ABOUT Steven Kramer
Steven Kramer is a partner and CEO of Advantage Auto Tags and Insurance. He has been involved in the insurance business for over 35 years. 12 years ago, while training their Dogue de Bordeaux, Stella, he learned about Therapy Dog training. Steven trained Stella and she passed her test to become a certified Therapy Dog. Along with Bob Wharton, they established the Bucks County Chapter for Therapy Dogs. Stella became the first Therapy Dog at the Ronald McDonald House in Philadelphia. For 5 years Stella and Lil'Abner were the Ambassadors for the National Dog Show. They helped bring the importance of Therapy Dog work to a much broader audience.
In January 2020 he helped establish Angel on a Leash™. While on the Board of Directors Steven served as Co-President. He remains as an active Champion member with his Therapy Dogs, Benny and Yana.
Steven and his wife Donna have 3 grown children and 7 grandchildren.
ABOUT Donna Kramer
Donna Kramer is a retired teacher. She spent 30 years teaching and 25 of those years with the Neshaminy School District. She also taught the Red Cross Lifeguarding course for 27 years for Council Rock School District. She, along with her Therapy Dogs, visit St. Christopher's Hospital for Children and the Ronald McDonald House of Philadelphia on a regular basis.
Along with Bob Wharton and her husband Steven, she helped establish Angel on a Leash™ in January 2020. While on the Board of Directors she served as Vice-President and Secretary.
She is also an active Champion member with her Therapy Dogs Benny and Yana.
Donna and Steven have 3 grown children and 7 grandchildren.
ABOUT David Frei
New York Magazine once called David Frei "probably the most famous human in the world of canines.”
WOR’s Cooper Lawrence introduces him as “the guy who invented dogs.”
As the co-host of NBC’s National Dog Show Presented by Purina since its inception in 2002, David is seen every Thanksgiving Day by the largest TV audience for any dog show in the world – more than 25 million viewers once again in 2020. It is the same role that he perfected in 27 years as the longtime (1990-2016) co-host of USA Network’s Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. He has now added to his duties with NBC as co-host of the Beverly Hills Dog Show, which debuted in 2017.
Being “America’s dog guy” has brought him many appearances on virtually every network news and talk show, a visit to the White House, a ride on a float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, to ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange, a guest role on HBO’s “Sex And The City” and more.
His media platforms have allowed him to share his passion for the work of his own and other therapy dogs. David and his dogs started volunteering in Seattle and continued in New York at places such as the Ronald McDonald House, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and at New York’s VA Medical Center (visiting David’s fellow veterans).
While at Westminster, he created a charitable therapy dog activity, Angel On A Leash, at New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. Angel became an independent charity with him as founder and president, creating and advocating for therapy dog programs many places.
Along the way, he wrote two award-winning books. David’s second book, Angel On A Leash (named for the charity), is his view of his world of therapy dogs and his life in dogs.
David got to Westminster by being a successful breeder-owner-handler and judge in the world of purebred dogs, a run which has now gone on for more than 40 years with his Afghan Hounds, Brittanys and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.
He also served as director of communications for Westminster from 2003 to 2015, during which time he was recognized with top awards from many professional organizations including the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) and Purina (Better with Pets Award). In 2018, David was named to the prestigious DWAA Hall of Fame.
Petside.com named him as the Pet Person of the Year in 2011, and in 2015, Dog Fancy magazine, in its final issue, included him in a retrospective, “45 People Who Changed the Dog World.” He has been honored extensively for his work with Angel On A Leash by many organizations, is a past board member of the St. Jude Children’s Hospital Sports Council, and has also been honored by Transfiguration Church and School in New York’s Chinatown for his volunteer work with Transfiguration for many years.
ABOUT Bob Wharton
Bob is a retired corporate controller and has a B.B.A. degree in accounting from Temple University. After retiring, he started a new chapter in his life of working with dogs. He completed a two-year internship where he taught effective dog training to hundreds of clients and their dogs. Today, Bob teaches basic and advanced dog obedience, AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program, Canine Good Citizen, therapy dog, and trick classes. He is also an American Kennel Club Approved Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, where he tests clients and their dogs for S.T.A.R. Puppy, Canine Good Citizen and Trick Dog awards and titles.
Bob earned a certificate from Outstanding Pet Care Learning Center and has attended many dog training classes and seminars. His passion for training dogs came from a lifetime of training family dogs. He presently has a Golden Retriever, Jackson. Bob and Jackson worked together as a therapy dog/handler team with Therapy Dogs International. They have amassed over 1400 volunteer therapy dog visits to date. In 2015, he founded Therapy Dogs International Chapter #294 in Bucks County, PA and held the Office of Chapter Director. In 2019, Bob resigned from Therapy Dogs International and reestablished Angel On A Leash™ America’s Therapy Dogs™ and holds the office of President. Bob and Jackson continue to do volunteer work as an Angel On A Leash™ Champion Therapy Dog Team. Bob enjoys traveling with his wife and dog.