David Hammer

investor

1957

David is an industrialist, entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist.

For over 50 years, he has lived and pursued his career in Hong Kong, Taiwan and China. David established his own world-class manufacturing campus which, to date, has grown to over 1,200,000 sq ft.

David Hammer is a public equity impact investor and a private equity impact investor in agriculture, medical research, waste disposal, communications and retail. Throughout his philanthropic endeavors, he has followed his own mandate of Charity is a business. In order for a charity to survive and thrive, it must create and manage its own income streams to effectively manage its own beneficial programs and not be overly reliant on donations.

David is on the Board of Directors of several corporations and charities.

Last but certainly not least, David lives in bliss with his high school sweetheart (now wife!) pursuing his dreams and visions… in Las Vegas.

Alice Whitfield-Hammer

writer & director

2017

Acknowledged in the entertainment industry as Voice-Over Coach To The Stars, Alice Whitfield has for over 40 years been a writer, casting director, producer and director. She is the founder of one of Manhattan’s top creative production houses. She has produced and directed such entertainment celebrities as Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Jason Robards, King Of Queens Co-Star Leah Remini, Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Jeff Garlin, among many others.

In addition, Alice is the author of the national best selling book, Take It From The Top! How to Earn Your Living in Radio & TV Voice-Overs which has been hailed as the voice-over career book of the nineties and into the new millennium. As a performer, Alice Whitfield starred in the original cast of the Off Broadway hit “Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris.” She later went on to perform her One-Woman show at Carnegie Hall.

Alice taught communications of both NYU and UNLV. Alice Whitfield holds two Doctorates: One in Primate Animal Behavior and one in English.

In 2013, after years of searching, Alice Whitfield re-connected with her high school sweetheart.

In 2017 Alice Whitfield become Alice Whitfield-Hammer!

Veronica Selco

Certified Dog Trainer

Veronica Selco is a certified professional dog trainer and an advocate for animal wellness. Veronica is a Karen Pryor Academy Training Partner (KPA CTP), Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI), Animal Massage & Care Provider (AMCP) for small and large animals, and is also certified in Dog Yoga through the University of Las Vegas (UNLV).  She is an AKC Evaluator for Canine Good Citizen®, S.T.A.R. Puppy®, Community Canine®,  Urban Canine Good Citizen® and Trick Dog®. Veronica’s additional strengths are event planning and support. She has been an integral force in running our Thrift Store.

Crystal Solis

Business founder

Crystal Solis owns Freddie Ramon, a creative design and branding firm located in Las Vegas. She specializes in conceptual design, unique finishes,  and millwork design, and has provided design services for Wynn Resorts, Cosmopolitan, and many other high-profile properties. Crystal is the director of our Chi of Hearts program, which focuses on saving Chihuahuas and Chi mixes, the second most euthanized breed in the shelter system.  She coordinates approximately 20 foster homes and runs weekly adoption events. Crystal’s strengths are program development, team building, and project coordination.

Dr Terry Muratore

Veterinarian

Dr. Muratore is integral to our success and has single- handedly made it possible for us to focus on the old, sick, and broken rescue dogs and cats. His heart and compassion for the homeless pets seems an anomaly within the field. Last year alone, he discounted our rescue nearly $50,000. We were thrilled when he joined the board. Current strengths are evident, however, we feel that his potential to help raise funds is yet untapped. He has very high-profile clients who can be cultivated. He is excited about developing Hearts Alive’s own veterinary clinic for our rescue pets and the struggling low-income community.

Nikki Martinez

Business Founder

Nikki Martinez is the foster mom behind @myfosterkittens on Instagram and the founder of Fostering a Purpose (an apparel company with the purpose of giving back to animal welfare organizations). Nikki has fostered hundreds of cats and kittens and specializes in caring for critical care and neonatal kittens. Nikki serves on the Board of Directors for C5 in Las Vegas and is an active TNR (trap-neuter-return) trapper who is making an effort to reduce the feral cat population. She is committed to teaching and guiding others to do the same in their community and has been integral in helping us build a powerhouse kitten foster program. We doubled our foster homes and reduced our veterinary costs tremendously under her direction. Her strengths include her more than 314k Instagram followers who have kept us in kitten food and supplies, have raised thousands of dollars for HAVLV, and have helped placed special needs cats and kittens around the country. She is frequently invited to speak and teach at national events with Jackson Galaxy and Beth Stern (Howard Stern’s wife).

Heather Carpenter

Humane society director

Heather Carpenter is the Western Regional Director for The Humane Society of the United States. With nearly 16 years of grassroots advocacy for animals, she has worked on a national and statewide basis. From ballot campaigns in Florida, Massachusetts and California to protect greyhounds and farm animals, to grassroots organizing for Congressional briefings on horse slaughter and chimps in research, to state and nationally focused humane lobby days, she has worked with national leaders, state directors and volunteers all across the U.S. She currently oversees 10 states within the western United States. She lives in Las Vegas, NV with her two rescued pit bull type dogs.