Working Committees

NAPHIA’s Board has established working committees to advance the following initiatives for the organization:

  • Veterinary Relations
  • Research & Benchmarking
  • Events (Summit)
  • Regulatory
  • Anti-Fraud

Special Advisors

lynnehLynne Hennessey

Chair, Regulatory and Anti-Fraud
Nationwide Pet Insurance

Lynne is the Senior Director of Regulatory Compliance for the Pet Division of Nationwide Insurance (formerly VPI). She has been with Nationwide for over 9 years.

Prior to joining Nationwide, Lynne has held various senior management roles within the insurance industry including Vice President of Claims and Operations for WNC Insurance Services and Assurant Group. She has over 30 years in the insurance industry, starting her carreer as a street adjuster, writing sheets on homes and cars. She has held roles in Sales and Underwriting as well.

Lynne graduated from Northern Illinois University with a degree in Liberal Arts and holds the designations of Corporate Compliance and Ethics Professional, Market Conduct Management and Associate In Claims. She is passionate about her family, horseback riding, watercolor painting and enjoys long conversations with her very vocal Siberian Husky, Meeshka.

MBLcolor photoDr. Mary Beth Leininger

Chair, Veterinary Relations Committee
Hartville Pet Insurance Group

Mary Beth Leininger, DVM is a native of Cleveland Ohio who has held a variety of leadership positions in the veterinary world. Dr. Leininger graduated from Purdue University in 1967 and for more than 30 years, co-owned an AAHA-accredited hospital in Michigan with her spouse, Dr. Steven Leininger.

In 1999, she joined Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. as Director of Professional Affairs, and for ten years was the face and voice of the company to her practitioner and academic colleagues. From 2009–2011, she served as the Project Manager of the North American Veterinary Medical Education Consortium (NAVMEC) and in 2011, became the Vice President of Veterinary Relations of Hartville Pet Insurance Group.

She was also recently named Chair of the Veterinary Working Group for the North American Pet Health Insurance Association (NAPHIA). In these roles, Dr. Leininger provides outreach to veterinarians and their clients on the value and benefits of pet health insurance.

Dr. Leininger is most widely known as the 1996/1997 President of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the first woman elected to that office in the more than 150-year history of the organization.