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Suzanne Roy, Executive Director

Suzanne Roy, Executive Director, is a 25-year animal welfare professional. During her career, she has worked to improve the plight of 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, Campaigns & Communications Director

Grace Kuhn, Campaigns & Communications Director, attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia with studies concentrated in Arts and Humanities. She has worked with the AWHC since 2012, and is responsible for bringing you the latest information surrounding wild horses and burros and running our awareness campaigns.

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, DC area with her husband and rescued pit bull. 

 

Mary A. Koncel, Program Specialist

Mary Koncel, Program Specialist, received her M.S. in Animals and Public Policy from the Tufts/Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine where she is now an 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 Schwartz, 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 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 has been riding since age seven and now competes in endurance. She currently resides in the Washington, D.C. area with her horse, Eire, dogs, Lady and Drover, and kitten, Pippy.

 

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 a 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 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. 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, Videographer

Michael Alfuso, Videographer, 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 many of the BLM helicopter roundups, created educational videos to keep the public informed of 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.