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Biographies

 Laura Nirenberg

Laura Nirenberg, a La Porte County, Indiana resident, has dedicated her life to advocating  for animal welfare. In 1994,she became a  licensed  wildlife  rehabilitator  and educator. In 1998, she founded Wildlife Orphanage, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the welfare of native wildlife, and she became its first president. Laura later expanded the organization’s services to  include humane wild animal removal services for homeowners.

While her work for Wildlife Orphanage was invaluable to the animals in her care, Laura realized that there was an unmet need to better protect the millions of other animals  who  suffered needlessly at the hands of humans. In 2012, the mission of Wildlife Orphanage was expanded, and the organization evolved into the Center for Wildlife Ethics to provide educational opportunities and legal support to introduce an ethical voice in wildlife management policies and procedures.

To better equip herself to fight legal battles for those without a voice, Laura attended Valparaiso University School of Law and graduated in 2010. Upon graduation, Laura became a legislative attorney for Best Friends Animal Sanctuary based in Kanab, Utah. As an attorney for Best Friends, Laura monitors legislative issues, helps formulate the organization’s position on legislation, and drafts position statements relating to the organization’s Cat Initiatives. She also lobbies government officials and works with the media to publicize legislative issues and generate public support. In 2010, Laura became vice-chair of the American Bar Association’s Animal Law Committee and co-chair of the Wildlife Subcommittee.

Laura is married and lives with her husband and her daughter in rural La Porte County, Indiana. She continues her work as an animal rehabilitator, and also enjoys vegan cooking, hiking and caring for her dog and three cats.

Aimee Gong

Aimee Gong is attorney with the Law Offices of Lawrence M. Reuben in Indianapolis, Indiana. She serves as co-chair of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Animal Law Committee, and is treasurer of the Indiana State Bar Association’s (ISBA) Animal Law Committee.

While attending Valparaiso University School of Law, Aimee was president of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, vice president of the Valparaiso Environmental Law Society, student advisor to the ISBA Animal Law Section, and a law student vice-chair of the ABA Animal Law Committee. During law school, she gained first-hand experience in working on legal issues involving animals and the environment while working at Legal Environmental Aid Foundation, the Humane Society of the United States, and Best Friends Animal Society.

Aimee is a native of West Lafayette, Indiana. Growing up, she shared her home with dogs, birds, rodents, and reptiles, and even a rooster named Poppy. After graduating from high school, she enlisted active duty in the United States Army. Upon fulfillment of her service, Aimee returned to West Lafayette to attend Purdue University. While at Purdue, Aimee volunteered at animal shelters and recues, and adopted her first dog, Nobi.

In her free time, Aimee enjoys cooking, and spending time with Nobi and other friends and family.

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Adam Karp, Esq.

Adam Karp practices animal law in Washington and Idaho. He founded and served   as first chair of the Washington State Bar Association’s (WSBA) Animal Law Section and has held executive committee positions since its formation. He has also served as vice chair of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Animal Law Committee since its formation. Adam was also a contributing editor of the Animal Legal Report, and regularly writes, speaks, and teaches on the topic of animal law. He has been quoted in TIME, the National Law Journal, and the ABA Journal.

In 2012, Adam received the ABA’s Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section’s Animal Law Committee’s annual Excellence in the Advancement of Animal Law Award for his efforts to advance the humane treatment of animals through the law.

Adam has co-authored the ABA Tort and Insurance Practice Section’s Survey on Animal Tort and Insurance Law and has been contracted by Lexis Nexis to produce the book Understanding Animal Law, as part of its Understanding series.

Adam has chaired WSBA animal law continuing legal education (CLE) conferences and has spoken at nearly forty CLEs around the nation. He has argued before the Washington Court of Appeals on the subject of animal law, resulting in what are considered seminal decisions. He sits on superior court arbitration panels in several Washington state counties and has served as a mediator for-hire to resolve animal-related disputes.

Adam graduated from Gonzaga University with a B.A. Honors and University of Washington with a J.D. and M.S. in statistics. Mr. Karp and his wife are vegans and share their home with four beloved cats.

Peter J. Wolf

Peter J. Wolf is the founder of Vox Felina, a blog featuring in-depth analysis of science and policy issues related to the management of free-roaming cats in    general, and trap-neuter-return (TNR) in particular. In less than three years, Vox Felina has attracted a devoted audience of community cat advocates and become an invaluable resource for journalists, including writers and reporters from  Animal People, Animal Wise Radio, Conservation, the San Francisco Chronicle, Scienceline, and The Washingtonian.

Peter’s blogging has been recognized by Alley Cat Allies, Best Friends Animal Society, the Humane Society of the United States, and the No Kill Advocacy Center. Peter is also an occasional contributor to the Petfinder.com blog, and has been an invited presenter at the Animal Grantmakers, No Kill, and No More Homeless Pets conferences.

Peter was an active board member of Scottsdale, Arizona-based Lost Our Home Pet Foundation and currently sits on the advisory board of Burbank, California-based FixNation, one of the country’s most highly regarded TNR/low-cost spay/neuter clinics.

Peter holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and master’s degree in industrial design. His professional/industry experience has focused on the acquisition, analysis, and synthesis of quantitative and qualitative data. As a lecturer in The Design School at Arizona State University, Peter teaches courses in product design, visual communication design, and qualitative research methods.

Peter lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with seven rescue cats; he also cares for two small colonies of community cats.

Rachael Jones, DVM                                                       

Rachael Jones is a veterinarian, wildlife rehabilitator and owner of Southlane Veterinary Hospital in Valparaiso, Indiana. In addition to traditional and holistic veterinary services for domestic animals, Dr. Jones provides veterinary care for wildlife and nondomestic species.

Prior to going into private practice in 1989, Dr. Jones served as supervising veterinarian for the Michigan Humane Society’s North Clinic and Shelter ,where she assisted with cruelty investigation, conducted wildlife rescue and rehabilitation services, and provided veterinary medical and surgical care of pets and shelter animals.

Pain management, shelter medicine, veterinary forensics, and wildlife medicine are among her numerous professional interests, furthering her commitment to the prevention of animal cruelty and suffering.

Dr. Jones holds a baccalaureate in biology from the University of Notre Dame, a doctorate of veterinary medicine from Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine, and has post-doctorate training in small animal veterinary medicine and surgery from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She is certified in stem cell therapy and veterinary acupuncture.

Dr. Jones is a member of the American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians, Association of  Shelter Veterinarians, International Veterinary Acupuncture Society,  American Veterinary Medical Association, and the National Wildlife Rehabilitation Association.

She has served on numerous executive and advisory boards including Porter County Wildlife Management Advisory Board, Porter County Animal Welfare Board, Wildlife Orphanage, Inc, Dunes Region Deer Study Committee and Giant Paw Prints, Inc.

Dr. Jones shares her life with her husband and son, as well as four dogs and a cat.  She enjoys sketching, painting, creative writing and lure-coursing her sighthounds.