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Board Members

John Thompson

John Thompson

Chair

John’s first word in this life was rabbit, and he has been an animal person and a student of the human-animal interrelationship ever since. When not tending to stray, injured, or confused critters John followed a path in business. He was a vice president and publisher with Affinity Group, Inc., producers of magazines and books relating to recreation. John is past president and board member of the Western Publications Association, and a founding member of Professional Small Business Investment Co., a federally chartered SBIC.

He was chairperson of RV Care, Inc., a recreation vehicle dealer coalition, has served on several RV industry committees and is the current chair of an industry task force focusing on improving customer satisfaction with the RV product. John shares his home Northern California with magical and wise companion animals who were once homeless but quickly adapted to being treated as royalty.

Petra Pepellashi

Petra Pepellashi

Vice Chair

Petra Pepellashi began her fight for animals at age four with a dispute over which neighborhood child would take home a black and white stray cat. Her friendship with the beloved Mitzen was the first of many life long relationships with companion animals. She currently shares her life and home with two former stray cats, Smoky and Tigger, and two enthusiastic dogs with the deserving names of Bello and Chase. Petra is retired from the advertising industry. She attended the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit as a graphic design major. She founded the graphic design firms Pepellashi & Rae and Pelikan Design, which specialized in creating packaging and promotional materials for the home video industry and Pelikan Pictures, which specialized in high-end computer art and retouching.

Kenneth Shapiro

Kenneth Shapiro

Board President

Kenneth Shapiro earned his BA from Harvard University and his PhD in clinical psychology from Duke University. He is cofounder of the Animals and Society Institute. He founded Psychologists for the Ethical treatment of Animals and the Society and Animals Forum. He is founder and editor of Society and Animals: Journal of Human-Animal Studies; cofounder and coeditor of Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science; and editor of the Human-Animal Studies book series. His most recent book is Animal Models of Human Psychology: Critique of Science, Ethics and Policy. He is one of the developers of AniCare and AniCare Child, the only psychological treatment models for animal abusers, and trains therapists throughout the country on the use of these models.
Susan Earp

Susan Earp

Treasurer

Susan Earp is employed at a large non-profit in the Detroit area as the Vice President for Finance.  She has considerable expertise in the non-profit arena, with over 30 years of experience as an accountant in this field.  Her volunteer service includes leadership positions at various non-profits that focus on human and animal welfare.  “Whoever said that diamonds are a girl’s best friend…never had a dog.” (unknown)

Beatrice Friedlander

Beatrice Friedlander

Secretary

Beatrice M. Friedlander is a founding and current member of the Animal Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, and of Michigan Attorneys for Animals. She serves on the Legislative Committee of the Animal Law Section and was active in the successful effort to overturn a law allowing mourning dove hunting in Michigan. She served on the board of Jazzpurr Society for Animal Protection, Windsor, Ontario; and is a hands-on volunteer at Leuk’s Landing in Ann Arbor, and at SASHA Farm, a sanctuary in Manchester, MI, where she can be found periodically (and happily) scooping litter and mucking stalls.

Bee received J.D. and B.A. (Sociology) degrees from The Ohio State University, and a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Non Profit Sector Studies from Wayne State University. She is a member of the Michigan and New York State bars, and describes herself as a recovering attorney. Bee and her husband share their home with cats Mica, Blanco and Julia.

Kristin Stewart

Kristin Stewart

Kristin L. Stewart, is an attorney and PhD in cultural geography with an emphasis on animals and society. Kris engages in teaching and research related to exploring the ethical, legal and social dimensions of human-animal relations. Kris is also an Ethics Advisor for Practical Ethics.
Nancy Gordon

Nancy Gordon

Nancy Gordon has had a varied career. In her early years she was a singer, actress, dancer. She attended Boston University Theater School, took a two-year break to live in Paris, and sang in nightclubs around Europe. She returned to the USA to attend Columbia University, from which she graduated in Comparative Literature. Then the theater called again, and she performed in musical comedies in summer stock and in the National Company of Anthony Newley Stop the World I Want To Get Off,with Joel Gray and Kenneth Nelson. She was a film editor in NYC and worked for CBS and then for a film production company that did films and PSAs for not for profits. There she met her husband, Paul Swedenburg, who was an editor. She marched on Washington DC with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was Co-Chair of the Legislative Committee of NYC NOW, and liberated the NYC bars. She made a documentary on a woman artist, which dealt not only with her art and life, but with ageism and sexism.

Always an animal lover, she discovered the animal rights movement in the late 70s, which, for her, encompassed everything she cares for: animals, the environment, civil rights, women’s rights, and ahimsa (do no harm). She founded HAVE, Inc. in 1977, a professional multi-media sales and services company, and through her company has been able to help animal organizations with their audio and video duplication needs. Some of the large and small organizations HAVE works with are ASI, Farm Sanctuary, Elephant Sanctuary, Equine Advocates, and PETA.

Ivy Collier

Ivy Collier

Ivy D. Collier is an animal advocate guided by the belief that no animal should be abused or neglected. She most recently worked for the Delaware SPCA as the director of development, marketing, and communications and has a history of volunteering for animal shelters and animal advocacy organizations. She earned her Bachelor of Science in social psychology and her Master of Public Affairs focusing on fundraising and nonprofit management. As an independent researcher, her interests focus on human–animal studies with a specific lens on companion animals and popular culture, canine selfhood, companion animals and public policy, puppy mills, the no-kill movement, shelter management, and the Five Freedoms. She is a council member of the American Sociological Association’s Animals & Society section andcontributes to the Faunalytics blog and the Human–Animal Studies Images and Cinema blogs for ASI.

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