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MetroPets runs exclusively on the steam of our volunteers' time and energy and expertise. We are blessed with wonderfully talented people.
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This month, meet Dawn Mancuso, Board of Directors Member.

I think I have been an animal-lover since the day I was born! It doesn't matter much what kind of animal, either. I grew up with dogs, cats, hamsters and reptiles, and rode horses as a teenager. Today, I have limited my pet companions to cats because of the demands of my professional life, but hope to have more variety at some point in the future. But for now, Choux-Choux, my 17-year old kitty, is the best company!

With over 20 years of experience in non-profit management, I hope I can bring a unique base of knowledge and skills to the MetroPets board. I am enjoying leading the organization through its first strategic planning process.

My current full-time job is Executive Director & CEO of the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS), an international association of air ambulance operators from across the globe. I also serve as the director for the AAMS Foundation and the National EMS Pilots Association. My undergraduate degree is in international relations from Georgetown University, and I have a Masters in Association Management from George Washington University. I received my CAE (Certified Association Executive) designation from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) in 1992, and was re-certified in 1995, 1998, and 2001. I have been an active member of ASAE and GWSAE (the Greater Washington Society of Association Executives) for many years, and was honored by receiving GWSAE's Monument Award and ASAE's Diamond Award of Excellence. In March of 2001, I was named a Fellow of the American Society of Association Executives.

Except for a 3 year stint in southern California, I have lived in the Greater Washington, D.C. area since 1977.

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