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Guiding Eyes for the Blind, a non-profit guide dog school in Yorktown, has elected Wendy Aglietti, a Bedford resident, as chairwoman of the organization’s board of directors, Guiding Eyes’ president and CEO Bill Badger said.
"We are extremely pleased to name Wendy as our Chair," Badger said in a statement. "Countless projects have benefitted from her dedication since she joined the board five years ago. She has brought tremendous energy, knowledge and compassion, and she is fully committed to the success of Guiding Eyes and our graduates."
Aglietti has been a board member since 2007, and her family has a long history of supporting Guiding Eyes. She has contributed with her fundraising efforts for the renovation and expansion of the Canine Development Center in Patterson, a project estimated at $8 million.
"It’s truly an honor for me to serve in this role," Aglietti said. "I’ve already seen the impressive work that’s been done by Guiding Eyes and I look forward to building upon these achievements."
The Canine Development Center facility has been recognized for its groundbreaking advances in canine breeding and puppy training and will soon undergo a major transformation in order to support the school's newest initiative, STEP – Successive Training and Enrichment Program. This program focuses on helping puppies learn at an earlier age prepare them for guide dog training.
Aglietti graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Economics. She began her career as a personnel consultant in the Information Technology sector and went on to become the Operating and Financial Officer at Roma Design of White Plains, a designer, manufacturer, importer and wholesale distributor of fashion accessories.
In addition to her role at Guiding Eyes, Aglietti also volunteers as the chair of the Parents Committee at Ithaca College and serves as an officer of her family’s private foundation. She lives in Bedford with her husband, Paul, and their Guiding Eyes released dog, Jet.
Guiding Eyes for the Blind is located at 611 Granite Springs Road in Yorktown Heights. For more information call 914-245-4024 or visit their website.
About Guiding Eyes for the Blind: Guiding Eyes for the Blind is an internationally accredited 501(c)(3) nonprofit guide dog school founded in 1954. Since its inception, Guiding Eyes has grown to be one of the foremost guide dog schools in the world, known for its cutting-edge training programs, commitment to excellence, and dedication to its elite and superbly trained guide dogs. In 2008, the school launched Heeling Autism, a service dog program designed to provide safety and companionship for children on the autism spectrum. Guiding Eyes provides all of its services at no cost, and is dependent upon contributions to fulfill its mission. The organization’s Headquarters and Training Center is located in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. and its Canine Development Center is in Patterson, N.Y. For more info, visit www.guidingeyes.org, like Guiding Eyes on Facebook (www.facebook.com/guidingeyes) or follow @guidingeyes on Twitter.