Compassion Over Killing's Powerhouse Team!
ERICA MEIER: Executive Director
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
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.
LISA WINEBARGER: Counsel
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.
CHRIS LASALA: IT Manager
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
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.
CAROLINE DONALDSON: Office Manager
ELENA JOHNSON: Special Events Volunteer
ROBIN WALKER: Special Events Coordinator
LARA DALINSKY: Graphic Designer
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
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.
HANNAH SENTENAC: Content Writer
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 LatestVeganNews.com, Hannah’s writing has appeared in Live Happy magazine, the Miami New Times, the Huffington Post, OneGreenPlanet.com, MindBodyGreen.com, 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.