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:
Phil Arkow, Coordinator
Chair, Animal Abuse & Family Violence Prevention Project, The Latham Foundation
Instructor, Animal Abuse & Human Violence, University of Florida
Instructor, Animal-Assisted Therapy, Harcum College
Consultant, Ohio Domestic Violence Network
Former Director, Domestic Violence/Stalking Program, Columbus City Prosecutor’s Office Prosecution Division,
Blowing Rock, N. Car.
Diane Balkin, J.D.
Retired Prosecutor and Attorney, Animal Legal Defense Fund
Past President, International Veterinary Forensic Sciences Association
Barbara W. Boat, Ph.D.
University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
Childhood Trust, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Nationally syndicated radio host and author
Maya Gupta, Ph.D.
Senior Director of Applied Research, ASPCA Research and Development Division
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
Jane A. Hunt
Mark Kumpf, CAWA
Past President, National Animal Control Association
Director, Detroit Animal Care & Control
Randall Lockwood, Ph.D.
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Falls Church, Va.
Chair, Education Committee,
National Adult Protective Services Association
Maria Luisa O’Neill
Account Representative, Wages & Investments,
U.S. Department of the Treasure/Internal Revenue Service
Emily Patterson-Kane, Ph.D.
New York City, N.Y.
Allie Phillips, J.D.
Sheltering Animals and Families Together (SAF-T)
Gale E. Rasin, J.D.
Associate Judge, Retired, Baltimore City Circuit Court,
Chelsea Rider, J.D.
Director, National Law Enforcement Center on Animal Abuse
Christina Risley-Curtiss, MSSW, Ph.D.
Retired Associate Professor and Animal-Human Interactions Coordinator, School of Social Work, Arizona State University
Gaston, S. Car.
Martha Smith-Blackmore, DVM
President, Forensic Veterinary Investigations, LLC
Hugh Tebault III
The Latham Foundation
National Animal Care & Control Association
Staff Attorney, Animal Legal Defense Fund Criminal Justice Program