The NYR Pack

The New Yorkie Runway Pack

They say it takes a village.  Well in this case, it takes a pack.   A pack of passionate 2-legged and 4-legged top dogs in their field that are using their special talents to help make the New Yorkie Runway Auditions and Doggie Fashion Show a dog gone success.  And it’s all for a good cause.

We want to express our sadness at the passing of Celeste Holm, a dear friend, passionate pet lover and Honorary Chairperson for New Yorkie Runway. From winning an Oscar to walking the New Yorkie Runway, Celeste will always be in our hearts and a big part of this show.

David FreiDavid Frei – Our emcee, David Frei is well known to millions of television viewers as the longtime co-host of USA Network’s annual telecast of the popular Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show from New York’s Madison Square Garden. David also has been co-host on NBC of “The National Dog Show” on Thanksgiving Day since its inception, a telecast seen by about 20 million viewers every year. David helped to create Angel On A Leash, a charitable activity supporting therapy dog programs at health care facilities around the country. David is an active volunteer as well, visiting each week with his Brittany, Grace and his Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Angel at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, The VA Hospital in NY, and the Ronald McDonald House of New York.

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Jessica CohenJessica Cohen, Chairperson 2013 – Integrity, patience, and developing great relationships with her clients are just a few of the qualities that come to mind when describing Jessica Cohen, Executive Vice President at Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate. Fueled by copious quantities of Starbuck’s finest, Jessica is not only passionate about leading her team in real estate sales, but it’s her love for her two pups, Meagan and Ellie that has her lending her contacts and expertise to New Yorkie Runway to help bring the right people to appear in the big show to raise money for Angel On A Leash. We’re thrilled to have Jessica as the chairperson for the 2013 New Yorkie Runway show. Oh yes, don’t challenge Jessica to a game of chess unless you are truly brave of heart.

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Elly McGuire BioElly McGuire – After a successful career as a sales & marketing executive for the NBA & NHL and Radio Disney, Elly left the dog-eat-dog corporate world and created the New Yorkie brand for people & their pups. Elly came up with the idea for the New Yorkie Runway show in the shower to raise money for Angel On A Leash, create buzz for the pet friendly New Yorker Hotel and design/launch new products for the New Yorkie fashion line. You can also catch pet advocate Elly hosting her Twitter show #PETCHAT every Monday night at 8PM EST. But her biggest achievement to date is that she once taught a President of the United States how to play the spoons. Contact Elly at

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Ron TrottaRon Trotta – Meteorologist, Musician, Mathematician, Songwriter and the interpreter for Schmitty The Weather Dog. We’re never quite sure what Ron is doing at the moment because the moment is something in which he never seems to be. Seriously though, as an Executive Producer of the New Yorkie Runway Doggie Fashion Show, Ron is the force that, along with Elly McGuire, brings it all together. Schmitty The Weather Dog and Meteorologist Ron are also the official weather team for the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Ron also works with ABC News, in New York City producing weather stories for on-air, non-meteorologist types to report. Most importantly, Ron and Schmitty’s weather “pawcasts” can been seen at Ron is also one of the very few people on the planet who knows all the word to the Johnny Cash hit, “A Boy Named Sue.”

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Sarah SarpolisSarah Sarpolis – Imagine having someone personally create a wardrobe, shop, and even re-work your closet for you. No, you didn’t die and go to heaven – you have stylist Sarah Sarpolis watching your back . . . and front. From MTV to Bravo to Extra, Sarah has helped celebrities look their best. So how lucky are we to have Sarah as the New Yorkie Runway celebrity stylist for this year’s big show. Sarah will be behind the curtain making sure every pup and their human shine before their strut down the New Yorkie Runway. The love of Sarah’s life, her adorable Maltese, Pino, will also be back stage to lend a paw. BTW – Sarah has a line of jewelry and fashion accessories on her website We just have one question. When does Sarah sleep?

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Nicole MiliciNicole Milici – In her spare time, Nicole wins graphic design and marketing awards by developing brand identities, ad and direct mail campaigns, publications and product catalogs for a diverse clientele that includes Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc., Water For Cambodia and now New Yorkie Runway where Nicole has turned ideas into art. As CMO of Spada Media in Providence, RI, Nicole’s stellar organizational and time management skills allow her do all this and still answer her calling to raise two young daughters and twin sons. By the way, Nicole also owns an eighteen wheel traveling tattoo parlor. But that’s another story. For more info go to
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Lizbeth RecioLisbeth Recio – If you look up the word “commitment” in the dictionary, Lisbeth’s picture should be underneath. As Director of Catering & Convention Services, Banquets and the Kitchen of the iconic 920 room New Yorker Hotel, Lisbeth’s commitment to overseeing these departments is nothing short of amazing. The New Yorkie Runway Casting Call and Show is lucky to have Lisbeth helping to make these events run smoothly every year to help raise money for Angel On a Leash. We may have celebrities walking the runway, but Lisbeth is our star behind the scenes. Lisbeth rocks! Just saying.

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John Monteleone bioJohn Monteleone – Celebrity Animal Trainer John Monteleone’s list of credits runs the gamut from feature films to television to TV commercials to print shoots with the world’s most prestigious photographers. But ask John about it and he’ll tell you that the best part of his job is the animals he works with. Whether he’s building his house in Vermont or working with his Australian Shepherd, Ernie herding sheep in New Jersey, John is always happy to take time out to talk about the fine points of potty training your pup or the astrophysical implications of the Grand Unification Theory Of The Universe. Huh?

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More members of the team to be added