Barbara Stagno, President and Executive Director
Barbara Stagno has worked since 1995 as a campaign director for a national animal protection organization, focusing largely on the use of animals in experiments. She has coordinated numerous campaigns to oppose animal abuse in corporate, university and government laboratories, resulting in the termination of some of those experiments.
Barbara studied biology at Michigan State University for four years, has a Bachelor’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College in music, and an Associate’s Degree in nursing from Excelsior College. She has worked as a Registered Nurse, specializing in critical care and patient advocacy, in addition to her work for animals.
Lawrence D’Antonio, Board Member
Lawrence D’Antonio, Ph.D., is Professor of Mathematics at Ramapo College of New Jersey. He received his doctorate from Syracuse University in 1986, doing research in Fourier analysis. Over the years he has shifted his focus to the history of mathematics (partly reflecting his interests as an undergraduate philosophy major). He has also become very interested in bioinformatics, having published several papers studying G-quadruplexes, three dimensional structures that can form in DNA and RNA, and which seem to play a role in regulating gene expression. Bioinformatics is emerging as an important area with applications for replacing the use of animals in research, particularly drug development.
Matthew Calarco, Board Member
Matthew Calarco, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Philosophy at California State University, where he teaches courses on animal ethics and applied ethics. He studied philosophy as an undergraduate at San Diego State University, where he received his B.A., before transferring to SUNY Binghamton to complete his PhD in 2001.
He serves as faculty adviser to student groups active in animal and environmental issues and also has a longstanding interest in a wide variety of social justice issues and movements. He has published extensively on animal studies and Continental philosophy, including such books as Zoographies: The Question of the Animal from Heidegger to Derrida (Columbia University Press, 2008) and Thinking through Animals: Identity, Difference, Indistinction (Stanford University Press, 2014).
Ray Greek, MD, Science Advisor
Ray Greek, M.D. received his medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1985 and completed a residency in
anesthesiology in 1989 at the University of Wisconsin. He has taught at the medical schools of the University of Wisconsin and Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He has performed research with animals and humans. He is the president and co-founder of Americans For Medical Advancement (AFMA). AFMA is a not-for-profit organization that promotes biomedical research and the practice of medicine based on critical thinking and our current understanding of evolutionary and developmental biology, complex systems, genomics, and science in general. AFMA’s position on the use of animals in science is summarized in Trans-Species Modeling Theory. TSMT, as explained in his books and articles is that animals cannot be successfully used as predictive models for humans. More information on TMST and AFMA can be found at http://www.afma-curedisease.org/
Dr Greek enjoys scuba diving, swimming with pinnipeds and cetaceans, interacting with African wildlife and photographing same. While he enjoys those activities, what he actually does with his time is take care of all the animals Jean Greek DVM brings home.
Lawrence A. Hansen, MD, Advisory Board
Dr. Lawrence A. Hansen has a long and distinguished career in medicine, research and teaching in the areas of neuroscience, pathology and neuroanatomy. He is Professor of Pathology and Neurosciences at University of California, San Diego, (UCSD) School of Medicine, where he has been since 1988. His exceptional qualities as an educator have earned him multiple awards for outstanding excellence in teaching.
Dr. Hansen's research is focused on the pathology and pathogenesis of dementing illnesses, in particular the Lewy variant of Alzheimer disease for which his work is very well known. He has published over 150 peer review journal publications as well as numerous book chapters and review articles in his many areas of expertise.
Dr. Hansen is also an attending on the clinical neuropathology service at UCSD working with neurosurgeons and neuro-oncologists on brain tumor diagnosis and treatment.
Dr. Hansen believes strongly that science and compassion for animals are not mutually exclusive. He was part of an effort to end dog-killing teaching exercises at UCSD’s School of Medicine that were required curriculum in the first year Physiology and Pharmacology courses. There is still an elective dog-killing lab in Pharmacology, but now far fewer dogs are killed.
Jean Hofve, DVM, Advisory Board
Jean Hofve, DVM, is a retired holistic veterinarian and co-author of Paleo Dog: Give Your Best Friend a Long Life, Healthy Weight, and Freedom from Illness by Nurturing His Inner Wolf and The Complete Guide to Holistic Cat Care: An Illustrated Handbook with nutritionist Dr. Celeste Yarnall. She has worked and consulted with many animal rights and welfare groups over the years, including the Animal Protection Institute, In Defense of Animals, Mercy for Animals, and many others. Dr. Jean has written hundreds of articles, has lectured on pet topics throughout the US, and has appeared on radio and TV around the world. Her award-winning website, www.littlebigcat.com, is a respected source of information on feline health, nutrition and behavior. Dr. Jean currently lives in Denver with her cat Sundance.
Murry Cohen, MD, Advisory Board
Murry J. Cohen M.D. has been a physician and psychiatrist for more than 40 years. He practiced internal medicine in the United States Army. He was an assistant professor of psychiatry and director of The Narcotics Rehabilitation Center at New York City's Mount Sinai Medical Center, where he published the results of clinical research in the field of substance abuse and addiction. Dr. Cohen was chief of the psychiatric out-patient department at New York City's Lenox Hill Hospital. Currently he practices psychiatry in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
From 1987 to 2002, Dr. Cohen chaired and co-chaired the Medical Research Modernization Committee, (MRMC), a national not-for-profit group of largely health professionals which opposed the animal model approach to biomedical research on the basis of being scientifically flawed and methodologically unsound.
Dr. Cohen has authored letters, articles, chapters, congressional testimony, and books on animal experimentation and other animal issues, including Alcoholic Rats and Other Alcohol Research Using Animals, Attitudes Toward Neutering and Euthanasia: Psychological and Religious Influences (in Overpopulation of Cats and Dogs), The Irrelevance of Animal Experimentation in Modern Psychiatry and Psychology (in Future Medical Research Without the Use of Animals: Facing the Challenge), and Aping Science: A Critical Analysis of Research at the Yerkes Regional Primate Center.
Karen Davis, Advisory Board
Karen Davis, PhD is the President and Founder of United Poultry Concerns, a nonprofit organization that promotes the compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl including a sanctuary for chickens in Virginia. Her essays appear in Experiencing Animal Minds, Sister Species, and many other publications on the lives of animals and the links of oppression.
Karen Davis’s books include Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs: An Inside Look at the Modern Poultry Industry; More Than a Meal: The Turkey in History, Myth, Ritual, and Reality; A Home for Henny, and Instead of Chicken, Instead of Turkey: A Poultryless “Poultry” Potpourri. Karen was profiled in the Genesis Award-winning article “For the Birds” in The Washington Post and was featured in “Won’t Back Down” in the Altoona Mirror in Pennsylvania. Karen is in the National Animal Rights Hall of Fame “for outstanding contributions to animal liberation.” http://www.upc-online.org/karenbio.htm.
Natasha Sainsbury, Graphic designer
Natasha Sainsbury is a self taught graphic designer, writer, and lifelong animal rights advocate. She has worked with numerous animal organizations and on awareness campaigns. In 2005 she helped spearhead one of the most effective grassroots boycott of a major motion picture; Flicka. She now uses her skills to assist those who are working on behalf of animals, and is motivated to make a difference in the world for all of the earth’s inhabitants.
Natasha spent over a decade volunteering with animal rescue charities, and in a hands on role rehabilitating horses suffering from abuse and neglect. She is a member of the Animal Rights Leadership Council, whose mission is to recruit and develop future leaders of the movement. She runs Animal Rights Graphics (www.facebook.com/animalrightsgraphics) - a resource for activists using social media.
Mike Winikoff, Editorial and Research Assistant
Mike Winikoff has been a professional writer, editor, and researcher since 1989. He was the head writer of the Genesis Awards on Animal Planet for five years. He has been executive director of an animal shelter, director of programs for The Ark Trust, and communications director for a humane society and an international animal protection organization.
Mike has done undercover investigations and managed internet communications and media relations for several animal protection organizations. Mike’s groundbreaking investigation into canned hunts – and the supply of tame exotic animals to canned hunts – led to the introduction in the U.S. Congress of the Captive Exotic Animal Protection Act.
Mike can be contacted through www.mikewinikoff.com.