Suzanne Roy, Executive Director
Suzanne Roy , Executive Director, is a 25-year animal welfare professional. During her career, she worked to improve the plight elephants, chimpanzees, marine mammals and other animals both in captivity and in the wild. In the 1990’s, 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 local state senate to congressional to presidential election bids. She currently resides in Davis, CA with her family, including an amazing horse named Cobalt.
Grace Kuhn, Communications Director
Grace Kuhn, Campaigns & Communications Director, attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia with studies concentrated in Arts & 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 husband and rescued pit bull.
Mary A. Koncel, Program Specialist
Mary Konel, Program Specialist, 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.
Brieanah Schwartz, Government Relations and Policy Counsel
Brieanah Schwarts, Government Relations and Policy Counsel, received her J.D. from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law in Baltimore, Maryland and graduated with a concentration in Environmental Law. She is now barred in the District of Columbia. Brieanah is responsible for advancing AWHC’s position before Congress and this administration, for producing comments that AWHC submits, and for assisting the litigation teams on all of AWHC’s active cases.
A long-time lover of wild horses, she self-published a book with her photography and research on the Cumberland Island wild horses while she attended Sweet Briar College in Sweet Briar, Virginia. She currently resides in Washington, D.C. area with her horse, Eire, dogs, Lady and Drover, and kitten, Pippy.
Greg Hendricks, Director of Field Operations
Greg Hendricks, Director of Field Operations received his B.S. degree in Range Management and Wildlife Biology from Washington State University. Early within his career he worked for Carson City BLM managing their range improvement budget. His career expanded to private industry and provided him with extensive project management experience dealing with range improvement construction, drug development safety, and data management. He is a silent partner in a small animal Veterinary Hospital which is owned and managed by his wife of 34 years, Margie. As an avid wild horse advocate, he has worked to support the Prison Adoption Program in Carson City from which he has adopted two wonderful mustangs. He also volunteers as the Wild Horse & Burro advocate representative for the Sierra Front N.W. Great Basin BLM Resource Advisory Council.
Greg’s role within AWHC will include oversight and improvement of the field operations for PZP fertility control projects, wild horse habitat development, and the Wild Horse Friendly Beef program. Greg currently resides in Carson City, Nevada with his wife, four dogs, three cats, two mustangs, and about 20 chickens.
Ocean Hak-Kuhn, Administrative Assistant
Ocean Hak-Kuhn, Administrative Assistant, joined AWHC in 2016 to provide much needed administrative and clerical support to our team. In addition to being part of AWHC, Ocean provides online support for a start-up helping new moms have an easier transition into motherhood.
Steve Paige, Field Representative
Steve Paige, Field Representative, grew up riding and has kept horses most of his life. He is an ardent animals 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. At AWHC, he is also working towards more humane herd management, documenting horses for our database and becoming more involved in our contraceptive PZP program. He lives in Reno, Nevada close to the Virginia Range wild horse population.
Michael Alfuso, Field Representative
Michael Alfuso, Field Representative, is a documentary storyteller with 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 education 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 and documentary production company.