Shannon founded Animal Avengers in 2001 in Los Angeles, California. Her dream was, and is, to help as many animals as possible while she's on this planet and able to be a voice for them.
She rebranded the charity in 2015 to be a global organization and has since started a chapter in South Africa with a focus on the poaching crisis currently prevalent.
Allyson Spellman is a TV personality, the founder of Heels, Hustle & Muscle™, women’s empowerment speaker, lifestyle reporter, spokeswoman, author & the reigning Ms. New England States.
Favorite career highlights include being honored as one of Greenwich, CT’s “Ladies Making History” for Women’s History Month, speaking on stage at the UN for Women’s Entrepreneurship Day and co-creating a scholarship for women entrepreneurs to start or fuel an existing business.
Personally meeting Shannon changed her life and inspired her commitment to become an even louder voice for those who have none. After they met she knew there was no turning back or sitting on the sidelines any longer. She is completely dedicated to being an active part of saving our animals from extinction, suffering and abuse.
Her goal through her work with Animal Avengers is to create a ripple effect of positive change to influence people in the present and for future generations to honor our animals and the environment.
Stephen Ham has spent his life dedicated to the field of global conservation and most recently joined the Wildlife Conservation Society in 2016. Whether trekking mountain gorillas in Rwanda or whale watching in Antarctica, Stephen is a passionate advocate for wildlife and the wild places they inhabit, particularly for Africa.
He received a degree in anthropology and environmental studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a returned volunteer with the United States Peace Corps where he served in Ghana, West Africa.
Before WCS, his most recent role was Senior Director with the African Wildlife Foundation and he also spent years as a special assistant to Dr. Jane Goodall. When not looking for leopards, Stephen lives in NY with his wife, daughter, and pup Daisy.
Joseph has been on the scene in Hollywood for the majority of his life. His vast resume highlights him not only as an actor, but also a producer, director, writer and one of the most sought after acting coaches. He has been a part of Animal Avengers from day 1 and remains a strong voice in the organization. With two of the sweetest Rottweilers you've ever seen, you can see that his love and understanding of animals runs deep.
With 21 years of experience as a financial advisor and portfolio manager, Jeffrey recently accepted a position as Managing Director of Investments at Stifel Financial Corp. Jeffrey is an avid animal lover and very active in the world of non-profits.
NORMAN A YATOOMA
We are honored to welcome Norman A. Yatooma to our Animal Avengers Board.