Donnie Kanter Winokur doesn’t mind being upstaged by children or dogs especially her son Iyal and his service dog Chancer. Internationally renowned as a writer speaker and human rights advocate Donnie has inspired entertained and educated a global audience for over three decades. Donnie’s memoir Chancer — How One Good Boy Saved Another is her first full-length book. A native of New Jersey Donnie studied theatre at Catholic University (“because being a nun was out of the question”) before transferring to Emory University in Atlanta where she graduated with a degree in psychology. There her passion for drama evolved from repertory theater to commercials and voice-overs. After honing her skills writing and producing advertising campaigns for clients throughout the southeast she then created award-winning projects for Discovery Communications The Smithsonian Institute and Broderbund/Random House. In Chancer — How One Good Boy Saved Another Donnie shares her journey to adoptive parenthood along with her son’s devastating diagnosis of fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) the most involved expression of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs). She brings you into the world of developmental disabilities with her poignancy unashamed honesty and often-irreverent humor especially for a rabbi’s wife. After an exhausting pursuit of medications therapies and interventions only left Iyal more frustrated — and their family more desperate — Donnie tried something outside-the-box. Consequently in 2008 Iyal obtained an intelligent and irresistible ninety-pound golden retriever named Chancer the first certified FASD assistance dog in the world. Since then Donnie has authored two award-winning children’s books (one with her daughter Morasha) and contributed to national and international magazines and journals including Reader’s Digest Guidepost Marie Claire and Adoption Today. In 2012 Donnie’s story was featured in “Wonder Dog” for The New York Times Magazine and became one of the ten most shared and searched for articles that year. A dynamic and in-demand speaker Donnie is committed to preventing what she calls “the perfect storm ” the failed opportunity for our justice system to support challenged individuals in dire need of compassion and protection. She remains a dedicated champion for shifting our cultural paradigm and changing public misperceptions about marginalized individuals. Donnie and her husband Harvey the founding rabbi of a Reform synagogue live north of Atlanta with Iyal and their daughter Morasha. Their family currently includes Chancer now in semi-retirement and his successor Quinn also trained as an FASD service dog. Autumn their cat tolerates the canines while enjoying an occasional swat.