John McKinney, National Board Member, Immediate Past Chair

A smiling man on a bench with a black lab puppy in a yellow puppy vest in his lapIn 2005, John McKinney retired from his career as a management consultant in the health care industry. He decided to become actively involved with Canine Companions, having witnessed firsthand the wonderful work of our assistance dogs through his nephew’s Canine Companions assistance dog.

John is a past chair of the Canine Companions finance committee, and an active member of the personnel committee. John has also contributed to a number of special projects, including funding for the Northeast Training Center, revision the organization’s regional board charter, selecting an investment consultant for the organization’s funds and negotiating with Baylor Scott & White Health to develop a new training center in Texas.

John brings an extensive healthcare background to his work for Canine Companions, having served on the Board of Marin Community Clinic and as chair of its finance committee, and as the chief financial officer for an international professional organization for ophthalmologists. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Trinity College, a Master’s degree in Counseling from Boston University and an M.B.A. in Healthcare Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

It is John’s desire that “Canine Companions can continue to produce exceptional quality dogs at no cost to individuals who can significantly benefit from such a relationship.” He also hopes that Canine Companions will continue to be a leader among assistance dog organizations, as well as recognized as one of–if not the preeminent–organization in the field.