2018 Judges

Thank you to our 2018 American Humane Hero Dog Awards judges! Our judges are all incredible dog lovers, and have agreed to help select the Hero Dogs alongside the public.

Adrienne Maloof
Adrienne Maloof

Adrienne Maloof is a fashion designer, entrepreneur, and a full-time mom who is widely recognized for her role on the hit reality show Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Adrienne is co-owner in Maloof Enterprises, which included ownership of the NBA Sacramento Kings, and Houston Rockets, the Palms Casino in Las Vegas and in addition to numerous other entrepreneurial ventures.

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Ashlan Philippe Cousteau
Ashlan & Philippe Cousteau

Ashlan and Philippe are environmental advocates and filmmakers with a deep mutual passion for exploration and storytelling. Their mission is to inspire, entertain and motivate people to solve the critical issues facing humans, wildlife and the planet. The Cousteau’s believe making our world a better place can be a life changing adventure.

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Bailee Madison
Bailee Madison

At just 17, Bailee Madison is already one of the most proficient actresses in the business, effortlessly executing both dramatic and comedic roles, as well as establishing her presence in the world of philanthropy. With inherent charm, sharp intelligence, and a vibrant personality, Bailee Madison is a multitalented actress who has showcased her talent across the board.

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Carlos and Alexa PenaVega
Carlos and Alexa PenaVega

Carlos PenaVega shot to fame and cult status after starring on the highly successful Nickelodeon musical comedy BIG TIME RUSH as “Carlos Garcia”. The band of the same name released 3 albums all which received Gold certifications and took to the road selling out arenas around the Globe. Alexa PenaVega, a Miami native, is an actress and a singer. Her career began as a young girl in 1996, when she starred as Jo Harding in the hit film Twister.

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Carolyn Hennesy
Carolyn Hennesy

On television, Emmy Award winning actress Carolyn Hennesy has dazzled as the deliciously vicious “Penelope Ellis” on ABC’s critically acclaimed series REVENGE. She also joined the cast for the fifth season of the sleek vampires-meet-world saga, TRUE BLOOD. On the big screen, Hennesy’s credits include CLICK starring Adam Sandler, LEGALLY BLONDE 2 and TERMINATOR 3 and she stars in the soon to be released horror film, ST. AGATHA.

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Carson Kressley
Carson Kressley

Emmy-Award winning TV personality, style expert, fashion designer and New York Times best-selling author are some of the credits of the multi-talented and unforgettable Carson Kressley. Carson started his career as an independent stylist and became invaluable to major designers such as Ralph Lauren.

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Danielle Fishel
Danielle Fishel

Danielle Fishel is a television director, actor, and author, best known for her role as Topanga Lawrence-Matthews on Disney Channel’s BOY MEETS WORLD. She starred in and directed episodes of its spin-off, GIRL MEETS WORLD. At 27, Danielle decided to pursue a college education and graduated in 2013, Summa Cum Laude, from California State University Fullerton with a degree in Psychology. She’s incredibly dedicated to her dogs and has an adopted rescue of her own.

Erik Estrada
Erik Estrada

Erik Estrada’s career has spanned so far over four decades, yet although, he had worked as an actor for years before his first television series, it was for his dynamic portrayal of Officer Francis ‘Frank’ Poncherello affectionately known as “Ponch” in the hit, ‘CHiPs’, that he became a household name. Raised in New York City’s Spanish Harlem, he learned lessons of honor and integrity that Erik has carried with him throughout his life.

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Jamie Chung
Jamie Chung

Jamie Chung was born and raised in San Francisco, and after graduating from UC Riverside she has continued to work with renowned actors and filmmakers. She can currently be seen starring in the series THE GIFTED, based on Marvel Comics’ X-Men properties. Chung stars as the mutant “Blink”. She can also be seen in the AIDS drama “1985” based on Yen Tan’s short of the same name, which premiered at this year’s SXSW in March.

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Jerry Means
Jerry Means

Agent Jerry Means and K-9 Riley work as a team for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. K-9 Riley is Jerry’s third State Farm sponsored working dog since he started at the bureau. Jerry’s previous K-9 partner Sadie (Retired) was the winner of the 2011 American Humane Associations Hero Dog Awards’ “Law Enforcement/Arson” category. Jerry and his K-9 partners are National Ambassadors for American Humane, and Jerry is a member of their rescue response team.

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Kristin Chenoweth
Kristin Chenoweth

Emmy and Tony Award winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth’s career spans film, television, voiceover and stage. In 2015, Chenoweth received a coveted star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2009, she received an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in “Pushing Daisies.” In 1999, she won a Tony Award for “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” and she was also nominated for her original role of Glinda the Good Witch in “Wicked” in 2004.

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Laura Nativo
Laura Nativo

Laura Nativo, aka “The Fairy Dogmother, ” is a dog trainer, television host, celebrity dog mom, SUPer ocean athlete and passionate animal advocate! Laura has been featured on Hallmark Channel’s “Home & Family” as their resident animal trainer & pet lifestyle expert, on CBS’ “Greatest American Dog,” and on countless national television shows.



Lisa Vanderpump
Lisa Vanderpump

Lisa has been married for 30 years to her husband Ken Todd, and together they have two children, Pandora 29 and Max 23. She has really adored being a mother, and since her children have grown she’s filled her nest with 4 legged furry friends. They are the loves of her life. Giggy (Gigolo), Lollipop, Pikachu, and Buki make their nest complete.

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Mark Steines
Mark Steines

Emmy award-winning Mark Steines is known as one of the entertainment industry’s most dynamic and well-respected television journalists. From small town Iowa to the red carpets of Hollywood, Steines a three-time Emmy winner, has established himself as one of the most trusted and charismatic figures in entertainment news. Since landing in Hollywood, he has interviewed thousands of A-list actors, producers, musicians and athletes.

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Michelle Beadle
Michelle Beadle

Michelle Beadle is a host of ESPN’s morning show Get Up!, alongside Mike Greenberg and Jalen Rose. Concurrently, she is the host of NBA Countdown on ABC and ESPN. In this role, Beadle leads all of the company’s pre-game and halftime NBA shows for the NBA Finals on ABC, the Conference Finals, NBA Playoffs, and NBA regular season. She joined NBA Countdown at the start of the 2016-17 NBA regular season. Previously, Beadle was the co-host of SportsNation with Marcellus Wiley and LZ Granderson on ESPN.

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Miranda Lambert
Miranda Lambert

Vanner Records/RCA Records Nashville singer/songwriter Miranda Lambert is the most decorated artist in ACM history as well as the reigning ACM Female Vocalist of the Year, having been bestowed this honor for nine consecutive years. Her accolades include 2 Grammy Awards, 13 (CMA) Country Music Associations Awards, and 32 (ACM) Academy of Country Music Awards as well as many other honors, including the prestigious Harmony Award from the Nashville Symphony.

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Prince Lorenzo Borghese
Prince Lorenzo Borghese

Prince Lorenzo Borghese is a US and Italian citizen who was born in Milan, lived in Rome and outside Paris, and currently lives in New York City. Proud of his genealogy, his storied paternal ancestors include the cosmetic’s icon, Princess Marcella Borghese, Napoleon’s sister, Paulina Bonaparte Borghese, Pope Paul V (Camillo Borghese) and Cardinal Scipione Borghese, both of whom had an enormous influence on Italian art and beautifying Rome in the 1600s, and who helped finish St. Peter’s Basilica. The Borghese family name and crest can be found on the façade of the famous basilica.

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