Christine Turc standing and smiling, holding a yellow labrador puppy.

Christine Turc (Committee Chair)

IGDF Board Member
Chief Executive Officer Les Chiens Guides d’Aveugles de L’ouest, France

Christine TURC joined les Chiens Guides d’Aveugles de l’Ouest in July 1995 as Administrative Manager and then became Communication and Fundraising Manager in 2001.
Before entering the guide dog field, Christine managed a temporary workers agency for 5 years in Angers, after 5 years in charge of international statistical studies for the pharmaceutical industry in Paris.

Christine is now Director and CEO for the guide dog school, from the 1st of July 2014, in charge of supervising all activities in the guide dog school from communication and fundraising to breeding, puppy raising and guide dog education and strategic development with the Board.

Christine graduated from a French management school and fluently speaks French, English and Spanish.

She was elected to the IGDF Board at the 2014 Seminar in Tokyo.

Karen Hayes with her arm around a yellow lab.

Karen Hayes

Chief Executive Officer Guide Dogs Victoria, Australia

Karen Hayes is recognised as a dynamic influencer in the Australian Not-for-Profit sector. Since November 2011 she has been the CEO of the Victorian Division of Guide Dogs Australia, which is currently Australia’s “Most Trusted Charity,” for the 7th year in a row.

A past Telstra Business Woman of the Year Award finalist, Karen is currently a Board member of Multiple Sclerosis Ltd (6 years), The Melbourne International Comedy Festival (6 years) and a past board member of Vision 2020 Australia, (5 years) Melbourne Football Cub (7 years) and Breast Cancer Network Australia (15 years).

Karen was one of the founders of Breast Cancer Network Australia, and as the co-founder of the Australian chapter of the International Women’s Forum (IWF), she continues to play a leadership role for women across a number of industries and communities globally.

Prior to joining Guide Dogs, Karen enjoyed an exemplary career in the Professional Services sector including as Director, Corporate Engagement and Human Capital with UXC Limited and CEO of Planpower, a major Project Management organisation.

Under Karen’s leadership, Guide Dogs Victoria has delivered a $27m capital campaign to transform GDV’s campus into Australia’s first sensory campus. The new facilities are aimed at improving the lives of people living with blindness or low vision, while also providing a world class environment for breeding and training guide dogs and educating the community.

Karen was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in 2017, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to business and the community and was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2019 Australia Day Honours List, for significant service to the community as an advocate for gender equity, and to women in sport. She was also inducted as a Dame in the Order of St John in June 2019, in recognition of her contribution to community.

Christine Benninger

Christine Benninger

President & CEO
Guide Dogs for the Blind, USA

Christine (Chris) joined Guide Dogs for the Blind in April of 2014. Chris brings a wealth of non-profit and for-profit experience to her role. Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) is the largest guide school in the United States and the second largest in the world. Chris manages a yearly budget of $54M, 300 employees and two campuses … one in San Rafael, California and a second campus in Boring, Oregon.

Under Chris’ leadership, Guide Dogs for the Blind has expanded its program offerings to include Orientation and Mobility training for individuals with insufficient skills to qualify for guide dog training, a companion dog program for visually-impaired children and advocacy in support of GDB’s visually-impaired communities. In addition, annual fundraising has tripled since 2014 and a new state-of-the-art Puppy Center has been built. Current organization-wide initiatives include Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as well as full accessibility throughout GDB and its communication channels.

Prior to joining GDB, she spent 17 years leading the Humane Society Silicon Valley. During her tenure there, she and her team’s progressive approach helped save the lives of tens of thousands of animals and greatly reduced pet overpopulation problems in Santa Clara County. Under her leadership, the organization was also able to raise $25.5 million to build The Animal Community Center — the first facility of its kind in the country. 

Chris honed her business skills as an auditor with Arthur Andersen & Co. as well as in her 15 years with Hewlett Packard Corporation. At HP, Chris held managerial positions in the U.S. as well as in Europe. She holds an M.B.A. from Stanford University. 

Chris was elected to the IGDF board at the 2021 IGDF AGM.