Susie Coston- Farm Sanctuary’s national shelter director, joined Farm Sanctuary in March 2000, following six years of working for a veterinarian and a sanctuary in West Virginia. Before that, she earned a master’s degree in special education and worked with humans with disabilities, but she felt her calling was to work with animals. Susie has been a mentor to many of her peers — some of whom have started their own sanctuaries throughout the United States. She shares her deep understanding of farm animals by bringing the stories of love, life, and loss of Farm Sanctuary’s rescued animals to the public. She oversees a staff of caregivers, feeders, cleaners, and project workers to ensure that the hundreds of farm animals sheltered at Farm Sanctuary each year receive the best possible care at every stage of their lives.
Holly Cheever, DVM, in addition to her private practice serving companion animals and wildlife, instructs veterinary students, consults for animal advocacy organizations, and assists law officers in animal abuse cases. Dr. Cheever has received awards from the NY State Troopers, the ASPCA and the Humane Society of the United States. Currently, she is vice president of the New York State Humane Association and is chairperson of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association’s Leadership Council. Dr. Cheever was educated at Harvard University (A.B. 1971, summa cum laude) and at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University (D.V.M. 1980, class rank #1). She resides on a small farm sanctuary in upstate New York with her husband and four children.
Bruce Friedrich is senior director for strategic initiatives at Farm Sanctuary, where he leads Farm Sanctuary’s legislation and litigation efforts, and works to introduce the world to who farmed animals are. Bruce worked for two years as a public school teacher in inner city Baltimore (where he was “teacher of the year” for his school), for six years at a homeless shelter and soup kitchen in Washington, D.C., and for 13 years at PETA, where he was vice president for policy and government affairs. He co-authored the Animal Activist’s Handbook, a book about which Princeton bioethicist Peter Singer raves: “Rarely have so few pages contained so much intelligence and good advice. Get it, read it, and act on it. Now.”
Victoria Moran is a vegan of three decades and the author of eleven books, a certified holistic health counselor (HHC, AADP) in private practice, and director of Main Street Vegan Academy, training vegan lifestyle coaches. Her latest book is Main Street Vegan, which VegNews magazine calls “The Vegan Bible, New Testament.” A two-time Oprah! guest, winner of “Vegan of the Year” for 2012, and co-host of the Main Street Vegan Show on Unity.FM radio, Victoria lives in a green condo in New York City.
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