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CAMPAIGN MANAGER │PATTI NYMAN
PATTI NYMAN is the Intern, Volunteer, and Campaigns Manager at Animal Place. She holds a Master’s degree in Social and Political Thought from York University in Toronto, and has taught undergraduate courses in the social sciences. A former Animal Place intern herself, Patti recruits interns and volunteers, creates educational programming for Animal Place's internship and volunteer programs, and oversees the Food for Thought campaign. She also enjoys playing guitar, eating carbs, and spending time with her rescued rabbit, Binksopolis.
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CALIFORNIA & SOUTHWEST COORDINATOR │MEGAN GALLAGHER
MEGAN GALLAGHER is the California and Southwest Regional Coordinator for Animal Place’s Food For Thought Campaign. Megan is a long-time vegan who grew up and lives in Sacramento, and also lived in Ireland for over five years. She earned a BA in philosophy from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, with an emphasis on ethics and animal rights, and an MA in philosophy by major thesis on the transhuman value of nonhumans and the ethics of ecology and animal rights. She then completed her JD at the University of California, Davis, where she published a scholarly article on animal testing requirements and proposed alternatives. Megan has practiced law serving vegan business owners and pro bono on environmental and animal agriculture related matters. She has been a municipal shelter foster care provider for several years to cats, kittens, and dogs, and administers a few vegan Facebook groups. She enjoys setting up local events, and has helped host the children’s areas at her local Vegfest and Earth Day celebrations. Megan feels very fortunate to have adopted two hens from Animal Place as part of the renowned Turlock rescue, which she found to be a profoundly moving and motivating experience.
States covered: AZ, CA, CO, NV, NM, UT
GREAT LAKES COORDINATOR │LIZ WALCH
LIZ WALCH is the Great Lakes Regional Coordinator for Animal Place's Food for Thought Campaign. Liz grew up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, but has lived in Chicago for the past ten years, where she received her B.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago and started volunteering at an animal shelter. With her passion for animal advocacy and education, Liz went on to earn a certificate in Animal Studies from Humane Society University and her M.A. in Humane Education from Valparaiso University. During graduate school, Liz began a humane education internship in the Chicago Public School system with HEART (Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers). After her internship, Liz has continued on as a humane educator for HEART in Chicago. Liz also combines her love of working with both kids and farmed animals by working as a summer camp counselor at Heartland Farm Sanctuary in Wisconsin.
States/Provinces covered: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI
Northeast Coordinator │DEVA HOLUB
DEVA HOLUB is the Northeast Regional Coordinator for Animal Place's Food for Thought Campaign. Vegetarian since the age of seven, Deva made the change to a vegan lifestyle in 2009 after reading Jonathan Safran Foer’s “Eating Animals.” She currently resides in Glen Arm, Maryland with her husband, Matthew, and two cats, Alphie and Sophie. She is also the proud co-owner, manager, and full-time baker of Sweet Dukes Vegan Bakery, a small-batch organic, vegan bakery she founded with her husband.
States covered: CT, DE, DC, MA, ME, MD, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VA, VT
WILDLIFE, ENVIRONMENTAL, & nORTHWEST COORDINATOR │BARBARA TROYER
BARBARA TROYER is the Wildlife, Environmental, & Northwest Regional Coordinator for Animal Place's Food for Thought Campaign. She also passionately advocates for animals, people, and the earth as the owner of A Broken Angel Sustainable Catering & Food Cart; as producer and co-host of All Things Vegan Radio; as Co-Executive Director of VegNet Bend; and through her work with a nonprofit that teaches nonviolent communication skills. Barb earned an M.A. in Humane Education and is working on a book project exploring the compelling transformation stories of animal activists. She has shared her home with many rescued cats and dogs and is currently ruled by four cats and an unruly Sheepdog/Muppet mix.
States/Provinces covered--companion groups: BC, CA, OR, WA
States/Provinces covered--wildlife and environmental groups: all
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