FACE ADVISORY BOARD

Senator Raymond J. Lesniak
Senator Raymond J. Lesniak

Senator Raymond J. Lesniak After a 40-year career in the NJ Legislature, Senator Raymond J. Lesniak has formed The Lesniak Institute For American Leadership at Kean University to teach the leaders of America the art and politics of public advocacy. Senator Lesniak served in the US Army from 1967 to 1969. He graduated from Rutgers University, class of 1971, and with honors from St. John’s Law School in 1974. He served in the State Assembly from 1978 to 1983 and had been in the Senate since 1983. He retired from the state legislature January 2018. As a champion of animal welfare, Senator Lesniak sponsored the first law in the nation which banned the trade of ivory products to help save elephants and other ivory tusk, preventing the mammals from extinction. He also banned “trophies” of endangered species from entry and transportation in New Jersey. He championed for Nosey’s Law, S1093 and NJ became the first state in the nation to ban the use of exotic animals from performing in the state. “Nosey’s Law”; prohibits use of elephants and other wild or exotic animals in traveling animal acts

David Ebert
David Ebert

David Ebert is a co-founder of The Animal Defense Partnership (ADP) Animal Defense Partnership, a nonprofit that provides pro bono legal and related administrative services to animal charities. As a lifelong proponent of animal welfare, rights and protection, David co-founded ADP in 2016 as a means to devote himself more fully to defending animals using the skills developed over his 30+ year legal career. In his private practice as a litigation partner at the Ingram law firm in New York City, David litigates complex commercial matters and regularly tries cases in state and federal court in New York and around the country. After graduating with a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, David received his law degree from New York University Law School.

Dr. Anna Katogiritis
Dr. Anna Katogiritis

Dr. Anna Katogiritis, is a Greek American biologist and veterinarian based in the US.   Anna has been involved in animal welfare campaigns for over 15 years.  Dr. Kagitiritis coordinated the implementation of Dr. Jane Goodall’s (PhD, DBE, UN Messenger of Peace, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute)  educational program Roots & Shoots in Greece (starting in 2016) and served as the co-Founder and Executive Director of Jane Goodall’s R&S Greece; a non for profit based  in Athens, Greece.  During her time in Greece she organized spay and neuter campaigns on the island of Karpathos. Dr. Katogiritis has volunteered numerous times in Greece, Sierra Leone, Congo and Indonesia to name a few countries, where she has assisted organizations with the rehabilitation and medical care of wildlife and domestic animals as well as the training of local personnel in medical techniques. In April of 2017, she was selected by the Greek America Foundation  as one of the “Young Philanthropists 30 under 30” for her work in developing countries as well as Greece. Her special interests are in wildlife conservation and rehabilitation, animal rights and animal welfare of domestic animal populations- with a particular interest to those that are in underdeveloped areas of the world. Anna is currently an emergency veterinarian and independent consultant based in Virginia (USA).  Media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram): @DoctorAnnaK

Dr. Toni Frohoff
Dr. Toni Frohoff

Dr. Toni Frohoff: Director of Research, SONAR (US) — Dr. Toni Frohoff is the Director of Research for both Terramar Research and Sonar. Toni, an ethologist and wildlife behavioral-biologist, has researched – and advocated for – the lives, loves, and liberties of elephants and cetaceans for over 30 years. She specializes in studying stress, behavior, and well-being in captivity and the wild. Toni has co-authored two University-Press books and has contributed to many others. Most recently, she contributed a textbook chapter on ecocultural identity and human-elephant interactions for Routledge University Press. Toni’s work has been featured extensively in the media and has contributed to legislation protecting wildlife in over a dozen countries. She serves on various government and professional boards, task forces, and committees. She has spoken at the Smithsonian Institute, TED Global Oxford, and most recently, a conference on Animal Culture in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Mike Deeson
Mike Deeson

Mike Deeson 12 Time Emmy Winning Investigative Reporter and Executive Producer of the Documentary BROKEN, Mike is the only broadcast journalist in the State to be honored by the Society of Professional Journalists as the Florida Journalist of the Year. In all Deeson has been nominated for more than 40 Emmy Awards. Mike who was also honored with the life time achievement Silver Circle Award from the National Academy of Arts and Science (NATAS) is a six time winner of the Green Eyeshade Awards (the oldest journalism competition in the Southeast sponsored by the Atlanta Chapter of SPJ); a two time winner of the Edward R Murrow Award; and winner of more than 50 associated Press and United Press International Awards including Top Broadcast Journalist of the Year at least once in 4 decades. He also was chosen as the Outstanding Broadcast Reporter in the Southeast. In 2015 Influence Magazine named Mike one of the 100 Most Influential People Affecting Florida Politics. Mike is on the Board of the Florida First Amendment Foundation.

Duncan Strauss
Duncan Strauss

Duncan Strauss is the producer and host of Talking Animals, a program about animals and animal issues that airs Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m. ET on WMNF (88.5 FM), a community-oriented NPR affiliate in Tampa, Florida. Strauss launched the program in Southern California in 2003, and over the years, Talking Animals guests have tended to be prominent figures in the animal world, or notable people in other fields who have ties to animal welfare. These include Jane Goodall, Alec Baldwin, Temple Grandin, Capt. Paul Watson, and a slew of distinguished figures in the elephant world, among them Cynthia Moss, Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick, Joyce Poole, Keith Lindsay, Pat Derby, Andrea Turkalo, Scott Blais, Lily Tomlin, Caitlin O’Connell Rodwell, and Carol Buckley. Strauss is a regular contributor to The Washington Post’s animal blog, and has written for The New York Times Book Review. The Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, The Huffington Post, and The Palm Beach Post.

Senator Raymond J. Lesniak

Senator Raymond J. Lesniak

NJ Legislature

Senator Raymond J. Lesniak After a 40-year career in the NJ Legislature, Senator Raymond J. Lesniak has formed The Lesniak Institute For American Leadership at Kean University to teach the leaders of America the art and politics of public advocacy. Senator Lesniak served in the US Army from 1967 to 1969. He graduated from Rutgers University, class of 1971, and with honors from St. John’s Law School in 1974. He served in the State Assembly from 1978 to 1983 and had been in the Senate since 1983. He retired from the state legislature January 2018. As a champion of animal welfare, Senator Lesniak sponsored the first law in the nation which banned the trade of ivory products to help save elephants and other ivory tusk, preventing the mammals from extinction. He also banned “trophies” of endangered species from entry and transportation in New Jersey. He championed for Nosey’s Law, S1093 and NJ became the first state in the nation to ban the use of exotic animals from performing in the state. “Nosey’s Law”; prohibits use of elephants and other wild or exotic animals in traveling animal acts

David Ebert

David Ebert

Co-Founder of ADP

David Ebert is a co-founder of The Animal Defense Partnership (ADP) Animal Defense Partnership, a nonprofit that provides pro bono legal and related administrative services to animal charities. As a lifelong proponent of animal welfare, rights and protection, David co-founded ADP in 2016 as a means to devote himself more fully to defending animals using the skills developed over his 30+ year legal career. In his private practice as a litigation partner at the Ingram law firm in New York City, David litigates complex commercial matters and regularly tries cases in state and federal court in New York and around the country. After graduating with a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, David received his law degree from New York University Law School.

Dr. Anna Katogiritis

Dr. Anna Katogiritis

Greek American Biologist and Veterinarian

Dr. Anna Katogiritis, is a Greek American biologist and veterinarian based in the US.   Anna has been involved in animal welfare campaigns for over 15 years.  Dr. Kagitiritis coordinated the implementation of Dr. Jane Goodall’s (PhD, DBE, UN Messenger of Peace, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute)  educational program Roots & Shoots in Greece (starting in 2016) and served as the co-Founder and Executive Director of Jane Goodall’s R&S Greece; a non for profit based  in Athens, Greece.  During her time in Greece she organized spay and neuter campaigns on the island of Karpathos. Dr. Katogiritis has volunteered numerous times in Greece, Sierra Leone, Congo and Indonesia to name a few countries, where she has assisted organizations with the rehabilitation and medical care of wildlife and domestic animals as well as the training of local personnel in medical techniques. In April of 2017, she was selected by the Greek America Foundation  as one of the “Young Philanthropists 30 under 30” for her work in developing countries as well as Greece. Her special interests are in wildlife conservation and rehabilitation, animal rights and animal welfare of domestic animal populations- with a particular interest to those that are in underdeveloped areas of the world. Anna is currently an emergency veterinarian and independent consultant based in Virginia (USA).  Media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram): @DoctorAnnaK

Dr. Toni Frohoff

Dr. Toni Frohoff

Ethologist and Wildlife Behavioral-Biologist

Dr. Toni Frohoff: Director of Research, SONAR (US) — Dr. Toni Frohoff is the Director of Research for both Terramar Research and Sonar. Toni, an ethologist and wildlife behavioral-biologist, has researched – and advocated for – the lives, loves, and liberties of elephants and cetaceans for over 30 years. She specializes in studying stress, behavior, and well-being in captivity and the wild. Toni has co-authored two University-Press books and has contributed to many others. Most recently, she contributed a textbook chapter on ecocultural identity and human-elephant interactions for Routledge University Press. Toni’s work has been featured extensively in the media and has contributed to legislation protecting wildlife in over a dozen countries. She serves on various government and professional boards, task forces, and committees. She has spoken at the Smithsonian Institute, TED Global Oxford, and most recently, a conference on Animal Culture in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Mike Deeson

Mike Deeson

Investigative Reporter and Executive Producer

Mike Deeson 12 Time Emmy Winning Investigative Reporter and Executive Producer of the Documentary BROKEN, Mike is the only broadcast journalist in the State to be honored by the Society of Professional Journalists as the Florida Journalist of the Year. In all Deeson has been nominated for more than 40 Emmy Awards. Mike who was also honored with the life time achievement Silver Circle Award from the National Academy of Arts and Science (NATAS) is a six time winner of the Green Eyeshade Awards (the oldest journalism competition in the Southeast sponsored by the Atlanta Chapter of SPJ); a two time winner of the Edward R Murrow Award; and winner of more than 50 associated Press and United Press International Awards including Top Broadcast Journalist of the Year at least once in 4 decades. He also was chosen as the Outstanding Broadcast Reporter in the Southeast. In 2015 Influence Magazine named Mike one of the 100 Most Influential People Affecting Florida Politics. Mike is on the Board of the Florida First Amendment Foundation.

Duncan Strauss

Duncan Strauss

Producer

Duncan Strauss is the producer and host of Talking Animals, a program about animals and animal issues that airs Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m. ET on WMNF (88.5 FM), a community-oriented NPR affiliate in Tampa, Florida. Strauss launched the program in Southern California in 2003, and over the years, Talking Animals guests have tended to be prominent figures in the animal world, or notable people in other fields who have ties to animal welfare. These include Jane Goodall, Alec Baldwin, Temple Grandin, Capt. Paul Watson, and a slew of distinguished figures in the elephant world, among them Cynthia Moss, Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick, Joyce Poole, Keith Lindsay, Pat Derby, Andrea Turkalo, Scott Blais, Lily Tomlin, Caitlin O’Connell Rodwell, and Carol Buckley. Strauss is a regular contributor to The Washington Post’s animal blog, and has written for The New York Times Book Review. The Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, The Huffington Post, and The Palm Beach Post.

FACE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Dee Gaug
Dee Gaug
President - FACE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
J.D. Dee served as Secretary and on the Board of Directors for FREE ALL CAPTIVE ELEPHANTS, FACE (formerly Save Nosey Now, Inc.) in 2017.
Robin Chandler Vitulle
Robin Chandler Vitulle
Vice President - FACE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Robin Chandler Vitulle has been the Vice President and on the Board of Directors of FREE ALL CAPTIVE ELEPHANTS, FACE (formerly Save Nosey Now, Inc.) since the nonprofit’s inception in 2017.
Michelle Weirich
Michelle Weirich
Co-Treasurer - FACE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Michelle Weirich was an Administrator and on the Save Nosey Now FaceBook Page from 2014 until 2019. She has been the treasurer of FREE ALL CAPTIVE ELEPHANTS, FACE (formerly Save Nosey Now, Inc.) since 2017.
Judy Collins
Judy Collins
Co-Secretary - FACE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Judy Collins attended Bunker Hill Community College. She became aware of the plight of elephants in 2015 and instantly was impassioned to help captive elephants.
Adrienne Possenti
Adrienne Possenti
Co-Secretary - FACE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Co-Secretary – Adrienne Possenti began elephant advocacy in 2013 by starting a letter writing campaign to local newspapers to educate the community of the need for legislative intervention on behalf of traveling exotic animals. Adrienne was determined to be a force and a voice for abused captive elephants. Adrienne convinced her local elected officials to enact an ordinance banning traveling exotic animal exhibitions, ending a 52 year-long circus tradition in her community. A county resolution to ban circus animal exhibitions was put in place with Adrienne’s sponsorship. Adrienne gave testimony in favor of Nosey’s Law in New Jersey’s state capital before both the House Appropriations Committee and the Assembly Committee. Nosey’s Law was passed in December, 2018. This groundbreaking legislation made New Jersey the first state in the nation to ban all traveling exotic animal exhibitions. In May, 2018, Adrienne became an Administrator for FACE (formerly Save Nosey Now) and a member of the Board of Directors. Adrienne now dedicates herself full-time to FREE ALL CAPTIVE ELEPHANTS (FACE) and to supporting the TRAVELING EXOTIC ANIMAL PUBLIC SAFETY PROTECTION ACT, H.R. 2863 (TEAPSPA). A highlight in Adrienne’s advocacy history was being present in Washington, DC during the reintroduction of TEAPSPA, May, 2019.

Dee Gaug

Dee Gaug

Secretary

President – Dee Gaug, J.D. Dee served as Secretary and on the Board of Directors for FREE ALL CAPTIVE ELEPHANTS, FACE (formerly Save Nosey Now, Inc.) in 2017. Dee became president of FACE in August, 2019. Prior to her involvement with FACE, Dee worked as a trial attorney for 15 years. She has done pro-bono legal work both in Massachusetts and Florida including the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Dee received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire and her Juris Doctorate degree from Massachusetts School of Law. Dee was honored in 2018 by being asked to be on a panel at both the Free the Oregon Zoo Elephants Conference and The Performing Animal Welfare Society’s International Captive Welfare Conference. Dee also serves as Co-Secretary of FACE.

Robin Chandler Vitulle

Robin Chandler Vitulle

Vice President

Vice President – Robin Chandler Vitulle has been the Vice President and on the Board of Directors of FREE ALL CAPTIVE ELEPHANTS, FACE (formerly Save Nosey Now, Inc.) since the nonprofit’s inception in 2017. Robin began her advocacy in 2013 while learning of the elephant poaching crisis in Africa. This brought her to become aware of captivity of elephants right here in the USA and decided this is where she could do more to advocate for elephants in circuses and zoos. Robin was instrumental in the passing of Nosey’s Law in New Jersey. She gave testimony before the NJ Senate and Assembly Committees while working alongside retired NJ Senator Raymond J. Lesniak. Nosey’s Law made NJ the first state in the U.S. to ban the use of wild and exotic animals in traveling animal acts. She has also organized many peaceful circus protests, both in New Jersey and for other advocates where circuses are held. Robin also serves as Co- Treasurer of FACE.

Michelle Weirich

Michelle Weirich

Administrator

Co-Treasurer – Michelle Weirich was an Administrator and on the Save Nosey Now FaceBook Page from 2014 until 2019. She has been the treasurer of FREE ALL CAPTIVE ELEPHANTS, FACE (formerly Save Nosey Now, Inc.) since 2017. Michelle was instrumental in bringing information and education to legislators in New Jersey and has supported Senator Raymond Lesniak, the sponsor of Nosey’s Law in that state. She has helped organize circus protests on many occasions and is an advocate for all animals, using her voice and her action to rescue many needy animals on an almost daily basis. Every day Michelle is out rescuing dogs, pigs, goats, horses and any suffering animal that needs help.

Judy Collins

Judy Collins

Co-Secretary

Co-Secretary – Judy Collins attended Bunker Hill Community College. She became aware of the plight of elephants in 2015 and instantly was impassioned to help captive elephants. Judy has been fighting for the rights of all animals in her home state for many years. Her passion for animals lead her to the Save Nosey Now Facebook group. There, she began to follow Nosey’s story. Judy became an Administrator for the Facebook group not long after. Judy creates graphics and videos for postings. She creates Excel spreadsheets to help in tracking circus venues (dates, places, hosts, sponsors, and a list of media that have covered Nosey’s story). In addition to her duties as a Co-Secretary for the Board Of Directors at FREE ALL CAPTIVE ELEPHANTS, FACE, Judy does research on circus and zoo elephants . Judy is a champion for all animals and is active in pushing for legislation to end non-human circuses from performing in her state of Massachusetts.

Adrienne Possenti

Adrienne Possenti

Co-Secretary

Co-Secretary – Adrienne Possenti began elephant advocacy in 2013 by starting a letter writing campaign to local newspapers to educate the community of the need for legislative intervention on behalf of traveling exotic animals. Adrienne was determined to be a force and a voice for abused captive elephants. Adrienne convinced her local elected officials to enact an ordinance banning traveling exotic animal exhibitions, ending a 52 year-long circus tradition in her community. A county resolution to ban circus animal exhibitions was put in place with Adrienne’s sponsorship. Adrienne gave testimony in favor of Nosey’s Law in New Jersey’s state capital before both the House Appropriations Committee and the Assembly Committee. Nosey’s Law was passed in December, 2018. This groundbreaking legislation made New Jersey the first state in the nation to ban all traveling exotic animal exhibitions. In May, 2018, Adrienne became an Administrator for FACE (formerly Save Nosey Now) and a member of the Board of Directors. Adrienne now dedicates herself full-time to FREE ALL CAPTIVE ELEPHANTS (FACE) and to supporting the TRAVELING EXOTIC ANIMAL PUBLIC SAFETY PROTECTION ACT, H.R. 2863 (TEAPSPA). A highlight in Adrienne’s advocacy history was being present in Washington, DC during the reintroduction of TEAPSPA, May, 2019.