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Alley Cat Allies National Conference

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Speakers

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Special Guest

John Fulton, host of Must Love Cats

John Fulton
Host – Animal Planet’s Must Love Cats!

John Fulton hails from Topsfield, Massachusetts and has lived in LA since 2000. Graduating from University of Rhode Island with a BA in Music Performance, John has composed a variety of songs, from comedy with The Fresh, music for TV and film, to his renowned kitty ditties. He got his TV break when he became the host of Must Love Cats for Animal Planet and wrote over 75 songs including the theme song which he later won Song of the Year from The Soup. John has also been featured on America’s Cutest Pet, Cats 101,The Puppy Bowl and The Tonight Show. Combining his love for animals, TV and music, he’s excited to now host Who Let the Dogs Out for the Hallmark Channel.

Watch John's PSA for Alley Cat Allies! »

Workshop Speakers

Becky Robinson, President and Co-Founder of Alley Cat Allies

Becky Robinson
Alley Cat Allies President and Co-Founder

Becky Robinson is president and co-founder of Alley Cat Allies, the nation’s only advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats. Based in Bethesda, Maryland, the mission of Alley Cat Allies is to end the killing of cats and lead the movement for their humane care.

Mike Arms, President of Helen Woodward Animal Center

Mike Arms
President
Helen Woodward Animal Center
Rancho Santa Fe, CA

Helen Woodward Animal Center President Michael Arms is a pioneer in the animal welfare industry. He is recognized worldwide as the creator of both the International Pet Adoptathon and "Iams Home 4 the Holidays."

Vince Ascolese, Bergen County (NJ) Humane Enforcement Supervising Animal Control Officer & Animal Cruelty Investigator

Vince Ascolese
Supervising Animal Control Officer & Animal Cruelty Investigator
Bergen County Humane Enforcement
Bergen County, NJ

Vince Ascolese supervises an agency that provides Animal Control & Cruelty Investigations for seven municipalities and the George Washington Bridge Plaza. He was instrumental in starting a TNR program in the region and establishing The Bergen County Protect & Rescue Foundation, a “No Kill” animal shelter.

Kristen Auerbach

Kristen Auerbach
Director of Communication and Outreach
Fairfax County Animal Shelter
Fairfax, VA

Kristen Auerbach oversees the Fairfax County Animal Shelter’s Trap-Neuter-Return program and collaborates with volunteers, veterinarians, clinics, elected and appointed officials, community-based groups, law enforcement, and neighboring jurisdictions. She spearheaded a recent analysis and evaluation of the award-winning TNR program and is working with the shelter’s Director on strategic planning and next steps for Fairfax County’s TNR program.

Bonney Brown, Humane Network President (formerly with Nevada Humane Society)

Bonney Brown
President
Humane Network

Bonney Brown is the president and principal consultant for Humane Network, a non-profit she founded to help others create successful responsible lifesaving programs and sustainable no-kill communities. She was the Executive Director of Nevada Humane Society from 2007 – 2013 where she helped make this community one of the safest in the country for homeless pets.

Bonney Brown, Humane Network President (formerly with Nevada Humane Society)

Alice Burton
Chief of Animal Control
Animal Welfare League of Arlington
Arlington, VA

Alice Burton is Chief of Animal Control in Arlington County, Va. For the past 11 years, Alice has been providing animal control services through the Animal Welfare League of Arlington. During her tenure, Alice has seen a major shift in the county’s approach to feral cats: the county has shifted from not supporting Trap-Neuter-Return at all, to hosting community TNR workshops and subsidizing spay/neuter services for feral cats. Alice and her team of animal control officers support and regularly implement TNR as part of their lifesaving work.

Jon Cicirelli, San Jose Animal Care and Services Director

Jon Cicirelli
Director
San Jose Animal Care and Services
San Jose, CA

Since 2003, Jon Cicirelli has been the Director of Animal Care and Services in San Jose CA. He has built community partnerships and implemented programs that have reduced the number of cats and kittens entering the San Jose shelter system by 25% in the last three years. In 2011 he was recognized by the California State Assembly for achievements and meritorious service to the community.

Susan Cosby, Executive Director, Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia

Susan Cosby
Executive Director
Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA

Susan Cosby is the Executive Director of the recently formed Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia. Since 2005, she has been instrumental in helping our nation’s fifth most populous city become a humane city for community cats.

rosemarie crawford

Rosemarie Crawford, LVT
Director & Co-founder
Feline Outreach, Rescue & Education
Gainesville, VA

Having worked in high-volume shelters as a medical staff member and as a foster coordinator, Rosemarie saw first-hand the needs of sheltered felines. Realizing that many organizations have large intake numbers and small medical budgets, she co-founded Feline Outreach, Rescue & Education which presents workshops nationally to shelters and rescues on increasing feline survival rates through low-cost, high-quality care. Currently, Rosemarie also works as a veterinary technician at a large veterinary practice in northern VA and continues to foster ill or injured kittens.

Jeff Dorson, Humane Society of Louisiana Executive Director

Jeff Dorson
Executive Director
Humane Society of Louisiana
New Orleans, LA

Jeff Dorson started the Humane Society of Louisiana in New Orleans and remains the executive director today. Six months ago, the group opened up the state's largest no-kill animal sanctuary on 47 acres. In 2011, Jeff began part-time work with Alley Cat Allies as a campaign coordinator.

Calley Gerber, Gerber Animal Law Center Founding Attorney

Calley Gerber
Founding Attorney
Gerber Animal Law Center
Raleigh, NC

Calley Gerber is the founding attorney of the Gerber Animal Law Center, a firm dedicated solely to animal legal issues. Her practice includes such things as assisting persons when their companion animals have been wrongly harmed, advising nonprofits and other entities engaged in animal-related activities, and speaking and writing on animal legal issues.

Will Gomaa, Alley Cat Allies Attorney

Will Gomaa
Attorney
Alley Cat Allies
Bethesda, MD

Will Gomaa is an attorney at Alley Cat Allies, where he has worked on animal law issues for over five years. Will’s focus is expanding humane approaches for cats, particularly outdoor cats, and he has helped successfully draft and enact state and local legislation to save cats’ lives.

Scott Giacoppo, Washington Humane Society Vice President of External Affairs

Scott Giacoppo
Vice President of External Affairs
Washington Humane Society
Washington, DC

Scott Giacoppo currently serves as the Vice President of External Affairs for the Washington Humane Society in Washington DC where he oversees the organization’s Marketing and Communication department, Humane Law Enforcement Officers, Animal Control Officers, Humane Education, legislative issues and wildlife advocacy efforts and the Community Cats program. Scott has been involved in TNR efforts since the mid-1990’s.

Tawny Hammond, Fairfax County Animal Shelter Director

Tawny Hammond
Director
Fairfax County Animal Shelter
Fairfax, VA

Tawny Hammond is the Director of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter. Fairfax County was one of the first shelters in the Washington DC metro region to begin a TNR program, spaying and neutering almost 3000 cats since the program’s inception. She has worked for the past 24 years managing facilities and programs for pets and their people.

Elizabeth Holtz, Alley Cat Allies Attorney

Elizabeth Holtz
Attorney
Alley Cat Allies
Bethesda, MD

Elizabeth Holtz is a staff attorney at Alley Cat Allies. After graduating from Georgetown University Law Center, she joined the Alley Cat Allies team to make the world a better place for cats. She advises local governments and activists on creating humane policies for cats.

Dr. Ellen Jefferson, DVM - Austin Pets Alive! Executive Director

Ellen Jefferson, DVM
Executive Director
Austin Pets Alive!
Austin, TX

Dr. Ellen Jefferson spent 2 years in private practice before starting EmanciPET, a low cost and free spay/neuter clinic in 1999. In 2008, she stepped in as Executive Director of Austin Pets Alive! Since then, Austin Pets Alive! has been the driving force towards making Austin the largest No Kill city in the US.

Photo used courtesy of Community Impact Newspaper

Major Steve Lamb, Major with the Spartanburg Public Safety Department

Major Steve Lamb
Spartanburg Public Safety Department
Spartanburg, SC

Major Steve Lamb is a 23 year veteran of the Spartanburg Public Safety Department. In 2009, he took over the agency’s Animal Services Team. Using his media and investigation background, he soon started changing the philosophy of the typical Animal Control Team. His team created and actively participates in their local feral cat TNR Program.

Anna Morrison-Ricordati, Attorney

Anna Morrison-Ricordati
Attorney
Chicago, IL

Anna Morrison-Ricordati practices civil litigation, business law, and animal law in Chicago, Illinois. She is Chair of the Chicago Bar Association's Animal Law Committee (2012-2013), incoming Vice-Chair of the DuPage County Bar Association's Animal Law Section (2013-2014), and has served as a CLE speaker on emerging legal topics for many organizations. She also guest lectures at The John Marshall Law School in animal law and civil practice courses.

Dr. Jeff Newman, DVM, Caring Hands Animal Support and Education (CHASE) President

Jeff Newman, DVM
President
Caring Hands Animal Support and Education (CHASE)
Arlington, VA

Dr. Jeff Newman is a small animal veterinarian in Arlington, Virginia. He is a co-owner of Caring Hands Animal Hospital, a group of five veterinary hospitals. He is the President of CHASE (Caring Hands Animal Support and Education), a veterinary-run nonprofit in Virginia. Through CHASE, Jeff and his hospitals have implemented TNR projects on Tangier Island and Chincoteague, Virginia, as well as numerous local TNR events in the Northern Virginia region. Currently, Jeff is President Elect of the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association.

Laura Nirenberg

Laura Nirenberg
Legislative Attorney
Best Friends Animal Society
Kanab, UT

Laura Nirenberg has dedicated her professional life to advocating for animal welfare. In 1994, she became a licensed wildlife rehabilitator and subsequently founded a nonprofit organization specializing in wild mammals and non-lethal wildlife eviction/exclusion services. The organization, now known as The Center for Wildlife Ethics, offers advocacy and legal services to improve the well-being of wildlife species and mold public opinion and policy favorable to non-lethal alternatives for resolving perceived human/wildlife conflicts.

Amanda Novotny - Special Projects Manager at Alley Cat Allies

Amanda Novotny
Special Projects Manager
Alley Cat Allies
Bethesda, MD

Amanda Novotny is the Special Projects Manager at Alley Cat Allies. She stumbled across her first feral cat colony in 2007, and has been working to help feral cats and kittens ever since. Amanda joined the Alley Cat Allies team to help communities create sustainable, long-lasting, positive change for cats. She speaks with shelter staffs, local governments, and individuals on how to design and implement humane policies, practices, and partnerships for cats.

Christie Rogero, Animal Welfare Association Targeted Spay/Neuter Manager

Christie Rogero
Manager
Animal Welfare Association Targeted Spay/Neuter and Pets-For-Life Camden Program
Camden, NJ

Since joining the Animal Welfare Association (AWA) of New Jersey in 2011, Christie has successfully developed and implemented targeted feline spay/neuter programs, expanded community cat initiatives, increased pet wellness outreach in local communities, and developed model animal control and TNR ordinances.

Susan Spaulding

Susan Spaulding
Neonatal Specialist & Co-founder
Feline Outreach, Rescue & Education
Gainesville, VA

Susan has 20+ years of experience fostering 100+ neonatal orphans and special needs kittens annually. Working with veterinarians, she developed cutting edge protocols for successfully treating URI’s and Panleukopenia. She created the nationally distributed Feline Neonatal Care training DVD and, with Feline ORE, a second one focusing on medical concerns is in production. She has advised numerous shelters and rescues on neonatal issues – including ACA and the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals and has received multiple awards from the shelter, rescue and veterinary communities.

Lisa Tudor, FACE Spay and Neuter Clinic Director of Development and IndyFeral Founder

Lisa Tudor
Director of Community Cat Program and IndyFeral Founder
FACE Spay and Neuter Clinic
Indianapolis, IN

Lisa Tudor currently serves as the Development Director of the FACE Spay and Neuter Clinic and oversees the Community Cat Program. She is also a leader in the field of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and founder of IndyFeral. She is a sought out expert in the field of TNR and frequently consults with city officials, businesses and other humane organizations in the development of TNR ordinances, organizational capacity and public policy for neighborhood cats.

Harold Vosko, Executive Director and co-founder of Heaven Can Wait Animal Society

Harold Vosko
Executive Director and Co-founder
Heaven Can Wait Animal Society
Las Vegas, NV

Harold Vosko is co-founder and current Executive Director of Heaven Can Wait Animal Society in Las Vegas, NV. After adopting his first dog, a boxer named Cagney, Harold became interested in animal welfare and co-founded Heaven Can Wait. Harold is a champion of spay and neuter as the way to reduce tragic impound and euthanasia rates in Las Vegas. His hard work is paying off - local euthanasia rates are projected to drop by 10,000 in 2013!

Aileen Walden

Aileen Walden
Director of Community Programs & Support
Alley Cat Allies
Bethesda, MD

Aileen Walden is the Director of Community Programs & Support for Alley Cat Allies. Among her responsibilities is overseeing the National Cat Help Desk, which receives an average of 1,200 requests for assistance a month, Community Engagement, which develops and manages the outreach activities of Alley Cat Allies, and the Atlantic City Boardwalk Program.

Bob Weedon

G. Robert Weedon, D.V.M.
Clinical Assistant Professor of Shelter Medicine
University of Illinois
Champaign-Urbana, IL

Dr. Weedon is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Shelter Medicine at the University of Illinois, and the Shelter Veterinarian at Champaign County Humane Society, Urbana, IL. He has extensive experience developing collaborative relationships between animal control facilities and the veterinary community and led a public health effort Rabies Awareness and Community Education.

Helen Woods, Laurel, Maryland community member and activist

Helen Woods
Founder
Laurel TNR
Laurel, MD

Helen Woods is a citizen of the City of Laurel, MD. With the help of Laurel’s Mayor Moe, Alley Cat Allies, and many other concerned citizens, Helen initiated a moratorium on trapping and killing outdoor cats in Laurel City. She was instrumental in creating a Laurel TNR program, and advocated for a County law to protect ear-tipped cats.