FALMOUTH, MA ‒ In late April, Brianna Barry joined Dogs for Better Lives’ (DBL) Young Professionals Board (YPB) – Northeast becoming their fifth member since launching in January. Joining Brianna on the YPB-NE, include Jessica Sexton (VA), Blake Joh (NY), Janelle Suckley (MA), and Nick Bierley (NJ).
“We’re excited to see the Young Professionals Board – Northeast continuing to grow and expand across the northeast region,” stated YPB – NE chair, Blake Joh. “With the Pacific Northwest chapter launching nearly two years ago, it’s exciting to see the more recently launched Northeast chapter continue to expand and now adding it’s fifth member. Brianna will play an instrumental role in advocating for and supporting DBL’s critical outreach work in the Northeast region.”
As DBL continues to grow and expand on its mission to better the lives of those with disabilities by pairing them with amazing Assistance Dogs, regional Young Professionals Boards are augmenting this focus by playing a key role in raising awareness and advocating for community support and education.
“We’re jazzed to have Brianna join the YPB – NE and know with her respective background, community building experience, and passion for the mission, she will help to elevate DBL’s community presence in the region to the next level,” stated CEO, Bryan Williams.
The DBL Young Professionals Boards (YPB) are comprised of like-minded individuals in their 20s, 30s, and 40s that have a passion for dogs and giving back to people with disabilities in their communities. Members are engaged in helping to market the mission of DBL, participating in outreach events, as well as planning and fundraising through a variety of initiatives.
With the support and guidance of the regional Young Professionals Board in both the Pacific Northwest and Northeast, DBL will host signature events nationally around September’s National Service Dog Month, engaging volunteers, and community partners. Eventually, DBL will have Young Professionals Boards across the country, working to support each of national nonprofit’s planned five regions. Currently DBL has satellite offices in Washington, California, Arizona, and New Hampshire.
Born and raised in Massachusetts, Brianna works for Boston Children’s Hospital since 2016, as a Senior Project Manager within the Program for Patient Safety and Quality.
Brianna attended Lafayette College in Easton, PA and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Neuroscience. As she progressed professionally at Boston Children’s Hospital, Brianna simultaneously pursued and completed a Master of Science degree in Healthcare Administration from Saint Joseph’s University. Through her academic endeavors and professional experience, coupled with additional Lean Six Sigma certifications, Brianna has developed a robust and diverse background rooted in project management and process improvement skillsets.
Brianna pursued volunteering on Dogs for Better Lives’ YPB with the belief of fulfilling an opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals that are equally as passionate as she is in regards to assisting others, all while uniting under a shared love of dogs. At the age of 19 Brianna was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and her Mini Goldendoodle Denali has been an incredible enhancement in her life. Brianna and Denali recently completed a Canine Good Citizen certification together. Brianna feels beyond lucky and thankful that she is able to work with Dogs for Better Lives to help support the mission and values of this organization.
“I believe that Assistance Dogs are unsung heroes; they are unconditional and unwavering in their love and support,” stated Brianna. “Joining the Young Professionals Board and spreading awareness is something that I am honored to be a part of, particularly as the organization develops in the Northeast”.
Brianna Barry was born and raised in the South Shore of Massachusetts, and recently purchased a home in Whitman, MA where she resides with her boyfriend and their one-year-old Denali. When the warm weather comes around to the Northeast, they like to hop on the Harley and cruise- Denali included!
In addition to further growing the Northeast chapter, DBL is continuing to look for new members to join the Pacific Northwest chapter, as well as launch its California chapter in 2022. To learn more about the Young Professionals Board and/or to submit your application for consideration, please visit… https://dogsforbetterlives.org/young-professionals-board/.