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About Us

The Foundation’s mission is to help the local veterinary community thrive by:

  • Identifying their needs and providing resources that address them;

  • Increasing public awareness about those needs; and

  • Creating and sustaining support strategies for them.

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Board of Directors


Glen Wright, DVM

Director of Veterinary Technology, FAMU


Judy Mandrell

Doctorate in Christian Education

Host of Real Talk with Judy (95.3 FM)


Cyndi Godbey

Jeffrey Bear’s Mother

Ex-Officio Directors

Scott Buchanan

Local Musician/Entrepreneur

Ralph DeMeo, J.D.

Legal Counsel and Animal Advocate


Debra Fadool, PhD

FSU Biology Honors Club Sponsor

Steve Godbey

Jeffrey Bear’s Father


Thomas Holt, DVM

Former Florida State Veterinarian

Shonda Knight

Executive Director, Community and Media Relations

Leon County Sheriff’s Office

Jeremy Matlow

Esteemed Mentor of “Jeffrey Bear”

Heather Van Liere

Animal Therapy Coordinator

TMH Animal Therapy Program


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