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Staff Members

Ivy Collier

Ivy Collier

Executive Director

Ivy has been involved with the Animals & Society Institute (ASI) since 2008 when she began as a volunteer. Her involvement grew when she later became a Board member in 2016.  Now as the Executive Director, Ivy is responsible for the mission, vision, strategy and fundraising efforts for ASI.

Ivy earned her Bachelor of Science in Social Psychology and a Masters of Public Affairs focusing on fundraising and nonprofit management. She also earned the title of Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credentialed by CFRE International in 2016.

Ivy has more than 10 years of nonprofit management and fundraising experience and has served in key roles with the Delaware SPCA, Ocean Conservancy and National Wildlife Federation.  She has a history of volunteering for animal shelters and animal protection organizations. Ivy’s research interests are animals, religion and culture as well as public policy. Ivy and her husband share their home three cats, Catherine, Penelope, Winnie, and one dog, Chloe.


Gala Argent, PhD

Gala Argent, PhD

Director, Human-Animal Studies

Gala Argent is a lifelong equestrienne and interdisciplinary scholar whose work concerns human-nonhuman animal intersections. She holds a PhD in Archaeology, MA and BA degrees in Communication Studies, and teaches or has taught in higher education within departments of Art, Communication Studies, Cultural Anthropology, and Animal Studies.

Gala’s work focuses on the interpersonal, intersocial and intercultural relationships between humans and other animals, and on the ways these can be seen to co-create and replicate mutually interdependent selves, identities and practices within various societies, past and present. She and her husband share their social world with two parrots, Paulie and Okota, two dogs, Boris and Orion, and three horses, Bud, Shen and Della.


Daniel Earle

Daniel Earle

Managing Director

Daniel graduated from the Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts and holds a BA in Electronic Media and Film Studies from Eastern Michigan University. While at EMU he was involved with the Students for Animal Rights activist group. Daniel is a former employee of SASHA Farm Animal Sanctuary and currently volunteers at Barn Sanctuary. He is also involved with other animal advocacy and vegan advocacy groups such as VegAnnArbor and VegMichigan.


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