FALMOUTH, MA ‒ In mid February Nicholas Bierley joined Dogs for Better Lives’ (DBL) Young Professionals Board (YPB) – Northeast, joining Blake Joh (NJ) and Janelle Suckley (MA). Nick is the Director of Finance for Veterinary Emergency Group in New York.
“We’re thrilled to see the Young Professionals Board – Northeast continuing to grow and expand across the country,” stated YPB – PNW chair, Stacie Bianco. “With the PNW chapter launching nearly two years ago, it’s exciting to now see the Northeast chapter launch and expand with it’s third member in the last month. Nick will play an instrumental role in working to support DBL’s critical outreach work in the Northeast region.”
DBL continues to grow and expand on its mission to better the lives of people, by placing life-changing Assistance Dogs with individuals with disabilities. The YPB – NE will be further engaging in and championing DBL’s advocacy and outreach efforts throughout the Northeastern U.S.
“We’re pleased to have Nick join the Young Professionals Board – NE and know with his financial background, community building experience, and passion for the mission, he will help to elevate DBL’s 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 a yet-to-be-determined signature event, engaging volunteers, and community partners. Eventually, we will have Young Professionals Boards across the country, working to support each of our planned five regions. Currently we have satellite offices in Washington, California, Arizona, and New Hampshire.
Nick Bierley is originally from Michigan, born and raised just outside of Ann Arbor. He is one of three children, all of whom attended Michigan State University (as well as both his parents). He graduated in 2016, earning his Bachelor of Arts in Finance.
Nick began his career in investment banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York City, where he spent two years as an Analyst in the Global Healthcare Group. Following his time at BAML, Nick moved to Chicago where he spent two years as an Associate with Beecken Petty O’Keefe, a healthcare services focused private equity fund.
Following that, Nick moved back to NYC to work as a Senior Associate with Assured Healthcare Partners, another private equity fund focused on healthcare services. In the summer of 2021, Nick moved over to Veterinary Emergency Group as the Director of Finance, where he currently serves.
Nick currently lives in Manhattan, but travels back to Michigan every chance he gets to spend time with his family and their two dogs, Leo and Stella.
“I was raised in a family that always had a dog, there is nothing that comes close to the companionship and love you feel when you have a furry little friend in your life,” stated Nick. “I am truly lucky to be a part of an organization like Dogs for Better Lives, whose sole focus is pairing that companionship with a purpose for those with needs.”
Nick joined the Young Professionals Board – NE in February 2022.
In addition to further growing the Northeast chapter, DBL is actively looking to grow the Pacific Northwest chapter, as well as launch its California chapter. To learn more about the Young Professionals Board and/or to submit your application for consideration, please visit… https://dogsforbetterlives.org/young-professionals-board/.[Top Photo: Nick Bierley playing with his family’s 2-year old Australian Labradoodle, Leo]