Monday, August 31, 2015

Morris Animal Foundation welcomes new board of trustees members

Morris Animal Foundation welcomed four new members to its board of trustees during the organization’s annual meeting in June. The new members bring to the board a rich skill set in finance and investment, marketing, and organizational experience, all combined with a passion for animals. Morris Animal Foundation is one of the largest nonprofit organizations worldwide that fund scientific studies to advance the health and well-being of all animals.

The new trustee members for 2015/2016 are:

--Amy Eagle Thompson served as managing director of Deep Focus and had oversight for client services, strategy, media productions, public relations and social communications. She was previously general manager at The Hyperfactory, a marketing firm. Thompson began her career with a number of West Coast ad agencies including Wieden+Kennedy, McCann Erickson and also DDB Communications Group. She eventually relocated to New York where she managed communications and client services at Carat and then at Kirshenbaum Bond + Partners.

--Wendy Knudsen has responsibility for oversight of the legal functions of Cequel III’s managed businesses including as executive vice president and secretary of Suddenlink, the nation’s seventh largest cable company; and executive vice president and general counsel of TierPoint, a nationwide provider of cloud, colocation and IT solutions. She previously served as senior vice president and general counsel of AAT Communications and as associate counsel at the National Football League.


--Richard Lichter is a founding partner at Newbury Partners, and responsible for managing its investment activity. Prior to Newbury, he served as managing director at Auda Private Equity LLC, managing director at Lexington Partners, and managing director at Landmark Partners. He was previously vice president of investment banking at Merrill Lynch Capital Markets.

--Richard Swanson was a senior manager with Andersen Consulting, and the first CFO of Denver’s Regional Transportation District. He was then the founder and president of Investment Partners, Inc., a commercial real estate investment and development company from 1980 to 1991. He served as an adviser for Vistage International, coaching CEOs of public/private companies through 2014.

Morris Animal Foundation is a nonprofit organization that invests in science to advance animal health. 

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