Judith Gardner has been fortunate to be able to follow her passion for helping animals, joining AAWL as President & CEO in January, 2008 after moving to Phoenix from New York. Born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa, she also lived in Georgia and Wisconsin before moving to New York. Her previous career was as Vice President of American Express in New York City for 16 years, followed by a few years consulting with non-profits on management and marketing issues. Her son, Mark, his wife Thida and their little boy, Mark III, live in Cave Creek. Daughter, Laurie and Judith's mother, Katherine, live nearby as well. Judith currently has two rescue dogs, Bella, a Spaniel mix and Penny, whose ancestry is undefinable.