“What type of volunteer work would your dog be involved in?” Waggleview with Kristen Jacoby, President and Chief Professional Officer for United Way of Greater Waterbury

Please read the Waggleview below to find out about this remarkable woman leader and her dog.

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The Dog Owner: Kristen Jacoby, MPH, President and Chief Professional Officer for United Way of Greater Waterbury.

Kristen Jacoby is President of the United Way of Greater Waterbury, an independent 501 C (3) with annual revenues of $4+ million that creates positive change in the areas of Education, Financial Stability and Basic Needs. She has fostered a common vision for the agency and continuously works to meet and exceed United Way’s 13 Membership Requirements and 34 “Standards of Excellence”.

Prior to coming to United Way, Kristen was Director of Business Development & Government Relations for American Medical Response. For 10 years, Kristen worked at the American Cancer Society, receiving numerous accolades and awards for her work.

Kristen has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Communications from University of Connecticut and a Master of Public Health from Southern Connecticut State University. She studied abroad at The City University, London, England. Kristen graduated from the Senior Leaders Program for Nonprofit Executives at Colombia University. Kristen is married to Dr. Peter Jacoby and resides in Woodbury.

Dog type and Name: Goldendoodle, Enzo Jacoby

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Q: Why did you choose this dog?

K: ALL LOVE, and hypoallergenic and non-shedding (I am allergic).

Q: Do you talk to your dog? If so, what do you talk about?

K: Yes, everything! We talk about my day, his day, life, and our dog that passed away in December 2013.

Q: If he could talk to you, what would he say?

K: “Lets play!”

Q: If your dog had a job or career, what would he be doing?

K: Rock star.

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Q: What lesson in life has your dog taught you?

K: Unconditional love and loyalty.

Q: How does your dog inspire you?

K: He is all love, everything is fabulous and he just loves meeting new people every day, every moment. All he wants to do is play and be with you. He does not get caught up in the small stuff.

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Q: Where is your dog’s favorite place to go with you?

K: Anywhere, as long as he is with us – car, walking, home, you name it (He loves 3 Rivers in Woodbury).

Q: Who or what does your dog find the most interesting?

K: Other dogs and any toy. When you give him a new toy it is like you gave him $1,000,000.

Q: What type of volunteer work would your dog be involved in?

K: Volunteering with kids.

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Q: What does being a responsible dog owner mean to you?

K: Being present, playing, engaging and just being kind and showing love.

Q: Do you ever dress up your dog? If so, as what?

K: No yet.

Q: How has your dog changed your life?

K: I lost my 10-year-old labradoodle Buddy on December 15 2013. It broke my heart. I did not think I could love another dog. I did not think I wanted to go through potential heartbreak again but Enzo is also really, really special. He is all love – though only10 months old, he is actually mellow yet very playful. He truly gives my husband and I joy every day. He has a different personality that Buddy, but it is really cool. You love him for who he is…

Q: Does your dog have a philosophy of life?

K: Love and be loved!

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Q: I love my dog because he really is a best friend (it is not just a saying).

Q: Have you ever made dog treats for your dog? If so, please share your recipe.

K: No but ironically enough I was JUST online looking for a recipe (peanut butter biscuits).


WAGGLEVIEWS: These interviews are focused on woman leaders in business, the community, or at home. My hope in doing this is to present remarkable and respected women in their community with their beloved pets. Who can resist reading about dogs and what these women do? This is a platform for women to display their talents; their own business, a new book, a deeply loved passion for a charity or their own job. It also shows their love for their dog!

Thank you Kristen for taking the time to participate in the Waggleview.

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If your dog wanted to do volunteer work, what would he choose to do?

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