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Karen Michael

Company Muralist



Bernadette O'Brien Miller

Company Humane USA PA PAC
Location Camp Hill, Pennsylvania


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Amy Mills

CEO, Emancipet

Amy Mills is the CEO of Emancipet, whose mission is to make preventive veterinary care affordable, accessible, and understandable for all pet owners. Emancipet serves the greater Austin/Central Texas community through two mobile spay/neuter clinics and a spay/neuter/wellness clinic in East Austin. These three clinics provide almost 19,000 spay/neuter surgeries and an additional 19,000 wellness visits per year. Amy’s passion for animal welfare began in 2002 when she started volunteering at the local humane society, first training shelter dogs, and then creating a training progra…

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Chetana Mirle

Director, Farm Animal Welfare, Humane Society International

Chetana Mirle, Ph.D. is the director of HSI’s Farm Animals department. In addition to overseeing HSI’s campaigns against factory farming in India, Brazil, Mexico, and Costa Rica, and helping to build the capacity of local animal protection groups in other emerging economies to fight factory farming, Chetana works with international finance and development agencies to re-direct support away from factory farming, towards more animal-friendly, sustainable, and equitable agricultural systems. Chetana received her Ph.D. from the Agricultu…

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Pulin Modi

Pulin Modi is a senior campaigner at Change.org. His goal is to empower the platform’s users to run effective, inspiring campaigns on many issues including animals, the environment, health, and food. Pulin graduated from Vassar College with a self-designed degree in “Ecology of Social Change,” and his background includes 17 years of organizing for animal protection with a special focus on youth campaigns, public outreach, and online advocacy. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife and two adopted cats.
Company Change.org
Position Senior Campaigner



Kristen Marie Nock

HI. if i added you, you must know of me. =)
Location Mesa, Arizona





Marissa Orsini

I am 17 years old and have been in love with all animals for as long as I can remember. To me, animals are the most crucial form of life on this earth because it is up to us as humans to defend them and do what is right. Besides loving animals, I have been a dancer for 13 years now. Also, I am a part of many clubs and activities at my school. I enjoy being involved in positive ways because it makes me feel like I am making a difference...


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Wayne Pacelle

President & CEO, The Humane Society of the United States

As President and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Wayne Pacelle leads the largest animal protection organization in the United States, with 11 million members and constituents. During his tenure, Pacelle has more than doubled the size of the organization and, through corporate combinations with groups, built unity and greater efficiency within the animal protection cause. He has led successful efforts to pass hundreds of new state and federal laws to protect animals (more than 600 state laws since 2005, and more th…

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Andy Page

Managing Director, Wildlife, The Humane Society of the United States

Andrew Page has played a central role in numerous successful efforts to protect wild animals and animals raised for their fur. Since joining The HSUS in 2006, Page has led negotiations and corporate campaigns convincing top retailers and designers to reduce or eliminate their use of animal fur. Page has also opened negotiations and dialogue with the leading worldwide luxury design houses previously unreachable by animal protection organizations on fur-related issues. An expert on wildlife protection and animal fur issues, Pa…

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Richard Patch

Vice President of Federal Affairs, ASPCA




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Nancy Perry

Senior Vice President of Government Relations, ASPCA
Nancy Perry oversees the ASPCA’s state and federal policy work, and recently opened the ASPCA Washington, D.C. office. Nancy formerly was HSUS’s vice president of Government Affairs. Nancy has testified in Congressional hearings and helped pass laws on animal crush videos, fur, puppy imports, animal fighting, and horse slaughter, along with 20 successful state initiatives. Nancy received her B.A. from Wellesley College, her M.A. from California State University, Northridge and her J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School, where she founded the ani… Read more
Company ASPCA
Position Senior Vice President, Government Relations


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Kelly Peterson

Kelly Peterson is vice president of State Affairs for The Humane Society of the United States
She works with HSUS state directors throughout the country to support animal welfare legislation, fight animal cruelty, and engage like-minded citizens to promote the protection of animals. In May, 2009, Peterson co-founded Fences for Fido—an all-volunteer 501c3 non-profit in Oregon and Washington—that has improved the lives of more than 325 chained dogs living outside in the elements all day and night. FFF attends to all needs by building a fence, removing the chain, supplying a warm dog house, provi… Read more
Company The Humane Society of the United States
Position Senior Vice President, State Affairs



Casey Pheiffer

Senior Director, Wildlife Public Policy and Advocacy, The Humane Society of the United States

Pheiffer directs the wildlife policy and advocacy team for The Humane Society of the United States. The HSUS focuses its wildlife policy and campaign efforts on three fronts: work on stopping the worst wildlife abuses, such as captive hunting and illegal wildlife poaching, ending wide-spread killing of marine mammals, and stopping the exotic pet and captive wildlife trade.



Elizabeth Phillips

My love for animal is for ever-ever... My husband is my bestfriend but my two beautiful Cat's Pongy-Bongy, are my life,their keep me up, happy, alway's on the run, is because of them my passion for animal is everlasting. I had dedicated my life to safe, an to advocated for animal. those defensely animals that can't speek for them self need our help, Getting together in unity give us the strenghted of will. To defeat those whos are defaulted the law. It's my mission to fight an protected those animals who are keep in a 2x4 incaptivity, inadequated conditions just for the love of money. So let… Read more
Location Quincy, Massachusetts


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Matt Prescott

Food Policy Director, The Humane Society of the United States
Matt Prescott has worked in the animal protection field for more than a decade, with a focus on reforming agriculture to account for farm animal welfare. Working primarily with major food corporations – including fast food chains and grocery outlets – Matt has helped shepherd in more humane methods of farming systems for chickens, pigs and other animals. Matt has also worked extensively on local animal protection efforts and with the national and international media to raise awareness about factory farming and expose animal abuse in… Read more
Company The Humane Society of the United States
Position Outreach Director, Farm Animal Protection


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Valerie Pringle

Equine Protection Specialist, The Humane Society of the United States

Valarie has been an Equine Protection Specialist with The Humane Society of the United States for the last year and a half. At Days End Farm for Horse Rescue, she completed the Equine Cruelty Investigators course. Living in Annapolis, she witnessed the carriage horses working in what she considered inhumane conditions, so she worked to pass legislation to improve their working conditions. She serves on the Board of Directors for Maryland Votes for Animals, a political action committee that focuses on humane legislation in t…

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Rebecca Regnery

Deputy Director, Wildlife. Humane Society International

Rebecca Regnery, MSB is the Deputy Director of Humane Society International’s wildlife department. She is responsible for managing wildlife programs and campaigns and represents the organization at international treaty and agreement meetings. She collaborates with U.S. and foreign governments, international agencies, non-governmental organizations, industry and consumers to accomplish wildlife conservation and animal welfare goals. She co-chairs the Species Survival Network shark working group and oversees international anti-shark finnin…

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Tim Rickey

Senior Director, Field Investigations and Response, ASPCA


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Adam Roberts

Executive Vice President, Born Free USA    

Adam Roberts is the Executive Vice President of Born Free USA, based in Washington, DC, which was started in 2002 to bring the UK-based Born Free Foundation’s message of compassionate conservation to the American public. He began his animal protection and conservation career in Washington in 1991. In addition to directing the Born Free USA office, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Species Survival Network (SSN), a global coalition working on wildlife trade issues under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Faun…

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Becky Robinson

President, Alley Cat Allies

As president of Alley Cat Allies, Becky Robinson leads the nation’s only advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats. Co-founded by Robinson in 1990, Alley Cat Allies became the first organization to develop, introduce, and advocate for humane methods of feral cat care, particularly Trap-Neuter-Return, in America. Today, more than 260,000 supporters look to Robinson and Alley Cat Allies as the recognized authority on outdoor cats and a leader in the movement to protect their lives. Robinson found her calling in animal protection …

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Vicki Roller

Elimination of euthanasia as a means of population control, creating a society that is responsible and humane.
Location Virginia


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Nathan Runkle

Nathan Runkle is the founder and executive director of Mercy For Animals.
Through his work with MFA, Nathan has been featured on ABC’s World News Tonight, Nightline, and 20/20, CNN, and National Public Radio, and in USA Today, and the New York Times.
Nathan has worked alongside elected officials, corporate executives, farmers, celebrities, and film producers to pass landmark farmed animal protection legislation, raise public awareness about vegetarianism, and implement animal welfare policy changes.
VegNews magazine named Nathan one of the "25 Most Fascinating Vegetarians" and one of the cou… Read more
Company Mercy for Animals
Position Executive Director



Marnie Russ

100 years from now, it will not matter what sort of house you lived in, or what your bank account was, or what kind of car you drove...but the world may be different because you were important in the lives of animals and the creatures of this earth.
Company Rocky Mountain Capitol Consulting
Position President
Location Washington, District of Columbia



Sudhir Sajwan

Location New Delhi, India



Ferrell Santacroce-Beachler

~ Making stronger, enforceable laws that can fully prosecute offenders.

~ Developing and working with rescue and shelter organizations on a standardized care and help the under served shelters obtain the resources they need to function on a responsible level of care.

~ Ending gas chambers.

~ Nitro's Law - HB 108

~ Mandatory and/or low cost spay/neuter and reaching into the community to help those that need care for their pets, obtain it.

Company HSVMA, Colony Cats (& dogs), Nitro Foundation
Position Animal Rescue/Advocate
Location Ohio and Maryland/D.C.


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Tami Santelli

Maryland Senior State Director, The Humane Society of the United States

Tami Santelli has been with The HSUS since 2006, serving as the director of state legislation prior to becoming The HSUS\'s Maryland state director in 2011. While in law school, Santelli was an active member of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, worked on the Animal Law Journal and interned for both the Great Ape Project and the D.C. law firm Meyer, Glitzenstein & Crystal. Santelli has worked to pass new laws on animal cruelty and puppy mills, and serves on a Governor’s appointed task force on spay/neuter issues in Ma…

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Leslie Sardinia

Company Humane Society of Greater Miami
Location Miami Beach, Florida


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Sherry Schlueter

Executive Director, South Florida Wildlife Center

Sherry Schlueter was a professional law enforcement officer for nearly 37 years (Broward Sheriff’s Office). She created the first animal cruelty detective unit within a law enforcement agency anywhere, and initiated and helped author the felony animal cruelty bill that became Florida state law in 1989. She created the Special Victims and Family Crimes Section, which included detective units investigating animal, child, elder, and disabled adult abuse, neglect, and exploitation, sex crimes, missing persons, and domestic violence. Lt. Schlueter …

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Carolyn Schnurr

Carolyn Schnurr, Federal Legislative Manager

As federal legislative manager, Carolyn focuses on developing strong relationships for the ASPCA in Congress and with agency officials to advance the organization’s federal agenda. Carolyn is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law where she developed her legal expertise in equine issues. Originally from Kentucky, Carolyn relocated to the DC area so she could pursue a career in animal advocacy, and she now happily resides in Maryland with her rescued greyhound, Roo.




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Paul Shapiro

Vice President, Farm Animal Protection, The Humane Society of the United States
Paul Shapiro has played an integral role in numerous successful legislative and corporate campaigns to improve the plight of farm animals. Shapiro's work has helped enact farm animal protection laws in California, Arizona, Michigan, Maine, Colorado, and Oregon. He's also worked with dozens of companies, including some of the world's top retailers, to improve animal welfare in their supply chains. Shapiro founded Compassion Over Killing in 1995 and served as its campaigns director until January 2005. While there, he… Read more
Company The Humane Society of the United States
Position Vice President, Farm Animal Protection



David Shirk

Each time we sit down to eat, we make a choice: do we want to support kindness and mercy, or do we want to support cruelty and misery?
Company Sound Mental Health
Location Seattle, Washington



Sandy Smith

"Very little of the great cruelty shown by men can really be attributed to cruel instinct. Most of it comes from thoughtlessness or inherited habit. ..."

-Albert Schweitzer
Company The Humane Society of the United States
Position Washington State Council Member
Location Kirkland, Washington





Candis Stern

Company candisjstern@gmail.com


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Sara Stewart

Senior Attorney for International Law & Trade, The Humane Society of the United States

Sarah V. Stewart is the Senior Attorney for International Law & Trade in the Animal Protection Litigation Section of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).   In this capacity, Ms. Stewart leads the international group, which focuses on the intersection between international law and animal protection.  Her work includes litigation before international tribunals, domestic litigation concerning the foreign actions of U.S. based corporations, and advising on international trade law implications of dome…

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Heather Sullivan

Director of Public Relations, The Humane Society of the United States
In her role as director of public relations for The Humane Society of the United States, Heather Sullivan implements media campaigns to promote and educate the public about the programs and policy work of The HSUS  and its affiliates. Through proactive outreach , The HSUS has earned the reputation as the go-to  resource on animal-welfare issues for national and local media outlets. Before joining The HSUS, Heather worked in media relations for a national non-profit advocacy organization and as a producer for CNN.… Read more



Sulaiman Tameer

President and founder of Kurdistan organization of animal rights protection (KOARP)
Location Duhok, Iraq


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Holly Tarry

Colorado State Director, The Humane Society of the United States

Holly Tarry is The HSUS's Colorado state director. Before joining The HSUS in June 2007, she managed several departments in animal shelters in Fort Collins and Denver.  She played a key role in passing 2008 legislation phasing out cruel gestation and veal crates in Colorado, and she continues to work on puppy mills, canned hunts, prairie dog protection, and many more legislative issues for animals. Tarry earned a B.S. in communications from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.

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Tamira Thayne

Founder, CEO, Dogs Deserve Better, Inc

Tamira Thayne is founder and CEO of Dogs Deserve Better, an award-winning nonprofit dedicated to ending the chaining and penning of dogs, and bringing Man\'s Best Friend into the home and family. In 2010, Thayne was called the \"Godmother of Anti-Tethering\" by USA Today. Thayne is author of \"Capitol in Chains: 54 Days of the Doghouse Blues,\" \"Scream Like Banshee: 29 Days of Tips and Tales to Keep your Sanity as a Doggie Foster Parent\", and co-editor of \"Unchain My Heart: DDB Rescue Stories of Courage, Compassion, and Caring.\"

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Carey Theil

Executive Director, GREY2K USA

Since co-founding GREY2K USA with Christine Dorchak in 2001, Carey has been sourced in hundreds of news articles about greyhound racing, and has published guest columns about the industry in the Boston Globe, Rocky Mountain News, Orlando Sentinel, Providence Journal, Tallahassee Democrat, Mobile Register, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Foster’s Daily Democrat, Lowell Sun and Lynn Daily Item.



Ellie Trueman

President and CEO, Certified Shade Technologies

Ellie Trueman is President and CEO of Certified Shade Technologies, a passive cooling and environmental screening company. Trueman’s professional life includes nearly thirty years of marketing, communications and strategic positioning experience. Parallel to her professional life, Trueman has been active in several efforts designed to effect animal legislation including the animal cruelty felony law in MD, the TLC Initiative, (Trapping Legalizes Cruelty) an effort to outlaw leghold trapping in Montgomery County and the creation of an animal supp…

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Stephanie Vance

Advocacy Guru, Advocacy Associates

Stephanie D. Vance, author of Government by the People: How to Communicate with Congress, the fabjob.com guide, Get a Job on Capitol Hill, Citizens in Action: A Guide to Influencing Government and The Advocacy Manual has more than 20 years of experience in Congressional affairs. She has worked in a prominent DC law firm, lobbied for National Public Radio and worked in various Congressional offices, holding positions as Legislative Director and Staff Director. Her work on congressional communications stems from a deep and abiding belief that government isn’t …

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Ledy VanKavage

Sr. Legislative Attorney, Best Friends Animal Society

Ledy VanKavage is the Senior Legislative Attorney for Best Friends Animal Society and National Manager of Best Friends Animal Society’s Pit Bull Terrier Initiative. Before joining Best Friends, Ledy worked at the ASPCA as Senior Director of Regional Legislative Services. She was a founder of the Madison County Humane Society, the Illinois Federation of Humane Societies and of Operation SPOT (Stop Pet Overpopulation Today). She has spearheaded the passage of over 30 animal welfare bills and is the current Chair of the American Bar Associati…

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Jane Velez-Mitchell

Host of HLN's Jane Velez Mitchell

Jane Velez-Mitchell is the host of the self-titled “Jane Velez-Mitchell” on HLN. A veteran television news journalist, Velez-Mitchell reported for the nationally syndicated Warner Brothers/Telepictures show "Celebrity Justice" and regularly served as guest host for HLN’s popular program "Nancy Grace.” As a commentator on high-profile cases, Velez-Mitchell has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and other national cable television programs.

 Velez-Mitchell is a New York Times bestselling author of "iWant: My Journey From Addiction and Overconsumption to a Simple…

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LIVE for HORSES! that should say it all but it probably doesn't as everyone involved must feel the same way. I am in the middle of getting my license as a Vet Tech, Have my B.F.A., A.A. and am certified in integrative medicine for animals, but want to specialize in horses. one by one i would like to help heal all horses on an emotional level as well as physical for what has happened to them as a group.

thank you
Company Soos Nova, LLC.
Position CEO




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Bruce Wagman

Partner, Schiff Hardin LLP, San Francisco
Bruce Wagman is a partner with Schiff Hardin, with an almost exclusive focus on a wide range of animal law cases, as well as animal law education, legislative counseling, and consultation.  He has been practicing animal law since 1992 and has represented clients in state and federal courts.  Bruce’s clients include numerous animal protection organizations as well as private individuals.  He is a coeditor of Animal Law, the first animal law casebook, currently in its fourth edition; and coauthor of A Worldview of Animal Law, which provides a broad persp… Read more
Company Schiff Hardin, LLP
Position Partner



Kate Wall

Federal Legislative Specialist, The Humane Society of the United States
Kate Wall is a Federal Legislative Specialist in the Federal Affairs department of The Humane Society of the United States, where she focuses primarily on legislation relating to wildlife, exotic animals, and farm animals. In addition to her policy work, she has a background in grassroots advocacy and hands-on animal care. Kate is a graduate of the George Washington University Law School where she studied animal law, environmental law, and international law.
Company The Humane Society of the United States
Position Legislative Specialist, Federal Affairs



Gertrude Wallis

Location Woburn MA



Neya Warren

Charlotte Outreach Director, Coalition to Unchain Dogs



Lisa Wathne

Captive Wildlife Specialist, The Humane Society of the United Sates

Wathne’s career began at a local animal shelter where she created and implemented the county’s first adoption program. She then worked on numerous campaigns at the Progressive Animal Welfare Society, including the expose of a dog dealer and the relocation of Ivan the gorilla from a department store to Zoo Atlanta. Wathne spearheaded successful efforts to ban leghold traps, bear baiting, and hound hunting of bears and cougars in Washington State, then lobbied to prevent the legislature from overturning the initiatives. After s…

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Michelle Welch

Assistant Attorney General, Virginia Attorney General's Office

Michelle Welch is an Assistant Attorney General in the Virginia Attorney General’s Office. She is the Assistant charged with taking all animal law questions in Virginia. She is called on by agencies all over the Commonwealth to act as a special prosecutor in animal cruelty and animal fighting cases. She has been appointed a special Assistant U.S. Attorney to aid in dogfighting prosecutions. She frequently gives advice to local law enforcement authorities and prosecutors all over Virginia and across the nation.

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Jessie Wickersham

Company Wet Noses and Happy Tails Rescue
Position Co-Founder



Mary Kennedy Withrow

"In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing, when you look at the sky at night... you, only you, will have stars that can laugh!"

The Little Prince
Company The Humane Society of the United States
Position NDART
Location Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania



Lisa Wolfe

I currently volunteer at Chatham Animal Rescue and Education (CARE) and Carolina Tiger Rescue (I was inspired by Tim Harrison last year!), while working a full-time non-animal-related job. My goal is to establish a sanctuary for older and terminally ill dogs sometime within the next year or two.
Company Red Hat
Location Pittsboro, NC


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David Wolfson


David J. Wolfson is a partner in the Global Corporate Group at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP.  He currently is an adjunct professor at NYU Law School, where he teaches animal law, and at New York University, where he teaches public policy and animal protection.  He has previously taught animal law at Cardozo Law School, Columbia Law School, Harvard Law School and Yale Law School. He is the author of a number of articles and chapters on animal protection law, with a focus on farmed animal law, and represents a number of animal protection groups including The Humane Society of the Unite…

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Rita Zanin

Keep it simple. My Karma run over your dogma. Dreamer
Location Washington, District of Columbia



Melissa Ziombra

Location Washington, DC

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