Founder, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer
Beth is the inspiration behind Pets for Patriots. Growing up, her family home was never without a dog or two, always adopted from local shelters. Seeing so many dogs and cats at risk of death had a profound impact on her, and she always felt saddened that she couldn’t save them all.
Director and Board Chair
Keith Weaver is a ’76 USNA graduate and serves Broad Area ISR Campaign Lead, Australia, for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems’ Global Strategy and Mission Solutions. Among his many distinctions, the retired Naval officer served as the Senior Vice President for Operations and the Chief Operating Officer of the United Service Organizations (USO), during which time he expanded support facilities to combat zones and deployment hubs both stateside and across the Middle East.
Director and Treasurer
Marla Dicandia joined Fleishman-Hillard in 2008 as the corporate financial liaison for the Central and Southwest regions and Canada. Currently, she fills the role of chief operating officer for the Central Region, supporting the St. Louis, Chicago, Kansas City and Minneapolis offices.
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. Her appearances also include 20/20, Dateline NBC, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, Live with Regis & Kelly, The View, CBS News, CNN, Fox, PBS, Fox News, and Lifetime, as well as numerous radio shows.
Paul Converse brings a wealth of leadership experience to Pets for Patriots. He has worked for Fortune 100 companies over a 35-year career, across various roles and responsibilities. Paul brings invaluable experience in strategic planning, sales management, training, category management, trade and customer development, and budget responsibility.
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. Along with senior corporate officials, Jay represents Bechtel in the Washington political arena.
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. As a result, she has long-standing personal relationships with a number of Members of Congress, their staff and professional staff members on many Congressional Committees.Read full bio
Kathy Brown is co-CEO of Karsh\Hagan, a full-service digital brand agency in Denver, Colorado. Kathy served on the Board with distinction from its 2009 inception til October 2011. She continues to provide invaluable guidance in her honorary directorship role, while since 2009 her eponymous agency has provided pro bono marketing work in support of our cause.
Frank Chiera is Senior Vice President, Marketing and Advertising of Flooring America/Flooring Canada, a specialty retailer with locations across North America and a subsidiary of CCA Global Partners. Frank served on the Board from 2012 through 2014.
Laura Hall is U.S. Managing Director at M&C Saatchi PR in New York City.
Sean Lashley is Senior Vice President and partner of FleishmanHillard St. Louis, an international public relations firm with offices across the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Jim Nash is owner and hospital administrator for several veterinary hospitals, including Turkey Creek Animal Hospital in Plant City, Florida. Jim served on the Board through early 2013.
Keith Spano is CEO of Flooring America and Flooring Canada, divisions of CCA Global Partners. CCA is one of the largest retail cooperatives in North America, of which Flooring America is its second largest division with 550 independently owned and operated stores across the United States and Canada. Keith served on the Board from 2012 through 2014.