Meet the MVFA Board Members
Lisa RadovPresident & Chair
Victoria Francese GauntSecretary
Tasha BitzBoard of Directors
Julianne ZimmerBoard of Directors
Joseph Lamp, Ph.D.Board of Directors
Valerie LeonardBoard of Directors
Kathy TrotterBoard of Directors
Harriett CrosbyBoard of Directors
Carolyn KilbornFounder, Chairman Emeritus
Lisa Radov has been passionate about helping animals since she was eight years old when she embarked on her first fundraising campaign to help stop the slaughter of baby harp seals in Canada.
Lisa has a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA in Marketing and Advertising from the Tulane University A.B. Freeman School of Business. She was the Owner and Director of Marketing at Gebco Insurance Associates, Inc. from 1986- 2016 and is a Certified Yoga Instructor.
A lover of all animals, Lisa has rescued two dogs, four pet lab rats, six cats, two hamsters, and two guinea pigs.
A mother of four, Lisa has chaired fundraising campaigns and been an active board member of the Parents’ Associations at her children’s schools. She became politically active in animal issues when her youngest child started volunteering at the shelter where they adopted their two cats.
Lisa is dedicated to passing laws that will make Maryland a leader in the humane treatment of all animals – companion, farm, and wildlife.
Nanci has a degree in accounting from University of Maryland College Park and is a CPA. She has been in public accounting practice for over 35 years and has her own firm in Baltimore County.
She has a visually impaired daughter who has a black lab service dog named Vader who is part of the family.
Ever since bringing home her first dog, Victoria has been a passionate animal advocate who has volunteered with shelter dogs and several animal welfare and rescue organizations. It is through much of this work that she came to appreciate that rescue alone cannot solve all of the problems that animals face. Part of the solution requires having strong laws in place. Victoria is proud to use her voice to speak for those who cannot and to be a defender of the justice that they deserve.
She holds a degree in Finance and Economics from the Honors College at Towson University where she actively served in the Student Government Association, and a degree in Dance from UMBC. She and her husband currently have two furry canine children named Hamlet and Arwen. They have also had the privilege of caring for several rescue gerbils over the years.
Tasha became active in the rescue community several years ago when she and her husband adopted their first rescue pup, Bella.She volunteers with a local rescue by fostering, fundraising,and helping to process adoption applications.Tasha’s family includes three rescue pups, Bella, Jax and Yogi (a recent “foster failure”).
Tasha holds a Bachelors degree in Accounting from Stevenson University (Villa Julie College) and has been working in public accounting for the past 15 years.
Julianne Brown is the founder and President of ReLove Animals, Inc. ReLove’s primary mission is to design and execute projects that reduce the flow into the shelters. These projects include: the “Education for Responsibility Project”, a project teaching basic animal welfare and humane education in public schools in under-served areas, TNR projects helping with reducing the flow from the community cats, Encouraging Humane Legislation, Puppy Mill awareness efforts, Spay and Neuter Programs, Owner Retention efforts and Community outreach.
Julianne is on the Mayor’s Anti-Animal Abuse Advisory Commission in Baltimore City. Julianne has worked with MVFA since Relove’s inception in 2011.
Julianne shares her home with her animal loving family in Baltimore County. Juli’s rescued pack includes a pit bull that was set on fire, a puppy mill and high kill shelter survivor, a cat from death row and several abandoned cats from the streets. All 8 of them get along harmoniously.
Joe is a speech professor at Anne Arundel Community College. He holds a Ph.D. in Public Communications from the University of Maryland and a Certificate of Advanced Study from The Johns Hopkins University.
In 1998, former Governor Parris Glendening appointed him to the Wildlife Advisory Commission of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. He is the first animal welfare person ever to be appointed to such a position in the United States, where he continued to serve until 2013.
He received the Environmental Achievement Award from the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution in 2003, and the Excellence in Teaching Award from The Johns Hopkins University in 2001.
He lives with his wife, JoAnn, and a few furry feline associates.
Valerie Leonard is a long time animal advocate and vegetarian/vegan. For the MVFA, she has helped pass animal welfare bills both by testifying and sitting down with State Legislatures to discuss the bills and garner their support! She has emceed “Walk For Paws” for Animal Advocates of Howard County and is on the board of DC Actors for Animals.
Valerie is also a veteran stage actress. She has appeared on Broadway in Sir Peter Hall’s acclaimed production of “An Ideal Husband” and in the National Tours of “Lend Me A Tenor” and “The Odd Couple” opposite Tony Randall and Jack Klugman. She has performed in myriad regional theatres around the country. In the DC Metro area she has appeared at Arena Stage, The Shakespeare Theatre, Signature Theatre, Rep Stage, Olney Theatre, Theater J, The Studio Theatre, Catalyst Theatre, Potomac Theatre Project and The Bay Theatre Company. She is a three-time Helen Hayes Award nominee. Valerie holds an MFA from Rutgers University and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, and the Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
Kathy has always been passionate about animals since she was 5 when she was given a white feral kitten as her first pet. She has over 35 years in the fashion industry and when she had a boutique at The Watergate a squirrel would come in every day at 5pmto eat peanuts out of her hand. Her clients were Ambassador’s wives, politicians, head of states wives and celebrities.
Kathy has volunteered in animal rescue for the past 10 years, fostered puppies, and helped with rescue events. Since then she and her husband have chaired Breakfast with Santa and Mulligan’s and Mutts a golf tournament to benefit an animal rescue on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
Currently, Kathy is also involved in Bosom Buddies Charities, as she chaired a golf tournament for them and is on the Bosom Buddies Ball Committee. She is also on the committee Woman of the Year for the Lymphoma/Leukemia Society of the Eastern Shore as she has a friend running, and recently hosted Eastern Shore Animal Welfare Legislation Summit with 6 animal rescue groups, legislators, MVFA, ASPCA and HSUS.
Kathy lives with her husband Don on Kent Island with 2 rescue dogs and 1 Turtle Dove. She is very involved in her community, enjoys golf, gardening, baking and fundraising.
Harriett Crosby is a political animal, trained as a Jungian psychoanalyst in Switzerland, co-founder of the Institute for Soviet American Relations in 1982 to improve relations between the superpowers when the danger of accidental nuclear war was real, and for 30 years working to build civil society in the former Soviet Union. She used to be a mountaineering and kayaking instructor for Colorado Outward Bound School, and she now manages a farm and ecological learning center in Jefferson, Md. planting trees and restoring natural wildlife habitat along Catoctin Creek.
Harriett is concerned that wild animals are not very well treated in Maryland and their abuse is out of sight. She would like to see the Md. Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR) adopt new policies to encourage the respectful and humane treatment of wildlife over outdated methods of wildlife management that encourage killing; hunting, trapping, culling, and extermination of “nuisance” animals, like mute swans.
Carolyn and her husband, Jeremy Kilborn, founded MVFA’s predecessor, Annapolis For Animals, when they realized that animals desperately need an advocate to speak up for them in the Maryland General Assembly.The group expanded rapidly, went statewide and changed its name to Maryland Votes For Animals.
Carolyn and Jeremy have done rescue work, TNR and animal advocacy of various kinds, including lobbying at the federal level. They love all types of animals but have a particularly soft spot in their hearts for cats.
Carolyn is a retired architect (Texas 1984-2010).