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.
Paul Studivant is the Division Chief of St. Johns County Animal Control. He has been with them for 20 years. He is a Past of President of the Florida Animal Control Association and currently serves as an active Board member. Paul is also the ESF-17 Coordinator for St. Johns County, is a Large and Small Animal Rescue Certified Consultant for HSUS Shelter Services and a Cruelty Investigator through HSUS. He serves on the State Agriculture Response Team (SART) Board, and is also a Certified Occupational Dog Bite Safety Trainer.
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.
Kate MacFall 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.
Joan Carlson-Radabaugh Joan Carlson-Radabaugh serves as the Community Initiatives Director for Florida and Georgia providing outreach through consults and training to shelters, community groups and animal service agencies. Joan also serves as the grant office for these states. Joan is past president of Florida Animal Friend.
Jeff Doyle is the Animal Control Supervisor for the City of Tallahassee. He has served the City of Tallahassee for 18 years and worked in several capacities to include Animal Services Specialist, Volunteer Coordinator, and Animal Control Officer. Jeff is a certified Animal Cruelty Investigator and is on the board of directors for the Florida Animal Control Association. Jeff was instrumental in establishing a Responsible Pet Ownership Course for animal law offenders in Tallahassee and currently serves on Tallahassee’s Animal Crimes Task Force. Jeff is known in the community as a fair-minded public servant who excels in his role as guardian of the city’s animal and human citizens. Jeff was recognized by Leon County Humane Society as a 2011 Purple Paw Award recipient for his problem-solving approach to animal related issues and his dedication to finding long-term solutions to even the most difficult dilemmas.
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.
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.