was my friend, Jackie Joseph, one of the founding members
of Actors and Others, who first introduced me to this wonderful
organization. That first meeting was held, as I remember,
in someone’s home where many of us sat on the floor,
neophytes to the cause. I was immediately hooked. Improving
the lives of animals, what better gig was there!
I’ve worked in many different capacities since that
first meeting. As an entertainer, a volunteer, PSA spot
maker, errand runner and all around worker bee. I joined
the Board of Directors in 1982 and have served as Vice
President for approximately the last eight years. I am
very proud, honored and humbled to now assume the presidency.
Whenever I do a show, either in or out of town, I always
ask people about their pets and if they are spayed or neutered.
I am lucky to have had a great teacher in Earl Holliman,
who taught me that getting the message out sometimes means
doing so every day, one day at a time, one person at a
time and one animal at a time.
all been privileged to have the “Earl Example” to learn from, and
it is because of his great leadership that Actors and Others
has grown to be the well-respected organization that it
is today. It shall be my job to make sure that we continue
on that same path.
My little rescue dog, Harmony, is a constant reminder
to me of how important it is to take care of our animal
and friends. My goal in life is “to be the kind of
person my dog thinks I am.”
instinctive comedic timing and irrepressible laugh makes
her a favorite of audiences everywhere. Her work runs the
gamut from television, movie and stage productions to game
shows, talk shows, commercials, cartoons and opera. In
February, JoAnne starred with a celebrated cast in the
New York City Center’s Encores! Production of Steven
Sondheim legendary “Follies.” JoAnne recently
completed a successful Broadway run in “The Drowsy
Chaperone” and the Los Angeles production of “Wicked”.