Board

 

Mark Barone 

Mark has been an artist/narrative painter, for over 30 years, with his work featured in top art publications, awarded and exhibited throughout America, with much of his work hanging in private and corporate collections, all around the World.

In addition to this his art career, Mark is the CEO of "ArtSmartCities" and a national award winning Consultant to cities across America, showing them how to use the arts to revitalize blighted neighborhoods, and is revered for his successful creation and implementation of the “Paducah Artist Relocation Program,” in Paducah, Kentucky. This cutting edge program won the Governor’s Award in the Arts, the Kentucky Chapter of the American Planning Association Distinguished Planning Award, the Kentucky Earth Day Award for Preservation, the national award from the American Planning Association for a Special Community Initiative, and the Rudy Bruner award for Urban Excellence.  

Mark has painted 5500 portraits of shelter dogs and devoted his life to using his art for social change. He devotes all of his time and artistic talent to An Act of Dog.                                                 

 

Marina Dervan

Marina is the CEO of "The Honesty Coach" and 25 year veteran of coaching corporate executives from Wall Street and North America, to the city of London and Continental Europe. Renowned as a dynamic, powerful, and inspiring coach, she devoted her life to finding compassionate solutions to “people problems” and developed her own system- "The Conflict Cure" for helping leaders, celebrities and couples, identify and successfully navigate through the deluge of human emotions and harmful mental constructs, back to a place of peace and personal power.     

Marina is also the cofounder of An Act of Dog, and volunteers her time to saving shelter animals. She donates all of her monies from coaching to An Act of Dog and has to wear twenty different hats to manage the charity, too!

 

 

Brenda Cooper 

Brenda is an Emmy award winning costume designer and celebrity stylist. She is renowned for "The Nanny" and "Happily Divorced" with Fran Drescher, and is the go to style guru for the Hollywood elite. She is currently creating the look for "Better Late Than Never," a new NBC show starring William Shatner, Henry Winker, Terry Bradshaw, George Foreman and Jeff Dye. Brenda is lending her big heart to our cause and is committed to helping us make the world a more compassionate place for animals. Click here to learn more: Brenda Cooper!