The FFAC Team

 
 

Directors

 
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Katie Cantrell

Founder, Executive Director
Portland, OR

Katie Cantrell founded the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition in 2010, shortly after graduating from UC Berkeley. After reading the book Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer, she was inspired to address factory farming holistically, as a threat to the environment, social justice, animal welfare, and public health. Since founding FFAC, she has given over 200 presentations on factory farming at venues such as Yale, Stanford, and the Natural Resources Defense Council. Her presentation has been used as a resource by food justice activists across North America.

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JESSE TANDLER

Educational Program Director
Los Angeles, CA

Jesse Tandler brings the expertise of over a decade’s experience in the world of education from elementary to graduate school. Jesse received a masters degree in writing at the New School in New York City, while also teaching at a charter school in downtown Manhattan. In 2007, he moved back to California, where he worked with autistic and emotionally disturbed children in mainstream and specifically dedicated public school classrooms. In 2008, Jesse was back in New York City, working at Bronx Preparatory Charter School in the South Bronx, where he taught high school English. In 2010, he began a PhD in comparative literature and has been teaching courses in philosophy, rhetoric and writing, as well as German language, at Hunter College, Brooklyn College and the New York City College of Technology. Jesse’s years of work with a broad range of students, from the severely autistic to the highest achievers, has trained him in individualizing the learning experience according to each student’s personal style and needs.

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AMY Halpern-LAFF

Director of Strategic Partnerships
New York, NY

Amy Halpern-Laff earned her JD at Stanford Law School and practiced law and mediation in NY and CT. After a few years, she pivoted to education, nonprofit and grassroots campaign leadership, assuming both executive and lay leadership roles. She led two civic engagement organizations in AZ. A longtime social justice activist and educator, Amy has focused on criminal justice reform, education equity and animal rights. In addition to her work with FFAC, Amy is co-executive director of Ethics in Education Network, advocating for ethics-centered curricula that instills lifelong habits of rigorous and open-minded ethical inquiry.  

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SONJA HUANG

Bay Area Director
SF Bay Area, CA

Sonja has worked in psychological and medical research since 2012, and received a fellowship to present independent research at regional conferences like those held by the Western Psychological Association. She was also a lead intern for The Humane League for over a year, conducting grassroots outreach through leafleting and gathering petition signatures for Meatless Mondays in schools. As FFAC's Bay Area Director, Sonja will empower consumers and activists across the Bay Area through grassroots education.

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TANZIL ISLAM

Toronto Director
Toronto, Canada

Tanzil has a Master’s in Environmental Studies and a Bachelor’s in Environmental Sciences. In 2011, she began working with Earthroots, campaigning, fundraising and conducting workshops about the importance of protecting southern Ontario’s Greenbelt, Oak Ridges Moraine and endangered species. Through her work with FFAC, she delivers presentations about the adverse effects of factory farming, as well as the ways in which industrialized animal agriculture violates Islamic principles of environmental stewardship and animal welfare.

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CLAUDIA LIFTON

Denver Director
Denver, CO

Claudia is an educator and writer. She spent the entire year of 2013 traveling the world blogging about her experiences for Global Vision International (GVI). She participated in 11 of their projects in Mexico, Fiji, Thailand, Kenya and South Africa, doing terrestrial or marine conservation research, education and outreach, community development or wildlife protection.  

She also helped develop the curriculum for Camp Kindness, a summer camp for kids ages 8-13 at Catskill Animal Sanctuary, and has worked there for two summers taking care of animals and educating children about compassion for animals.

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CHRIS SHAPARD

Salt Lake City Director
Salt Lake City, UT

Chris spent the summer of 2016 working at Uplands PEAK Sanctuary, where he is assisting with general animal care, fundraising projects and outreach efforts to educate people about animals used in modern industrial agriculture. Previously, Chris worked for a national non-profit in various roles coordinating grassroots outreach, media projects, and fundraising services.

An alumni of the University of Utah, where he studied marketing and sociology, Chris is excited to be back in his home state continuing his advocacy and outreach work.

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RACHEL SHIPPEE

Chicago Director
Chicago, IL

Rachel holds a Bachelor's degree in Physical Education and Health, with experience teaching grades K-12 and coaching high school softball and tennis. She worked as an Outreach Coordinator for an animal advocacy organization, handing out over 200,000 booklets to people across the U.S. and Mexico. She also works on local community building events in Chicago.

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DAFNI DEDOPOULOU

Orlando Director
Orlando, FL

Dafni has been working as a Greek language tutor for the last 17 years (both in Greece and the US), after obtaining her BA in Greek Philology (Department of Linguistics).

She emigrated from Greece in 2009, and since 2011 she has been conducting grassroots outreach to increase awareness of the impacts of industrial animal agriculture on the animals and the environment.

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Meghan Jones

Seattle Director
Seattle, WA

Meghan graduated from the University of Washington with a double major in Political Science and Comparative History of Ideas, focusing in critical human/animal studies. While in university, she established a student-led organization that continues to educate students about animal welfare issues at UW today. Since graduation, she has worked in marketing and communications for multiple nonprofit organizations, conducting outreach and creating digital and print content for several campaigns both in Seattle and Los Angeles. She is excited to bring FFAC to Seattle, and continue to promote critical dialogues about how our everyday choices impact the world around us.

 

Advisory Board

 
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Kevin Connelly

Kevin has nearly 30 years experience with Bay Area-based environmental and animal advocacy organizations, in various fundraising, membership development, communications, and management roles. He served as Associate Director at Earth Island Institute for nearly 11 years. Prior to that, Kevin was Development Director of In Defense of Animals, and for The Gorilla Foundation, home of Koko the gorilla, and he worked in various development and program roles with Sierra Club. Kevin is a native of Pittsburgh, PA and has Bachelor of Science degrees in Industrial Management and in Economics from Carnegie Mellon.

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Jackie DAY

Jackie Day began her career as a Health Educator in Los Angeles in the late 90′s. After initiating the formation of Students for Public Health Advocacy, Jackie quickly made national headlines for innovative work in children’s health policy. Jackie has been featured on the CBS Evening News, CNN, NPR, and TIME Magazine - and was the subject of the PBS documentary Tipping the Scale: an in-depth investigation of the childhood obesity epidemic.

Jackie and her students have been credited with providing the grassroots activism that led to the unanimous 7-0 LAUSD School Board Vote to end the sale of soda during school hours on all LAUSD school sites. Jackie Day received a Teacher of the Year Award from the Los Angeles County Department of Education and is the recipient of the 2002 Healthy School Hero Award, presented to her by the National Education Association at the United States Healthy School Summit in Washington D.C. Jackie is currently a freelance writer and speaker – and just wrapped up her first book, The Vegan Way: 21 Days to a Happier, Healthier Plant-Based Lifestyle That Will Transform Your Home, Your Diet And You.

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irana hawkins

Irana W. Hawkins earned her PhD degree in Health Professions Education. Her research focuses on creating new knowledge to 1)reduce impact on the natural environment 2) understand the use of plant-based diets in dietetics and healthcare practice 3) foster inter-professional education and collaboration. A dietitian-educator, Dr.Hawkins has over 20 years of experience in dietetics and public health ranging from training healthcare providers to establishing nutrition education programs in underserved communities. She is a Contributing Faculty Member in the Doctoral Program in Public Health at Walden University (Minneapolis, Minnesota) and also teaches at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of California, Riverside. She is a Review Editor for the academic journal Frontiers in Nutrition, and the editor of the forthcoming textbook Biodiversity Promoting Food Systems. Dr. Hawkins is a Native Plant Steward and a Master Recycler/Composter. Lastly, she is a member of the national task force “Clinician Champions in Comprehensive Antibiotic Stewardship”, and the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition Advisory Board.

  

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MIYOKO SCHINNER

Miyoko Schinner has been an entrepreneur for 30+ years in the food world as a bestselling author, chef and creator of delicious, decadent, healthful plant-based food. Inspiring the general public through her 5 cookbooks, including the best-selling and “groundbreaking” Artisan Vegan Cheese and The Homemade Vegan Pantry—the Art of Making Your Own Staples, Schinner also recognizes that not everyone will take up the cause in their own kitchens. To answer this call, in 2014, she launched Miyoko’s Kitchen, which set out to re-define the category of “cheese” with its unctuous, delicious flavors of handcrafted cheeses made from nuts. Miyoko’s Kitchen currently sells nationwide to thousands of stores. 

 

Volunteer Presenters

 
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Cassie Bishop

Portland, OR

Cassie Bishop is a graduate of Lewis & Clark College, where she studied International Affairs. She grew up in Carmel, California in a redwood grove and has always appreciated the beauty of nature. Preserving that for future generations has been a life-long priority. Being able to take a more active role in preserving the well-being of animals and the environment through working with FFAC is invigorating and inspiring.

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Nora Kramer

Los Angeles, CA

Nora has worked as an educator and activist since 2001. She coordinated the Bay Area’s signature-gathering efforts for the precedent-setting Proposition 2 campain, worked as the Youth Outreach Coordinator for Mercy for Animals, and is the Founder and Executive Director of Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp.

  

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David Phinney

Richmond, VA

David Phinney has six years of experience working directly with animals who have been rescued from the agriculture industry. During that time, he coordinated and carried out the largest rescue of farmed animals in California's history. Having spoken about animal agriculture through media outlets and multiple conferences, he's looking forward to bringing an advocacy network back to his home town, Richmond, Virginia.

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Gunita Singh

Washington, DC

Gunita Singh is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center where she concentrated in constitutional law. She has given roughly fifty presentations in high schools, colleges, workplaces, and community centers in California, her home state, and in Washington, D.C., where she is currently based. Gunita especially loves presenting to young people about animal agriculture and enjoys the experience of meeting new people who are eager to learn.