Our Team

Scott Beckstead

Director of Campaigns Oregon

Director of Campaigns Oregon After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Utah State University and his JD from the University of Utah, Beckstead worked as an attorney in private practice on...

Contact Email: Sbeckstead@centerforahumaneeconomy.org

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Jarrett Lee Clark

Director of Marketing and Communications Las Vegas, Nevada

Director of Marketing and Communications Las Vegas, Nevada Jarrett Clark has 10 years’ experience in advocacy communications and public affairs, having led campaigns to promote public...

Contact Email: jarrett@animalwellnessaction.org

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Penny Eastman

Deputy Director of Federal Affairs

Penny previously served under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush in numerous senior positions including the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, Deputy Administrator of the U.S....

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Annie Harvilicz, D.V.M.

Los Angeles, California A graduate of the Virginia Tech School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Harvilicz is the Chief Medical Officer of the veterinary hospital Animal Wellness Centers in Los...

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Marty Irby

Executive Director Washington, D.C.

Marty Irby is the executive director at Animal Wellness Action. Irby worked in the United States House of Representatives for Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) serving as Communications Director and...

Contact Email: marty@animalwellnessaction.org

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Jim Keen

Director of Veterinary Sciences

Jim Keen, D.V.M., Ph.D., earned his veterinary medicine and epidemiology doctorate degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was a senior veterinary researcher focused on...

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Sherry Kellett

Board Member, Treasurer Clyde, North Carolina

Sherry, a resident of western North Carolina, retired after a career in business where she served as a controller and executive focused on accounting and financial management responsibilities....

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Wayne Pacelle

Founder Chevy Chase, Maryland

Before joining the Animal Wellness and Karner Blue brands, Wayne Pacelle was the president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, tripling the budget and net assets of the organization....

Contact Email: wayne@animalwellnessaction.org

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Jennifer Skiff

Director of International Programs

Perth, Australia and Mount Desert, Maine Jennifer Skiff brings to Animal Wellness Action a lifelong focus on, and passion for, environmental issues.  She crisscrossed the globe as an...

Contact Email: jennifer@animalwellnessaction.org

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Candis Stern

Board Member

Candis Stern grew up in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, and then moved to San Diego where she spent 15 years.  She spent a large share of her life subsequently (31 years) in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she...

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Deborah Wilson, M.D.

Board member, Chair of the Board Phoenix, Arizona

Deborah is a board-certified Gynecologist in Scottsdale, Ariz. with a specialty in advanced laparoscopic surgery. In practice for 32 years, she attended George Washington University Medical School and...

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State Directors

Carolyn Hall

State Director, Montana

Carolyn Hall, an insurance professional, is a proud resident of Montana. She is an enthusiastic wildlife and landscape photographer and an animal advocate. She resides in northwest Montana near...

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Natalie Ahwesh

Grassroots Communications Coordinator

Natalie started in animal protection by volunteering at her local shelter and farm sanctuary.  After realizing that true animal protection comes through changes in policy and legislation, along...

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Paul Collins

Wisconsin State Director

Paul is a lifelong animal advocate that was born and raised in Wisconsin. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Disaster and Emergency Management from Upper Iowa University and has worked as a public...

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Gina Garey

Maine State Director

Maine State Director Gina is a former financial services professional who served as Vice President of Wealth Management for two New York based firms, specializing in strategic wealth management,...

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Odessa Gunn

Northern CA Director California

Odessa is the Co-Founder and spokesperson for Odessa’s Essential Health for Pets, a pet supplement and wellness company.  She was born and raised on Cape Breton Island in the province...

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Laurie Hood

Florida State Director Freeport, Florida

Laurie is the founder of Alaqua Animal Refuge, the premier, no-kill animal refuge and sanctuary for both domestic and farm animals located in Northwest Florida. She has created multiple...

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Shelbie Lynn Swartz

Nevada State Director Las Vegas, Nevada

Shelbie is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, and currently attends Johns Hopkins University in her “free” time. After graduating, Shelbie first...

Contact Email: shelbie@animalwellnessaction.org

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Tina Meredith

Washington State Director Phoenix, Arizona

Originally from Wisconsin, Tina moved to Phoenix in 2000 and very soon after found herself rescuing dogs, volunteering for rescues and for the last six years serving on the Board of a local all-breed...

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Zach Skow

Central Valley, CA Director California

Zach was born and raised in hermosa beach California. As a kid he aspired to become a fighter pilot but would later find his passion in providing second chances for pets and people. Zach began...

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