March 2019 by Lisa Ward, Director of Education, Maddie's Fund and Jessica Powers, Maddie's Director of Education, American Pets Alive!


Video Length: 49:07

Maddie's® Lifesaving Academy: How Austin is Shaping Tomorrow's Leaders

Join Maddie's Fund Director of Education, Lisa Ward, who will emcee success stories from students of Maddie's® Lifesaving Academy and how apprenticeships are helping shape tomorrow's animal welfare leaders. This presentation was recorded by Maddie's Fund® at the 2019 American Pets Alive! Conference.

About Lisa Ward

Lisa supports and manages the day-to-day activities of Maddie's® Educational Program, including education grants and Maddie's University, an online learning management program. Lisa has an extensive background in education as a teacher, principle, and director of student services. She had dedicated her life to education and feels it is the foundation for change and growth in the world. Lisa has three rescue dogs: Thunder, Lightning, and Houston.

About Jessica Powers

Jessica Powers is the Maddie's® Director of Education for the Maddie's Lifesaving Academy. Jessica's career in education began in 2009 when she began teaching 4th grade in Houston. In 2012 she moved to Austin to pursue her Master of Education degree from The University of Texas, and quickly joined Austin Pets Alive! as a volunteer. After graduating from UT she worked as an instructional designer in a number of fields, including healthcare and K12 education. In 2016 she joined Austin Pets Alive! as the Director of Education to support the launch of the apprenticeship program, which has grown into the Maddie's® Lifesaving Academy.