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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.