J. Emlynn Wood, one of the co-founders of International Hearing Dog, retired in 2005. Emlynn joined Agnes McGrath, Martha Foss and Sandi Sterker in 1975 to form IHDI. Emlynn was a registered nurse and dog lover who took on the role of kennel manager and financial officer of IHDI. Emlynn was senior vice president and treasurer of IHDI’s board of directors and continues to support IHDI’s efforts. She is pictured with her late dog, Hunter, a trained Hearing Dog rescued from the shelter after Hurrican Katrina.