board of directors
Executive Director & Board President
Elizabeth attended her first activist rally at age eight and quickly channeled that energy to animals. Active in animal rights groups through college, upon graduating from Virginia Tech she started her career at the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) as a Media Spokesperson and Animals in Entertainment Campaign Coordinator. She went on to run the communications department for Alley Cat Allies, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection of cats, before working for a full service marketing firm, managing state and federal government campaigns. In 2011, Elizabeth returned to the animal protection field as a strategy consultant and continues to work with multiple organizations and pet product companies.
Managing and promoting campaigns, Elizabeth utilizes compelling and informative visuals to tell a story. Recognizing the impact and influence imagery can have on an audience to take action, she founded Photographers for Animals to promote animal issues and help animal groups and organizations utilize opportunities for photography and film.
Elizabeth met photographer Jason Putsché in 2008, when she hired him to take photos of a colony of cats. They married in 2012 and co-own Jason Putsché Photography, offering photography and video services. They live in Baltimore, Maryland with Stackhouse, their rescued English Black Lab, and two female felines, Bella and Frank.
Jason has been a professional photographer for over 15 years, with a wide variety of clients and subject matter including portraits, product, corporate, and weddings. After training at larger companies, he started Jason Putsché Photography in 2005 to offer more personal and detailed photography and video services to his clients. Always drawn to animals, he incorporates them into his work whenever possible. No matter the assignment, it is not uncommon for Jason to sneak in a few animal shots—whether pets of a client or a duck, rabbit, or other wildlife he met during the course of the shoot.
Jason was the primary contributing photographer for Alley Cat Allies, a national nonprofit dedicated to the protection of cats, from 2008 – 2014 and on numerous occasions has brought home cats and kittens from his shoots who were in danger or in need of medical attention. And after providing whatever care necessary, he and his wife find homes for his feline fosters—like Hoppy.
Jason lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife, Elizabeth, and their beloved pets, Stackhouse, Bella and Frank.
Patricia E. Jones
Patricia has dedicated most of her professional career and personal life to making the world a better place for animals. She is founder of Paws PR, a marketing firm specializing in business development and communications consulting for pet product companies and animal protection organizations.
She is the Communications Director for the Animal Legal Defense Fund. Prior to launching Paws PR, Patricia served as Vice President of Media Relations and Advertising at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) for seven years. She started her career at NBC News, where she wrote and produced breaking news stories for NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw.
In both 2013 and 2014, Patricia was one of the Top 20 Finalists in the Women in the Pet Industry Network Woman of the Year Award in the category of “Advocate for Animals.”
Patricia resides in New York City with two rescued cats and one rescue hamsters.
The Humane Society of the United States
For nearly a decade and a half, Matt Prescott has helped lead the charge to improve animals’ station in society, particularly within the global food supply. His work has resulted in sweeping improvements at major meat companies Tyson Foods, Cargill and Smithfield Foods as well as leading food retailers like Burger King, Costco, Target and dozens more. He’s also helped bring to light animal abuse in the public sphere, through garnering international press coverage on animal protection issues by CNN, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, USA Today, TIME magazine, and countless other media outlets. On twitter at @MatthewPrescott.
Dr. Jesse Harper
Dr. Jesse Harper was raised in the mountains outside Boulder, Colorado. Here he was exposed to a wide variety of wildlife, house pets and livestock. At an early age, he discovered his sincere compassion for all living creatures and recognized a distinct need for animal rights advocation. Dr. Harper has since committed his life to the ethical treatment of animals, strengthening the human-animal bond, maximizing animal health and the relief of any and all suffering. He was awarded his bachelor’s degree in zoology with a minor in chemistry from Metropolitan State College of Denver and earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 2012. Dr. Harper also earned a B.A. in photography from the Colorado Institute of Art.
During his personal time, Dr. Harper enjoys photography, the outdoors and spending his life with his rescue dog, Captain Kevlar.
Best Friends Animal Society
As the Senior Manager of Policy for Best Friends, Jon Dunn is responsible for the creation and management of the vast amount of policies and positions for the organization. He also handles a variety of communications related tasks including editorial writing and working closely with the Best Friends legislative team.
Jon is very passionate about other issues facing animals as well, and is a cofounder of Vegan Grand Rapids – a local restaurant guide and vegan advocacy group in West Michigan where he calls home. He most recently created a campaign that aims to have Grand Rapids join more than 40 other U.S. communities that have banned the use of wild animals in entertainment. Both Jon and his partner Kolene are cat people and currently share their home with two cats; Vinnie and Carl. On Twitter at @.
Rock to the Rescue
Hannah Shaw is a dedicated animal advocate and nonprofit director with over a decade in the animal protection field. Shaw has rescued hundreds of neonatal kittens, directed successful national programs, and trained dozens of shelters and advocates about innovative approaches for the protection of felines. Hannah is also known for her charitable project Rock to the Rescue, which she runs with her father, Tommy Shaw of Styx. Hannah is the creator and project director of Photographers for Animals’ Kitten Lady. She resides in Washington, DC with her two cats, Coco and Eloise, and a revolving door of orphaned kittens.
Compassion Over Killing
Elena Johnson is a management and education professional with nearly 20 years of experience in customer and donor relations. For the past 8 years, she has worked in the nonprofit sector representing national animal protection organizations. She has addressed hundreds as a guest speaker at national and statewide conferences and via an online training program which she designed and launched. She has also worked directly with policy makers to advise and assist in the development of animal care programs. Elena currently works in farmed animal advocacy where she combines her efforts to help animals with a passion for food and cuisine. She educates the public about the many benefits of choosing vegetarian foods through recipe publications, live cooking demonstrations, and by organizing the DC VegFest, attended by more than 10,000 people annually. On Twitter at @ElenaEJohnson.