Our Team

Our team is made up of some of the most knowledgeable
and caring lovers of sighthounds we could hope to assemble.
Contact us if you’re interested in joining!

Our team is comprised of some of the most talented people in North America who are also arguably the most passionate about greyhounds and their sighthound cousins. Working remotely, we are spread out across the United States, but with the technology available today, that rarely slows us down. And we’re always looking for new talents, so if you are interested in seeing your name added to this list, feel free to send us a note (info@greyhoundhealthinitiative.org) or message us on Facebook and tell us why you are so passionate about helping the hounds.

Dr. Guillermo Couto, Founder & Advisor
Dr. Couto, internal medicine and oncology board-certified veterinarian recently retired from the Oncology/Hematology Service at the Veterinary Medical Center at The Ohio State University (OSU), has worked with Greyhounds and other sighthounds for over two decades, since adopting Clyde, his first hound, from the Wheeling racetrack. In 2004, Dr. Couto launched the OSU Greyhound Health and Wellness Program (OSUGHWP), creating an outreach and teaching effort that incorporated basic elements of shelter medicine.

Since then, Dr. Couto has been actively involved and dedicated to improving the health of sighthounds through education, and clinical research. To date, he has published more than 35 peer-reviewed articles on sighthound health. After his retirement from OSU, Dr. Couto helped establish the GHI to carry on the support and services provided by the OSUGHWP and to continue to improve sighthound health and education.

Mandy Albert, President   Mandy has worked as a Registered Veterinary Technician at Riverside Animal Care since 2004.  She has extensive knowledge of greyhound and site hound medicine.  In June, 2016 Mandy joined The Greyhound Health Initiative to help start a canine blood bank.  She trained with a local university blood bank to learn how to collect, process, store and ship blood products.  Mandy also helped coordinate and seek out donor dogs.  She has created and organized a database of all donor and product information.  She also performs accounts receivable tasks for the blood bank.  She attends conferences and pet events in order to educate and promote the blood bank and The Greyhound Health Initiative. Mandy is dedicated to educating veterinarians and technicians on transfusion medicine and blood banking, along with the differences in site hound medicine. Mandy has been married to her husband since 1999 and has 2 children.  You will often see Mandy’s entire family volunteering at GHI events. Her animal household includes a 5 year old greyhound who she adopted from Team Greyhound, a bulldog rescue, a cat, a bearded dragon, chickens and a horse. 

Courtney Kindler, Secretary

Blood Bank Staff, RVT
Mandy, Courtney, Molly, Nellie & Megan have over 30 years of cumulative experience as veterinary technicians and they put that knowledge to good use running the daily operations of our blood bank; from drawing blood to shipping orders and from negotiating with vendors to making sure our donor dogs are spoiled rotten every minute they’re in our care. They are the heart and soul of The Greyhound Health Initiative’s Blood Bank.

Jo Blake, Great Britain Representative
Having lived, volunteered and/or worked with greyhounds virtually all of her adult life, Jo comes from a background in dog welfare charities working in operations, volunteer management, supporter relations and marketing. With a keen interest in canine rehabilitation therapies of all kinds, Jo spends much of her spare time practicing holistic therapies and currently lives with Sergio, a retired racing greyhound.

Kathleen Kelly, Staff Accountant

Debbie McIntyre, Canada Representative
Debbie has always been a dog lover and avid supporter for rescue and adoption organizations. Debbie adopted her first retired racer, Sully, in 2018 and instantly fell in love with sighthounds. For her day job, Debbie is a public health nurse working as an infection control specialist.

Freya Shoffner, Legal Counsel
A graduate of Mt. Holyoke College and Suffolk University, attorney Shoffner has been providing legal services to businesses and non-profit organizations for over 20 years.

 

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