Maryland Votes for Animals, Inc.
Championing humane legislation to improve the lives of all animals in Maryland
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 serves on the Mayor’s Anti-Animal Abuse Commission and the Maryland Department of Agriculture Spay and Neuter Advisory Board.
Prior to her work with Maryland Votes for Animals, Lisa was the Owner and Director of Marketing at Gebco Insurance Associates, Inc. from 1986-2016. She is a certified yoga instructor and serves on the boards of Civic Works and Common Cause.
A lover of all animals, Lisa has rescued two dogs, four pet lab rats, six cats, two hamsters, and two guinea pigs.
She is dedicated to passing laws that will make Maryland a leader in the humane treatment of all animals – companion, farm, and wildlife.
With over 20 years in the Financial Services arena, Andrew manages a goals based financial advisory practice which focuses on strategies for growing, protecting and preserving clients’ wealth. He consults for a select number of individuals, families, corporations and nonprofits. Previously, he held management and executive positions with MBNA, Legg Mason and DB Alex Brown.
A graduate of the University of Virginia, Andrew holds the Series 7, 66, and 31 licenses as well as Life, Health & Annuities Insurance Licenses. He holds the designation of Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor. Andrew discovered his love for dogs when his family adopted their Cocker-Bichon Mason
Sonia Bakhshi, a lover of all animals, has gained a broad sense of the issues animals face after interning at The Humane Society of the United States, Human Society International, and working as Executive Assistant at Animal Outlook. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Maryland.
Volunteering for multiple animal welfare nonprofits, she enjoys engaging with the public to inspire them to help make a difference for the animals and our shared planet. A passionate vegan since 2015, Sonia hopes to instill the mindset that helping animals will also benefit people and the environment.
Hoping to create more humane Thanksgiving traditions, she urged the public to swap turkey with plant-based dishes in an op-ed published in the Baltimore Sun. Thinking of the innocent and exploited who need defending, Sonia takes actions in her spare time to help drive change such as lobbying at the feder and state level in order to effectively advocate for priority environmental and animal welfare bills.
Organizing outreach events in Maryland, Sonia raises awareness for cows, pigs, chickens and other farmed animals and also helps plan Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary’s Annual Run for the Animals.
DeEtte is the Equine Programs Director for Days End Farm Horse Rescue (DEFHR) and has been with the organization since 2003. Growing up on a Wisconsin farm, DeEtte has been involved in horses since childhood. Professionally, she has worked extensively with non-profits including as Shelter Manager for the Humane Society of Central Illinois.
Her experience in the equine industry includes roles as farm manager at several stable facilities, as a horse trainer, and a Licensed Equine Investigator for the state of Illinois.
DeEtte currently serves as a member of Maryland Professional Animal Workers Association.
For Days End, DeEtte works directly with county agencies throughout Maryland and surrounding states, including national organizations such as the ASPCA and HSUS in their cases of equine cruelty and neglect. She is responsible for providing on-site consultation, evidence gathering, physical support in seizures, provision of continued evidence, as well as witness testimony at trial. She provides on-going education for animal welfare agents and has been a featured speaker for various animal abuse venues, expositions, webinars, podcasts, and Animal Control Training courses.
DeEtte directs DEFHR’s rehabilitation program, training and adoption programs, and is the lead for their Emergency Response Team, holding certificates in Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue and is a certified Equine Investigator through Colorado State University.
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.
Amy Bleich began her love for helping animals as a kid running a backyard carnival to benefit her local animal shelter. In the mid 1990s, she co-founded Partnership for Animal Welfare, Inc., one of the early all-breed rescues in the DC/Baltimore area. She has continued to be active in rescuing animals, fostering over 50 dogs and helping place them and many more dogs and cats into loving homes. She holds BS and MS degrees from the University of Maryland and University of Maryland, Baltimore County and works in science/engineering by day. She lives with her husband, young son and dogs and enjoys exercising and being outdoors whenever possible.
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.
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.
Victoria 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.
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.
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.
Stacey Volodin is originally from Louisville but stationed on MD for past 6 years due to Her husband being in the Army.
She has been a vet tech for 10+ years turned legislative staffer turned lawyer, with specific interest and experience in environmental law, particularly the enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
She has 3 dogs, 3 cats, and a revolving door for foster kitties.
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).