Howard and his wife Anne are dedicated supporters of the School of Theatre, having joined the Theatre Patrons Association in 2003. Howard has served on the Theatre Patrons Board and established a scholarship in Theatre in 2003 with his wife, Anne. Howard was a founding member of the CFA Dean’s Advisory Board. He also serves on FSU Coastal Marine Lab Board. Though retired from private practice as an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Kessler serves as a volunteer physician at Children Medical Services and Neighborhood Health Services in Tallahassee. He serve three terms as a Wakulla County Commissioner. Anne and Howard are members at various organizations in Wakulla and Leon Counties including Friends of Wakulla Springs, Wakulla Springs Alliance, Iris Garden Club, Native Plant Society, Friends of the Library, Holocaust Education Resource Council, Centre for Inquiry and Free Thinkers. In addition to his M.D. degree, Howard holds a B.S. in Chemistry and a M.A. in Education and is proud to hold his private pilot license in fixed wing and seaplane.