We kicked off 2015 by recognizing two incredible New Yorkers whose passion is contagious. Stephanie Mattera (left):Stephanie is a communications professional with a passion for creating social change. She holds an M.S. in PR and Communications from NYU. Her love for animals and growing up in a house full of rescued animals who were all considered members of the family, led Stephanie to become the Mayor's Alliance for NYC’s Animals Spokesperson (a position she's held for the past 4 years). Stephanie advocates for spaying and neutering pets, rescue and adoption, and the responsibilities of being a pet parent at community events and on local news segments. Stephanie is mom to three beloved rescue pets of her own, Japanese Chins Keiko and Romeo, and a Calico kitty, Sophie.
Caroline Loevner (right):
Caroline found Beau, who was on an euthanasia list, at a Philadelphia shelter after her previous Husky, Nikki, died at 16 of a degenerative disk condition. Every week, Caroline & Beau are sharing their time and talent at several local institutions, including the Ronald McDonald House, a day-care facility for people with HIV, and an inpatient drug rehab center. Caroline is an integral part of the Imperial Court of New York, raising funds and awareness for the LGBT community. Caroline and Beau, a registered therapy dog are true advocates,supporting a myriad of charities including: Bailey House, Bideawee, Angels On A Leash, Pace University , AIDS WALK, Animal Friends, SPCA and FEMA Coney Island.