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Rebecca Ascher-Walsh is a writer and a volunteer at a high-kill shelter in Manhattan. A native New Yorker, she shares her home with two rescue pit bulls, Desiree and Buddy.

Yolanda Crous is a magazine editor and a volunteer at a high-kill shelter in Manhattan. She earned a master’s degree in environmental science and management from the Donald Bren School at the University of California Santa Barbara. She shares her home with her rescue pit bull Beauty.

Adam Feild is a principal at New Holland Capital, a New York based alternative asset manager. Prior to that he worked in the private equity industry including stints at portfolio companies such as Edison Schools and Snapple Beverage. Adam graduated magna cum laude with a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and lives in New York with his pug.

Shara Freeman is the Director of Development and Stewardship for Fordham Law School. Prior to Fordham, she was a fundraiser for Cornell University’s Alumni Affairs & Development office in New York City and from 2006-2010, she led The Chapin School’s historic $75 million endowment campaign. Shara recently served a three-year term on the board of Top Honors as director of fundraising and continues to volunteer on the Phoenix House IMPACT steering committee. Also along with her dog Max, as a pet-therapy team for the Good Dog Foundation.

Amy Hempel is the author of four collections of stories, published by Knopf and Scribner. In 2006, her collected stories was named by the New York Times as one of the Ten Best Books of the Year, won the Ambassador Book Aware for Best Fiction of the Year, and was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. She has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the United States Artists Foundation, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2008 she won the Rea Award for the Short Story, and in 2009, the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story. She is the co-editor of Unleashed: Poems by Writers’ Dogs, half the proceeds of which went to animal charities. In addition to volunteering at a high-kill shelter in Manhattan, Amy teaches creative writing at Harvard University and Bennington College.

Sheila Horwitz, a Senior Vice President-Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, has been a financial consultant for more than 40 years. A native New Yorker, she lives in Manhattan.

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