Leslie Hennessy, National Board Member

person with Canine Companions puppy

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.” For Leslie, the joyful work of raising puppies was an important and wonderful way to share time with her teenage daughter.

Currently vice president of an international corporation, Leslie graduated with a Bachelor’s in English, followed by an M.B.A. from the University of San Diego, an M.A. in Global Studies from Denver University, and a PhD in Leadership Studies at the University of San Diego. Leslie has spent most of her professional life in international marketing and operations.

Leslie was engaged in board leadership at the regional level before becoming involved at the national level, and in various aspects of committee work. She works hard to meet her own goal of growing Canine Companions in such a manner that it can “continue to meet the needs of all people who would benefit from an assistance dog.”