Speakers at the Best Friends Professional Development Symposium

Speakers at the symposium are leaders, professionals and experts in their fields. They come from a wide variety of backgrounds and have diverse experiences, and they are all ready to share the knowledge and information you need to successfully navigate the field of contemporary animal services. See the full list of symposium speakers below. We’ll be adding full bios soon, so stay tuned.

Kristen Hassen Auerbach, Director, Pima County Animal Services
Julie Castle, CEO, Best Friends Animal Society
Denise Deisler, CEO, Jacksonville Humane Society
Jessica Dolce, Founder of The Compassion in Balance Program
James Evans, CEO, Companions and Animals for Reform and Equity (C.A.R.E)
Aimee Gilbreath, President, Petsmart Charities
Debra Griggs, Executive Director, Virginia Federation of Humane Societies
Tawny Hammond, National Director, Leadership Advancement, Best Friends Animal Society
Dr. Kate Hurley, DVM, MPVM, Dip. ABVP, UC Davis Koret, Shelter Medicine Program
Ed Jamison, Executive Director, Dallas Animal Services
Dr. Erin Katribe, Medical Director, Best Friends Animal Society
Gina Knepp, National Shelter Engagement Director, Michelson Found Animals
Lisa LaFontaine, CEO, Humane Rescue Alliance
Bobby Mann, Maddie’s®  Director of Human Animal Support Services, American Pets Alive
Heather Owen, Executive Director, Board President, One Tail at a Time Dog Rescue
Marc Peralta, National Director, Mission Advancement, Best Friends Animal Society
Alexis Pugh, Director, Memphis Animal Services
Holly Sizemore, Chief Mission Officer, Best Friends Animal Society
Brent Toellner, Senior Director National Programs, Best Friends Animal Society
Trish (Patricia) Tolbert, Development Strategist, National Shelter Outreach, Best Friends Animal Society
Scott Wyatt, President, Southern Utah University