Leadership

Dogtopia Foundation Board

Neil Gill

Neil Gill is the CEO and President of Dogtopia Enterprises, LLC. As the former CEO of Gloria Jeans Coffees, he was instrumental in developing numerous philanthropic activities around the globe including educating coffee farmers on sustainable farming practices to establishing education buses in India and northern areas of Australia and developing store projects that sponsored over 1,000 children’s needs in coffee growing regions.

Rebecca Anderson

Rebecca Anderson is a dog parent and mother to six humans, two of which have autism.  She holds a degree in Biology/Zoology Education from Brigham Young University.  She is retired from teaching and volunteers with her church, the public schools, Special Olympics and is an advocate of mainstreaming disabled individuals into everyday life to help them reach their full potential.

James Clark

James Clark is the Partner/Creative Director of Blind Society and is always thinking about what’s next in the world of branding.  James is all about using creativity to connect. As a Creative Director / Writer / Designer / Film Director / Speaker, James has helped in the development of over 100 start-up brands and has worked with some of the big boys (and girls) like Target, Red Robin, NFL, Disney-Pixar and Warner Bros Interactive. James is a softy at times as well, especially when it comes to his little sidekick – Casanova the mini dachshund.

Garret Tadlock

Garret Tadlock is the founder and CEO of PawLoyalty Software.  After working successfully for many years in high-tech consulting, he decided to build his own software company from the ground up in a space he was personally passionate about:  the pet industry.  Garret served his community as board member for the PACCC (Professional Animal Care Certification Council), coaches youth sports and supports the Boys & Girls Club of Sonoma and Santa Barbara.  Garret resides in Sonoma, California with his wife, four beautiful children and one very well-loved dog.

Jeri Kendle

Jeri Kendle is the Executive Director of the Dogtopia Foundation.  As the former president of Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC), she was responsible for developing innovative job training and peer mentoring programs to support individuals with ASD.  She has focused on the vision of ensuring that individuals with ASD’s are employed in meaningful jobs and rewarding careers that promote independence.

Advisory Board

Stacey Harris

Stacey Harris founder and CEO of Social Evolution, is passionate about the intersection between business and social good. Her consulting firm helps companies incorporate their values in their business to improve profitability. She has an MBA from Thunderbird and spent years on Wall Street in corporate finance and equity trading. Prior to launching Social Evolution, Stacey worked for the Make-A-Wish Foundation leading global corporate partnerships in 50 countries. Stacey is the current National Board Chair for SEED SPOT and volunteers for several other organizations serving women, children and small businesses.

Rita Thomas

Rita Thomas embraces living life to the fullest. As author and philanthropic whirlwind Rita has the right idea – live true to your values. For Rita, those values focus on wellness, body, mind, and spirit. That philosophy infuses everything she does, including her key advisory role in the development of LifePilot and her involvement in various charitable boards.  Rita is a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.  To inspire people to live healthful lifestyles, Rita teamed up with executive chef Erin Holm to publish LifeDiet and in 2016 launched two additional books: The Power of Healthy Living and Delicious Meets Nutritious.

Mark Retz

Mark Retz is currently the Managing Principal for Systems Evolution, Inc. which is a boutique management consulting firm that specializes in systems integration, change management, process optimization and business intelligence. Mark began his career as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and achieved the rank of Major.  Mark served two combat tours in Kosovo and Iraq, and led troops in the infantry, armored reconnaissance and logistics fields.  Mark left the Marine Corps and went on to become the Director of Leadership Development for a $9B company.  He then started his own consulting practice providing organizational and leadership development consulting services to large and medium sized companies in the North East. While running his consulting company, Mark helped to start a 501C3 non-profit organization and led capital campaigns required to build a $6M youth camp and conference facility that provided a wilderness experience for the inner-city youth of Philadelphia.  Mark has a degree in Psychology and certifications in project management, curriculum development, training management, performance consulting and various other business-related fields.