What if we could make it possible for veterinarians and pet parents to save the lives of over 500,000 U.S.-based pets each year? With Waggle and the Waggle Foundation, we can. And we're not the only ones who know so. We're lucky to have some of the top pet-industry minds in veterinary medicine, pet care and charitable giving helping shape the future of the Waggle Foundation.
Dr. Marty Becker
Author of The Healing Power of Pets: Harnessing the Amazing Ability of Pets to Make and Keep People Happy and Healthy. Resident veterinarian on "The Dr. Oz Show" and resident veterinarian for "Good Morning America" for 17 years. Perhaps the country’s best-loved family doctor for pets—"America's veterinarian"—media personality, author, lecturer, educator, contributor, and recipient of many prestigious awards. Learn more About Dr. Becker on his website.
Jon and his wife, Amber Chavez, are pet parents to Manny the Frenchie, one of Forbes magazine’s top-ten pet influencers with over four million followers and "The Most Influential Dog on Social Media." He is a principal of the Manny & Friends Foundation, created to help those in need—be it a child with a serious illness or a rescue organization helping to save homeless pets—harnessing the power of Manny’s passionate community to raise awareness and assist those who need their help most. Jon is also the founder and president of Beatnik Marketing Group, LLC, which focuses on sponsorship, integrated marketing, social media, influencer marketing, digital marketing, marketing strategy, and relationship marketing. Learn more about Jon at Manny the Frenchie and Manny and Friends Foundation.
Dr. Gerald Post, DVM, MEM, DACVIM (Oncology)
Chief Medical Officer/Practice Owner, The Veterinary Cancer Center. One of only approximately two hundred board-certified veterinary oncologists in the US. Graduated with distinction from Cornell University, received DVM from the University of Minnesota. Residency in Oncology at the Animal Medical Center in New York. Became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Authored many papers and book chapters on the topics of oncology and hematology, and was recently recognized by New York magazine as one of the best veterinarians in the tri-state area. Learn more about Dr. Post on his practice website and LinkedIn.
Liz Baker, Executive Director of GreaterGood.org
GreaterGood.org has worked to protect people, pets, and the planet with over $100 million in cash and product grants. Overseen the creation of Greatergood.org signature programs that address multiple issues ranging from hunger, education, land conservation, animal welfare, and veterans. Previously executive director of the Petfinder.com Foundation, distributing grants to adoption partners across the U.S. Also worked for Petfinder.com as vice president of partner relations. Learn more about Liz at GreaterGood.org.
Dr. Jerry A. Smith, VP of Data Sciences and Artificial Intelligence at Cognizant
Jerry is a visionary entrepreneurial data scientist with 20 years of cognitive computing, artificial intelligence, enterprise data sciences, and machine learning experience. Jerry is recognized as a leading expert in the simulation of human thought and the development of enterprise cognitive and data sciences capabilities. Over the last five years, he has worked on practical methods for unifying data science capabilities and big data infrastructure throughout the enterprise, in order to solve real problems facing today's businesses. Learn more about Jerry on Linkedin.
Steven Mornelli, CEO and Founder of Waggle
CEO and Founder of Waggle, which provides veterinarian and animal-hospital-based crowdfunding for pets in crisis. A thought leader in leveraging deep analytics to harness insights for profitable business strategy, Steve experienced a single transformative moment that inspired focusing on data with the potential to save over 500,000 pets' lives every year. This led to his founding the only pet-dedicated crowdfunding platform that partners directly with leading veterinary providers to reduce economic euthanasia in pets, thereby giving options to pet guardians and second chances to the pets they love. Learn more about Steve on LinkedIn.