Board of Directors and Advisory Council

Board of Directors

Julia Pesek, President

Board_Julia PhotoJulia moved to Massachusetts from Chicago in 2012 to complete her MS in animals and public policy from Tufts University and is now the Community Outreach Coordinator for the MSPCA at Nevins Farm.  In Chicago, her professional careers were in social services and then mortgage banking, though her heart was always in animal welfare.  She has more than 25 years of experience in a variety of volunteer and professional roles within various sheltering and welfare organizations, primarily in the midwest.  She is the Chair of AniMatch for Cats and shares her home with four cats.

Alana Mahoney, Vice President

AlanaAlana Mahoney graduated from Boston College in 2006 and received her M.S. from Tufts in Animals and Public Policy in 2010. Her final project involved researching the transfer procedures of dogs from southern shelters to northern rescue groups. After living in South Carolina, she was inspired to start a 501C3 nonprofit called the Pet Union Project, Inc. (PUPI) which transported dogs from Southern states as well as accepted dogs from the then PILOT program. Alana worked for many years at the Animal Rescue League of Boston and supervised the Intake Department. There she ran the Barn Cat Program, managed the incoming population of animals, and worked hard to find alternative options for animals that were not sheltering well – particularly senior dogs. She is currently working with an exciting new startup called, which matches dogs to adopters based on behavior rather than breed.  Alana lives in Hopkinton with her husband (Jesse), their 3 dogs (Linden, Derby and Phoebe), 2 horses (Faze and Pumpkin) and cat (Princess Fiona).

Adrienne Linnell, Treasurer

AdrienneAdrienne Linnell is a life-long cat lover who has been actively involved in Massachusetts animal welfare since 2004. In addition to being MAC’s Treasurer, she is also Treasurer of the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society, a nationally recognized, nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization committed to ensuring the health and welfare of feral and domestic cats and kittens by promoting proactive, compassionate, no-kill programs. Adrienne is also the past Board President of MRFRS. Adrienne holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and received her MBA from the University of Michigan. She has extensive corporate business experience, having held senior leadership positions in finance, operations, program management and consulting. Adrienne & her husband Tom share their Worcester area home with their two spoiled rescue cats Panda & Buttons.

Anne Lindsay, Clerk

Anne LindsayAnne Lindsay is the Founder of MAC, which was established in 2000.  In 2010 she earned her Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University.  Anne has worked in animal welfare since 1988.  She ran a dog rescue organization for many years and spent 12 years as Director of Public Relations and Special Projects for the Northeast Animal Shelter in Salem, MA.  She is also a past President, was a longtime Board Member for the New England Federation of Humane Societies and is currently a Board Member for the State of Massachusetts Animal Response Team (SMART). With her animal welfare experience and counseling skills,  Anne offers mediation, team building, and other services tailored to the needs of animal welfare organizations.  She is particularly interested in helping organizations and individuals to address the very real issue of “compassion fatigue.”   Over the years, Anne has spoken at national conferences on a variety of animal welfare issues and has consulted with states, smaller communities, and individual shelters to help them form animal welfare coalitions and work on board development, compassion fatigue, and related issues. She and her veterinarian husband live with 4 dogs, 3 cats and 2 hens.

Joanne Lindenmayer, DVM

JLindenmayer portrait copyDr. Joann Lindenmayer is Senior Manager of Disaster Operations and Director of the Haiti Program at Humane Society International and Chair of the international One Health Commission.  She holds adjunct faculty appointments at Tufts Medical School and Tufts’ Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service. She began her career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Borneo and has worked extensively in the international arena in Asia and Africa.  A graduate of Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, she received a Public Health Fellowship to study Lyme Disease from the Medical Foundation and earned an MPH degree from the Harvard School of Public Health.  From 1992-1994 she served as a CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer in the Vermont Department of Health and subsequently held joint appointments as an epidemiologist in the RI Department of Health and Brown Medical School, where she founded the MPH program.  Dr. Lindenmayer has received funding for her work in One Health from the Rockefeller Foundation and USAID’s RESPOND Program.  She is owned happily by three dogs and two cats.

Sarah Luick

Sarah LuickSarah Luick has been an attorney in Massachusetts state government with a law degree from Suffolk University Law School.  Sarah has been a member of the Massachusetts Animal Coalition (MAC) since 2001.  She has served for many years as a MAC board member and officer.  Sarah also serves on the boards of: Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF); New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS); and, Citizens to End Animal Suffering and Exploitation (CEASE).  She is part of the Animal Law Practice Group of the Massachusetts Bar Association, and has served many times as a judge in the national animal law moot court competitions. She is the companion to Lolly, a happy lab-husky mix.

Alice O’Connor


Alice has been a Massachusetts Animal Coalition member since 2010. She is past MAC Clerk, AniMatch Co-Chair, MAC Executive Committee member, MAC Membership Chair and MAC License Plate Grant Committee member. She currently serves on the AniMatch Operations Committee helping to shape the policy and protocols of the Program. She also serves on various other MAC Programs, Task Forces and Committees. Alice is particularly interested in helping to establish and foster collaborative relationships and programs that provide a safety net for marginalized animals. Alice’s professional career involved investigating insurance claims, managing insurance investigators and customer service team members, as well as consulting for outside groups on best practices for insurance case handling and workflow.  Alice began working in animal welfare in 2006 as a foster provider for Poodle Rescue of New England where she also served as Volunteer Coordinator and Board of Directors member. She has also volunteered for the Annual Paws For Celebration event for the Animal Protection Center of Southeastern Massachusetts, for MSPCA Boston working special events, and at Shultz’s Guest House socializing and caring for dogs as they await adoption.  Alice and her husband share their home with three poodles.

Dr. Edward Schettino, DVM

Dr. Edward Schettino is the Vice President of Animal Welfare and Veterinary Services at the Animal Rescue League of Boston.  He holds an adjunct faculty appointment at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University and sits on advisory boards both at North Shore Community College and at the Cummings School.

He is a graduate of Clark University’s Graduate School of Management, and prior to graduating from the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, he received both his Masters and PhD in the Basic Medical Sciences (Immunology) from New York University’s Graduate School of Arts and Science.

Edward has a strong passion for animal welfare and when not working loves spending time with his family, cooking and traveling.

Advisory Council

Mark Bappe

mark croppedMark Bappe is Vice President and Creative Director at CTP, an advertising agency based in Boston’s North End, and has been a MAC member since 2001. He serves in an advisory role for MAC’s marketing and communications. His design can be seen on Animal Friendly license plates, billboards, the website and shelters, pet stores and vet offices across Massachusetts. CTP offers their services for marketing the license plate.

Prior to joining MAC, he helped establish AnimalKind in North Carolina. AnimalKind’s mission is to solve overpopulation through prevention by subsidizing surgeries to low income families. Mark lives on the North Shore with his Salty Dog (Elsa), Cat (Primrose), Wife (Jen) and two kids (Owen and Kate).

Kara Holmquist

karaKara Holmquist is the director of advocacy for the MSPCA, and has a law degree from Suffolk University Law School. Kara has been a member of the Massachusetts Animal Coalition (MAC) since 2001. Her work with MAC focused on the Advocacy Committee and the “I’m Animal Friendly” license plate program. Kara is on the steering committee of the Mass Voters for Animals, which seeks to elect humane-minded legislators to office. Kara is a part of the  Animal Law Practice Group of the Massachusetts Bar Association. Kara lives with her dog (Finley), cats (Benson and Speckles), husband (Kiko) and daughter (Story).

James Q. Knight, DVM

jim knight photoJames Q. Knight, DVM, served in the U.S. Army, later pursuing veterinary medicine and graduating from Michigan State University  in 1973. After spending 12 years in Arizona in a mixed animal practice, he relocated to New England where he served as the U.S.D.A. veterinary medical officer for Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. Dr. Knight then returned to private practice and worked in several small animal practices as well as  two nonprofit facilities.

Dr. Knight joined Becker College in September 2002 as director of animal studies programs. Since his arrival, the Veterinary Technology and Veterinary Science programs have been re-accredited twice, and he has been instrumental in the creation of the pre-veterinary, laboratory animal management, and equine studies program concentrations. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, he has clinic responsibilities, teaches veterinary ethics and companion animal diseases, and directs field trips for students to local animal shelters.

Dr. Knight’s special interests in veterinary medicine include shelter medicine, surgical sterilization of dogs and cats, and animal welfare. He has written a column on pets for the Amherst Bulletin, authored a chapter in a textbook on surgical nursing, and has written a forward for a book about the link between animal abuse and violence to people.

Actively involved in professional associations, he is a past president of the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA) and past chair of the Animal Welfare Committee and the Veterinary Technicians Committee. He was the 2005 recipient of the MVMA Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Knight is the founder of Link-Up Education Network (now called Safe Pets Safe People), a nonprofit organization of professionals trying to break the link between animal abuse and violence to people, and is a founding member and past board member of the Massachusetts Animal Coalition and a board member of the Afghan Stray Animal League.

With a translator and a dictionary at his fingertips, Dr. Knight went to the Middle East in 2005, 2006, and 2007 to serve as a consultant to the Kabul University  Veterinary School. There he was integral in restoring the functionality of the veterinary clinic, which had been out of commission for eight years. Already well-versed in large animal veterinary practice, the clinic benefited from Dr. Knight’s small animal expertise. He also taught surgical techniques and practice to students and faculty there.

Stacy LeBaron

Stacy LeBaron has been involved in animal welfare for over 20 years.
She currently hosts a StacyandHoochgoodthree day a week podcast called the Community Cats Podcast( where she interviews nationally and internationally renowned experts helping with the problem of cat over population and cat welfare.

Previous to starting the Community Cats Podcast, she served for sixteen years as President of the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society ( Since the organization’s founding in 1992, the MRFRS has assisted over 105,000 cats and kittens through a variety of innovative programs. Among the MRFRS’s programs are two mobile spay/neuter clinics, known as the Catmobiles, and an adoption center in Salisbury, MA.

During her tenure with MRFRS, Stacy served as a board member and oversaw the MRFRS mentoring program as well as co-chaired the organization’s Development Committee. The MRFRS mentoring program, which began in 2011, assisted 11,000 cats through its work with seventy-seven different animal welfare groups in fourteen states. Stacy also facilitates smaller coalitions in Massachusetts, including the Boston Homeless Cats, Merrimack Valley Partnership and the HubCats Chelsea groups.

Stacy is a current member of the Shelter Medicine Committee at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, Vice President of the Board for Pawsitive Pantry in Vermont and a past board member of the Massachusetts Animal Coalition and the New England Federation of Humane Societies. She serves as the current administrative trustee for the LeBaron Foundation.

Stacy graduated from Vassar College with a focus in Urban Studies, and also attended Boston University, where she studied City Planning and Urban Affairs. She now lives in Vermont with her husband, son, daughter and two cats.

Carter Luke

Carter Luke is the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of
Cruelty to Animals–Angell’s  carter lukePresident.  He was formerly Executive Vice President and Vice President for Animal Protection at MSPCA. Before joining the MSPCA in 1985, he was executive director of the Dane County Humane Society in Madison, WI.  He was a founding board member of the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy, the Massachusetts Animal Coalition, and was a member of the Hoarding of Animals Research Consortium. For more than 37 years, he has been extensively involved in research areas such as pet-population dynamics, free-roaming cats, cruelty and violence toward animals, dangerous dogs, and animal hoarding.  He has published widely on issues relating to the interaction between humans and animals, including exploring the roots of violence directed toward animals. He is the operational manager of the American Fondouk, an animal hospital in Morocco for working equids and oversees a trust that supports animal welfare efforts in Turkey.  Luke sits on the international and US boards of the World Animal Protection.

Amy Marder, VMD, CAAB

_MG_2101Dr. Marder, veterinarian and Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist through the Animal Behavior Society, is a graduate of the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Veterinary Medicine and completed the first residency in veterinary behavior at the same institution. For over 20 years, Dr. Marder helped owners and their pets with behavior problems through her private practice at New England Veterinary Behavior Associates.   For part of this time she also served as Vice President of Behavioral Medicine at the ASPCA in New York City, where she founded the Center for Behavioral Therapy.  During her time at the ASPCA, Dr. Marder studied behavioral evaluations of shelter dogs with the purpose of developing an objective and predictive test which could be used in animal shelters.

More recently, Dr. Marder acted as Director of the Center for Shelter Dogs at the Animal Rescue of Boston.  While Director, Dr. Marder oversaw the national implantation and usage of the Match-Up II Shelter Dog Rehoming Program which she developed based on her work at the ASPCA.  Presently, Dr. Marder is an applied animal behavior consultant at Pet Behavior Consultations in Lexington, Massachusetts, is an adjunct assistant professor at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, is an advisor to the National Canine Research Council and is an instructor in the course on shelter animal behavior and welfare at the University of Florida.

Dr. Marder has written two books and edited another for pet owners on general pet care.  She was also the author of Prevention Magazine’s “Your Healthy Pet” column and has been a frequent contributor to veterinary textbooks and journals. Her recent article “Food-related aggression in shelter dogs: A comparison of behavior identified by a behavior evaluation in the shelter and owner reports after adoption” was published in the journal of Applied Animal Behavior Science.


Dr. Emily McCobb is Director of the Tufts Shelter Medicine
Program and co-leader of the section of Community Medicine.  She is also Director of Emily McCobbthe Luke and Lily Lerner Spay Neuter Clinic and the Center for Shelter Dogs, Assistant Director of the Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy and a clinical associate professor of Anesthesia at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University.  As program director she supervises the on campus spay neuter clinic which serves over 2000 animals per year as well as all Cummings Veterinary students.  In the hospital she supervises students and veterinary trainees in small animal anesthesia. Dr. McCobb works to support community programs at the Cummings School and assisted in opening the Tufts at Tech Community Veterinary Clinic.

Dr. McCobb mentors veterinary and graduate students for clinical work and for animal welfare related research projects.  Her published works cover the topics of shelter animal welfare and animal cruelty as well as clinical anesthesia and pain management.

Dr. McCobb is a 2000 graduate of the Cummings School and completed a rotating small animal internship at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital. She obtained a Masters of Animals and Public Policy also from Tufts in 2002 and completed a residency in Anesthesiology and Pain Management in 2006.  She is a board certified Veterinary Anesthesiologist.

Dr. McCobb served on the MAC board from 2006 through 2015 and was a past board President and Vice President.  She currently serves on MAC’s “Whole Cat Workshop” planning committee.

Gary Patronek, DVM

garyDr. Patronek is a regular contributor to the scientific literature, and was one of four editors for the Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters, sponsored by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians (ASV), where he was a founding board member. He is an author on over 50 peer-reviewed publications as well as numerous book chapters, and is currently working on the first textbook to address the issue of forensic mental health evaluation of animal maltreatment offenders.  He  worked in private veterinary practice before beginning his career in shelter medicine. He obtained his PhD in epidemiology at Purdue University where he was one of the first scientists to study the problem of pet relinquishment to shelters and became a scientific advisor to the National Council for Pet Population Study and Policy. Dr Patronek was elected to the National Academies of Practice (NAP) representing veterinary medicine and was a founding board member of the Massachusetts Animal Coalition.

Dr. Patronek became the second Director of the Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy at what is now the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University and was the first Agnes Varis University Chair in Science and Society at Tufts University where he supervised the Graduate Program in Animals and Public Policy, whose graduates have gone on to leadership positions in animal welfare as well as careers in veterinary medicine and law, among others. He established the interdisciplinary Hoarding of Animals Research Consortium (HARC) at Tufts, whose work was instrumental in the listing of animal hoarding under the criteria for the new hoarding disorder in DSM-5 (Diagnostics and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders).

More recently, he was Vice President for Animal Welfare at the Animal Rescue League of Boston, during which time he helped develop their Center for Shelter Dogs. He is an avid photographer and kayaker. Following his retirement from the ARL, he currently works as an independent consultant.

Laura Klein Plunkett

laura plunkettLaura joined the Massachusetts Animal Coalition in 2010.  She served on the Operations Committee and as a Caseworker and Volunteer Coordinator for AniMatch, where she wrote and managed grant applications, edited and compiled the AniMatch policies and procedure manual, and edited the AniMatch newsletter.  Laura moved to Texas in late 2012 and continued to manage AniMatch grants, maintain the AniMatch contact database, and publish the AniMatch newsletter.  Laura worked for animal welfare organizations and volunteered for non-profits in various capacities for over 35 years, including being a foster provider, volunteer coordinator, executive committee member and board member for Poodle Rescue of New England.  Laura studied studio art and graphic design at Indiana University, then returned to school for a degree in Business Administration and a certificate in Library Science.  Laura’s professional career was in operations management for a multinational retailer, with extensive experience in customer service, P&L responsibility, negotiation, transportation analysis and project management.  Laura and her husband share their Austin area home with their cat, Shlomo.

Bryn Rogers, MS

brynBryn graduated in 2005 from the Masters of Animal and Public Policy Program at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University and currently works as the Program Manager at the Boston MSPCA Adoption Center. Bryn manages the MSPCA Boston Adoption Center’s events as well as the foster care and volunteer program. Bryn has been a member of the Massachusetts Animal Coalition (MAC) since 2004 and was a board member from 2009-2015. Bryn first became involved with MAC through her work promoting the spay/neuter license plates and played an integral role during Hurricane Katrina helping coordinate the reunification efforts to find the owners of the animals taken in by MAC during the disaster. She currently serves as Secretary on the New England Federation of Humane Societies Board. Bryn, her husband and beautiful daughter Violet live with a very special cat named Freddy.

William Schawbel

Head Shot of BillWilliam Schawbel is the founder and CEO of The Schawbel Corporation, a business he formed in 1981 through the acquisition of two divisions from The Gillette Company. The Mosquito Repellent division of the company was sold in July 2014, which precipitated a name change to Schawbel Technologies, LLC.

Prior to founding The Schawbel Corporation, Bill held senior management positions with The Gillette Company, including President of Gillette-Japan and President of Braun North America. His marketing and management experience includes significant contributions to many of Gillette’s divisions within the U.S. and internationally, with particular success in the areas of acquisitions and new business development.

Bill is a 1961 graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and has served his alma mater as a Trustee, Chair of the Board of Overseers, School of Veterinary Medicine, and Co-Chair of the James Brister Society. Bill is an alumnus of the Boston Latin School where he has served as President of the School’s Foundation and chaired its Capital Campaign Committee.

Bill’s philanthropic interests are in public education, diversity, and entrepreneurship. He has also been and is involved with over 20 non-profit Boards.