Our Board of Directors is a compassionate team 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 to establish new contacts, ensure effective planning, raise funds to fulfill our mission of helping homeless companion animals and distributing grants across the country.


Athletes for Animals Board of Directors at A4A Launch Party (2013)


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 fifteen dogs (eventually adopting two). She is honored to be part of this caring group. 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.

Renah is the owner of Dragonfly Fitness & Training. Prior to joining the fitness industry Renah managed community outreach efforts for the St. Louis Blues, which is where she met David & Kelly. She is proud to carry on some of that work through her studio by hosting two fundraisers each year, one of which benefits Athletes for Animals, and by also partnering with a local charity each month.

She lives in the St. Louis Hills neighborhood with her husband Brandon, their rescued dogs Colby and Tucker, and has a passion for helping foster dogs with local organizations.


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 and her son Jack live in Clayton with their rescue dog Latte and enjoy daily walks and weekend visits to the dog park. Stephanie also owns StephZ Cardio Dance and is a sought after instructor at Lifetime Fitness. She does events all over St. Louis and holds an annual fundraiser benefitting A4A called Hip Hop 4 Hounds. Stephanie says, “I am looking forward to making a difference in the lives of many, both animals and humans alike!”

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