Sela Ward is an actress, author, and producer, best known for her roles on television. Her breakthrough TV role was as Teddy Reed in the NBC drama series Sisters for which she received her first Primetime Emmy award. She received her second Primetime Emmy award and Golden Glove Award for Best Actress for the leading role of Lily Manning in the ABC drama series Once and Again.

After visiting a local emergency shelter, Ms. Ward was profoundly disturbed meeting children who were separated from their siblings and had experienced many moves since first being taken into custody by the Mississippi Department of Human Services. In 2000, Sela Ward and her husband, Howard Sherman opened Hope Village for Children, to provide a continuum of specialized treatment programs, services, and facilities to meet the individual needs of neglected and abused children and their families.