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.

Lesley Ashworth
Former Director, Domestic Violence/Stalking Program,

Columbus, Ohio City Prosecutor’s Office

Blowing Rock, N. Car.


Diane Balkin, J.D.
Retired Chief Deputy District Attorney

Retired Senior Staff Attorney, Animal Legal Defense Fund

Denver, Colo.


Barbara 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.


Maya Gupta, Ph.D.

Senior Director of Applied Research

ASPCA Research and Development Division

Woodstock, Ga.


Joey Orduna Hastings

Chief Executive Officer

National Council of Juvenile & Family Court Judges

Reno, Nev.



Helen Holmquist-Johnson, MSW, Ph.D.

Director, Human-Animal Bond in Colorado

Colorado State University School of Social Work

Fort Collins, Colo.


Kendall Houlihan, DVM

Assistant Director for Animal Welfare

American Veterinary Medical Association

Schaumburg, Ill.


Jane A. Hunt

Community Volunteer

Loveland, Colo.



Mark Kumpf, CAWA

Past President, National Animal Control Association

Director, Detroit Animal Care & Control

Detroit, Mich.


Randall Lockwood, Ph.D.


American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Falls Church, Va.


Paul Needham

Chair, Education Committee

National Adult Protective Services Association

Shawnee, Okla.



Emily Patterson-Kane, Ph.D. (ALTERNATE)

Research Director


Chicago, Ill.


Allie Phillips, J.D.

Founder, Sheltering Animals and Families Together (SAF-T)

Lansing, Mich.



Gale 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


Christina Risley-Curtiss, MSSW, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Emerita

Arizona State University School of Social Work

Gaston, S. Car.


Martha Smith-Blackmore, DVM

President, Forensic Veterinary Investigations, LLC

Boston, Mass.



Hugh Tebault III


The Latham Foundation

Alameda, Calif.


John Thompson

Executive Director

National Animal Care & Control Association

Alexandria, Va.


Kathleen Wood

Staff Attorney, Animal Legal Defense Fund Criminal Justice Program

Portland, Ore.