Compassion Over Killing's Powerhouse Team!

ERICA MEIER: Executive Director

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Erica has served as COK’s Executive Director since 2005, after being an active volunteer starting in 2000. Since taking the helm, she’s taken the organization to new heights with continued growth and accomplishments for animals that include ending the egg industry’s use of the misleading claim “Animal Care Certified” and successfully persuading BOCA foods to stop using eggs.

Vegan for 20 years, Erica has been working in the animal protection field since college. In 2013, she was honored with the prestigious Animal Rights Hall of Fame award. Before working at COK, Erica spent several years as an animal control officer in Washington, DC where she rescued sick, stray, and homeless animals as well as enforced anti-cruelty laws.

CHERYL LEAHY: General Counsel

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Since 2006, Cheryl has served as COK’s General Counsel targeting large-scale abuse of farmed animals through proactive litigation and undercover investigations. Her work includes challenging cruel, yet standard, practices forced upon farmed animals as well as the misleading marketing of meat, milk, and eggs often found in grocery stores.

Cheryl received a J.D. from UCLA School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Chicago in Environmental Studies. She is a member of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and California bars and currently works in COK’s Los Angeles office accompanied by her dog Hermione.


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After getting her start in Animal Law as a Litigation Intern for COK in 2010, Lisa joined COK’s Legal Department in 2013. She now works to challenge the widespread abuse of farmed animals and egregious agricultural practices through litigation and other legal avenues.

Lisa received her B.A. from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, and her J.D. with honors from the American University Washington College of Law. She is a member of the California and Hawaii bars, and works out of COK’s Los Angeles office accompanied by her rescue dogs, Puna and Kui.


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Chris joined COK as IT Manager in 2015. Chris manages all of COK’s websites and IT needs as well as providing support to the entire COK team. Chris holds multiple certifications in IT and has worked web development since the late 90’s. Prior to joining COK, Chris spent the last 6 years working for an NGO documenting the human rights abuse happening in Iran. He was responsible for building and managing the website for the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran.

Chris is a lover of all animals — however his favorite are cats. He lives with his fiance’ Amie, and sadly at this time they have no cats — although they are looking to change that as soon as possible by adopting a cat and possibly naming him George!

MIKE WOLF: Investigations Manager

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Mike became vegan in 2006 and spent almost 4 years working as an Undercover Investigator with a focus on animal agriculture. His investigations include hog farm suppliers to Smithfield and Hormel, which combined, have resulted in dozens of criminal cruelty charges. His cases have been featured in several national media outlets as well as multiple books written on the topic. Mike joined COK in 2014 as the Investigations Manager, and he now oversees investigative efforts into meat, dairy, and egg facilities.

Mike also has a strong passion for vegan fitness and hopes to help show how easy it is to gain vegan muscle as a member of PlantBuilt’s Powerlifting team. He shares his home with his wife Lindsay, dog Maddy, and three cats Molly, Boy, and Grey Matter.


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As Office Manager, Caroline maintains the central COK office and daily hustle-and-flow. Before joining COK, Caroline worked as Office Manager at Active Minds supporting young-adult mental health awareness campaigns, and most recently at a local market proudly pushing vegetables. She is passionate about healthy eating, animal welfare and social marketing. She will always ask Santa for a pony.

ELENA JOHNSON: Special Events Volunteer

As Special Events Volunteer, Elena helps plan a variety of events—from fundraisers to volunteer trainings. Before joining COK, Elena worked on events and educational programs for a national cat protection nonprofit and for a retail corporation. She is now a vegan chef and caterer who uses her knowledge of vegan ingredients to offer cooking demonstrations to the public. She shares her home with 3 black cats: Azrael, Buster, and Lucy.

ROBIN WALKER: Special Events Coordinator

With an extensive background in event planning and fundraising, Robin helps coordinate various special events at COK including the DC VegFest and our annual holiday celebration. Robin has been active with COK as a volunteer and team member for several years. She has also worked at the Washington Humane Society and PETA, and she also currently volunteers with Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary to help organize the 5K Run for Animals. Robin shares her home with the sweetest little four-legged dog, Wilma!

LARA DALINSKY: Graphic Designer

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Lara has been designing for COK since 2005, bringing visual awareness and accessibility to the organization’s mission. She lays outCompassionate Action, our member magazine, as well as other printed pro-veg materials. She’s also created logos and developed the visuals for many of COK’s campaigns, collateral, and events including US VegWeek and the DC VegFest.

In addition to being passionate about animal rights, Lara also loves dance, yoga, photography, and travel. She recently relocated to Seoul, South Korea with her husband and two cats, Isabella and Tasha, where she continues to do design remotely and work on adventures for her online travel magazine, En Route Traveler.

PAULETTE WENDELL: Massachusetts Outreach Coordinator

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Vegan for 8 years, Paulette works alongside fellow Citizens for Farm Animal Protection coalition members to ban extreme confinement for farm animals in Massachusetts. Matching volunteer skills with campaign needs in such a short, historic, and nonstop campaign is crucial to implementing a modest, yet precedent setting, animal protection reform.

Having volunteered for companion animal issues since 2000, farm animals became her passion in 2006. With a background in environmental science and aiding the homeless, she brings analytical skills together with compassion for all beings.


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A wizard of words, lover of all living things and vegan mac ‘n cheese master, Hannah Sentenac writes content for COK that helps spread the word about the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle. Also the Editor-In-Chief and Founder of, Hannah’s writing has appeared in Live Happy magazine, the Miami New Times, the Huffington Post,,, and numerous other publications and websites. She’s obsessed with Cocowhip, Just Mayo and Dandies marshmallows, and spends her free time trekking through the mountains of North Carolina with her rescued chihuahua, Luigi.

Compassion Over Killing’s Offices

Washington, DC – Headquarters:

301-891-2458 |

Los Angeles, California:

310-217-1519 |