Guest Profiles 2021-23
New profiles now in the BLOG!
Laurie C Williams BA CCUI FFC has had a love of and connection with dogs from as far back as she can remember. She is the owner and Director of Training and Behavior Counseling at Pup ‘N Iron Canine Enrichment Center in Fredericksburg, VA. where she has been serving her community as a canine education specialist and dog behavior counselor for the past 15 years. She holds a B.A. from Norwich University in Montpelier, VT and was a member of the adjunct faculty of the Natural Sciences Department of Northern Virginia Community College for 7 years. Laurie is a nationally published writer with works appearing in the APDT Chronicle of the Dog, The Whole Dog Journal, Dog & Handler, 911, Essence, Fitness, and Good Housekeeping magazines. She is currently a member of the Board of Governors of the Dog Writer’s Association of America and is an AKC licensed ATT, Farm Dog and Rally Obedience judge and Canine Good Citizen evaluator.
Grisha Stewart, M.A., CPDT-KA, KPACTP, HB-WIP is a Dog Trainer, Author and International Public Speaker best known for developing Behavior Adjustment Training (BAT3.0), a humane technique for addressing dog aggression, frustration, and fear. Through her international dog seminars, videos, books, and in-person and online training academy, she’s helped hundreds of thousands of dogs and their people thrive.
Grisha uses positive reinforcement mindfully in ways that directly benefit the animal, like teaching cooperative care and agency, which forms the foundation of her online school, the Grisha Stewart Academy.
Arin Greenwood is the author of Your Robot Dog Will Die, published by Soho Teen. Arin is an animal writer, and former lawyer, who was the animal welfare editor for The Huffington Post. Her stories about cats, dogs, and other critters have appeared in The Washington Post, Slate, The Dodo, Today.com, the American Bar Association Journal, Creative Loafing, and many other publications. Arin now works as a writer, editor, and communications consultant for animal nonprofits. Robot Dog has been optioned by Centerboro Productions to be made into an animated series.
Lori Jervis (PhD, FGSA) is a Professor of Anthropology and Co-Director of the Center for Applied Social Research at the University of Oklahoma. She is a medical and cultural anthropologist as well as a gerontologist. Her animal-related research includes free-roaming dogs in a tribal community and relationships between Purple Martins and the “landlords” who care for them. Her most recent study focuses on the relocation of companion animals from the southern US to the North as a strategy for reducing space-related killing in shelters.
Dr. Lori Jervis
Ashley Anderson-Mutch is a Senior Program Manager of Enforcement and Policy Reform with Pets for Life at the Humane Society of the United States. She works with animal welfare organizations across the country to address areas of inequity with internal and external policies that disproportionately affect underserved communities and communities of color. She strives to help develop an understanding of the way in which animal welfare is connected to larger issues of institutional discrimination and historical oppression for people.
She also works with several municipal shelter organizations and local animal enforcement teams to implement community based support practices. Prior to joining the HSUS, Ashley worked as a Humane Law Enforcement Officer in the city of Philadelphia and across several counties in Pennsylvania.
Scott Giacoppo is the Director of National Shelter Outreach for Best Friends Animal Society, leading the development of lifesaving efficacy and sustainability for animal welfare partners nationwide. With a background as Chief of Animal Field Services for the District of Columbia, he is a seasoned advocate for animal protection and welfare. Scott's collaborative approach to partnership emphasizes tailored support for each organization and its unique community needs. Throughout his career, he has established successful community-based programs, secured critical animal protection legislation, and significantly contributed to reducing stray cat fatalities. With a wealth of experience dating back to 1989, Scott's dedication to animal welfare remains unwavering and impactful.
Originally born in France,Françoise is now based in Durban, Kwa Zulu Natal.
In 1998, Lawrence and Francoise bought a rundown hunting game reserve in the heart of Zululand, and named it Thula Thula, Zulu word for “peace and tranquility”.
In 2016, Francoise founded the South African Conservation Fund, Thula Thula non-profit organization, which incorporated the Rhino fund and wildlife protection actions, as well other conservation projects.
Francoise received the prestigious award “Prix du Public des Trophées des Français de l’étranger» in March 2019 in Paris, at the Ministry of Foreign affairs, in recognition for her work in conservation in South Africa.
She received the prestigious Medal of “Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Merite” by the French Government in February 2022 for her work in Wildlife Conservation at Thula Thula Game Reserve.
Francoise second book “THE ELEPHANTS OF THULA THULA”, published by Pan MacMillan UK, was released in September 2022. This book relates the entertaining stories and adventures of the wilds of Thula Thula despite all adversities and challenges encountered, while being an inspirational tale about all work done by Francoise and her team to preserve African wildlife, with the introduction of new species and the successful expansion of the game reserve, working closely with local communities to create more space for wildlife conservation, and bringing awareness to the dramatic situation of endangered species in Africa.
Ben Stimpson (He/They/Them) is a therapist, lecturer, student, and spiritual director. Ben has developed courses on a variety of topics, including ancestor veneration, the power of story, and folklore. When not working with clients or writing, Ben is engaged with his areas of study: religious studies, medieval and classical studies, folklore, and spirituality. Learn more at www.BenStimpson.com.
Heather Frigiola is an aspiring anthropologist and PhD candidate (ABD) at the University of Nevada - Las Vegas, specializing in the study of animals in human culture. Her doctoral dissertation focuses on canine ministries, unraveling the intricate relationship between humans and dogs within these unique religious contexts. With a background in lecturing and volunteering at renowned institutions, Heather brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her research. Her interdisciplinary approach and passion for understanding human-animal interactions make her a valuable contributor to the field of animal anthropology. Stay tuned for her insights into the cultural significance of canine ministries and their impact on communities.
David L. Clough is Professor in Theology and Applied Sciences at the University of Aberdeen. He is author of the landmark two-volume monograph On Animals (2012, 2019), on the place of animals in Christian theology and ethics. He is Principal Investigator for a three-year AHRC-funded project on the Christian Ethics of Farmed Animal Welfarein partnership with major UK churches, which in 2022 is working with educators to develop learning resources from the project for schools and theological colleges. He founded the DefaultVeg campaign, which promotes a simple policy shift to a vegetarian/vegan default for events catering, and co-founded of CreatureKind, an organization engaging Christians with farmed animal welfare. You can find him @DLClough on Twitter.
Dr. David Clough
Kim Brophey, CDBC, CPDT-KA, FDM, is an applied ethologist and owner of The Dog Door Behavior Center in Asheville, NC. Kim’s commitment to Family Dog Mediation has been recognized internationally, awarded the APDT Outstanding Trainer of the Year in 2009 and the Best Dog Trainer of WNC seven years in a row. She is a member of the International Society for Applied Ethology and the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, and a certified member and past board member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Kim Brophey’s L.E.G.S. model of integrated canine science has been endorsed by prominent canine scientists such as Raymond Coppinger and embraced by reputable academics and dog trainers worldwide. Her groundbreaking sold-out first edition book, MEET YOUR DOG, TED talk, Beyond The Operant (BTO) collaborative, many public speaking venues, and countless radio and podcast features have made profound waves throughout the dog behavior world as well as the general public. Kim continues to build bridges and invite others to contribute to a new conversation about dogs- one that challenges us toredefine how we perceive, talk about, and treat our canine companions as a society.
Kim Brophey, CDBC, CPDT-KA, FDM
Yamini Narayanan is an Associate Professor of International and Community Development at Deakin University, Melbourne. Her work explores the ways in which (other) animals are instrumentalised in sectarian, casteist and fascist ideologies in India, and how animals are also actors and architects of informal urbanisms. Yamini’s research is supported by two Australian Research Council grants. Her newest book Mother Cow, Mother India (2023) is published by Stanford University Press. In 2019, Yamini was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Mid-Career Research Excellence. In recognition of her work, she was made Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics (FOCAE), a distinguished honour that is conferred through nomination or invitation only.
Anat is a social-sciences informed human-animal researcher at the "Coller-Menmon Program for Animal Rights and Welfare" in the Buchmann Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University. She is the co-founder and a steering committee member of both the human-animal connections forum and of the community for human-animal studies in Israel (HASI), which she also co-chairs.
Anat's Doctoral dissertation delved into the life and work of Jewish Israeli Shochtim (slaughterers), in which she looked, among other things, into their attitudes and feelings, as well as their moral schema in concern with shechitah (slaughter).
Anat's main research interest include various forms of interspecies violence, with emphasis on legitimized versus non-legitimized violence of humans against nonhuman animals; and "the save movement" with its educational programs as possible paths to cope with these violent phenomena.
Internationally known for her work in animal ethics, Dr. Lisa Kemmerer is the founder of the educational, vegan umbrella organization, Tapestry. With a Master of Theological Studies in Comparative Religions (Harvard) and a Ph.D. in philosophy (specializing in animal ethics at Glasgow University, in Scotland), Kemmerer taught for 20 years at the university level. She has written more than 100 articles/anthology chapters and 10 books, including In Search of Consistency, Animals and World Religions, Sister Species, and Eating Earth. Dr. K retired in July of 2020 to become a full-time social justice activist with Tapestry.
Photo by Joanne McArthur
Dr. Lisa Kemmerer
Jacqui has a Ph.D. in Classical Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA in Global Conservation from Miami University's Global Field Program. Her research interests include elephant tourism in Thailand and visitor engagement at farmed animal sanctuaries in the U.S. She is a lecturer in Gender Studies and Film at the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University in Philadelphia. Her article, “The Mother of Elephants: ‘Lek’ Chailert, Elephant Nature Park, and the Gendering of Elephant Husbandry," is included in a special edition of Gender Forum on "Gender, Animals, and Animaliity," and "Hands Off the Herd: Negotiating Tourist Desires and Animal Welfare at a Thai Elephant Sanctuary” will appear in a forthcoming volume stemming from the inaugural Emerging Voices in Animal Tourism edited by Carol Kline and Jes Hooper.
Jacqui Sadashige PhD.
Kris is completing a PhD in Anthrozoology with the University of Exeter, UK. Her doctoral research focuses on cat-human relations within urban communities, and discourses surrounding free-roaming and free-living cats (Felis catus). Other academic areas of interests include morethanhuman families, griefwork, animal representations, and Mediterranean street cats and cat-human cultures. Kris is also passionate about the issue of companion animals in rental accommodation and believes no one should be forced to relinquish a beloved companion animal to avoid homelessness. A lifelong cat-lover, the majority or her travel photos have always included cats! Read more here: https://katzenlife.wordpress.com/
Sharmini Julita Paramasivam is a senior lecturer at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Surrey. Sharmini has an MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare from University of Edinburgh and focuses her teaching and practice on animal behaviour, welfare and human animal interaction. In 2022, she received senior fellowship in higher Community attitudes towards macaques in urban Malaysian tourism education from UK’s Advance HE. Sharmini leads the Animal Neighbours Project in Malaysia which aims to reduce negative interactions between wildlife and humans in urban spaces.
Sharmini Julita Paramasivam
Bobbie was born and raised in Oklahoma and a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, Bobbie is a daughter of Cantonese, Cherokee and Euro-American heritages. Bobbie is particularly passionate about exploring the ways that tourism can be more than just an economic livelihood for Indigenous and post-conflict communities. She focuses on tourism’s potential for connecting people with traditional culture, Country (lands+waters+all living beings) and community. Bobbie has recently submitted her PhD for examination at the University of Notre Dame Australia, with research focused on comparative models of Indigenous-led tourism and cultural resurgence across Australia and the United States.
Bobbie Chew Bigby
Eveline Baptistella holds a Ph.D. in Contemporary Culture Studies - Communication and Culture from Mato Grosso's Federal University – Brazil. She is a researcher and journalism titular professor at Mato Grosso's State University. She dedicates her research to the field of critical animal studies, media studies, and environmental and scientific journalism. Baptistella also coordinates the research project "Animal Studies and Media," which includes the study of the relationships between human and nonhuman animals in contemporary society and the representation of nonhuman animals in the media.
Eveline Baptistella Ph.D.
Altamush Saeed is a Pakistan-based animal rights lawyer currently pursuing an LLM in Animal Law at the Center for Animal Law Studies, Lewis and Clark Law School as the first Pakistani recipient of the Brooks Institute Animal Rights Law and Policy International Scholarship. He holds an LLM from the University of Michigan Law School. He is a Co-Founder/Director of Charity Doings Foundation(https://charitydoings.org/), and an Animal Welfare Ambassador to Comprehensive Disaster Response Service(https://cdrsworld.org) He served as a Legislative Advocacy Intern at Best Friends Animal Society in 2022 and is currently a government relations intern at ASPCA. In Summer 2023, he will work as a Thomas Raskin Summer Legal Extern at Mercy for Animals. He also serves as a Humane Policy Volunteer Leader at the Humane Society of the United States for 2023. His life goal is to help all life, be it humans, animals, or the environment. Altamush is extremely grateful to all his past and future mentors for keeping this journey ongoing.
Nora Livingstone is the CEO and co-founder of Animal Experience International, an award winning B Corp that helps people volunteer on animal welfare and conservation projects. She also is the host of Fanimal's Animal Chat Time where she talks to animal lovers of all ages about narwhals, flying snakes, binturongs and more! She has danced in the CN tower as a panda, Ivor Wynne stadium as a red tailed hawk, Birmingham Grand Central Station as a river otter and on the banks of the Cowichan River as a chinook salmon.
Nora Livingstone CEO of Animal Experience International
Victoria grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah before moving to Helena, Montana to attend Carroll College. She has since graduated from Carroll with an undergraduate degree in anthrozoology, She is currently applying to sociology and anthrozoology master's programs. She hopes to perform sociology and anthrozoology research on aspects of the furry community and how animals are used and perceived within the art of the furry community in order to express oneself and socialize and other topics involving fandom and animals and other subjects as a career in the future. Her paper "Gender Expression Using Fursonas in the Furry Community" which is an exploration of how fursonas allow members of the furry fandom to express and explore their gender identity in a community. Her research is currently under review and was presented at the 2022 ISAZ virtual conference.
Nanette McCann joined Homeward Pet as the Executive Director in 2018. It was Homeward Pet’s reputation for community engagement and volunteer dedication that spoke to Nanette’s personal values over her 30+ year career as a non-profit professional.
It was Nanette’s first career in radio broadcasting that actually got her interested in working in non-profit as a career. After 10 years as an on-air personality, championing for many organizations and experiencing the passion and commitment of volunteers and non-profit staff, Nanette made the transition to mission based work.
Nanette is the mom of five human children and two fur-babies, Frankie and Ursula.
Barbara J. King is Emerita Professor of Anthropology at William & Mary and a freelance science writer and public speaker. The author of seven books, including Animals' Best Friends: Putting Compassion to Work for Animals in Captivity and the Wild, Barbara focuses on animal emotion and cognition, the ethics of our relationships with animals, and the evolutionary history of language, culture, and religion. Her book How Animals Grieve has been translated into 7 languages and her TED talk on animal love and grief has now received over 3 1/2 million views. Barbara’s work has appeared in Scientific American, Aeon, and Undark, and she regularly reviews books for NPR and the TLS. She tweets about animals, science, and books https://twitter.com/bjkingape. To learn more, visit her website at www.barbarajking.com
Dr. Barbara J. King PhD.
Rachel Aronson is the Quiet Sound Program Director at Washington Maritime Blue, a NGO that seeks to accelerate the sustainability and equity of the blue economy. Quiet Sound, founded in 2021, seeks to better understand and mitigate the impacts of large commercial vessels, such as cargo, ferry and cruise ships, on the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales in Washington State. Quiet Sound is a state-wide coalition of local, state, federal and tribal governments, the maritime sector and conservation NGOs. Rachel holds an M.M.A. from the University of Washington’s School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, as well as a B.A. in Biology and Hispanic Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.
Rachel Aronson, MMA
Sally Lawrence is a volunteer naturalist and salmon watcher for the City of Bellevue. She has a B.A. in Biology from Brown University and M.S. in Biological Oceanography from University of Rhode Island. Before retiring, she was a water quality specialist for Washington Department of Ecology. She loves traveling that involves hiking and learning new cultures, and Chinese food. And American dippers!
Simone Müller, MA is a certified dog trainer and dog behaviour consultant (ATN.AG) from Germany.
She specializes in force-free anti-predation training and is the author of the two books of the Predation Substitute Training series “Hunting Together” and “Rocket Recall”.
Simone is proud to be an Associate Trainer at the Scotland-based Lothlorien Dog Training Club (AT-LDTC) and a member of both the Pet Professional Guild (PPG) and the Pet Dog Trainers of Europe (PDTE).
Follow Simone’s work on Facebook and Instagram: #predationsubstitutetraining
Learn more: http://www.predation-substitute-training.com
Simone Müller, MA
Simon Gadbois integrates ethology, animal experimental psychology, and behavioural neuroscience to study wild and domestic canids. He completed his Ph.D. in behavioural endocrinology at the Canadian Centre for Wolf Research (CCWR) examining the hormonal correlates of social behaviour in wolves, as well as action sequences in wolves, coyotes and red foxes. When the CCWR closed in 2007, he started the Canid Behaviour Research Lab at Dalhousie University and focused his research on coyote-human conflicts and canine scent detection and search. He is interested in the fundamental science of olfaction and olfactory learning, as well as some applications: His lab has focused on environmental/conservation, biomedical, and forensic applications of scent processing in dogs.
Dr. Simon Gadbois
Hilary Anne Hager has spent the last twenty years managing volunteers in animal welfare environments and currently serves as the Vice President of Outreach, Engagement and Training at the Humane Society of the United States. Engaging volunteers in meaningful work to make the world a more humane place is Hilary’s passion and life’s work. She teaches compassion fatigue workshops around the country to help provide members of the animal protection community the support and resources to maintain their own well-being while working in a challenging and emotionally-charged environment.
In addition to working in companion animal shelters, Hilary has been a volunteer herself at a wildlife rehabilitation center in Washington State, and served on the board of directors for a chimpanzee sanctuary, the Washington State Federation of Animal Care and Control Agencies, and a “friends-of” non-profit group supporting the work of a municipally-operated shelter. Hilary holds a master’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University.
Sindhoor is a canine behaviour consultant, Galen myotherapist, an independent ethology researcher, an engineer by qualification and an educator in Bangalore, India. She is a TEDx speaker, the author of the book, Dog Knows and an independent ethology researcher studying the free-living dogs in India. Sindhoor is the founder of BHARCS. BHARCS offers a UK-accredited level 4 diploma on canine behaviour and ethology and boasts of students from all parts of India and across the globe. Sindhoor is also the country representative for Pet Dog Trainers of Europe (PDTE) and is currently pursuing her masters in Anthrozoology from Exeter University (UK).
Dr. Fournet's research interests are in animal communication, the impact of anthropogenic noise on animal behavior, and how interspecies interactions manifest acoustically. She works primarily in the marine realm, but is generally interested in using acoustics to investigate questions of applied ecological significance and to disseminate science to the greater public.
For her graduate work she investigated humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) acoustic ecology and the impact of vessel noise on humpback whale calling behavior in Southeast Alaska.
As a postdoctoral researcher at the Cornell Lab’s K. Lisa Yang Center for Conservation Bioacoustics (CCB), she is using acoustics to understand community dynamics in Florida Bay, Everglades National Park, with an emphasis on sonic fishes.
Former projects include humpback whale and killer whale photo-identification and citizen-science program development in Juneau, Alaska, the coordination and development of a marine mammal observation effort in Oregon’s near-shore ocean, and the analysis long-term acoustic data sets from Alaska’s Beaufort Sea, where she investigated seasonal presence of bowhead whales (Balaena mysticetus) and arctic seals.
Dr. Michelle Fournet
Dr. Mariska Kret (PI) works as a full professor at the Cognitive Psychology Unit of Leiden University, where she directs the CoPAN lab. After MSc degrees in Cognitive Psychology (2006) and in Clinical Psychology (2007) from Leiden University, Kret started her PhD trajectory at Tilburg University where she investigated the perception of emotions (2011). Since then, her research expanded to comparative studies in great apes and patients with mental disorders. She has demonstrated that many of the facets constituting emotion processing are evolutionary ancient, and shared with great apes, our closest living relatives. In her ERC Starting project she investigates the role of emotional expressions in the establishment of trust. Her VIDI extends that research to clinical populations (autism and social anxiety disorder). In her research she typically combines different methods including fMRI, psychophysiology and behavioural observations. Reaching out to the general public and open
science practices are of utmost importance to her.
Dr. Mariska Kret
Cindy Su is a senior at Timberline High School in Boise, Idaho in the United States. She has been following and advocating for the wolves ever since she heard about SB 1211 in the spring of 2021.
Michel Liao is a senior at Timberline High School in Boise, Idaho. Michel likes math, reading, and activism. He's co-president of his high school's environmental club, TREE Club, and co-founded System Green, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to transforming Boise into a more sustainable city.
Helen is the owner and operator of No Monkey Business Dog Training, LLC. Based in Concord New Hampshire. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge and Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA) and a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) and an Operation Socialization Certified Trainer (OSCT). Helen has been training dogs for over 20 years. She is a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, a certified member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and a member of the Pet Professional Guild. Helen is also a licensed Dogs and Storks educator, and a licensed Dogs and Toddlers educator.
Helen is constantly going to continuing education seminars to learn more about the fascinating world of dog behavior, and she has been featured on the radio, in print, and on T.V. for her work! She volunteers countless hours at the local SPCA and works with homeless dogs to help them learn skills to find a home faster.
Helen St. Pierre, CPDT-KSA, CDBC, OSCT
Jennifer is the owner and founder of Family Paws Parent Education. She has a certification from the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and a special education degree with more than 30 years of experience. She’s served on multiple boards, including the International Childbirth Education Association, and was Vice President of Doggone Safe, a non-profit dedicated to dog bite prevention and victim support.
Jennifer Shryock, BA, CDBC
Therese Lilliesköld lectures and training on the connection between violence against children and family animals, cat behavior and cat protection, trauma in dogs and cats and family animals from an anthrozoological perspective. For pet owners, she offers cat behavior consultations and lectures.
She lives in Gnesta in scenic Sörmland with her family; sons Ruben and Vidar, the house cats Pocahontas and Panther, the guinea pigs Lily and Juni, the mixed breed dog Vera and the Salamander Salomon.
Lindsay Hamrick works to strengthen partnerships with shelter and rescue organizations through mentorship, training, policy initiatives and grants. She is a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer. Within the HSUS, she previously served as the director of policy—advancing fair housing policies, supporting humane community cat programs and ending breed-specific legislation—and as the New Hampshire state director. Before joining the HSUS, she spent almost a decade in animal sheltering, overseeing behavioral, medical, adoption and owner support programs at three of New Hampshire’s animal shelters, as well as at a large, urban shelter with an intake of over 30,000 animals per year. She serves on the board of Shelter Animals Count and the New England Federation of Humane Societies.
Lindsay Hamrick, CAWA, CPDT-KA, MS
Director of Shelter Outreach & Engagement
Carol Kline is the founder and Managing Director of Fanimal. Through working as a tourism professor in North Carolina, U.S., Carol had the privilege of collaborating with many farming families who wish to develop tourism on their farm as a means to provide extra income and to convey the importance of food production and rural lifestyles. Today she teaches a course on Animals, Tourism, & Sustainability and her research agenda is focused entirely on animals, which intersects with tourism and hospitality quite naturally. She launched Fanimal.online in 2018 to further satisfy her thirst for animal-related knowledge, her desire to network with animal- and environmentally-focused people, her wish help others find satisfaction by bringing animals into their life and careers, but most of all to be a part of something bigger for the betterment of animal lives.
Lynda has been a committed ethical vegan and grassroots campaigner since 1999. She is Editor-in-Chief of the International Association of Vegan Sociologists’ Student Journal of Vegan Sociology and also writes for Faunalytics. Lynda holds an MA in Anthrozoology as well as Honours degrees in Philosophy, Politics, Social Psychology and Sociology. Her first paper, the ‘Peppa Pig Paradox’, was published in the Journal for Critical Animal Studies in 2020, and she has several other papers, articles and book chapters both published and forthcoming.
Lynda is a passionate advocate for equity and justice, and is Trustee of a newly formed creative social project, The Scheme, in her hometown of Livingston, Scotland. Lynda’s current PhD research investigates the experiences of young vegan children in key Scottish social institutions such as education, with a view to expanding its inclusivity. She is a member of The Vegan Society’s Researcher and Education Networks, and she has been a Lecturer in Sociology and Programme Tutor for the Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP) in Social Sciences at West Lothian College for 15 years.
Independent researcher, founder and director of AEDC Anthrozoology Education Dogs Canines and PFAH Portugal Focus Animal Help. He leads in-person and online educational programs on dog behavior, free-ranging dogs and wolves. He has studied free-ranging dogs in various countries, conducted field research on Bali dogs, and introduced dogs to schools in Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia. He also studied sledge dogs in Quebec, Dingoes in Australia, and wolves in the UK. He supported the rescue of animals in disasters in Indonesia and Portugal.
Member of the International Society for Anthrozoology, the Animal Behavior Society, and board member for the international Anthrozoology Symposium, Romania.
Jessica is the Owner and Director of Behavior and Training at Instinct Dog Training San Diego. She and her team help San Diego dogs and humans live better lives through practical, positive, and effective training & behavior programs.
Jessica has over 15 years of training and behavior consulting experience, working with thousands of pet dogs and their families. She has specialized in behavior issues for the past 10 years, specifically leash reactivity and aggression cases. She takes a comprehensive approach in understanding each individual dog, and tailoring her training plan accordingly.
Jessica Wheatcraft, CDBC, CPDT-KA
Suzanne Clothier is an internationally respected dog trainer, and the author of many publications, including Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships with Dogs. She teaches seminars throughout the US & internationally on a wide range of topics.
An innovative trainer always seeking better ways to understand, assess and improve what we do with and for dogs, Suzanne has developed a variety of Relationship Centered Training techniques, including Treat/Retreat. The author of the ground-breaking Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships With Dogs (Warner, 2002) and many other books, DVDs and training tools, she is currently offering online courses for trainers and dog owners.
A long time breeder of German Shepherds, 11 generations of her dogs have been successful in multiple dog sports, SAR, therapy work, and as guide dog breeding stock. She lives on a working farm in upstate New York with husband John Rice, and their considerable animal family.
Dogs and people have always fascinated Colleen Pelar. When she was a dog trainer, her favorite part of the job wasn't teaching the dog, but improving the relationship between dogs and their people.
Both are social species, hard-wired to connect, and she loved offering simple, practical tips for building those connections. That's why, over more than 25 years of dog training, she spoke at scores of veterinary and training conferences and wrote three books to help parents and children have successful relationships with their dogs.
But she also sat in far too many living rooms having difficult conversations with parents about their dogs' aggression. Eventually she burned out. She lost the joy that had highlighted her work.
Colleen restored that spark by studying strategies for combating burnout and compassion fatigue and earning her certifications as an applied positive psychology practitioner, resilience skills trainer, and coach. Her new-found knowledge led her in a new direction: sharing effective, science-based tools that help veterinary and animal
behavior professionals feel valued, supported, and energized.
Colleen Pelar, CPDT
Laura Monaco Torelli is the founder of Animal Behavior Training Concepts in Chicago, Illinois. She began her career in 1991 at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, where she trained beluga whales, dolphins, sea otters, seals, river otters, and penguins. Laura serves as a Faculty Instructor with Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior (KPA), and as a Teaching Assistant for Dr. Susan G. Friedman’s Living & Learning with Animals online course. She offers private training at West Loop Veterinary Care, located in downtown Chicago. She has appeared on various broadcast media, including WGN and NBC 5 news, WGN Radio, and WCIU’s You & Me This Morning. She also contributed her training videos for the Fear Free Professional Trainer Certification program, and the Karen Pryor Academy Better Vet Visits online course.
Laura Monaco Torelli
KPA CTP/Faculty Instructor, CPDT-KA
Amber graduated from the Royal Vet College, London in 1999 and went straight in to first opinion vet practice. She soon realized that many elements of her consultations included behaviour, whether as a symptom of potential disease (my dog’s sleeping more than they used to, my dogs more irritable than they used to be), or a direct request for help in a behaviour problem (my dog wont stop eating the cushions) or because understanding dog behaviour facilitated a better relationship with the dog and their human. In 2007 she set up Understand Animals, UK, a business providing behaviour and welfare education for both animal caregivers and professionals. Today she still works in vet practice seeing medical and behaviour cases, but also teaches behaviour worldwide and works as a legal expert witness in welfare cases.
Dr. Amber Batson
Michael Shikashio, CDBC, is the founder of AggressiveDog.com and focuses on teaching other professionals from around the world on how to successfully work aggression cases. He is a five-term president of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and is a full member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT).
Michael is sought after for his expert opinion by numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, New York Post, Fox News, The List TV, Baltimore Sun, WebMD, Women’s Health Magazine, Real Simple Magazine, SiriusXM Radio, The Chronicle of the Dog, and Steve Dale’s Pet World. He also hosts the popular podcast show “The Bitey End of the Dog” where he chats with the foremost experts on dog aggression.
He is a featured keynote speaker at conferences, universities, and seminars around the world, and offers a variety of educational opportunities on the topic of canine aggression, including the Aggression in Dogs Master Course and the annual Aggression in Dogs Conference
Michael Shikashio, CDBC
Michelle Atterby is the executive director of the Vancouver Island Humane Education Centre. She is completing her masters degree in environmental education, and has several professional certifications in animal assisted learning, and animal behaviour and training. Michelle has been facilitating humane education programs focusing on the development of empathy and prosocial behaviour in youth, for the past 16 years. She lives and works at the Eco Wisdom Farm Sanctuary, home to more than 50 farm animals, lovingly cared for as they live out their natural lives, and volunteer to participate in the variety of educational programs offered throughout the year.
Mike Farley has been teaching middle and high school Geography and Environmental Studies for 20 years in Toronto. He is also a Sessional Lecturer for the University of Toronto’s Master of Teaching program and a member of the Institute for Humane Education faculty at Antioch University. Mike founded and continues to organize the annual Educators for Animals Conference that brings together hundreds of educators from around the world who are incorporating animal protection into their school communities. Mike is a frequent presenter at education conferences in Canada and the U.S. on topics such as human rights, environmental issues, and animal protection.
Matti Wilks is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the Department of Psychology at the University of Edinburgh. Her background is in social and developmental psychology and she is interested in understanding (and overcoming!) psychological barriers to prosocial and ethical behaviour. At the moment, her research focuses on the factors that shape our moral circles, and why some people are so motivated to help distant others. In addition, she studies attitudes towards cultured meat and why we think natural things are good and unnatural things are bad.
Akisha brings over a decade of animal law and policy experience to her current role as Chief of Policy, Environmental Justice Division at CARE. Prior to joining CARE, she worked as a managing attorney for the Animal Legal Defense Fund and as legislative attorney and policy advisor at various other national and international animal protection organizations. Akisha is an AmeriCorps alumni and is currently an active contributor to the Black Appalachian Coalition (BLAC) as well as the legal redress, environmental justice, and economic development committees of her local NAACP chapter, which recently awarded her the Prince and Cora Mack Humanitarian Award.
Alyssa Ellison became chief of the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office’s animal control unit in 2019. She works closely with veterinarians and fellow law enforcement on everything from high-profile animal seizures to lost pets. -The Central Virginian. She has also worked in Washington DC as a Shelter Manager and an Animal Control Officer for The Washington Humane Society.
James is a multi-awarding winning creative strategist and leader with 25+ years of experience developing relationships between organizations and their constituents. His expertise has been utilized across a diverse group of brands, both non for profit, and for profit.
James and his team have initiated several programs, including the ground breaking Gulf Spay/Neuter Campaign and HSUS’ Pets for Life, which helped reshape animal welfare, while simultaneously advocating for more diversity and inclusion throughout the field.
He has also played an integral part in AWO organization’s projects, including HSUS’ Adopters Welcome, Outdoor Cats Research, Stop Puppy Mills and Spayathon, as well as Best Friends Animal Society’s Outreach Action Team, Maddie’s Fund, and SPCA of Texas’ Let’s Fix This Campaign.
James Evans, CEO of Companion Animal for Reform and Equity
CLIVE D.L. WYNNE, Ph.D., is the founding director of the Canine Science Collaboratory at Arizona State University. Previously, he founded the Canine Cognition and Behavior Laboratory at the University of Florida, the first lab of its kind in the United States. A native of the United Kingdom, Wynne has lived and worked in Germany and Australia as well as the United States and gives frequent talks to audiences around the world. The author of several previous academic books and of more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles that count among the most highly cited studies on dog psychology, he has also published pieces in widely-read outlets such as the Washington Post, New Scientist, and the New York Times, and has appeared in several television documentaries about dog science on Netflix, PBS, and the BBC. His latest book, Dog is Love: Why and How Your Dog Loves You, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in September 2019.
Clive Wynn Ph.D
Amanda Arrington (she/her) is the Senior Director of the groundbreaking Pets for Life (PFL) program at the Humane Society of the United States and previously served as a lobbyist and North Carolina State Director for HSUS.? With PFL, Amanda guides a social justice-driven approach to create equity in and access to pet resources and information for people in underserved communities. Under her leadership the program has been implemented in over 50 markets across the country and is working to make companion animal welfare a more just and inclusive movement.
Amanda is also the founder and Executive Director of Beyond Fences, a non-profit based in Durham, NC.? The organization builds trust and relationships in communities by providing no-fee pet services and support for people living in underserved areas.
Amanda currently serves as co-chair of The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement’s DEI committee and received the prestigious American Veterinary Medical Association Humane Award in 2018.
"Born in Italy but a citizen of the world, I’ve nurtured in time a deep connection with nature and birds of prey in particular.
I consider other animals as my guides and mentors in a neo-shamanic perspective, and I believe in the human-hawk entanglement as a form of post-humanist co-education.
As a founder of Falconeria Zen www.falconeriazen.org
Silvia's work with the birds aims to establish a deep understanding and vibrant interconnection between humans, other animals and the environment in the heartfelt awareness that everything is interconnected.
Falconeria Zen wants to offer a very respectful and sometimes spiritual approach to birds of prey as some of the most iconic and worshiped animals in human perception, because they represent the incarnation of all those height qualities that humans most admire. "I humbly observe, feel and establish a connection with them so that I can pass their message on to other fellow humans."
Jennifer Evans studied studio art in school and has over 20 years experience in marketing and publishing as both a designer and Art Director. She is the COO and Art Director for Illume Communications and is a wardrobe stylist.
Jennifer is also the Chief Operating Officer for CARE. As a highly organized logistics expert, she manages CARE’s staff and workflow. Aside from her visual communications and organizational skills, Jen brings an in-depth knowledge of social media marketing strategies and narrative production. Much of her recent work within the animal welfare field has included innovative campaign strategies and production for large scale projects such as Breaking Bias for HSUS Expo 2019, Stop Puppy Mills Video campaign, Petstablished, Let’s Fix This, HSUS’ Spayathon, and HSUS’ Adopter’s Welcome toolkit.
Sue Alexander is the co-owner with her husband, John, of Dogs in the Park, a dog training and behaviour consulting company in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Sue has been actively involved in dog sports for the past twenty years, competing in obedience, rally and agility. She is an experienced service dog trainer, specializing in training dogs for those with psychiatric disabilities. Sue was a content editor of the critically acclaimed book “Canine Behavior A Photo Illustrated Handbook.” Outside of the dog fancy, Sue is active in Powwow dancing, hiking and reading.
Lori Gruen is the William Griffin Professor of Philosophy at Wesleyan University. She is also a professor of Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Science in Society, and founder and coordinator of Wesleyan Animal Studies. She is the author and editor of 15 books, including Entangled Empathy (Lantern, 2015); Critical Terms for Animal Studies (Chicago, 2018) and Ethics and Animals: An Introduction (Cambridge, 2011, second edition 2022). Gruen’s work lies at the intersection of ethical and political theory and practice, she critically interrogates oppressive systems that impact those often overlooked in traditional ethical investigations, e.g. women, people of color, incarcerated people, non-human animals.
Gruen has been involved in animal issues as a writer, teacher, and activist for over 25 years. Her relationships with scholars thinking about animals, activists working to protect animals, and, perhaps most importantly, with many different animals, uniquely inform her perspective on how we need to rethink our engagement with other animals. She has published extensively on topics in animal ethics and ecofeminism and has become known as a bit of an archivist for chimpanzees in the US given her work documenting the history of The First 100 chimpanzees in research in the US (http://first100chimps.wesleyan.edu) and the journey to sanctuary of the remaining chimpanzees in research labs, The Last 1000 (http://last1000chimps.com).
Dr. Lori Gruen
Hal Herzog has been investigating the complex psychology of our interactions with other species for more than two decades. He is particularly interested in how people negotiate real-world ethical dilemmas, and he has studied animal activists, cockfighters, animal researchers, and circus animal trainers. An award-winning teacher and researcher, he has written more than 100 articles and book chapters. His research has been published in journals such as Science, The American Psychologist, The Journal of the Royal Society, The American Scholar, New Scientist, Anthrozoös, BioScience, The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and Animal Behavior. His work has been covered by Newsweek, Slate, Salon, National Public Radio, Scientific American, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune and many other newspapers. In 2013, he was given the Distinguished Scholar Award by the International Society for Anthrozoology.
Hal Herzog is Professor of Psychology at Western Carolina University and lives in the Smoky Mountains with his wife Mary Jean and their cat Tilly.
Dr. Hal Herzog
Jasmin Singer is the author of The VegNews Guide to Being a Fabulous Vegan (Hachette Go, 2020) and the memoir Always Too Much and Never Enough (Penguin Random House Berkley; 2016). She's the co-founder and co-host of the award-winning Our Hen House podcast and nonprofit (now in its eleventh year), the Director of Content & Partnerships for Kinder Beauty, and the editor of the Encompass Essays: Antiracism in Animal Advocacy: Igniting Cultural Transformation. Jasmin was named a “40 Under 40” by The Advocate Magazine, a top “Eco-Preneur” by Go Magazine, and can be seen in documentaries including Vegucated and The Ghosts In Our Machine. She has been a featured expert on TV shows such as “The Dr. Oz Show,” has contributed to several anthologies and led hundreds of workshops around the globe, and debuted her Tedx talk—“Compassion Unlocks Identity”—last year. Jasmin’s career started twenty years ago as an AIDS-awareness activist with the educational theater company, and she later went on to become the Campaigns Manager for Farm Sanctuary. Jasmin is committed to using personal narrative as a means to create change; emboldening and collaborating with do-gooders to tell their stories; creatively using media as a means of activism; and continuing to learn about the endless overlaps within social justice, and let that information inform her change-making efforts.
Mary Roach is the author of the New York Times bestsellers STIFF, SPOOK, BONK, GULP, GRUNT, and PACKING FOR MARS. Her new book FUZZ: When Nature Breaks the Law. Mary has written for National Geographic, Wired, and The New York Times Magazine, among others, and her TED talk made the TED 20 Most Watched list. She has been a guest editor for Best American Science and Nature Writing, a finalist for the Royal Society's Winton Prize, and a winner of the American Engineering Societies' journalism award, in a category for which, let's be honest, she was the sole entrant. More at www.maryroach.net
From Rapper to Trapper: you don’t lose cool points for compassion
Sterling “TrapKing” Davis is a well-traveled, ex-military, music and cat enthusiast who has always loved entertaining and interacting with people. Since childhood, he was also the only guy in his neighborhood that loved cats. Davis’ mission is to change the stereotypes of not only men in cat rescue, but also bridge the gap in communication between black communities and predominantly white animal welfare organizations. He lives and breathes his motto, you don’t lose cool points for compassion.
Today Davis is a sought-after speaker all over the world, speaking at events like Cat Con, Cat Camp, Meow DC and fundraising events for small rescues and shelters across the United States. Sterling hopes to one day travel the country in a recreational vehicle, teaching animal advocates in communities of all sizes how to care for their community cats.
Sterling "Trapking" Davis
Jes Hooper is an Anthrozoology PhD candidate at the University of Exeter in the UK and a member of Exeter’s Anthrozoology as Symbiotic Ethics (EASE) working group. Jes’ current research focuses on human-animal encounters within the trade in exotic wildlife for the pet, coffee, tourism, and zoo industries. Jes’ PhD project, The Civet Project, is a multi-species and multi-sited ethnography following the stories of Viverridae species entangled within live animal trade, with encounters viewed through a trans-species lens. Jes’ work actively engages with interdisciplinary scholarship including collaborations with visual artists, critical tourism academics, conservationists, zookeepers and fellow anthrozoologists. Jes lectures part time on two undergraduate programs in Animal Behaviour, Welfare and Conservation at Plumpton College, Sussex, and blogs under the name Shilo & Patch.
Aryenish Birdie is the founder and executive director of Encompass, a nonprofit working to make the animal protection movement more racially diverse, equitable, and inclusive. Prior to Encompass, Aryenish spent seven years at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine promoting alternatives to animal tests. Aryenish received a degree from Hampshire College in critical social thought/race and feminist theory and her Master’s in Public Management from Johns Hopkins University.
Aryenish Birdie ED Encompass
Michelle Nijhuis is the author of the new book Beloved Beasts: Fighting for Life in an Age of Extinction, a history of the modern conservation movement. A project editor at The Atlantic, she is also a longtime contributing editor at High Country News and an award-winning reporter whose work has been published in National Geographic and the New York Times Magazine. She lives in White Salmon, Washington.
Laura Coleman (she/her) is a writer and an artist. In 2007 she went to Bolivia and joined the NGO, Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi (CIWY), which manages three wildlife sanctuaries and gives homes to animals rescued from illegal wildlife trafficking. It was this work, the communities and the stories that she found there, that, in 2012, inspired her to start the Brighton-based charity ONCA. Panthera onca means jaguar. Bridging social and environmental justice issues with creativity, ONCA promotes positive change by facilitating inclusive spaces for creative learning, artist support, story-sharing and community solidarity. In 2018, Laura moved to the Isle of Eigg in Scotland with her friend and companion, a dog called Nelo. She lives and writes by the sea, whilst still being on the board of ONCA and Friends of Inti Wara Yassi, the UK charity that supports CIWY’s work. Her first book - a memoir, about life changing relationships with rescued wild animals at CIWY – is called THE PUMA YEARS. For more information visit www.lauracoleman.co.uk.
Kayla Fratt is the founder of K9 Conservationists, an organization that trains dogs to detect data. Kayla is dedicated to both compassionate conservation and the humane hierarchy of dog training. She and her border collies Barley and Niffler travel the world helping scientists conduct their research.
Emily Major (she/her) is a Canadian research activist who loves all things furry, scaly, feathered, and slimy, and advocates through her work that all animals receive empathy and compassion, no matter their species. She is currently researching for her PhD at the New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. Emily’s research, briefly discussed in this podcast, examines the mainstream ‘possum-as-pest’ discourse in conservation and considers how compassionate conservation principles could help alleviate suffering and cruelty towards the brushtail possum. In tandem with her research, Emily began her blog, Framing Speciesism, which seeks to bridge the knowledge gap between academic scholarship and the general public. This blog, which discusses the framing of possums in short, digestible posts, can be found at framingspeciesism.com.
Dr. Emily Major
Nancy Lawson is the author of The Humane Gardener: Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife, a habitat consultant, and a national speaker on garden ecology. She founded Humane Gardener to pioneer creative planting strategies and other animal-friendly landscaping methods. Lawson’s presentations at diverse venues—from national wildlife refuges to local wildflower preserves—have inspired even seasoned horticulturists and wildlife experts to look at their landscapes in a new way. Certified as a Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional and master naturalist, she partners with conservation and animal advocacy organizations in central Maryland. Her book and garden have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other media outlets.
In 2002, Born Free USA was launched in the United States to bring Born Free’s vision to the American public. In 2007, Born Free merged with Animal Protection Institute (API). Born Free operates one of the largest primate sanctuaries in the United States. The 175-acre sanctuary, located in south Texas, provides a safe, permanent home to approximately 400 monkeys, many rescued from abuse in roadside zoos or as “pets” in private homes or retired from animal experimentation. Born Free USA
Angela Grimes CEO Born Free USA
A widely-published author and scholar, whose specialties include anthrozoology and online learning. Ph.D. in German and Intellectual History. Mercy College, NY- Adjunct Professor of Liberal Arts,
Sing Sing Prison/Hudson Link College Instructor – American History, Philosophy, European History, English, Creative Writing, Religion.
Founder and first President of the non-profit organization Nature in Legend and Story (NILAS, inc.), dedicated “to promote understanding of traditional bonds between human beings and the natural world.”
Dr. Boria Sax
With the Greenway Trust since: 2016
Dan is responsible for developing and implementing restoration projects throughout the Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area. These projects focus primarily on riparian and instream habitat restoration, following regional salmon recovery goals and initiatives. Dan also supervises the Greenway’s seasonal restoration crew, who implement the bulk of the Greenway’s ecological restoration work. Dan grew up outside of Chicago and attended the University of Wisconsin where he studied economics and environmental sciences before moving to Seattle to serve as an AmeriCorps member with EarthCorps. Since then, Dan has lived in Washington and worked restoration jobs for local government, non-profits, and a private contractor. Dan finished his Master of Environmental Horticulture degree at the University of Washington just after joining the Greenway Trust in the spring of 2016. In his spare time, Dan enjoys hiking, searching for old growth trees, playing guitar, and watching baseball.
Sara graduated from UCL with a BSc in Anthropology before completing an MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour at the University of Lincoln. In 2020 she has completed a PhD at the University of Liverpool entitled "Dog Bites: Perception and Prevention". Afterward, Sara split her time between completing an AWF-funded post-doctoral study exploring the impact of COVID-19 on veterinary healthcare seeking and working as a Research Officer at Dogs Trust. She currently works full time on Dogs Trust’s Generation Pup cohort study (you can find out more about it here: https://generationpup.ac.uk/)
Dr. Sara Owczarczak-Garstecka
Clare has been developing and teaching courses at UMaine (Orono) for the past 15 years in the Animal Science and Counselor Education programs. She taught in Rehabilitation Services at UMF courses such as Introduction to Disability, Counseling and the Helping Relationship, and Animal Assisted Therapies. She is teaching at Husson University in the Psychology and Counselor Education programs, with undergraduate courses in Mind-Body Connection, Lifespan Developmental Psychology, and Ethics and Professionalism as well as graduate courses in Animal Assisted Interventions, and Green Care. She has a 70 acre farm with many animals (about 100 if you count chickens). Sge is passionate about teaching & learning, & her motto in life- is ‘Knowledge is only useful if it is shared.”
Dr. Clare Thomas-Pino
Jacqueline Sehn, DVM, VetMFHom, was born and raised in Brazil, where she attended Veterinary School at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, having graduated in 1983. After working for a few years in a mixed animal practice, she traveled to Europe to further her studies in Homeopathy.
She moved to NYC in 1987 and has lived and practiced veterinary medicine on Mercer Island, east of Seattle, since 1996. Her life's passion has always been to heal our dog and cat friends. Mercy Vet
Dr. Jackie Sehn
About the Practice. Dr. Taryn Rathbone will work with your regular veterinarian to provide the best possible care for your horse. Adding holistic modalities such as acupuncture and chiropractic to your horse's regimen will speed recovery and help maintain good health and soundness.
Dr. Taryn Rathbone
Julianne Meisner is an epidemiologist and veterinarian. She is based in Seattle where she is a Clinical Assistant Professor working with the Center for One Health Research at the University of Washington, and a Veterinary Public Health Fellow at the International Livestock Research Institute in Nairobi. Her work focuses on the interconnected nature of human and non-human animal health.