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 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.
Joan served as a court appointed agent in Indian River County under FL statutes 828.03/828.073, responsible for assisting local law enforcement of animal protection laws. Her experience with investigations included petitioning courts for protective custody of abused animals. She has experience testifying in court with both civil and criminal cases, some of which were high profile and large scale in nature. Her ability to work in partnership with other local and state agencies and grass root efforts has been instrumental in the passage of state legislation pertaining to the welfare of animals.
Joan has extensive experience with disaster planning and response. She has coordinated the movement of displaced companion animals while at the same time providing temporary housing for the companion animals of local elderly and disabled members of the community and emergency workers. During Katrina, Joan assisted the HSUS in Hattiesburg Ms., helping coordinate temporary housing/care and transport of animals for foster care. In addition, she implemented a lost and found monitoring and provided oversight with identification and direct care of animals.
Joan advocacy for animals reaches beyond companion animals, she spearheaded a local effort resulting in the first emergency/special permit issued by the state of Florida allowing relocation of Gopher Tortoises in danger of entombment.
Alex Muñoz was appointed Director of the Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department (ASD) in August 2011. During his time as Director, he has developed and implemented many life-saving programs and has achieved a 90% save rate every year since 2015. Some of these programs and initiatives include: mobile adoption events, foster and volunteer programs, rescue partnerships, pet retention programs, transfer and transport partnerships, grant programs, educational programs, free and low cost sterilization services, a Trap, Neuter, Vaccinate and Return policy for free roaming community cats, and a new shelter which utilizes best practices related to animal welfare, housing, design, and disease control. ASD was also named the 2020 Outstanding Agency of the Year by the Florida Animal Control Association.
During his 27-year career in public service, Mr. Muñoz has distinguished himself as a highly capable problem solver who readily takes on difficult challenges that require complex solutions. During this time he has primarily served in leadership positions and as an Assistant County Manager with experience in managing different portfolios such as Land Use, Permitting and Development, Parks and Culture and Transportation. This knowledge and experience along with Mr. Muñoz’s deep commitment to safeguarding and ensuring the wellness of pets have been instrumental in helping transforming ASD and achieving its no kill mission.
Mr. Muñoz holds a Master’s in Urban and Regional planning from Florida State University (FSU). He also received his undergraduate degree from FSU where he majored in International Affairs, Spanish and History.
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.