Paws & Warriors
Introducing LaVonne L. Bower; President and Founder of Paws and Warriors, Inc. and Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Legal, Universal North America
Ms. LaVonne L. Bower began her current position in April 2019, as Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Legal for Universal North America. In her limited spare time, Ms. Bower also founded Paws and Warriors in October 2016, a 501(c)3 non-profit, all while battling and beating breast cancer. She currently serves as President, and volunteers her time to rescued animals, Veterans, First Responders, and Gold-Star Families.
Ms. Bower was raised in Washington State and currently resides in Florida. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and a Master of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice Administration, both from the University of South Florida. In college, Ms. Bower began volunteering for different organizations to help children with mental disabilities. Years later, she still felt the calling to help others and was introduced to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD); quickly training as a victim’s advocate.
Ms. Bower began speaking at victim impact panels, helping victims of drunk drivers and volunteered with Florida Highway Patrol to help with death notifications. She was later appointed as the Manasota County MADD Leader. After finishing her bachelor’s degree, Ms. Bower began her formal career as a Legal Assistant (civil litigation, family law) at Grimes Goebel Hawkins et. al. from May 2009 to January 2013. During this time, she assisted with the preparation of legal documents, scheduling (hearing, mediations, depositions), tracking litigation status, and assisting with customer in crisis. She then moved up to Office Manager for Center for Sight from January 2013 to May 2015, where she was responsible for the management, supervision and scheduling of doctors, technicians, and office staff, and for day to day operations. From May 2015 to November 2018, Ms. Bower served as Condominium Lines Manager for Brown & Brown Insurance where she was responsible for the department with the largest book of business: $5M+ in annual revenue.
Through her volunteer work with Paws and Warriors, Ms. Bower has competed in three Spartan Sprint races with her therapy-turnedservice dog, Oz, representing Team Oscar Mike. She and Oz also completed 4 ruck marches: 31 Miles for 31 Heroes, a tribute to Extortion 17 with the Brian Bill Foundation. In addition, Ms. Bower and Oz have flown twice with American Airlines to participate at the Boston Snowball Express: an annual flight hosted by the Gary Sinise Foundation to bring children of the fallen and their surviving parent or guardian on a therapeutic retreat. Locally LaVonne and Oz have been providing pet therapy at veteran retreats, hospitals and the VA both before and after her battle with cancer.
In November 2018, Ms. Bower was honored to be interviewed by Nulo Pet Foods, subsequently earning Paws and Warriors their first official sponsorship. She is proud to be continuing this relationship today. In recognition for all her hard work, Ms. Bower was featured in Mutual Rescue: How Adopting a Homeless Animal Can Save You, Too. In the chapter “Discovering Purpose”, Ms. Bower explains what animals can teach us about meaning, love, and faith.
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(1) Navy Veteran with Lavonne Bower of Paws & Warriors
(2) Oz rescue and service dog.
(3) Santos M. Lopez, VP Orange Choppers