Spokesperson Bios


Gina DiNardo

Vice President and Assistant Executive Secretary

Gina DiNardo has had life-long involvement with purebred dogs most notably with Doberman Pinschers. In her current position she is heavily involved in the governance of the AKC.

Media Appearances:

• NBC's Today Show -- multiple appearances

iVillage Live -- multiple appearances

• TV Commentator -- Mohegan Sun AKC Events

• Satellite Media Tour for AKC/Eukanuba National Championship

Gina DiNardo Biography


Lisa Peterson

Director of Communications
Ask AKC Columnist

Lisa has embraced the sport of purebred dogs for nearly 25 years as an owner/breeder/ handler of Norwegian Elkhounds. As a former journalist, Lisa regularly speaks to the media as an expert on purebred dog breeding and canine legislation as well as helps AKC clubs develop their own PR strategies.

Media Appearances:

• NBC's Today Show -- multiple appearances

• Fox News Channel -- The Big Story, The O'Reilly Factor, Fox News Live.

• Martha Stewart Radio, NPR, GMA Radio

• Quoted Expert in New York Times, USA Today

Lisa Peterson Biography


Mary Burch, PhD

Director of Canine Good Citizen(r)

Dr. Mary Burch is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist who is regarded as a national expert on canine behavior. Dr. Burch writes and speaks to the media about issues relating to dog training, behavioral issues and responsible dog ownership.

Media Appearances:

Martha Stewart Living

• Animal Planet

• Video -- AKC Dog Care and Training

• Quoted expert: Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, Reader's Digest

Mary Burch Biography


To schedule a media interview with these or other AKC spokespersons please contact:

Jessica Rice, Public Relations Administrator

212-696-8346 • Jxr3@akc.org