Joan Carlson-Radabaugh joined the ASPCA in 2010 and is currently the Community Initiatives Director for Florida and Georgia.
For more than two decades, Joan Carlson-Radabaugh has successfully raised community awareness and standards for animals through collaboration with governmental agencies, non-profit community agencies, donors, and grass root advocates. She was instrumental in design and $6m capital campaign resulting in a 38,000 square foot animal center.
Before joining the ASPCA, Joan worked with the Humane Society of Vero Beach & Indian River County for 25 years as Executive Director, as well as with the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League. She has served as Treasurer and President of the Florida Animal Control Association and board member for HSUS Companion Animal Advisory Board and the Florida Federation of Humane Societies. Joan was a founding member and Vice President of the South Florida Animal Welfare Administrators Association.
As a court appointed agent under FL statute 828.073, Joan was responsible for facilitating enforcement of animal protection laws. Her experience with investigations included petitioning courts for protective custody of abused animals of more than 500 cases.
Joan has extensive experience with planning and responding to disasters beginning with Hurricane Andrew through Hurricane Katrina. Joan assisted the HSUS and AHA in establishing temporary housing/care, transporting animals for foster care, implementing a lost and found monitoring program and providing oversight with identification and direct care of animals.
Laura Bevan began her career with The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) in 1987 at the Southeast Regional Office (SERO) in Tallahassee. Laura became SERO Regional Director in 1992. In 2009, her region was expanded to cover 22 states from Florida to Maine when the Eastern Regional Office was created. During her years with the HSUS, Laura has conducted investigations into such activities as animal dealers, animal collectors, horse and dog racing, animal fighting and ritual animal sacrifice. She has been deemed by the courts as an expert in animal cruelty/animal fighting. Laura has been instrumental in getting numerous animal laws passed in several states, especially Florida where she has lobbied the Legislature since 1988. Laura also has extensive experience in working natural disasters, specifically hurricanes, wildfires and floods. In 2008, she was named Humanitarian of the Year by the Florida Governor’s Hurricane Conference for her work helping to develop the state’s disaster planning and response for animals.
Dr. Ernest Godfrey is the director of the Pinellas Animal Hospital and Seminole Boulevard Animal Hospitals of St. Petersburg. Since 1988, Dr. Godfrey has been an active leader of the Florida Veterinary Medical Association, serving on the FVMA executive board as treasurer, president, or president-elect. In addition, for the past 29 years, he has been director of the Central Florida Academy, which provides continuing education programs to veterinarians. He currently serves on the FVMA's Advisory Committee for the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida and is Chair of the Continuing Education program for the FVMA's Annual Conference.
Dr. Larry G Dee is co-owner of the Hollywood Animal Hospital, founded in 1947 by his father and uncle; in practice with his two brothers and 18 other veterinarians. He has been involved in companion animal practice for 41 years and is currently a charter diplomat by examination of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in canine and feline practice. Dee has served as president of the Florida Veterinary Medical Association, as president of his specialty college (the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners), as president of the American Animal Hospital Association, and as president of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association. He has been named AAHA Veterinarian of the Year as well as FVMA Veterinarian of the Year. He has received the highest award given by the FVMA: the FVMA Distinguished Service Award. He has received Auburn University’s Distinguished Alumnus Award and the WSAVA’s International Award for Service to the Profession. He currently serves as chair of the FVMA College Advisory Committee and represents District IV on the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Executive Board.
Jeff Doyle is the Animal Control Supervisor for the City of Tallahassee. He has served the City of Tallahassee for 14 years and worked in several capacities to include Animal Services Specialist, Volunteer Coordinator, and Animal Control Officer. Jeff is a certified Animal Cruelty Investigator and is on the board of directors for the Florida Animal Control Association. Jeff is known in the community as a fair-minded public servant who excels in his role as guardian of the city's animal and human citizens. Jeff was recognized by Leon County Humane Society as a 2011 Purple Paw Award recipient for his problem-solving approach to animal related issues and his dedication to finding long-term solutions to even the most difficult dilemmas.
Kate McFall Bio coming soon.
Paul Studivant Paul Studivant is the Division Chief of St. Johns County Animal Control. He has been with them for 17 years. He is a Past of President of the Florida Animal Control Association and currently serves as Vice-President. Paul is also the ESF-17 Coordinator for St. Johns County, is a Large and Small Animal Rescue Certified Consultant for HSUS Shelter Services and a Cruelty Investigator through HSUS. He serves on the State Agriculture Response Team (SART) Board, and is also a Certified Occupational Dog Bite Safety Trainer.
Lois Kostroski is president of L-T Graye Communications, the association management firm for Florida Animal Friend. She has almost 40 years of association management experience over three states, with retail/service organizations, a national education foundation, business leagues, and professional societies. She has received national recognition for leadership, newsletter production, and seminar performance.
Board of Advisors
Evan Goldman has worked in legislative affairs at the federal, state and local levels of government for 13 years. Since 1998, he has focused on issues that impact Florida’s children and families and currently works as a senior government affairs specialist for the Children’s Services Council of Broward County. He is also dedicated to helping reduce Florida’s unwanted pet population by volunteering at many area shelters.
Tony Palermo has been a CPA at Ahearn Jasco since 1988, and is the primary shareholder in most small business audit engagements, which include specializing in non-profit, employee pension plans, and broker-dealers. In addition, he is responsible for the preparation of numerous corporate and individual tax returns.
Lil Sayre and her mother developed a dog obedience training program in 1962, and since then, their Holmhaven Collies have earned over 100 obedience titles. In addition, Lil Sayre has been a member of the Broward County Large Animal Disaster Committee since 1993, a member of the Pet Overpopulation Focus Group since 1994, and is currently on the Animal Care Advisory Group. She was also a member of the committee which developed Broward County’s Farm Ordinance and the Southwest Ranches Farm Ordinance Committee.
Nan Rich was elected to the Florida State Senate in November 2004. Senator Rich has been a champion on animal issues for many years. During the 2004 Legislative Session she sponsored a bill for an animal license plate in which the proceeds raised from the plate would provide education on the benefits of spaying and neutering pets, and financial assistance to not-for-profit spay/neuter programs in the State of Florida. During the 2005 Legislative Session, Senator Rich passed two bills relating to animals. One bill relating to rabies vaccinations revises the requirements for dogs, cats, and ferrets to be vaccinated by a licensed veterinarian against rabies, and the other bill relating to animal cruelty amends the minimum fines and periods of incarceration for certain acts of cruelty to animals.
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