Nicole A. Lvova has always striven to be an active part of the community and has been volunteering with various organizations since she was 13. Her first volunteer project was organizing a lemonade stand, in which she acquired the partnership of Whole Foods and Hubert’s Lemonade and, with the help of a few close friends, raised $2,500 in two days for the foundation Alex’s Lemonade Stand. She also has spent a few years volunteering with the Wyland Foundation, focused on educating the public about healthy oceans and waterways. Although these are  incredible causes, her real passion is animal welfare. Her love of horses came at a very young age, and at age 15, she began to volunteer at a therapeutic horseback riding program called Ride with Pride. After dedicating countless hours, she became the volunteer team leader, assisting in horse care, volunteer training, etc.. She hopes to one day start her own foundation focused on animal welfare.