In 1998, Leslie Hennessy became a puppy raiser for Canine Companions based on her desire to give back to the community in a sustained and positive way. She found the Canine Companions mission “compelling.”
Leslie joined the Southwest Region Advisory Board where she served as treasurer and board president. She subsequently joined the National Board of Directors of Canine Companions and continues to serve on both the Southwest Region Board and the National Board.
Leslie had a thirty-five year career as a corporate VP in international marketing and operations involving innovative partnerships with domestic and international entities.
Her graduate degrees include an MBA, M.S. in Global Studies, a Ph.D. in Leadership, and a J.D. Leslie teaches nonprofit leadership at her alma mater, the University of San Diego. Her classes incorporate lectures on the legal and ethical obligations of nonprofit leaders and board members.
Leslie seeks to grow Canine Companions in such a manner that it can continue to meet the needs of all individuals who would benefit from a service dog.