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4 Paws for Ability announces new board chair

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    4 Paws for Ability announces new board chair

    XENIA, OHIO, May 1, 2023 – 4 Paws for Ability, a non-profit organization that places life-changing service dogs with children and veterans with disabilities, is proud to announce Julie George as the new board chair.

    A partner and executive recruiter with Gilman Partners in Cincinnati for more than 25 years, George brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the position. She has been a dedicated member of our organization as a volunteer since 2015 and a board member since 2021, after seeing a family member go through the process of receiving a service dog.

    “As a long-time volunteer, Julie has shown her passion for and commitment to an exciting future for 4 Paws,” Jennifer Lutes, 4 Paws for Ability Executive Director, said. “Her personal and professional experience, as well as her passion for helping children and veterans, brings a unique perspective to the role, and we are excited to see how 4 Paws will advance under her leadership.”

    George takes over for Helena Brooks, who served for four years as board chair for 4 Paws for Ability.

    “Helena has faithfully served 4 Paws for more than four years as board chair, but even longer as a dedicated supporter in many areas. It is because of her talented and insightful leadership that the mission of 4 Paws will continue to impact the lives of children and veterans with disabilities for many more years to come,” Lutes said. “We are so grateful for her leadership and wish her the best as she ends her term as board chair and embarks on her next adventure as a grandmother.”

    George’s term as board chair begins May 1, 2023.

    “I am honored and grateful to be able to serve as the 4 Paws for Ability board chair and so am thankful for Helena’s leadership in positioning 4 Paws for the future and in putting together a strong board to help support the organization and my future leadership,” George said. “My passion for the mission has grown through my years of involvement and the current leadership team is the exact right combination of individuals to keep the growth moving forward.”

    George currently lives in Cincinnati with her husband and has two adult children, as well as her 4 Paws golden retriever, a “Fabulous Flunky,” named Pervis. She received her bachelor’s degree in organizational behavior and human resources from Miami University of Ohio, and in addition to her work with 4 Paws, serves on the board of the Cincinnati chapter of the European American Chamber of Commerce.


    About 4 Paws for Ability

    4 Paws for Ability is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of people with disabilities by placing life-changing service dogs. We strive to be good stewards of the money, time, and other gifts given by our generous clients, volunteers, community members, corporate partners, and donors.

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