Board of Directors

Beth Zimmerman

Founder, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

Beth is the inspiration behind Pets for Patriots. Growing up, her family home was never without a shelter dog. Seeing so many animals without the loving embrace of a family had a profound impact on her. She vowed that one day she would find a way to save them all.

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KEITH WEAVER

DIRECTOR AND BOARD CHAIR

Keith Weaver is a ’76 USNA graduate. He serves in Navy Programs for Bechtel, where he is responsible for expanding the Navy portfolio within the Defense & Space division of the Nuclear, Security & Environmental Global Business Unit.

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MARLA DICANDIA

DIRECTOR AND TREASURER

Marla Dicandia serves as the Chief Operating Officer, Senior Vice President, and partner for Fleishman-Hillard for the Central Region, supporting the St. Louis, Chicago, Kansas City and Minneapolis offices.

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ANDREA ARDEN

DIRECTOR AND SECRETARY

Andrea Arden is currently on Animal Planet’s hit shows Dogs101, Cats101, Pets101, America’s Cutest Dog and America’s Cutest Cat. She was the trainer for Underdog to Wonderdog and The Pet Department, FX’s Emmy award-winning daily show and appears regularly on The Today Show.

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PAUL CONVERSE

DIRECTOR

Paul Converse brings more than 35 years of Fortune 100 experience to his role as director, including expertise in strategic planning, sales management, training, category management, trade and customer development, and budget responsibility.

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SHON CREWE

DIRECTOR

Shon Crewe has a dynamic career as a sports journalist, entrepreneur, corporate sales executive, and philanthropist. She is the co-creator and host of the Northwest Golf Show on ESPN Radio, which locally operates as the No. 1 station in the Pacific Northwest. Throughout, Shon has served and supported more than 60 local and national nonprofit organizations in leadership, fundraising, ambassadorship, and partnership roles.

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JAY FARRAR

DIRECTOR

Jay C. Farrar is Principal Vice President, government affairs, and manager of the Washington, D.C. Office for Bechtel.  In this capacity, Jay is involved in federal government affairs across the Bechtel enterprise.  He creates and participates in strategic advocacy at the governmental level and represents Bechtel in policy matters.

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LETITIA WHITE

DIRECTOR

Letitia White served as a key staff member in the House of Representatives with over 21 years of federal service. Having worked in both the House and the Senate, she has a unique and comprehensive understanding of the federal legislative process.

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PROUD TO SERVE

We are grateful to all of our Directors for volunteering their time, passion, and expertise to the benefit of people and pets.

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