Guiding Eyes Names New Board Chair
Guiding Eyes is pleased to announce Bedford resident Wendy Aglietti has been elected chairman of the organization’s Board of Directors. The announcement was made by Bill Badger, Guiding Eyes’ president and CEO.
Ms. Aglietti has been a Board member since 2007, and her family has a long history of supporting Guiding Eyes. “We are extremely pleased to name Wendy as our Chair,” said Badger. “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.”
Ms. Aglietti has long been at the forefront of fundraising efforts for the renovation and expansion of the Canine Development Center in Patterson, a project estimated at $8 million. The facility has always 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 earlier ages than ever before, and thus preparing them better for guide dog training. Guiding Eyes is less than $1million away from achieving the $8 million goal.
“It’s truly an honor for me to serve in this role,” said Mrs. Aglietti. “I’ve already seen the impressive work that’s been done by Guiding Eyes and I look forward to building upon these achievements.”
Ms. 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, Ms. 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 resides in Bedford with her husband, Paul, and their Guiding Eyes released dog, Jet.