Avery Prevost holds a bachelors degree in Anthropology and a minor in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from Rice University. After gaining experience in wildlife rehabilitation in Texas, she returned home to work with the Georgia State Affairs (Legislative) division of the Humane Society of the United States. Avery spends most days assisting public librarians to fund her avid bird-watching hobby. She currently uses any free time reviewing and summarizing human-animal studies research for non-profit animal advocacy organizations.
Effie Heotis holds a Masters Degree and Certification in Marital and Family Therapy from Northwestern University and completed her clinical graduate practicum from The Family Institute at Northwestern University in Chicago. Effie has over a decade of experience in conducting clinical individual, family and group therapy sessions for individuals, couples and families throughout the Chicago community. She has an additional decade of experience in managing research projects and writing analytical reports that study aspects of psychology and the engagement of the employee in relation to gender, group dynamics, cultural diversity, communication styles, human resource management practices, and human performance. As a passionate, supportive and active member of her community in the animal rescue arena, she networks with an abundant number of individuals and organizations involved in helping homeless and at risk pets. In supporting her local animal rescue organizations, she provides pro bono services as a consultant in strategic support and program development. Effie also has a lifelong passion for art and cultural studies and enjoys creating images that represent nature and animals deeply rooted in elements related to ecofeminism, ecological conservation, mythology, mythical figures, goddesses, and other female and male archetypal subjects.
Ivy D. Collier is an animal advocate guided by the belief that no animal should be abused or neglected. She currently employed for the Delaware SPCA as the Director of Development, Communications & Marketing 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, No Kill Movement, shelter management, and the fur trade. She is a council member of the American Sociological Association’s Animals & Society section, a member of the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators and contributes to the Humane Resource Council Humane Spot blog and the Human- Animal Studies Images and Cinema blogs for the Animals and Society Institute.
Latin American Volunteer
A learning-addict, Magnolia has studied many things (anthropology, psychology, human rights, family therapy, human ecology, and environmental sciences), though her most important lessons have always come from her dogs Rita, Juana, Pelusa, Poncho, Molly and K.C., and all of the creatures who visit her backyard. Magnolia was born in Colombia and lived in Mexico prior to settling in her current home in Texas. She spends most of her weekends making her backyard a native, sustainable, and life-friendly space that everyone, regardless of species, can enjoy.
Social Media Volunteer
Kay-Lynn Chartier is a social media maven with a passion for urban life, artistic culture, and advocating for animal rights. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising and Public Relations and Writing from Grand Valley State University. In her free time, Kay-Lynn enjoys attending concerts, doing DIY projects, working on freelance document design projects, and playing with her three ferrets: Rory, Roxy, and Riku. Kay-Lynn strives to increase the Animals and Society Institute’s social media presence, lead positive online conversations, share ASI’s mission and research with new audiences, and connect animal lovers to the organization.