Our Steering Committee is composed of nationally renowned experts and practitioners who represent an array of disciplines dedicated to preventing violence against people, animals or both:

G-10 - ArkowPhil Arkow, Coordinator
Consultant, ASPCA
Chair, Animal Abuse & Family Violence Prevention Project, The Latham Foundation
Instructor, Animal Abuse & Human Violence, University of Florida
Instructor, Animal-Assisted Therapy, Harcum College
Etowah, N.Car.


G-10 - AshworthLesley Ashworth
Consultant, Ohio Domestic Violence Network
Former Director, Domestic Violence/Stalking Program, Columbus City Prosecutor’s Office Prosecution Division,
Blowing Rock, N. Car.


G-10 - BalkinDiane Balkin, J.D.
Retired Prosecutor and Attorney, Animal Legal Defense Fund
Past President, International Veterinary Forensic Sciences Association
Denver, Colo.


G-10 - Boat2Barbara W. Boat, Ph.D.
Associate Professor,
University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
Executive Director,
Childhood Trust, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Cincinnati, Ohio

G-10 - GuptaMaya Gupta, Ph.D.
Senior Director of Applied Research,                                                  ASPCA Research and Development Division
Woodstock, Ga.


Helen Holmquist-Johnson, MSW, Ph.D.
Director, Human-Animal Bond in Colorado
Colorado State University School of Social Work
Ft. Collins, Colo.


Kendall Houlihan, DVM
Assistant Director for Animal Welfare
American Veterinary Medical Association
Schaumburg, Ill.


G-10 - Hunt2Jane A. Hunt
Community Volunteer
Loveland, Colo.



G-10 - Kumpf2Mark Kumpf, CAWA
Past President, National Animal Control Association
Director, Detroit Animal Care & Control
Detroit, Mich.



G-10 - LockwoodRandall Lockwood, Ph.D.
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Falls Church, Va.



G-10 - NeedhamPaul Needham
Chair, Education Committee,
National Adult Protective Services Association
Shawnee, Okla.



G-10 - O'NeillMaria Luisa O’Neill
Account Representative, Wages & Investments,
U.S. Department of the Treasure/Internal Revenue Service
Centennial, Colo.


G-10 - Patterson-KaneEmily Patterson-Kane, Ph.D.
Research Director
New York City, N.Y.


G-10 - PhillipsAllie Phillips, J.D.
Sheltering Animals and Families Together (SAF-T)
Lansing, Mich.



G-10 - RasinGale E. Rasin, J.D.
Associate Judge, Retired,                                                                           Baltimore City Circuit Court,
Chestertown, Md.


Chelsea Rider, J.D.
Director,                                                                                                       National Law Enforcement Center on Animal Abuse
Dallas, Texas


G-10 - Risley-Curtiss2Christina Risley-Curtiss, MSSW, Ph.D.
Retired Associate Professor and Animal-Human Interactions Coordinator, School of Social Work, Arizona State University
Gaston, S. Car.


G-10 - Smith-BlackmoreMartha Smith-Blackmore, DVM
President,                                                                                                  Forensic Veterinary Investigations, LLC
Boston, Mass.


G-10 - TebaultHugh Tebault III
The Latham Foundation
Alameda, Calif.


G-10 - ThompsonJohn Thompson
Executive Director,
National Animal Care & Control Association
Alexandria, Va.


Kathleen Wood
Staff Attorney, Animal Legal Defense Fund Criminal Justice Program
Portland, Ore.