer for several different entities, including various different schools and sports organizations. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband and three children as well as their golden retriever, Charlie. Susan has been an avid dog lover her whole life, and she feels strongly that the combination of her legal experience, volunteerism and her passion for dogs will collectively help Putnam Service Dogs achieve its’ goals and deliver services to its’ clients.
Cindy Haas has been a resident of Somers for 27 years, and a real estate professional for the past 18 years. She combines her knowledge of her community with her extensive business experience and saavy to good use: she’s been a consistent Top Producer at the William Raveis Office in Somers since 2002. Cindy has gained sales and marketing experience as she’s progressed in her career. She managed a sales staff of 30 before joining William Raveis, ran a Dancewear Company for 15 years, and now runs a very successful real estate practice. Cindy is a passionate dog lover and brings her focus, and zeal to the Board of Putnam Service Dogs.
Karen Shea earned her undergraduate degree at Pace University, and her Masters in Library and Information Science at Long Island University. She has worked as a public library director, a library manager for a bioethics library, and an academic librarian at the United States Military Academy Library. A life-long resident of Putnam County, Karen has a long history of volunteering for many local community organizations.
Karen is excited to join the board of Putnam Service Dogs. She has seen how enriching the relationship between dogs and humans can be and views its mission as vital. Her experience with education, fundraising and event planning, will help advance the mission of Putnam Service Dogs.
She is dedicating her work with Putnam Service Dogs in memory of her beloved lab, Coco.
Peggy has been a resident of Lake Carmel for 24 years and a lifetime resident of Putnam County. She received her Associates Degree in Business Administration from Dutchess Community College. She is the Executive Assistant/Office Manager for KenCast, Inc., a digital cinema company for the last 8 years. As a person who enjoys helping others, spending time with family and her furry friends (2 dogs and 3 cats), Peggy is excited to join the board and be part of this wonderful organization.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.