Suzanne Roy, Executive Director
Suzanne Roy, Executive Director, is 25-year animal welfare professional. During her career, she worked to improve the plight of elephants, chimpanzees, marine mammals, and other animals both in captivity and in the wild.
In the 1990s, she launched the fight to save America’s Air Force Chimpanzees, an effort that ultimately led to the retirement of these deserving animals to a Florida sanctuary. An avid horse lover and mother of a horse-crazy daughter, she turned her attention to the fight to save America’s wild horses and burros in 2009.
Prior to entering the animal welfare field, Roy was a political consultant, working on a variety of campaigns from the local state senate to congressional to presidential election bids. She currently resides in Davis, CA with her family, including an amazing horse named Cobalt.
Melissa Tritinger, Deputy Director
Melissa Tritinger, Deputy Director, received her B.S. degree in Finance and is a Certified Wealth Strategist. Her long career in the financial industry is where she focused her time building collaborative working relationships that centered around uncovering and executing the needs and goals of businesses, nonprofits and other complex relationships. Additionally, as a passionate animal advocate and fine art photographer, Melissa began using her lens to bring awareness to the wild horses across the country where she fell in love with the Onaqui Mountain HMA mustangs. When the Onaqui 2019 roundup occurred, she along with several other dedicated individuals founded the Onaqui Catalogue Foundation whose mission is to use citizen science to document and inform the public about the herd. Drawing upon these roles will be the foundation of experience for Melissa's purpose with AWHC where she will be managing the organization and staff as an integral addition to the leadership team.
Melissa’s family includes Ruby, an adorable red roan pony who suffers from Lyme Neuroborreliosis, as well as several other beloved furred and feathered family members. Melissa and her husband also adopted and reunited two bonded Onaqui mustangs that were separated in the 2021 roundup, Stargazer and Nora.
Grace Kuhn, Communications Director
Grace Kuhn, Communications Director, attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia with studies concentrated in Arts AND Humanities. She has worked with AWHC since 2012 and is responsible for running our awareness campaigns and bringing you the latest information surrounding wild horses and burros. In addition to her passion for the protection of these animals, she lends her time to other animal, environmental and social justice issues. She currently resides in the Washington, D.C. area with her rescued dogs, Bella and Charlie.
Holly Gann Bice, Director of Government Relations
Holly Gann Bice, Director of Government Relations, has a stellar record of achievement for animal protection in the legislative arena, including Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act in the U.S. Congress to protect victims of domestic violence and their pets, the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act that established the first federal anti-cruelty law, and the Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act. Seeing a critical need for ensuring that animal welfare laws are enforced, such as the federal animal fighting law and Horse Protection Act, she conceived a federal bill to create an animal cruelty crimes section at the Department of Justice and secured legislation in Congress to direct the DOJ to prioritize enforcement.
Holly has dedicated her career to animal protection, and particularly equines. She previously worked at the Animal Wellness Foundation as the Director of Federal Affairs and The Humane Society of the United States as a senior lobbyist and manager of the anti-horse slaughter campaign. As part of that role, Holly advocated tirelessly to build support for legislation to permanently end horse slaughter, and in 2013, she secured language to prevent horse slaughter plants from operating in the U.S. just as plants were poised to open in New Mexico, Missouri, and Iowa. Holly has also worked on political campaigns, and after college she started a grassroots campaign that successfully raised awareness about animal cruelty in Florida and spurred positive changes to increase enforcement in criminal cruelty cases. She is a University of Florida Gator, having completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2006. She earned her J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School where she specialized in Animal Law. She was awarded the Animal Law Leadership Award during its inaugural year, the Animal Law Scholarship, Associate Editor of the Year for the Animal Law Journal, and she clerked for the Center for Animal Law Studies. She loves spending time with her rescue dogs, Odie and Abby.
Scott Wilson, Director of Strategy and Marketing
Scott Wilson, Director of Strategy and Marketing, is an experienced business leader with more than twenty-five years experience in brand-building, communications and regulatory affairs, primarily with Molson Coors Brewing Company where Scott held UK, European and global leadership positions. He has also served on the Boards of the Colorectal Cancer Alliance and Visit Denver. Scott’s parallel career in landscape and wildlife photography introduced him to the beauty and plight of America’s mustangs and he has become a committed photo advocate, most notably through the roundup of Colorado’s wild horses in September 2021. Scott is a resident artist at Gallery 6 in Denver and was named Open Photographer of the Year at the 2022 World Photography Awards.
Fernando Guerra, Legal Affairs Director
Fernando Guerra, Legal Affairs Director, is an attorney with years of experience in litigation and advocacy. He has presented on the topic of animal law to various public interest organizations and regularly contributes to national publications writing about animal-related issues. Mr. Guerra obtained his undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland, College Park in Environmental Science and Policy, with a concentration in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology. He obtained his law degree from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law with a certification in Environmental Law.
Tracy Wilson, Nevada State Director
Tracy Wilson, Nevada State Director, fell in love with horses as a small child and eventually fulfilled her dream of owning her own horse when she bought a Spanish Mustang. Eventually, she married, had a son, and began a career as a certified muscular therapist, but the love of horses never left. When she moved to Nevada, wild horses captured her heart and ignited her passion.
Tracy joined AWHC to assist with fertility control data, database setup for new projects, and land trust projects. She lives in Reno, NV with her husband and owns two adopted Virginia Range mustangs.
Nicole Hayes, Nevada Conservation Operations Manager
Nicole Hayes, Nevada Conservation Operations Manager, has always been passionate for animals and conservation. She earned her bachelor’s degree in marine science from the University of South Carolina, with an emphasis in biological oceanography. Following this, she spent a month conducting research in Indonesia, an experience that solidified her commitment to conservation. Nicole then received her master’s degree in marine biology from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale. While in Florida, she worked directly on the conservation of Florida’s Coral Reef, concentrating on coral restoration, assessment, and monitoring. As a community ecologist, she worked extensively on numerous research projects and published 2 peer-reviewed papers on the impacts of disease on the coral community.
Nicole grew up riding, and never lost her passion for horses. She is excited to bring this passion, extensive research experience, and understanding of resource management to the Virginia Range. Nicole recently moved to Reno with her partner, 2 rescue dogs Harley and Harlow and 3 cats Buttons, Maggie, and Little Foot.
Meredith Hou, Science and Government Relations Counsel
Meredith Hou, Science and Government Relations Counsel, earned her J.D. from the George Washington University Law School in 2020. During her time there, she served as President of GW’s Student Animal Legal Defense Fund chapter and student lead for the Animal Welfare Project, and received the Samantha Animal Law and Hojo Animal Law Scholarships. She was also recognized as a Pro Bono Honors Recipient: Presidential Volunteer Service Award (Gold).
Meredith was published in the George Washington Law Review during her time on the journal: Meredith Hou, The Dark Horse of the Endangered Species Act: How Section 7(a)(1) Can Be Used to Mitigate Climate Change, 88 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 753 (2020). She is currently barred in D.C.
Before attending law school, Meredith majored in Chemistry at Princeton University, after which she followed her passion for horses to become an equine veterinary technician at one of the leading clinics in the country. Meredith employs her unique background and experience in equine care, science, and the law in fulfilling her work on the Government Relations team and in overseeing AWHC’s scientific initiatives.
She currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area and is a proud mom to her two horses, Grappa and Cascadeur, and dog, Chloe.
Amelia Perrin, Investigations Program Manager
Amelia Perrin, Investigations Program Manager, has been an avid horsewoman since the age of five and is a passionate wild horse advocate. She is an International Baccalaureate diploma recipient and is currently pursuing a degree in investigative journalism. Amelia brought her passion for horses to the advocacy world in 2018 when she joined AWHC's team. She spearheaded AWHC's investigation into the BLM's Adoption Incentive Program, which led to national outcry and a front-page New York Times exposé. She looks forward to expanding AWHC's investigations program to uncover abuse and mistreatment of America's wild horses and burros. Amelia currently lives in Oregon and is a proud dog mom to her rescued dog, Mac.
Steve Paige, Field Representative
Steve Paige, Field Representative, grew up riding and has kept horses for most of his life. He is an ardent animal advocate and has volunteered and worked at several sanctuaries including Return to Freedom, Lifesavers Wild Horse Rescue, The Wildlife Waystation and The Elephant Nature Park near Chiang Mai, in Thailand.
He provides on-the-range support and has relentlessly documented and exposed many BLM helicopter roundups. Steve is an integral part of our in-the-wild management programs, as a certified darter and documenter.
He lives in Reno, Nevada close to the Virginia Range wild horse population.
Allison Hinkle, Virginia Range Fertility Control Program Coordinator
Allison Hinkle, Virginia Range Fertility Control Program Coordinator, is finishing up her B.S. in Environmental Science at the University of Nevada, Reno. As a part of her position, she oversees the Virginia Range and the volunteers that help make our projects possible.
Allison has always been passionate about the environment and wildlife, which is why she cares about her job so much. After graduating, she looks forward to continuing to live in Reno and work on the Virginia Range.
Mary A. Koncel, Special Projects Coordinator
Mary Koncel, Special Projects Coordinator, received her M.S. in Animals and Public Policy from the Tufts/Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine where she is now the adjunct instructor at the Center for Animals and Public Policy.
A long-time lover of horses, she has written extensively about various equine topics, with a special focus on wild horse adoption. At AWHC, she is responsible for researching, preparing, and presenting reports and other materials that will help facilitate the humane management of wild horses and burros. Mary lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband and a family of dogs, cats, chickens and of course, horses.
Michele Patterson, Grassroots Advocacy and Outreach Manager
Michele Patterson, Grassroots Advocacy and Outreach Manager, attained her master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from York College of Pennsylvania and her bachelor’s degree in Health Policy and Administration from Penn State University. Michele began seriously advocating for animals in 2016. Since then, she has been involved with state & federal animal welfare organizations to help pass legislation to protect animals in various levels of government. She has 8 years’ experience in the practice management of veterinary hospitals and has also worked on a state-level political campaign.
Michele has volunteered in various roles with dog, horse, and wildlife rescues. She has been published as a guest blogger for Pennsylvania’s only statewide animal welfare political action committee. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, 3 rescue dogs, Jack, Fiona, and Abbey and her adopted senior horse, Rose Petal.
Tori Delhagen, Social Media Engagement Specialist
Tori Delhagen, Social Media Engagement Specialist, received a B.A. in Media Studies and Production along with a B.A. in Spanish at Temple University. She believes in the power of using media as a form of digital advocacy and a catalyst to create change.
She also founded a videography company, C.O.R.E. Visions Media, where she produces digital content and provides media support for small businesses throughout the United States and Costa Rica.
Tori has a strong passion for social justice and animal rights and is proud to help further the message of wild horse and burro protection!
Michael Alfuso, Cinematographer
Michael Alfuso, Cinematographer, has a love for the outdoors and a passion for working in “hard-to-get” places. His work covers everything from environmental conservation, to animal rights, to action sports, so long as there’s a story to be told.
Since joining AWHC in 2018, Michael has provided daily video updates at the many BLM helicopter roundups, created educational videos to keep the public informed on current affairs, and helped tell stories of the important work being done to facilitate the humane management of wild horses and burros.
He lives in the Bay Area in Northern California and is also the co-founder of Outpost Digital Cinema, an outdoors and documentary production company.
Madie Honig, Administrative Assistant
Madelyn Honig, Administrative Assistant, is finishing her degree at the University of California, Sacramento getting her B.A. in History, focusing on the American West. She has always had a love for wild burros, horses, and preserving the lands of the American West. When not in school or working Madie is at the local ranch, riding and taking care of her horse Lily who she rescued in 2019. She always has had a passion for the outdoors and spends a lot of her time in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and going between there and Northern California.