For more than three decades, Joan Carlson Radabaugh has a successful track record working in animal welfare management, raising community awareness and standards for animals through collaboration with governmental agencies, non-profit community agencies, donors, and grass root advocates.
She worked for the national ASPCA’s Community Outreach Division as Community Initiatives, Director FL/GA. Prior to her work with the ASPCA, Joan served as Executive Director for the Humane Society of Vero Beach & Indian River County, CEO of the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League/Palm Beach and as a consultant with the HSUS South Florida Wildlife Center. She was instrumental in shelter design for three capital campaigns ranging from 2 to 11 million dollars for 8,000 to 38,000 square feet campuses and developing proactive programs forwarding the welfare of animals.
Serves as the Florida State Director for the HSUS since spring 2012. During the 2011 Legislative session, she was a lobbyist for the ASPCA. Kate has been a volunteer and an Advisory Board member at the Tallahassee Animal Service Center in Tallahassee and the co-founder and president of the Animal Shelter Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports the animals in the care of the shelter. Kate is a runner and created the “Tails & Trails” run/walk fundraiser for the shelter. As an animal lover, she also fosters dogs when one needs special attention. She is a great fan of the bully breeds and has also been a strong advocate for Florida’s greyhounds for many years.
Dr. Ernest Godfrey is the director of the Pinellas Animal Hospital and Seminole Boulevard Animal Hospitals of St. Petersburg. Since 1988, Dr. Godfrey has been an active leader of the Florida Veterinary Medical Association, serving on the FVMA executive board as treasurer, president, or president-elect. In addition, for the past 40 years, he has been director of the Central Florida Academy, which provides continuing education programs to veterinarians. He currently serves on the FVMA’s Advisory Committee for the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida and is Chair of the Continuing Education program for the FVMA’s Annual Conference and is the Florida VMA’s Delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates.
Darcy Andrade is the Executive Director for Florida Animal Control Association (FACA). She also served as the Director of Collier County Domestic Animal Services, an open-admission county shelter from 2013 through 2021. Within her first two years, she increased the live release rate from 38% to 90% – and maintains a 90%+ live release rate since 2017. Her animal welfare career started as a volunteer in 1992 and has since grown to include titles such as Adoptions Counselor, Kennel Technician, Kennel Manager, Director of Shelter Operations, Animal Control Officer, Animal Control Supervisor, Field Operations Manager, and Director. She is a Certified Animal Cruelty Investigator through the University of Missouri, and she is a Certified Animal Control Officer in Florida and Washington State. She has served on various boards including President of the Florida Animal Control Association, Treasurer for Washington State Animal Control Association, and she is on the Steering Committee for Florida Leaders in Lifesaving.
Dr. Larry G Dee is an associate at VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital, founded in 1947 by his father and uncle. He is in practice with his two brothers and 18 other veterinarians. He has been in companion animal practice for 47 years and is a charter diplomat by examination of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in canine and feline practice. Dee has served as president of the Florida Veterinary Medical Association, his specialty college (the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners), the American Animal Hospital Association, and the World Small Animal Veterinary Association. He has been named AAHA Veterinarian of the Year as well as FVMA Veterinarian of the Year. He has received the highest award given by the FVMA: The FVMA Distinguished Service Award. He has received Auburn University’s Distinguished Alumnus Award and the WSAVA’s International Award for Service to the Profession. He served for six years on the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Executive Board. He currently serves as co-chair of the FVMA College Advisory Committee and serves as treasurer of the American Veterinary Medical Foundation. He is a member of the National Academies of Practice in Veterinary Medicine.
Laura Bevan began her career with The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) in 1987 at the Southeast Regional Office (SERO) in Tallahassee. Laura became SERO Regional Director in 1992. She now is director of the Southern Region, which expanded to cover 13 states and Puerto Rico. During her tenure, Laura has conducted investigations into activities including animal dealers, animal collectors, horse and dog racing, animal fighting and ritual animal sacrifice. She has been deemed by the courts as an expert in animal cruelty/animal fighting. Laura has been instrumental in getting numerous animal laws passed in several states, especially Florida where she has lobbied the Legislature since 1988. Laura also has extensive experience in working natural disasters, specifically hurricanes, wildfires and floods. In 2008, she was named Humanitarian of the Year by the Florida Governor’s Hurricane Conference for her work helping to develop the state’s disaster planning and response for animals.
Lois Kostroski has served as Florida Animal Friend’s Executive Director since 2007, and was on the Board of Directors from 2005 to 2012. Her association management firm, L-T Graye Communications, has provided administrative, fiscal, and grants management services since 2007.