Society of Philanthropy & Leadership

Red-Star-ambulanceAs America’s oldest humanitarian organization, we take pride in our expansive network of supporters, from our celebrity supporters to America’s Hero Dogs to our technical advisors. We couldn’t reach as many Americans without the counsel and advocacy of all of these leaders.

All of our supporters play a critical role in helping us create a more compassionate world. Whether it’s including us in their blogs, helping us raise funds, or advising us on our programs, all of these important advisors help keep us current with the American people (and animals!) we serve and the latest scientific methods we employ.

We think you’ll be impressed with the number of familiar faces we count among our friends!

AHA Board of Directors

  • Debra S. Fair

    Vice President, Corporate Affairs Mars Petcare US, Inc. Franklin, TN

    Debra S. Fair

    Debra Fair is vice president of corporate affairs for Mars Petcare US and is responsible for leading strategic external and internal communications initiatives.

  • Andrea Ledford, MBA

    Chief HR Officer, NCR Corporation New York, NY

    Andrea Ledford, MBA

    Prior to her current position, Ms. Ledford served as NCR’s vice president of Human Resources for the Asia-Pacific region and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

  • Elizabeth A. Lyman, MA

    SVP & Managing Dir. Corp. Communications Group Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ New York, NY

    Elizabeth A. Lyman, MA

    Ms. Lyman has served as Director of Executive Communications for Union Bank; Senior Speechwriter and Executive Communications Manager of Technology Solutions Group for Hewlett-Packard;

  • J. Michael (Mike) McFarland, DVM, DABVP

    Chief Veterinary Medical Officer – US Operations, Pfizer Animal Health, Madison, NJ

    J. Michael (Mike) McFarland, DVM, DABVP

    Dr. McFarland is the Senior Medical Advisor on the US Operations Leadership Team and Chair of the US Veterinary Leadership Team.

  • Mabel McKinney-Browning, EdD (Vice Chair)

    Director, Division for Public Education American Bar Association Chicago, IL

    Mabel McKinney-Browning, EdD (Vice Chair)

    Dr. McKinney-Browning joined the American Bar Association in 1979 and has served its public education program in various positions.

  • Lois Pope

    The Lois Pope LIFE Foundation, Delray Beach, FL

    Lois Pope

    Mrs. Pope co-founded the Disabled Veterans' LIFE Memorial Foundation, leading a successful campaign to erect the first Memorial in Washington, D.C.

  • Candy Spelling

    Author, Producer & Philanthropist

    Candy Spelling

    Candy Spelling, author of the bestseller, STORIES FROM CANDYLAND (hardcover published by St. Martin’s Press, April 2009; trade paperback in April 2010), had a 50-year hiatus from writing.

  • Michael A. Steinig, Esq.

    Partner Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP Washington, D.C.

    Michael A. Steinig, Esq.

    Mr. Steinig is a partner in Pillsbury Winthrop's Global Sourcing group, representing clients in their most critical strategic initiatives.

  • William L. Sutton, Jr., J.D.

    Executive Director, Head of Philanthropic Services, U.S. UBS Financial Services Inc. Atlanta, GA

    William L. Sutton, Jr., J.D.

    Bill enhances philanthropic giving at UBS through new services, strategic consulting and leading administrative, educational and networking programs.

Celebrity Ambassadors

  • Ashley Rhodes-Courter

    National Ambassador & Hero Dog Awards Judge

    Ashley Rhodes-Courter

    "American Humane Association provides services, tools and resources to families and groups that serve our most vulnerable — children and animals"

  • Candy Spelling

    Hero Dog Awards Judge

    Candy Spelling

    Candy Spelling, author of the bestseller Stories from Candyland in 2009, had a 50-year hiatus from writing.

  • Carson Kressley

    National Ambassador & Hero Dog Awards Judge

    Carson Kressley
    Emmy-winning television star, celebrity stylist, author and fashion designer, Carson Kressley is out to make over the world.
  • Chrishaunda Lee Perez

    National Ambassador & Hero Dog Awards Judge

    Chrishaunda Lee Perez

    Chrishaunda Lee Perez has been a lover and supporter of animals and children for all of her adult life.

  • Debbye Turner Bell

    Celebrity Supporter & Hero Dog Awards Judge

    Debbye Turner Bell

    Since 2001, Debbye Turner Bell has been enjoying her role in broadcast journalism as a staff correspondent for CBS News.

  • Dr. Marty Becker

    Celebrity Supporter & Hero Dog Awards Judge

    Dr. Marty Becker

    Dr. Becker, "America's Veterinarian," is the popular veterinary contributor to ABC-TV's "Good Morning America," the resident veterinarian on "The Dr. Oz Show" and the pet expert for the American Association of Retired Persons.

  • Edie McClurg

    Celebrity Supporter & Hero Dog Awards Judge

    Edie McClurg
    Edie McClurg began her performing career at age five with the oxymoronic Kansas City Rhythm Kids.
  • Fabio Viviani

    National Ambassador & Hero Dog Awards Judge

    Fabio Viviani

    “It is important not only to eat right, but also to do right when it comes to the food we put on our tables."

  • J.R. Martinez

    Celebrity Supporter & Hero Dog Awards Judge

    J.R. Martinez
    J.R. Martinez is an actor, motivational speaker, retired soldier, author and now father.
  • Jillian Michaels

    Celebrity Supporter & Hero Dog Awards Judge

    Jillian Michaels

    Jillian Michaels is one of the leading health and wellness experts in the country.

  • Joey Lawrence

    Celebrity Supporter & Hero Dog Awards Judge

    Joey Lawrence
    Joey Lawrence is an American actor, R&B singer, and television host.
  • Kristin Bauer Van Straten

    Kristin Bauer Van Straten
    American film and television actress Kristin Bauer Van Straten is most known for her role as Pam, the vampire co-owner of Bon Temps’ Fangtasia bar, in True Blood.
  • Kristin Chenoweth

    Celebrity Supporter & Hero Dog Awards Judge

    Kristin Chenoweth
    Emmy and Tony Award winner and Oklahoma Hall of Fame inductee, Kristin Chenoweth effortlessly transitions between stage, television and film with captivating grace.
  • Martha Stewart

    Celebrity Supporter

    Martha Stewart

    "American Humane Association protects the most vulnerable among us and is true to the ideals — safety, shelter, protection — that I try to advance in my life and work."

  • Megyn Price

    National Ambassador & Hero Dog Awards Judge

    Megyn Price
    Since 2007, Megyn Price has played Audrey Bingham, the long-suffering spouse of Jeff Bingham (Patrick Warburton) on the hit CBS sitcom “Rules of Engagement.”
  • Michelle Forbes

    Celebrity Supporter & Hero Dog Awards Judge

    Michelle Forbes
    Michelle Forbes has built a career of work in television and independent film and has acted in productions in both the United States and in the United Kingdom.
  • Miranda Lambert

    Celebrity Supporter & Hero Dog Awards Judge

    Miranda Lambert
    "When I'm not touring I love: Riding my four wheeler, playing with the dogs, listening to music, picken' on the porch with family and friends, and eating!”
  • Orlando Brown

    National Ambassador & Hero Dog Awards Judge

    Orlando Brown

    "I hope that through my ambassadorship and work with the Hero Dog Awards, I will inspire people to give more love to those who need it most.”

  • Peter Fonda

    Celebrity Supporter

    Peter Fonda
    American actor Peter Fonda is the son of Henry Fonda, the brother of Jane Fonda and the father of Bridget Fonda.
  • Pippa Black

    Celebrity Supporter

    Pippa Black

    Pippa Black stars in the NBC comedy series, "Outsourced," as Tonya, an Australian running the Koala Air call center in India.

  • Prince Lorenzo Borghese

    Celebrity Supporter & Hero Dog Awards Judge

    Prince Lorenzo Borghese

    Prince Lorenzo Borghese is a US and Italian citizen who was born in Milan, lived in Rome and outside Paris, and currently lives in New York City.

  • Stacie Turner

    National Ambassador

    Stacie Turner

    "I'm honored to serve as a National Ambassador for American Humane Association, an organization whose work and objectives are near and dear to my heart."

  • Steve Dale

    National Ambassador & AHA Board of Directors

    Steve Dale

    "The more people learn about this historic organization, its programs and its accomplishments, the more they will be inspired to join us in protecting children and animals and creating humane, compassionate communities throughout our nation."

  • Tara Harper

    National Ambassador & Hero Dog Awards Judge

    Tara Harper
    Tara, who was born in San Antonio then moved with her family to New York for six years only to return to Texas in 1997 when the family moved to Dallas.
  • Temple Grandin

    Celebrity Supporter

    Temple Grandin

    Temple Grandin is a designer of livestock handling facilities and a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. 

  • Tinsley Mortimer

    National Ambassador & Hero Dog Awards Judge

    Tinsley Mortimer

    "It is absolutely heartbreaking to know how many children and animals are abused and neglected in this country every year"

  • Victoria Stilwell

    National Ambassador & Hero Dog Awards Judge

    Victoria Stilwell

    “I’m excited about working with American Humane Association to spread a message of compassion...."

  • Whoopi Goldberg

    Celebrity Supporter & Hero Dog Awards Judge

    Whoopi Goldberg

    "As long as I can remember, American Humane Association has been there (and that’s a long time!). I'm a fan.”

Hero Dog Ambassadors