Assistant professor at Michigan State University, Margaret Ann Dimond has spent over 15 years in academia. When not teaching graduate leadership courses or donating her time to charitable organizations, Margaret Ann Dimond enjoys golfing in her leisure time and has been playing for over 30 years. Golf, like any other sport, grants players plenty of health benefits, though often unknown by players.
Physically, playing golf is great for heart health, as an 18-hole course can take hours to complete, meaning the heart rate is higher for a longer period than most other sports. This increased heart rate increases blood flow, which also improves brain stimulation, fighting off Alzheimer’s and dementia in old age.
As the number of steps needed for weight loss is 10,000 steps each day, it’s easy to far surpass that number during a golf game, with female players burning nearly 1,500 calories during an 18-hole round. Golf is also a sport with a very low risk of injury.
A golf game can lead to better sleep after a long day of being outdoors and can also help reduce stress by releasing endorphins and inspiring players to chat with friends and fellow golfers, leading to a better mood.
Holding a doctor of philosophy in social work, Margaret Ann Dimond serves as an assistant professor at Michigan State University. Dr. Dimond also earned two master’s degrees, one in public administration from the University of Michigan and the other in social work from Boston College. Outside of her professional duties, Margaret Ann Dimond is a board member of Leader Dogs for the Blind.
Attributed as a “Best in America” charity by the Independent Charities of America, Leader Dogs for the Blind provides guide dogs to people who are blind or visually impaired. Incorporated by three Detroit-based Lions Clubs members in 1939, the organization’s mission is to enhance the mobility of visually challenged people and help them develop lifelong skills to move independently.
Leader Dogs for the Blind offers a range of programs to accommodate the needs of various clients. Some of the major programs are:
– 25 days of personalized residential training in using guide dogs;
– accelerated orientation and mobility training that teaches people who are blind to use the white cane safely in seven days;
– deaf-blind guide dog training for dogs escorting individuals who are both deaf and blind; and
– GPS technologies that aid in finding locations, directions, and related information through verbal cues.
For more information about Leader Dogs for the Blind and its programs, visit www.leaderdog.org.
Margaret Ann Dimond, assistant professor at Michigan State University, is a dog lover, having fostered and placed over 45 dogs. Seeing the potential in having a canine companion, and always a champion for the rights and safety of our four legged friends, Margaret Ann Dimond supports Leader Dogs for the Blind, an organization founded almost 80 years ago to empower those with visual and hearing disabilities by returning their independence.
Leader Dogs for the Blind sees each client as an individual, and seeks to provide the perfect dog to assist with all specific needs. Those who have difficulty with mobility can participate in the organization’s training program in order to orient them with their new companion. For young people, a summer camp offers them a chance to spend time with their peers while developing their independence. GPS devices are also available for those who are hesitant about venturing outside of their comfort zone.
The dogs raised to be leader dogs go through various training programs to prepare them for this important job. They are trained to handle many types of weather, terrain, and situations, and are often raised by volunteers. For the first year of their life, leader dogs are learning new things each and every day and are expected to be very well socialized and housebroken. A guide dog is a friend that can certainly change the lives of clients as well as volunteers.
A graduate of Saint Mary’s College in Indiana, Margaret Ann Dimond pursued a degree in sociology and history before earning three graduate degrees, eventually receiving a doctorate from Michigan State University, where she serves as a graduate-level instructor. Apart from her work life, Margaret Ann Dimond supports the Michigan Humane Society.
The Michigan Humane Society recently urged supporters to call upon the state legislature to bolster laws governing animal cruelty and neglect. The laws on the books carry the ability for prosecutors to charge offenders with a felony, but the Humane Society says that, in some cases, even stronger punishments are appropriate, and courts should have the flexibility to implement them.
The organization also wants breeders, shop owners, and those who hoard animals to be held more accountable in terms of neglect. These situations present the possibility of significant animal populations being subjected to cruel and inhumane treatment. With these things in mind, the Humane Society urges members to contact the Michigan House Law & Justice Committee to support HB 4332, which addresses these issues.
In 2016, Margaret Ann Dimond took on a new role as president and chief executive officer of Crittenton Hospital Medical Center located in Rochester Hills, Michigan. On the board of several prestigious organizations, Margaret Ann Dimond sits on the advisory council of Olivet College’s Women’s Leadership Initiative and was a speaker at its inaugural Cultivating Women Leaders event.
Located in Olivet, Michigan, Olivet College began almost 175 years ago, and its founders believed that education should be available to all students. The college remains dedicated to impacting students, especially young women, with the help of strong female leadership. It seeks to inspire female students to become exceptional leaders and does this with the help of its Women’s Leadership Initiative and its new event.
The Cultivating Women Leaders annual event, which occurred on March 3, 2017, was established to inspire young women to realize their potential as strong leaders. The day-long program gave current and prospective students an opportunity to garner the necessary tools and resources to become leaders. Women business leaders in the state of Michigan gathered alongside Olivet College alumnae to give students the skills to overcome obstacles in the community and workplace. The 2018 event is scheduled for March 3.
An assistant professor at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Margaret Ann Dimond is an avid supporter of animal rescue organizations. In her local community, Margaret Ann Dimond serves as a board member with Leader Dogs for the Blind, a nonprofit organization that helps train dogs to assist individuals with visual impairments and disabilities.
Leader Dogs for the Blind recently invited the public to tour its newly opened Canine Development Center in Rochester Hills, Michigan, at the corner of Rochester and Avon roads.
The 75,000-square-foot facility cost $14.5 million to build and takes the place of the on-site kennels the organization previously used. The new facility is home to 255 kennels and will be used to breed, train, and care for the organization’s current and future animals. It is expected the new center will provide a less stressful environment in which to train the dogs, as well as help them to better socialize with one another.
Leader Dogs for the Blind has helped more than 14,500 people become more independent with the use of assistance animals for mobility.
Before she became the CEO and president of Crittenton Hospital Medical Center, Margaret Ann Dimond worked as an assistant professor at Michigan State University. Outside of her career, Margaret Ann Dimond is involved in Leader Dogs for the Blind.
Leader Dogs for the Blind hosts Harness the Power of Leadership, a one-day business leadership training program designed for entry- or mid-level managers and newly formed teams. The training involves dogs and uses the relationship between guide dog and owner as a starting point.
Each participant is assigned a leader dog. As a team, both the dog and the person must learn to communicate with and trust each other. The experience emphasizes the importance of giving clear instructions and positive reinforcement. Work with the dogs culminates in a blindfolded walk experience, which enables participants to use the skills they learned. Harness the Power of Leadership also includes keynote presentations designed to motivate audiences to view business from different perspectives.