Our Board of Directors is a dedicated group of animal advocates that donate their time to help support and govern our organization. They bring a variety of skills and expertise to the charity and help establish new contacts, ensure effective planning and raise funds to fulfill our mission of helping homeless companion animals across the country.
MEET OUR TEAM
Renah Jones said that, growing up, pets were always a part of the family. However, it wasn’t until later that she truly understood the issues of pet overpopulation and homelessness. Throughout the years, Renah has volunteered at shelters, helped with fundraising events and fostered more than ten dogs (eventually adopting one). She said that fostering is always a lot of work, but is the very best experience – what you get back from the foster is always so much more than what you give. Renah is honored to be part of this caring group that is ready to make a real impact in St. Louis and around the country. She believes that every living thing deserves the chance to have a good life, and that’s why being a part of A4A is so important to her. She is the owner of Dragonfly Fitness & Training, located in the St. Louis Hills/South Hampton neighborhood. Prior to becoming a full-time personal trainer, Renah managed community outreach efforts for the St. Louis Blues, which is where she met David & Kelly. While at the Blues she had the opportunity to work with local and national charities, and direct many diverse fundraising activities. She lives in the South Hampton neighborhood with her husband Brandon, their dog Colby, and two cats Capone & Cali.
Stephanie Zitzer is thrilled and excited to be a part of Athletes for Animals. As long as she can remember, her love of animals has been an integral part of her life. As a child, Stephanie volunteered at the local Humane Society, which is where her passion was born for pet adoption and education. After moving to St. Louis from Milwaukee, her family rescued their second dog Twinky, who was found in a garbage dump. The transformation from a terrified animal to a confident, loving dog, changed Stephanie forever. They have since rescued Bessie, who was found wandering the Central West End, literally so scared she was not able to walk. She now trusts a human’s touch and is loved greatly by their family. Stephanie, her husband Jason and son Jack share their home in Clayton with three dogs and enjoy daily walks and weekend visits to the dog park. Stephanie previously served on the board of The Kinship Circle, a non-profit charity with focus on animal disaster aid and advocacy. That path led her to Athletes for Animals, which is a perfect fit. Stephanie says, “I am looking forward to making a difference in the lives of many, both animals and humans alike!”