RALEIGH, N.C. (September 10, 2014) – Susan M. Lilly, Certified Fund Raising Professional (CFRE), has been appointed CEO of the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF). Founded in 1995, CHF is the leading organization devoted solely to canine health research, having funded more than $40 million in worthy scientific research and education to help dogs and their owners lead longer, healthier lives.
Ms. Lilly will oversee CHF operations at its headquarters in Raleigh, NC, supervising day-to-day activities, grant administration, financial management, and development. She succeeds Terry T. Warren, PhD, JD, who retired in June after six years in the position.
A native of Michigan, Ms. Lilly boasts a strong fundraising background. After holding development positions at Central Michigan University, she served as Director of Development at Michigan State University and, most recently, was Executive Director of the North Carolina State University Veterinary Health Foundation.
In announcing Ms. Lilly’s appointment, Dr. A. Duane Butherus, AKC Canine Health Foundation Board Chairman said, "She has proven herself to be an extremely productive fundraiser, able to connect the scientific community with pet-loving donors and to create an outstanding environment of philanthropy. CHF welcomes her expertise and enthusiastic approach as we strive to continue to enhance our outstanding programs."
As Ms. Lilly noted, “CHF has already instituted a valuable, international program of support for canine health. I look forward to building on this history and growing initiatives to further our exceptional mission. When we help our pets, we also enrich our own lives.”
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The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping dogs live longer, healthier lives by funding research that helps prevent, treat, and cure canine disease. Established in 1995, CHF’s mission is to advance the health of all dogs and their owners by funding sound, scientific research and supporting the dissemination of canine health information. Through the generous support of the American Kennel Club, Nestlé Purina PetCare, Zoetis (formerly Pfizer Animal Health), dog clubs, and dog owners worldwide, CHF has dedicated more than $40 million to canine health research projects and education programs. Visit CHF online at http://www.akcchf.org/ for more information.