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
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

Steve Dale
Nationally syndicated radio host and author
Chicago, Ill.



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.