2014 Hero Dog Awards Judges
Our select panel of judges is helping us to choose the top dogs of the 2014 Hero Dog Awards. We thank them for their participation in this momentous event that honors amazing dogs that are not only a part of their owner’s family, but help to go above and beyond the call of duty!
2011 Arson Dog Category Winner, Sadie
Agent Jerry Means and K-9 Riley work as a team for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. K-9 Riley is Jerry's third State Farm sponsored working dog since he started at the bureau. Jerry's previous K-9 partner Sadie (Retired) was the winner of the 2011 American Humane Associations Hero Dog Awards' "Law Enforcement/Arson" category. Jerry and his K-9 partners are National Ambassadors for American Humane Association, and Jerry is a member of their national Red Star emergency response team.
Jerry was born in Ventura California, but has lived in Colorado for most of his life. Jerry had served the citizens of Colorado as a fire fighter and police officer for the past 30 years. He has been recognized as Colorado Fire Investigator of the Year and Colorado Police Officer of the Year. Jerry is the President and Founder of the National Fire Dog Monument in Washington D.C. Jerry and his K-9 partners have traveled across the United States bringing awareness to the Arson K-9 Program and the American Humane Association. They have appeared on the Hero Dog Awards Show, the Marie Osmond Show, the Today Show, and Good Morning America, and are currently involved in filming a web-based series on the State Farm arson dog program with Victoria Stilwell.
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. Proud of his genealogy, his storied paternal ancestors include the cosmetic's icon, Princess Marcella Borghese, Napoleon's sister, Paulina Bonaparte Borghese, Pope Paul V (Camillo Borghese) and Cardinal Scipione Borghese, both of whom had an enormous influence on Italian art and beautifying Rome in the 1600s, and who helped finish St. Peter's Basilica. The Borghese family name and crest can be found on the façade of the famous basilica.
The Borghese name is displayed throughout Italy including in Florence at the Palazzo Borghese, Siena, where the family began, and Rome where the name is most prominent. Rome's largest Park, Villa Borghese, was owned by the family until 1902 and one of Rome's largest museums, Galleria Borghese, holds the family's art collection. One of Rome's most famous streets is also named after the family, Via Borghese, and the family's crest which is an eagle and dragon can be found in many piazzas throughout Italy.
Lorenzo graduated from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, has an MBA from Fordham University in New York and currently juggles a variety of challenging positions in the pet and cosmetics industries. He is the founder and president of Prince Lorenzo's Royal Treatment, a high-end bath, body and skin care line for pets, using the finest organic ingredients from Italy. Royal Treatment is currently the largest pet line on the shopping channel, HSN, where Lorenzo acts as the on air spokesperson for the line. Lorenzo is also founder of RoyalPetClub.com, an ecommerce site which exclusively sells the Royal Treatment line of products. Most recently he also launched a lifestyle brand called, RumGolf.
Lorenzo is involved with many animal welfare organizations including the Humane Society of the United States, North Shore Animal League and is an honorary animal welfare Ambassador for the ASPCA. Moreover, he is an Ambassador to the American Humane Association and serves on American Humane Association's National Leadership Advisory Council. He is also President and co-founder of Animal Aid USA, a not-for-profit organization comprised of all non-paid volunteers which through awareness and legislation, aims to stop the inhumane treatment of animals. Animal Aid USA also offers free spay and neuter in low income areas and helps homeless pets find homes through its monthly adoption caravans which average saving over 150 lives per month.. For more information and to sign Animal Aid's petition to end the gas chamber please go to www.animalaidusa.org
In the cosmetics arena, Lorenzo is involved in LB2, LLC, a private label Italian cosmetics company that sells numerous brands to major department stores. In addition, Lorenzo is Executive Vice President of Multimedia Exposure, Inc., a family-owned business that acts as an agency for various products for television shopping channels in the U.S. and Europe.
However, Lorenzo is probably best known for his appearance on ABC's reality TV show: The Bachelor – Rome, which was viewed by more than 20 million people in the Fall of 2006. He has also appeared on numerous television shows including: Good Morning America, Ellen, Live with Jimmy Kimmel, Extra, ET, The Insider, Access Hollywood, Dancing with the Stars, 20/20, Nightline, Live with Regis and Kelly, Selling New York, Ricki Lake, Housewives of New York City and Miss Advised.
In the summer of 2009 he stared in his second reality show, Coming To Holland, Undercover Princes. This series was aired in the Netherlands on the major network SBS6.
In December of 2010, Harper Collins released Lorenzo's first novel called, "The Princess of Nowhere." It is a historical fictional romance novel based on his relative, Pauline Bonaparte Borghese, one of the most famous women in Europe in the 1800s.
In August of 2012, he appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in the United Kingdom. He was evicted from the house during the live semi-final show and was featured in each of the twenty-three episodes.
In April of 2014, Lorenzo starred in his fourth reality show, Lucky Bastards, which aired on the Esquire Network.
At 18, Christie Brooke was plucked from the island of Oahu for her talents in music, acting, and dance and was cast on ABC's "High School Musical: Get in the Picture." Since then, she has appeared in "Soul Surfer," co-starred as Melinda on CBS' "Hawaii 5-0," and now plays the role of Sprinkle in the Rich Mullins biopic "Ragamuffin" in theaters nationwide. She is also a writer and producer of a sketch comedy show called Gurls Aren't Funny. Christie spends her time volunteering at Wylder's Rescue Center in Studio City walking her favorite dog Abel!
Ashlan Gorse Cousteau
Journalist & Advocate
Veteran entertainment journalist and adventure seeker Ashlan Gorse Cousteau has traveled the world to interview today's biggest celebrities and cover a broad range of events and experiences from diving with great white sharks to working with youth saving the environment.
Currently, Gorse Cousteau is producing a series of groundbreaking digital documentaries focusing on our natural world. The first expedition "Orcas: The Wild Truth" is taking viewers deep into the habitat of wild Orcas in the Pacific Northwest to further our knowledge of these awe-inspiring creatures. Ashlan recently joined husband Philippe Cousteau, Jr. as a team member of EarthEcho International's expedition "Into the Dead Zone", an innovative new initiative designed to bring science education alive for 21st century learners.
Ashlan is most known for her long tenure on E! Entertainment as a lead correspondent and fill-in anchor for the network's top-rated and Emmy- nominated daily show, "E! News." In this role, she covered everything from breaking news and celebrity exclusives to award shows and premieres for six years (2008-2013). Gorse Cousteau also was the lead anchor on "E! News Now", reaching 2 million digital viewers a day.
Gorse Cousteau has extensive production experience, having served as a segment producer for "MSNBC" and worked behind the scenes at broadcast giant NBC on high-profile shows including "The Today Show," "Saturday Night Live," "Late Night with Conan O'Brien", and "Access Hollywood."
Ashlan also served as West Coast Editor at Large with Life & Style Weekly. Specializing in pop culture and celebrity news, she became one of the Nation's most sought after entertainment experts and on-air commentators. She regularly appeared on outlets such as NBC, CNN, CBS, The TV Guide Network, and Fox News and was a frequent guest on shows like "The Today Show," "The Insider," "The Early Show," and more. Ashlan has also created alignments with many corporate partners including Wella Hair Care, Murad Skin Care and OralB among others.
Gorse Cousteau's endeavors go far beyond the small screen. She is a major supporter of animal welfare, the Starlight Children's Foundation, hosted the Inspiration Awards benefitting Susan G. Komen, hosted the Fashion for Paws Event to raise money for the Washington Humane Society, and was the Grand Marshal of the K9K Pet Cancer Awareness Walk. She has also worked with the Environmental Media Association, actively supports the Humane Society, and has put her modeling skills to good use through walking in shows for The Race to Erase MS and the Susan G. Komen / Diane Von Furstenberg Fashion for a Cure Show.
Ashlan earned a BA in Broadcast Journalism and a Minor in Music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's prestigious School of Journalism. Ashlan and Philippe currently reside in Los Angeles.
Philippe Cousteau has established himself as a prominent leader in the environmental movement. An award-winning television host, producer, author, speaker, philanthropist and social entrepreneur Philippe is the son of Philippe Cousteau Sr. and grandson of Jacques Cousteau. His life-mission is to empower people to recognize their ability to change the world.
As a host and producer, Philippe's work in media is broad and varies. He is a special correspondent for CNN International where he has hosted several award-winning shows including Going Green and Expedition Sumatra. He is also the host of a new syndicated series launching in the fall of 2014 called Amazing Planet. As an author, Philippe has co-written many books including Going Blue and Make a Splash both of which have won multiple awards including Learning Magazine's 2011 Teachers' Choice Award for the Family, a Gold Nautilus Award and a 2010 ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Gold Award.
Philippe is also a successful social entrepreneur who believes in the power of commerce to do good. In 2013 he founded Voyacy Group to combine his various enterprises under one roof. Voyacy has three divisions: Voyacy Communications which brings Philippe's decade of communications experience to help corporations and NGO's successfully implement their marketing and communications efforts; Voyacy Destinations which designs and operates eco-themed entertainment and eco-resort projects around the world; and Voyacy Productions through which he is currently developing several television projects. In addition to his work at Voyacy, Philippe is taking his market oriented approach to Wall Street and in 2012 he partnered with AdvisorShares Investments to launch the Global Echo Exchange Traded Fund on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:GIVE).
His Philanthropic efforts are focused on solving global social and environmental problems. In 2004 he founded EarthEcho International, a leading environmental education organization that is creating a whole new generation of environmental citizens; youth equipped with the knowledge to understand environmental challenges, the critical thinking skills to solve them, and the motivation to do so. In addition, Philippe founded the Global Echo Foundation, a sister organization to his investment fund which donates a percentage of the fund's management fee to support projects around the world which support woman, environmental education and micro-enterprise. Most recently the foundation made a grant to support installment of solar panels at the Panzi Hospital in Eastern Congo, an award winning hospital focused on the treatment and empowerment of women as well as much needed maternity care for thousands of women and children each year.
Philippe serves on the Board of Directors of The Ocean Conservancy, the National Environmental Education Foundation and on the National Council of the World Wildlife Fund. Philippe has also testified to Congress on issues of ocean management and off-shore drilling. Philippe and his wife, fellow adventurer, Ashlan Gorse Cousteau reside in Los Angeles.
Leilani grew up in Bournemouth, England with her mother Zena, father Chris and sister Melanie but mainly stays in Los Angeles, California.
She is most recently known for starring in the VH1 reality show Tough Love Miami.
She appeared in US Maxim in Dec 2012, and other international editions and has graced the covers and inside of many other magazines.
Going back to the start, she went to St Peter's School in Bournemouth where she gained eleven GCSE's and stayed on in the 6th form where she obtained 2 A's and 1 B in her A levels. At 18 Leilani left home to study for a degree in Economics at the Royal Holloway University in Surrey.
In 1998 Leilani was 'spotted' in Leicester Square and asked if she wanted to enter the Miss Great Britain Competition. She entered and won. She then went to Hawaii to take part in Miss Universe and took a year out from University. Her modelling career took off and Leilani never returned.
After a year as Miss Great Britain, Leilani joined Samantha Bond Management and began doing TV commercials and advertising. In the beginning, Leilani had no intention of undertaking Page 3 but, after meeting page 3 models Jamelah and Jakki, she decided to give it a go realizing they weren't the stereotypical bimbos. Leilani soon became a hit with the readers and, due to her articulate nature, she was usually first choice as the Page 3 girl asked to appear on TV and radio shows. She has been voted as one of FHM's top 100 sexiest women in the world.
Leilani has been on various TV shows, modelling on the 'Big Breakfast' and 'This Morning', acting on 'Dream Team' and 'Mile High' and appearing on the 'Weakest Link', 'Drop the Celebrity', 'Losing It' and 'Faking It' 'celebrity weekest link' Sky 1 'Celebrity Fear factor' and and ITV prime time show'Celebrity Wrestling'. She has also enjoyed a season in Pantomime as Tiger Lilly in Peter Pan. She has even had a documentary made about her for Granada.
Leilani also enjoys visiting the troops and has been to Bosnia, Kosovo and Cyprus on morale boosting trips.
Leilani has also done a lot of work for Ladbrokes, filming a poker dvd and participating in online tournaments. As well as playing in television tournaments for the celebrity heats for both 888.com and partypoker.com shown on Challenge TV and Channel 5.
Businesswoman, philanthropist, mother, and advocate for divorced women, Paige Dunham has made a name for herself over the years through her work with various charity organizations, her business savvy skills, and her advice for people of all ages going through break-ups and divorce. In 2013, Paige will take on the role of Executive Producer with the feature film FACE OF LOVE [Mockingbird Pictures.] Starring Robin Williams, Ed Harris, and Annette Bening, the film tells the story of a widow who falls for a man who bears a striking resemblance to her late husband.
Born in Savannah, Georgia and raised on Amelia Island, Florida, Paige grew up dancing at her family run dance studio. By middle school, her family had moved to West Palm Beach Florida, where she finished high school. Paige attended Clemson University in South Carolina, where she majored in business. In 1991, her first daughter Bree Aleece was born. She moved back to West Palm Beach for her daughters birth and there, met her soon to be husband comedian and entertainer Jeff Dunham. The couple were engaged three months after meeting, trekked to Los Angeles, and after a year long engagement tied the knot. In 1995 Paige gave birth to her second daughter, Ashlyn Evelyn and in 1997 had her third daughter, Makenna Paige. She shares, "since the birth of my oldest daughter, it was very clear to me that my passion was being a mother. Nothing in my life had ever felt so important or exciting, and nothing has since."
Although Paige chose to stay home full time with her daughters, she also became a key player in her husband's growing success as a comedian. For the next 14 years Paige would help with writing material, aid in pitch meetings for show ideas, and ran the merchandise side of the Jeff Dunham empire. Many of Jeff's stories from home came to life when he was on stage and in his numerous DVD's. In 1994 Paige began the database for his online fan club. Paige shares "back in '94, email lists and online fan clubs were a brand new type of technology, entertainers were just starting to utilize this new component. Launching this aspect of Jeff's business early on helped solidify a loyal fan base that would follow him for years to come." The database became a key component to Jeff's win at the 1997 American Comedy Awards, where he won for Best Male Stand Up Comic. In addition to the running the fan club, Paige put together newsletters, managed and created Jeff Dunham merchandise, and introduced an online store. Looking to continue to expand the family business, Paige launched Brasma Publications in 1999, where she hired an illustrator and published "Dear Walter..." in 2003. The book showcased a collection of questions asked by Jeff's audiences and answered by their favorite curmudgeon, Walter, at live performances. In 2006 Paige initiated the Jeff and Paige Dunham Foundation. The purpose of the foundation was to take a portion of the proceeds of Jeff's stand up shows across the U.S. and use the money to benefit people in need. $1.00 from every ticket sale and 100% of the sales from eBay went into the foundation. Paige utilized eBay to sell meet & greets for fans at Jeff's nationwide shows, and she sold memorabilia. The year the organization was established, they presented a check to Hurricane Katrina Relief with Ronald McDonald House of Houston, for $35,000.00.
Just as the foundation started to take off, Paige discovered that Jeff had been unfaithful to her while on the road. In 2008 she filed for divorce, and it was finalized in 2012. Paige shares, "my divorce from Jeff was quite possibly one of the most painful experiences I had ever been through in my life. We were not only partners in life, but business partners. I had dedicated everything to our family, our daughters, and to a business that we created together. After everything was finalized, I realized that I had been lost underneath his huge career. Although I helped him launch and maintain quite possibly one of the most successful careers for a comedian today, what I accomplished personally on the business side of things did not necessarily ease the pain of my divorce. It just made me a very smart, self-starting entrepreneur." Now called the 'marriage whisperer' by friends, Paige dedicates her time to speaking with other women going through divorce, and giving advice based off of her own experiences, to help the healing process. She lives by the motto, "when you look at my life, and my grass looks so green, no husband, financially stable, three beautiful daughters, before you try to jump into my yard, don't forget you have no idea what crap fertilized this grass!"
When not working, Paige dedicates her time to various children's charities. She is also passionate about teaching parents to show their children how to give back, just as she has done with her three daughters. Running has become a therapeutic hobby for her, she recently ran the half marathon in San Francisco where she raised $6,000.00 for the National Institution for Mental Health. Paige has held onto The Paige Dunham Foundation, and she looks forward to continuing to give back through this outlet.
Alison Eastwood grew up in beautiful Carmel, California where her love for animals and their welfare was nurtured by her parents and natural surroundings. After moving to Los Angeles in her 20's, she started acting and following in the footsteps of her famous father, Clint Eastwood. After many years in the business which included acting, producing and directing she turned her passion for helping animals into a nonprofit called Eastwood Ranch Foundation which helps rescue domestic animals in southern California from high kill shelters along with supporting animal welfare and rights across the U.S. For more information please visit Eastwoodranch.org.
Joanne Horowitz has been a Talent Manager for over thirty years, helping to guide the careers of some of Hollywood's biggest names, most notably, two-time Oscar Winner Kevin Spacey, and star of the current Netflix phenomenon HOUSE OF CARDS. Also on her roster are young, up-and-coming actors such as Scott Eastwood (FURY, THE LONGEST RIDE), Gavin Stenhouse (ALLEGIANCE), and Claudia Lee (HART OF DIXIE, KICK-ASS 2). Before becoming a talent manager, Joanne worked at STUDIO 54 in its heyday, and was head of publicity for UNITED ARTISTS. Joanne is a passionate animal lover and mother to two amazing rescue dogs, Trixie and Leo Horowitz.
From humble beginnings as a single Mom in a small Kentucky town to her meteoric rise as a country music superstar and American icon, Naomi Judd's incredible lifelong journey is an inspiring story of overcoming the odds through optimism and hard work.
Naomi Judd was first known to the world as half of country music's mother/daughter duo, The Judds. Reaching unprecedented success throughout the 80's and 90's, The Judds sold 20 million records, scored fifteen #1 hits and received over sixty industry awards, including six Grammy's and seven consecutive CMA Vocal Group of the Year awards and the ACM's Top Vocal Duet award. At the pinnacle of their career, Naomi was stricken with Hepatitis C, a potentially fatal chronic liver disease, incurred from an infected needle when she worked as a registered nurse cutting short her musical career and forcing her into retirement to battle the disease. The Judds bid farewell to the fans in 1991, but Naomi did not step out of the public spotlight for long.
Today, Naomi is a survivor of Hepatitis C and served as the first national spokesperson for the American Liver Foundation. Using her fame, her experience as a former RN and her passion to help people, she's re-directed energies into communicating her learnings and research through educating audiences about the scientific link between mind, body and spirit in the healing process as a keynote speaker. A member of Dr. Andrew Weil's board of directors, Naomi advocates an integrative holistic approach to medicine along with the latest in modern technology. She helps to bridge the conversation between academia, medical communities and the everyday person about health and family-related issues whether her audience is the National Institutes of Health or a group of uninsured, single working Moms.
In 2004, her self-penned bestseller, Naomi's Breakthrough Guide, 20 Choices to Transform Your Life, remained on The New York Times best-seller list for over eight weeks. In 2005, Naomi wrote her third children's book, Gertie the Goldfish, and in 2006, The Transparent Life hit the shelves. Hallmark Channel tapped her to host, Naomi's New Morning, a weekly talk show that aired 2005 to 2007. In 2007, Naomi released yet another best-seller titled Naomi's Guide to Aging Gratefully which was a message of empowerment to the millions of Baby Boomers in this country. She also served as spokesperson for Partners Against Pain, Post Cereal's "Heart Health" campaign, Prilosec and AARP. In seasons 2008-2009 she helped launch CMT's reality competition hit, Can You Duet as a talent judge. And coming full circle to where we first discovered this unique, captivating personality, Naomi and Wynonna took to the road in 2010 for "The Judds: The Last Encore Tour" and released a new single, "I Will Stand By You." Chronicling that experience was a hit docu-series, "The Judds," which premiered April 2011 on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. The series followed the award winning mother/daughter duo as they hit the road for their first and final concert tour in ten years. Cameras captured their emotional journey as they worked to heal their relationship, reconnect with the fans and share the spotlight once again.
2012 - 2013 finds Naomi back in the familiar role of radio host with her six-week SiriusXM radio series "Think Twice" which launched nationwide in June of 2012. She has also found time to add film projects to her list of accomplishments as she shot "The Nearlyweds" in Vancouver in June 2012 for the Hallmark Channel and "An Evergreen Christmas" a feature film in February 2013.
Meanwhile, Naomi continues humanitarian efforts including River Cities Harvest, the Saint Louis University Liver Center, M.A.D.D., Parents Television Council, Make-A-Difference Day, Women's World Peace Initiative, the National Domestic Violence Hotline, and created her own July 4th Judd's Annual Food Drive to benefit families of Appalachia.
Blake Koch has created a major fan base in both the NASCAR community and the faith based market over the past three years. In 2009, with only 20 amateur races under his belt, he was recruited by Steve Portenga to join as the primary driver for the Richard Childress Driver development team in the NASCAR Camping World West Division. Blake achieved an impressive top ten finish in his rookie year by finishing the season eighth in points.
Richard Childress Driver development team resigned Koch for the 2010 NASCAR West division, in which Koch was 6th in points with three top five and seven top ten finishes. In 2011, after only three short years, Koch went full-time into the NASCAR Nationwide Series. In his first 10 career Nationwide Series races, Koch earned five Top-25 finishes. He joined an elite group that included Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne and Dale Earnhardt Jr, who also had five Top-25's in their first 10 NNS races. Throughout the season, Koch battled for the 2011 Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year honors, but fell short by one point; he also finished 18th in the Driver Point Standings that year.
Koch has toured the country throughout the faith based markets and has been a key note speaker at numerous outreach events including Promise Keepers Men's Ministry. He has made appearances on Daystar television network, Robert Schuller's Hour of Power and many other national talk shows. Koch's ambitions are to promote God back into the American family and encourage everyone to rise up and register to vote.
In 2012 Koch competed for Rick Ware Racing and SR2 Motorsports in the Nationwide Series and signed on full-time with SR2 Motorsports for the 2013 season. After competing in a limited schedule, Koch finished 25th in the Driver Point Standings and earned his career best finish of 11th at the Nationwide Series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Among those achievements in 2013, Koch also competed in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and made his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
2014 has started a new chapter for Koch; as he has signed on to drive the No. 10 Toyota Camry, full-time, for TriStar Motorsports during the Nationwide Series season. Koch will join NASCAR veteran's Eric McClure and Mike Bliss in the TriStar Motorsports stable.
Born in Warsaw, Poland and raised in Chicago, Joanna Krupa is a supermodel, TV host, Animal Activist, Reality Star who splits her time between Miami and Los Angeles. At 20 she decided to pick up and leave everything behind and move to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams of modeling and acting. Joanna has appeared on over 100 covers world-wide including Cosmo, Shape, Ocean Drive etc and been named the sexiest swimsuit model in the world by magazines GQ, Maxim, and Playboy. In addition, Maxim magazine listed her as part of their "Hot 100" ranking of the world's hottest women years in a row. This versatile beauty has guest starred on episodes of Las Vegas, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and has been hosting and judging Poland's Next Top Model since 2010. She also competed on Dancing with the Stars in 2009 with five-time champion Derek Hough. Joanna has starred in several ad campaigns for PETA including her controversial ad "angels for animals". As an avid animal supporter, Joanna started her own rescue called Angels for Animal Rescue with many rescue animals in her foster care. She is married to Romain Zago, owner of Miami's hottest spot, Mynt nightclub.
At just 14, Bailee Madison is already one of the most proficient actresses in the business, effortlessly executing both dramatic and comedic roles, as well as establishing her presence in the world of philanthropy. With inherent charm, sharp intelligence, and a vibrant personality, Bailee Madison is a multitalented actress who has showcased her talent across the board.
Bailee can be seen this summer, in ABC Family's hit drama "The Fosters," and recently wrapped production of ABC's "Trophy Wife" where she starred alongside Malin Ackerman, Bradley Whitford, and Marcia Gay.
Most recently, she appeared on the big screen in a starring role as the daughter of Marisa Tomei and the granddaughter of Bette Midler and Billy Crystal in 20th Century Fox and Walden Media's "Parental Guidance," released on Christmas day, 2012.
Prior to this, Bailee was the star of producer Guillermo Del Toro's thriller "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" with Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce; Bailee was recommended for the role by her "Brothers" co-star Natalie Portman. She played a withdrawn child being haunted by insatiable demons; the film was released in August 2011.
In 2011 Variety named Bailee an honoree for her philanthropic efforts with Alex's Lemonade Stand at the "Variety Power Of Youth Awards" which pays homage to the industry's most talented young activists. A driven and talented young actress, Bailee is equally committed to using her public profile to raise awareness for those less fortunate. Between filming major motion pictures, Bailee has been devoting her time and energy to "Alex's Lemonade Stand", an organization that encourages children nationwide to raise money to find a cure for childhood cancer through running their own lemonade stands. In 2012 ALSF named Bailee their national Youth Spokesperson.
In 2009, Bailee delivered one of the most sought out performances from a child actress under the age of 10, earning her a Critics Choice Movie Award nomination for her work in Jim Sheridan's film, "Brothers" opposite Tobey Maguire, Natalie Portman and Jake Gyllenhaal. She played the young 'Betty Ann Waters' in Fox Searchlight's "Conviction" with Hilary Swank and Minnie Driver. Her other feature films include "Letters to God," Hallmark's "Taste of Romance" with Teri Polo, and "Cowgirls N' Angels" with Jackson Rathbone.
For her role in Columbia Pictures' comedy, "Just Go With It" with Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston, Bailee earned rave reviews with "The Wall Street Journal" writing "How 11-Year-Old Bailee Madison Stole Adam Sandler's Movie".
Bailee captured audiences hearts with her role as 'May Belle' in Disney's Bridge to Terabithia, and has left lasting impressions with her performances in the independent film "Phoebe in Wonderland" (starring Felicity Huffman and Elle Fanning) and on television in NBC's "Law & Order: SVU." She appears as 'Maxine' in Disney Channel's "Wizards of Waverly Place" for its fourth and final season & has a recurring role in ABC's hit series "Once Upon A Time" as young Snow White.
When Bailee's not traveling, she's just like any other teenage girl, she loves spending time at home with family and friends, barbecuing, swimming, and playing on her swing set. Of course her dog, Maddy, is always by her side.
Victoria Stilwell is a world-renowned dog trainer best known as the star of the international hit TV series It's Me or the Dog. Having filmed over 110 episodes since 2005, Stilwell is able to reach audiences in over 80 countries with her philosophy of positive training methods. A best-selling author, Stilwell appears frequently in the media and is widely recognized as a leader in the field of animal behavior.
A passionate advocate for positive reinforcement dog training methods, Stilwell is the Editor-in-Chief of Positively.com, and the CEO of Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training: the world's premier global network of positive reinforcement dog trainers.
The recipient of multiple awards, Stilwell is committed to helping the cause of animal rescue and rehabilitation and is heavily involved organizations around the world to increase awareness of puppy mills, dogfighting, animal abuse, pet overpopulation, dog bite prevention and other animal-related causes, but she is best known as a champion for force-free positive reinforcement dog training methods. She is a National Ambassador for the American Humane Association and serves on the Advisory Boards of RedRover, DogTV, Dognition and Canine Assistants.
Victoria currently resides in Atlanta with her husband, daughter and two rescue dogs, Sadie and Jasmine.
Shara Strand is thrilled to be a judge for the Hero Dog awards for the second year in a row. She was honored to have opened last year's Hero Dog Awards ceremony with her 2013 single, "I Will Carry You". "I Will Carry You" celebrates the special bond between an animal and a human, and became a top 25 hit on the Billboard Dance Charts. www.sharastrand.com.
Elegant, worldly, and alluring, Victoria Summer has been turning heads in the entertainment industry over the last three years with her timeless look and undeniable talent. As a fresh face on the scene, Victoria has been seen in some of the most anticipated films for 2013-14. First up, she appeared as the iconic 'Julie Andrews' in Walt Disney's SAVING MR. BANKS opposite Tom Hanks. Released in December, 2013 the film follows Walt Disney [Tom Hanks] as he sets out to make a movie of his daughter's favorite book, P.L. Travers' Mary Poppins; a goal that would take him nearly 20 years to accomplish. Next, Victoria can be seen with a supporting role in Paramount Pictures' TRANSFORMERS 4, directed by Michael Bay. Victoria plays the assistant to Stanley Tucci.
Born in Reading, Berkshire and raised in the small town of Wokingham, Berkshire, Victoria was involved in the arts from the young age of three, performing pantomimes and singing in her church choir. She lived in the English countryside until she was a teenager, participating in local theatre productions, including starring as 'Nancy' in the musical Oliver, and 'Trixie' in Daisy Pulls It Off. She also was a working girl, holding various odd jobs around town, including washing hair at the local salon and working at a gym. Every dime she made went back into perfecting her craft; paying for her singing and dancing lessons.
Victoria landed a scholarship to train at the Arts Educational Schools in Chiswick, West London. She remained there for three years to obtain an honors degree in Dance and Musical Theatre. In her last year of school she landed her first official job in the arts at the prestigious Almeida Theatre in London, as the understudy of the lead role in their first ever musical: Brighton Rock [directed by Michael Attenborough]. For several years she worked in the musical theatre world in London, before deciding to pursue a film and television career in Los Angeles.
When Victoria arrived in Los Angeles in 2012, she had two suitcases with all of her belongings inside, and knew one person. A self-proclaimed adventurer and workaholic, she was passionate and dedicated to pursuing her dream of being an actress. With not much money in her pocket, she found a nanny gig and started personal training on the side to make ends meet, while navigating the world of auditioning in LA. Luckily, she landed the first audition she went on, starring as 'Kristina' in the indie musical HOW SWEET IT IS  opposite Erika Christensen. Next up, her indie bookings continued appearing as 'Polina' in the sci-fi film HIGHER MISSION  opposite Casper Van Dien. The film is currently in post production. After learning the ropes on a few indies, Victoria made the jump to the big leagues, quickly landing roles in SAVING MR. BANKS  for Disney, TRANSFORMERS 4  for Paramount and she just finished shooting the lead in 'OUT OF THE BURNING BLUE' - a WW1 movie opposite Chris Klein (American Pie) due to be released in 2014.
When not working, Victoria loves to do yoga, she is a vegan, and has a huge passion for rescuing animals and finding them forever homes. She is also a fan of basketball; you can often catch her at the Clippers games. Victoria currently resides in Los Angeles with her rescue animals: Two cats, Missy and Elton John and her Pomeranian Bentley.
Kristin Bauer van Straten
American film and television actress Kristin Bauer van Straten, who has been in the business since her early 20's, is most known for her role as 'Pam', the fan-favorite vampire co-owner of Bon Temps' Fangtasia bar, on HBO's mega hit series "True Blood" now airing its sixth successful season. Kristin also portrayed the evil queen Maleficent in ABC's fantasy drama "Once Upon A Time" as well as the feature film THE STORY OF LUKE opposite Cary Elwes and Seth Green.
An enormous advocate for the safety of animals and animal rights, Kristin assembled a film crew during the summer of 2012 to shoot a documentary about the elephant and rhinoceros ivory trade. OUT FOR AFRICA tells the story of the inhumane poaching tactics to obtain ivory and the legislature that needs to pass to help prevent it. The film is currently in post-production and will be released in 2013.
Born and raised in Racine County, Wisconsin, Kristin had an idyllic childhood centered on nature and animals. In junior high, she became interested in the arts, specifically drawing, and after graduation she compiled a portfolio and applied to a fine arts school in St. Louis, Boston and New York, of which she attended all three until in 1993, Kristin decided to pursue a career in acting and moved to Los Angeles, California.
While juggling her various odd jobs, she was asked to become part of a movie that earned her more in a day than she was getting in a month. She still continued drawing and painting while she began appearing on television and in film during the mid-'90s, making her small screen debut in a 1994 episode of "L.A. Law". Her first major television break came the following year when she hired to portray flight attendant Maggie Reynolds on the FOX comedy "The Crew", which lasted one season.
In 1996, Kristin appeared in one of her most memorable guests as 'Man Hands' Gillian, Jerry's girlfriend on "Seinfeld". Throughout the years, she has played a few other series regular characters including Geneva Renault, the buxom secretary of a high-tech security agency, on the short-lived action drama "Total Security", Candy Cooper in the CBS family drama "That's Life", and the sexy softball "porn mom" on the NBC comedy "Hidden Hills". In 2008, Alan Ball tapped her to co-manage the vampire bar Fangtasia with the formidable Viking Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) on HBO's original drama "True Blood".
Today, she lives in Los Angeles with her musician husband, Abri van Straten, and two rescued dogs. She splits her time between shooting, painting, and trying to bring light to things that should not be happening. She works with IFAW, The Amanda Foundation and other charities. Nature and animals are her greatest passion as they "Have always given selflessly to me, so much more than I ever could have dreamed or given back. Mother nature is the greatest, most magical art I have ever seen."
Lisa has been married for 28 years to her husband Ken Todd, and together they have two children, Pandora 24 and Max 18. She has really adored being a mother, and since her children have grown she's filled her nest with 4 legged furry friends. They are the loves of her life. Giggy (Gigolo), Lollipop, Pikachu, and Buki make their nest complete.
She is on the show The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, her first reality show but not her first venture into television. She had an unusual childhood, attending a drama school full time from the age of nine! She loved acting in many children's films and television series when she was growing up. She and her family have lived in London, the English Countryside, South of France, and they came back to Beverly Hills 6 years ago. She has a great passion for life and has tried to instill the same passion in her children.
Since returning to the US, she's been working in many different arenas. She has opened two very successful restaurants with her husband Ken; Villa Blanca in Beverly Hills and SUR in West Hollywood. She has designed all their 26 restaurants, bars, and clubs with her husband over the years and has really enjoyed doing so. Her motto is to find something that you love to do and then you won't have to work a day in your life. She also writes for Beverly Hills Lifestyle Magazine and spends a lot of time at Epione, where she has developed a serious skin care line with her partner Dr. Simon Ourian.
Most of her clothes are designed by herself in conjunction with her dear friend Christina Makowsky and Alan Del Rosario. She and her husband are philanthropic and support various charities.
Talented and vivacious actress Emmanuelle Vaugier's performances continue to shine on television and movie screens around the world. Vaugier may be best known for her popular role as Charlie Sheen's ex-fiancée Mia on the award-winning CBS comedy "Two and a Half Men." For three seasons she also played Detective Jennifer Angell on "CSI: NY," leaving fans devastated when her role came to an end. In 2010, Vaugier was cast alongside Piper Perabo in the USA Network crime series "Covert Affairs," where she played the recurring role of Liza Hearn, a journalist and blogger not afraid to push boundaries.
Vaugier also appeared in a recurring role on the FOX action/drama series "Human Target," playing FBI Agent Emma Barnes. She also has a role on the innovative series "Lost Girl" which received the highest ever ratings for a premiere on Showcase. Among many other credits, Vaugier also appeared in an episode of "Hawaii Five-O" in an episode centered around her character, Erica Raines.
In the summer of 2011, Vaugier starred in the feature film "French Immersion," an ensemble comedy with Fred Ewanuick and produced and directed by Kevin Tierney. She also starred in a movie of the week, "Killer Mountain," with Aaron Douglas, as well as "The Haunting Hour" and "Bind" with Edward Furlong. Other television appearances include her guest roles on "Big Shots" and "Supernatural." She was also the new female superhero for the Sci Fi Channel television pilot of the comic "Painkiller Jane," and had a starring role in the "Master of Horror" series directed by John Carpenter. Vaugier's other television credits include "One Tree Hill," "Monk," the Fox series "North Shore," UPN's hit series "Veronica Mars," "Call Me, The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss" and the WB comedy "My Guide to Becoming a Rock Star." She also portrayed Dr. Helen Bryce, Lex Luthor's wife, on the WB's hit drama "Smallville."
Vaugier's feature film endeavors are just as impressive. She can be seen in the thriller "Mirrors 2," a sequel to the 2008 horror hit "Mirrors" that starred Keifer Sutherland. Her appearance in the film adaptation of Stephen King's acclaimed short story "Dolan's Cadillac," starring Christian Slater, can now be seen on DVD. She most recently appeared in the feature "Where the Road meets the Sun" directed by acclaimed director and producer Mun Chee Yong. Her other credits include "Saw II," "Saw IV," "Hysteria" produced by former L.A. Laker Rick Fox, "Far Cry," "Bachelor Party 2," "Unearthed," "Secondhand Lions" with Michael Caine and Robert Duvall, "40 Days and 40 Nights" with Josh Hartnett, "House of the Dead 2: Dead Aim" and a lead role in the comedy "Blonde and Blonder," which premiered in Cannes.
Off-screen, Vaugier puts her time and energy into a project that is very close to her heart. An avid animal lover, she became involved with the charitable animal rescue organization Best Friends Animal Society, an organization aimed at animal rescue and rehabilitation, ensuring the best life possible for injured or unwanted animals.
Vaugier was among the select group of women on Maxim's 2006 Top 100 list and she was also named fifth on Femme Fatal magazine's 50 Sexiest Women on the Planet. She has graced the covers of Maxim, Femme Fatal, Dolce Vita, Flare, UMM, Status, Modern Dog, LA Health, Vancouver View, Vancouver Lifestyles, Western Living Condo, Donato and Infamous, just to name a few.
Vaugier was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and grew up in a French-speaking household. She resides in Los Angeles with her two dogs Jack, a Maltipoo, and Bella, a Toy Poodle. Both are rescues.
Teen actor advocate Lou Wegner is National Youth Ambassador for American Humane Association and host of Young Hollywood For Humanity at the annual Hero Dog Awards in Beverly Hills. He was named Pet Hero of The Year by the Pet Philanthropy Circle, and is spokesperson for ASPCA, Subaru of America, Best Friends Animal Society and others. He is the first young celebrity crusader featured in National Geographic and was recently named a top five celebrity activist with Bruce Springsteen, Ted Danson, Yoko Ono and Edward Norton.
In 2010, Lou founded Kids Against Animal Cruelty (KAAC), an educational foundation for animal rights, rescue and shelter adoption he started at age 14 when he learned millions of animals are put to sleep if not adopted. U.S. chapters in 20 states and Brazil, Belgium, Greece, and Nepal are run by teens who also work to ban shelter gas chambers, conserve wildlife, save wild Mustangs, preserve America's western frontier, promote spay/neuter and pet responsibility.
KAAC animal rights groups supporters include Denise Richards, Joanna Krupa, Ryan Kavanaugh, Betty White, Shirley Jones, Ken Howard, Elaine Hendrix, Renee Taylor, Alexandria Altman, Stephanie Levy, Eric Lange, Kaileigh Brielle Martin, Wendon Swift, Malese Jow, Emily Capehart, Nicole Cummins, Laci Kay and Jessica Harthcock. Partners are Best Friends Animal Society, American Humane Association, Humane Society of the United States, Onyx and Breezy Foundation, Mercy For Animals, Subaru's Love A Pet Program, Maui Jim Sunglasses, and Pet Philanthropy Circle.
Lou stars in Snow Moon (2015), Pass The Light and appears in Trouble With the Curve, The Pledge, A Christmas Tree Miracle, VH-1 Do Something Awards, Warrior Showdown, and Modern Family. He has been featured in the Washington Post, Huffington Post, ABC News, CNN, MSN.com, Breitbart.com, Miami Herald and the #1 Yahoo! Photo of the Day. His public service music video "1Life2Live," "Spare Change For Shelter Animals" and his pop music trio "Blonde" are raising awareness to adopt animals from overcrowded animal shelters.
When not acting and motivating fellow teens to stand up for change and animal rights, Lou rides horses, practices martial arts, studies, and writes music. He also manages, in between acting roles and charity work, to attend school and develop public service music videos for the animals. He lives with his family and eight rescue dogs in Burbank, California.