We are business women, meeting to share interests, experiences and insights. A WBG Connects meeting is an opportunity to learn, expand your network of business contacts, find inspiration & qualities to develop and to share your expertise with others.
It’s time for our membership drive! Check out the details in this letter from our President, Jen Moran: Membership Drive Letter
NEXT WBG CONNECTS GENERAL MEETING
December 9, 2016
Breakfast Meeting – 7:15AM – 9AM
Location: Wellesley Community Center (219 Washington St., Wellesley)
NEADS is a non-profit organization that was established in 1976 to provide canine assistance for people who are deaf or have a disability. NEADS Service Dogs become an extension of their handlers and bring independence, freedom, physical autonomy and relief from social isolation to their human partners. People with our Service Dogs experience life changing freedom, companionship and connection.
We have trained over 1,700 Service Dog teams since 1976 and we offer a wide spectrum of Service Dog programs including:
- Service dogs for Veterans, a program for veterans with a physical disability
- Trauma Assistance Dogs for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder
- Hearing Dogs for people who are deaf or have profound hearing loss
- Service Dogs for Adults with physical disabilities
- Service Dogs for the Classroom, Therapy, Ministry, Hospital and Courthouse Facility settings
- Service Dogs for children with physical disabilities
- Social Dogs for children on the Autism spectrum
Cathy Zemaitis is a Westborough resident who was raised in a military family. She is an animal lover who grew up with dogs and horses. Cathy’s experiences led her to take the position as director of development at NEADS/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans in Princeton in 2012. She was instrumental in creating the Pawsitively Strong Fund to provide Service Dogs to survivors of the Boston Marathon Bombing who sustained a permanent physical disability. In 2018, this fund will open to victims of violent crime from Massachusetts, who have sustained a permanent physical disability as a result of that crime. Cathy worked with the Victim and Witness Assistance Board in the Office of the Attorney General to create the fund’s legacy. Currently, she is involved in Service Dog legislative activities on the State and Federal level.
Cathy also has NEADS dogs of her own, Currahee, an 8-year-old black Labrador Retriever, and Currahee’s understudy, 16 month old Loring, a yellow Lab. Currahee assists in the client interview process at NEADS and, as a NEADS Ambassador, attends various events and presentations.
Before her work at NEADS, Cathy was the President of Equimedia Communications, a public relations agency in Westborough, MA., an off shoot of Rider Sport, a retail shop located in Acton, MA. Prior to her stint as a small business owner, Cathy taught Health Education in the Worcester Public Schools.
For complete membership and registration information, visit www.wbgconnects.com/join-now. Dues are $275 per year.