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
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
Barbara W. Boat, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
Executive Director, Childhood Trust, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Kristin Burki, M.S., A.P.S.W.
Director, National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life
Nationally syndicated radio host and author
The Hon. Rosa C. Figarola
11th Judicial Circuit Probate Judge
Maya Gupta, Ph.D. (ALTERNATE)
Senior Director of Applied Research
ASPCA Research and Development Division
Joey Orduna Hastings
Chief Executive Officer
National Council of Juvenile & Family Court Judges
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
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
Emily Patterson-Kane, Ph.D.
Allie Phillips, J.D.
Founder, 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
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
Executive Vice President,
Small & Rural Law Enforcement Executives Association
Staff Attorney, Animal Legal Defense Fund Criminal Justice Program