Compassion Over Killing’s Powerhouse Team!

Compassion Over Killing’s Powerhouse Team!

Erica Meier
President

Erica has served as President for Animal Outlook (formerly Compassion Over Killing) since 2005, after being an active volunteer starting in 2000. Since taking the helm, she’s taken the organization to new heights with continued growth and accomplishments for animals that include ending the egg industry’s use of the misleading claim “Animal Care Certified” and successfully persuading BOCA foods to stop using eggs.

Vegan for 20 years, Erica has been working in the animal protection field since college. In 2013, she was honored with the prestigious Animal Rights Hall of Fame award.

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Cheryl Leahy
Executive Vice President
Cheryl is the Executive Vice President of Animal Outlook. From 2006-2019, Cheryl served as Animal Outlook's General Counsel. She works on the strategic direction of the organization as a whole, especially focusing on the use of undercover investigations as a mechanism for high-impact advocacy, and on targeting large-scale abuse of farmed animals through proactive litigation. Her work includes challenging cruel, yet standard, practices forced upon farmed animals as well as the misleading marketing of meat, milk, and eggs often found in grocery stores. Cheryl received a J.D. from UCLA School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Chicago in Environmental Studies.
Irina Anta
General Counsel Operations & Compliance

Irina works to protect farmed animals through litigation and undercover investigations. A lifetime lover of animals, she became particularly passionate about farmed animal issues in law school after watching documentaries about industrial agriculture. She interned at Animal Outlook (formerly Compassion Over Killing) the summer after her first year and joined the Animal Outlook legal team in 2016.

She has a J.D. from Yale Law School and a B.A. from Yale University.

Chris Lasala
Senior Director of IT/Marketing

Chris manages all of Animal Outlook’s websites and IT needs as well as providing support to the entire Animal Outlook team. Chris holds multiple certifications in IT and has worked web development since the late 90s.

Prior to joining us, Chris spent the last 6 years working for an NGO documenting the human rights abuse happening in Iran. He was responsible for building and managing the website for the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran.

Jonathan Rosenberry
Video Production Manager

As Animal Outlook’s Video Production Manager, Jonathan creates videos promoting the organization’s mission, including investigation and other campaign-related videos. His love for video started at a young age when filming extreme sports such as skateboarding and snowboarding.

While working on the video team at The Humane Society of the United States as an omnivore, he was inspired to fully embrace a vegan lifestyle in early 2014. After years of professional video production experience, he is very grateful to combine his passion for video with his love for animals and the environment.

Scott David
Director of Investigations

Scott began cutting animal products out of his diet in 2010. After getting his master’s degree in Applied Ecology, he joined an afterschool education program where he taught students about animals and the environment. He then worked for two years as an undercover investigator for Animal Outlook (formerly Compassion Over Killing).

Now retired from the field, he spends his time offering support to the current investigators.

Elena Carter-Vodnik
Development Associate

Originally hailing from Moscow, Elena came to the US to attend FARM's Animal Rights National Conference and pursue her dream of working to promote animal rights. Elena started as the Data Analyst for Animal Outlook (formerly Compassion Over Killing) in January 2018, transitioning from her role as Program Associate at Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM).

Prior to moving to the US (with her two cats!), Elena worked in the auto industry as a business/data analyst.

A lifetime lover of animals and vegan for the past 6 years she has volunteered in companion animal protection since 2006.

LaKia Roberts
Office Manager

LaKia Roberts joined Animal Outlook (formerly Compassion Over Killing) in January 2018 as Office Manager.

Prior to joining Animal Outlook, LaKia worked with FARM for 3 years as their Member Communications Manager.

LaKia adopted a vegan diet in 2011, after viewing several documentaries on animal abuse at factory farms.

Stuart McDonald
Communications Manager

Stuart joined Animal Outlook (formerly Compassion Over Killing) in 2018 as a Creative Writer. She holds a B.A. in Social Justice from George Mason University and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Social Justice and Human Rights. Stuart became interested in Animal Rights through her human rights work when she realized that animal issues are interwoven with other social justice topics such as racial justice and environmental sustainability. Plus, she loves animals - especially her cat, Josie.

Rachel Pawelski
Corporate Engagement Manager

Rachel joined Animal Outlook in 2018 as Campaigns Coordinator. She holds a Master's Degree in Anthrozoology from Canisius College, where she conducted her thesis research determining the effectiveness of a local farm sanctuary's vegan advocacy program. She also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation from Canisius and is a member of Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society. During her undergraduate studies, she founded and led a Veg Club on campus which played an integral role in the launch of Pitchforks, the college's groundbreaking, and fully vegan dining station.

Will Lowrey
Counsel

Will joined Animal Outlook (formerly Compassion Over Killing) in 2019 as legal counsel for litigation and undercover investigations. Prior to law school, Will spent almost two decades in the corporate world, but left that career to pursue an interest in animal law after many years of volunteering for animal causes. Prior to joining us, Will clerked for a judge in the Superior Court in New Jersey and interned with an Attorney General’s animal law unit and a non-profit conducting civil litigation on behalf of animals. Will received a J.D. from Vermont Law School and a B.S. in criminal justice from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Diego Rivera
Director of Operations
Diego is the Director of Operations at Animal Outlook. He has an extensive background in nonprofit finance, human resources and administration, including previously working as Operations Manager at the Equal Rights Center for over five years and volunteering with two national nonprofits: BCAUSEICAN & Haiti-Now. Diego earned his Master’s degree in Public Administration with emphasis in HR Management, Nonprofit Finance, and Nonprofit Management from George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia. He earned his B.A. degree in Sociology from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C..
Jenny Hunter
Director of Communications
Jenny joined Animal Outlook in 2020 as the director of communications. In this role, she oversees all internal, external and executive communications as well as social and owned media for the organization. Prior to joining Animal Outlook, Jenny spent more than 20 years in high-tech communications, most recently at IBM. A lifelong animal lover, Jenny lives on a small farm in Boise, Idaho with her many rescued animals including dogs, cats, horses, goats, alpacas, chickens, ducks, geese, fish and a rabbit. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of California at Davis.
Belinda Davis
Development Associate (contractor)
Belinda has been volunteering with animal organizations for 15 years and while her experience is broad, her passion lies with volunteering at farm animal sanctuaries. Belinda has a background in science with a PhD in molecular biology and microbiology, but followed her passion in 2013 and moved to Thailand to work for Soi Dog Foundation, helping stray dogs and cats. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Belinda now lives in Portland, Oregon, and spends her spare time volunteering at Wildwood Farm Sanctuary, fostering cats and traveling, usually with the aim of seeing wildlife.
Jenny Hunter
Director of Communications
Jenny joined Animal Outlook in 2020 as the director of communications. In this role, she oversees all internal, external and executive communications as well as social and owned media for the organization. Prior to joining Animal Outlook, Jenny spent more than 20 years in high-tech communications, most recently at IBM. A lifelong animal lover, Jenny lives on a small farm in Boise, Idaho with her many rescued animals including dogs, cats, horses, goats, alpacas, chickens, ducks, geese, fish and a rabbit. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of California at Davis.
Stuart McDonald
Communications Manager

Stuart joined Animal Outlook (formerly Compassion Over Killing) in 2018 as a Creative Writer. She holds a B.A. in Social Justice from George Mason University and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Social Justice and Human Rights. Stuart became interested in Animal Rights through her human rights work when she realized that animal issues are interwoven with other social justice topics such as racial justice and environmental sustainability. Plus, she loves animals - especially her cat, Josie.

Jonathan Rosenberry
Video Production Manager

As Animal Outlook’s Video Production Manager, Jonathan creates videos promoting the organization’s mission, including investigation and other campaign-related videos. His love for video started at a young age when filming extreme sports such as skateboarding and snowboarding.

While working on the video team at The Humane Society of the United States as an omnivore, he was inspired to fully embrace a vegan lifestyle in early 2014. After years of professional video production experience, he is very grateful to combine his passion for video with his love for animals and the environment.

Rachel Pawelski
Corporate Engagement Manager

Rachel joined Animal Outlook in 2018 as Campaigns Coordinator. She holds a Master's Degree in Anthrozoology from Canisius College, where she conducted her thesis research determining the effectiveness of a local farm sanctuary's vegan advocacy program. She also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation from Canisius and is a member of Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society. During her undergraduate studies, she founded and led a Veg Club on campus which played an integral role in the launch of Pitchforks, the college's groundbreaking, and fully vegan dining station.

Elena Carter
Development Associate

Originally hailing from Moscow, Elena came to the US to attend FARM's Animal Rights National Conference and pursue her dream of working to promote animal rights. Elena started as the Data Analyst for Animal Outlook (formerly Compassion Over Killing) in January 2018, transitioning from her role as Program Associate at Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM).

Prior to moving to the US (with her two cats!), Elena worked in the auto industry as a business/data analyst.

A lifetime lover of animals and vegan for the past 6 years she has volunteered in companion animal protection since 2006.

Belinda Davis
Development Associate (contractor)
Belinda has been volunteering with animal organizations for 15 years and while her experience is broad, her passion lies with volunteering at farm animal sanctuaries. Belinda has a background in science with a PhD in molecular biology and microbiology, but followed her passion in 2013 and moved to Thailand to work for Soi Dog Foundation, helping stray dogs and cats. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Belinda now lives in Portland, Oregon, and spends her spare time volunteering at Wildwood Farm Sanctuary, fostering cats and traveling, usually with the aim of seeing wildlife.
Will Lowrey
Counsel

Will joined Animal Outlook (formerly Compassion Over Killing) in 2019 as legal counsel for litigation and undercover investigations. Prior to law school, Will spent almost two decades in the corporate world, but left that career to pursue an interest in animal law after many years of volunteering for animal causes. Prior to joining us, Will clerked for a judge in the Superior Court in New Jersey and interned with an Attorney General’s animal law unit and a non-profit conducting civil litigation on behalf of animals. Will received a J.D. from Vermont Law School and a B.S. in criminal justice from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Chris Lasala
Senior Director of IT/Marketing

Chris manages all of Animal Outlook’s websites and IT needs as well as providing support to the entire Animal Outlook team. Chris holds multiple certifications in IT and has worked web development since the late 90s.

Prior to joining us, Chris spent the last 6 years working for an NGO documenting the human rights abuse happening in Iran. He was responsible for building and managing the website for the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran.

Scott David
Director of Investigations

Scott began cutting animal products out of his diet in 2010. After getting his master’s degree in Applied Ecology, he joined an afterschool education program where he taught students about animals and the environment. He then worked for two years as an undercover investigator for Animal Outlook (formerly Compassion Over Killing).

Now retired from the field, he spends his time offering support to the current investigators.

Irina Anta
General Counsel Operations & Compliance

Irina works to protect farmed animals through litigation and undercover investigations. A lifetime lover of animals, she became particularly passionate about farmed animal issues in law school after watching documentaries about industrial agriculture. She interned at Animal Outlook (formerly Compassion Over Killing) the summer after her first year and joined the Animal Outlook legal team in 2016.

She has a J.D. from Yale Law School and a B.A. from Yale University.

Diego Rivera
Director of Operations
Diego is the Director of Operations at Animal Outlook. He has an extensive background in nonprofit finance, human resources and administration, including previously working as Operations Manager at the Equal Rights Center for over five years and volunteering with two national nonprofits: BCAUSEICAN & Haiti-Now. Diego earned his Master’s degree in Public Administration with emphasis in HR Management, Nonprofit Finance, and Nonprofit Management from George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia. He earned his B.A. degree in Sociology from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C..
LaKia Roberts
Office Manager

LaKia Roberts joined Animal Outlook (formerly Compassion Over Killing) in January 2018 as Office Manager.

Prior to joining Animal Outlook, LaKia worked with FARM for 3 years as their Member Communications Manager.

LaKia adopted a vegan diet in 2011, after viewing several documentaries on animal abuse at factory farms.

 

Compassion Over Killing’s Offices


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