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  • Date: October 17, 2014
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AAVSB Reports Death of Executive Director Robyn Kendrick

Kansas City, MO (October 17, 2014) - The Board of Directors of the American Association of Veterinary State Boards today reported with deep sadness the passing of Robyn Kendrick, the organization's executive director. Ms. Kendrick guided AAVSB since 2007, leading it to greater prominence in providing quality, relevant programs and service that its members rely on to carry out their statutory responsibilities in the interest of public protection.

Earlier this month, the Board had named Daphne Tabbytite, assistant director, and Vic Cook, director of program operations and strategic initiatives, as acting co-executive directors and began the search for a new executive director. The company's leadership team will continue in their present responsibilities. No changes are anticipated in the organization's day-to-day business activities.

Ms. Kendrick came to AAVSB an experienced top-level executive for organizations committed to protecting and serving the public. She worked for the City of Kansas City, Missouri as an executive liaison for neighborhood and community services. She was also a division manager for animal control and the executive director of a not-for-profit industry-education-government partnership organization. Ms. Kendrick received a Bachelor's in Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Master of Science in General Administration from Central Michigan University.

While leading the AAVSB, Ms. Kendrick established operation criteria and set direction for growth and respect through her vision for the future of the association. The AAVSB's organizational health was a priority as she institutionalized infrastructure. Under Ms. Kendrick's tenure, the association grew from six full-time employees to a staff of 12 and moved to a new professional office space. She shared her vision of what the AAVSB is and could become through her management and leadership skills.

"Robyn battled her illness the way she approached her life - with courage, dignity and grace. She has been a wonderful inspiration to the AAVSB members and staff. Her legacy will live on in the initiatives she championed and the values she instilled in the AAVSB," said Dr. John Lawrence, president of the AAVSB Board of Directors. "Our thoughts are with Robyn's family. We extend our condolences and strongest support to them."

Donations may be made in Robyn's name to the Kansas City chapter of Dress for Success, which is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Click here for more information.

To read Robyn's full obituary, click here.

About the AAVSB:The AAVSB is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to reliably provide quality resources and accurate information for veterinary regulatory agencies and professionals in the interest of public protection. The membership of the AAVSB consists of 59 jurisdictions representing all of the United States and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and six Canadian provinces: Alberta, Ontario, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Saskatchewan.

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