Leader of the Pack

Bethany Leighton leads Canines for Service

CaninesforserviceCanines for Service welcomed BETHANY LEIGHTON as its next executive director.

Leighton, who was the fundraising director for StepUp Wilmington, took on the new leadership role last month with Canines for Service (CFS), a Wilmington-based service dog provider in North Carolina.

“Heading into our twenty-fifth year, Canines for Service needs a leader who has a forward-thinking vision to create and implement plans for strategic growth,” says Aaron DiGregorio, CFS board chair.

“Bethany brings to the job an exceptional combination of energy, sensitivity, and proven leadership,” he says. “We have great confidence she will develop rich and meaningful relationships within the community, among our veteran clients, and within the service dog industry.”

Leighton has worked in the nonprofit sector for the past fourteen years, with a focus on fundraising and helping organizations grow.

“I’m looking forward to bringing the work of this essential organization to more people,” Leighton says. “Growing up in a military family, I have witnessed firsthand the mental health challenges that many of our veterans face after completing active duty service. I also know the unconditional love of a dog, having a rescue of my own.”

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