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Foundation Welcomes Financial Modeling Expert, Comparative Pathologist to Board

August 10, 2017 – Morris Animal Foundation, one of the largest nonprofit organizations worldwide funding scientific studies to advance the health and well-being of animals, welcomed two new members to its Board of Trustees at the Foundation’s annual meeting.

“We’re excited about entering our 70th year with our new and returning trustees,” said John Reddington, DVM, PhD, President and CEO of Morris Animal Foundation. “Our new members bring a diverse set of skills and experiences that will help our Board continue to guide the organization moving forward.”

Joining the Board as new trustees are:

  • Lee Cohn recently retired as Manager at Cohn Financial Group, a member firm and shareholder of M Financial Group, a global insurance buying syndicate. Cohn's areas of expertise include business valuation, financial modeling and nonprofit board service, including serving twice as President of the Board for the Desert Botanic Gardens in Phoenix, Arizona. Cohn, an animal lover, has been involved with the Foundation for several years, both as a donor and a study sponsor.
  • Denny Liggitt is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Comparative Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle. He is a board-certified comparative pathologist who also serves as an adviser to the UW Institute of Translational Health Sciences Drug and Device Advisory Committee, the UW Center for One Health Research, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and other public and private entities. He has been involved in co-founding and fostering several biotech companies and translating several discoveries through pre-clinical development. Liggitt hopes through his service on the Board, he can help make the world a better place for animals.

“Our new board members are joining the Foundation at an exciting time,” said Reddington. “As we implement a new branding strategy, make major changes to our digital presence, and fund innovative animal health research, our Board of Trustees will play a key role in making these changes successful.”

About Morris Animal Foundation

Morris Animal Foundation is a nonprofit organization that invests in science to advance animal health. The foundation is a global leader in funding scientific studies for companion animals, horses and wildlife. Since its founding in 1948, Morris Animal Foundation has invested more than $118 million toward 2,600 studies that have led to significant breakthroughs in diagnostics, treatments, preventions and cures to benefit animals worldwide. Learn more at Morris Animal Foundation.