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


Kristin Burki, M.S., A.P.S.W.
Director, National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life
Madison, Wisc.



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



The Hon. Rosa C. Figarola
11th Judicial Circuit Probate Judge
Miami, Fla.


Maya Gupta, Ph.D.  (ALTERNATE)
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.



Mark Kumpf, CAWA
Past President, National Animal Control Association
Director, Detroit Animal Care & Control
Detroit, Mich.



Ann Laatsch, J.D.
Justice System Coordinator
National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life
Milwaukee, Wis..


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.
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



The Hon. John J. Romero, Jr.
Retired Children’s Court Judge, 2nd Judicial District
Albuquerque, N. Mex.


Martha Smith-Blackmore, DVM
President, Forensic Veterinary Investigations, LLC
Boston, Mass.


John Thompson
Executive Vice President,
Small & Rural Law Enforcement Executives Association
Alexandria, Va.


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