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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.

 

Deniz Bolbol, Field Director

Deniz Bolbol, AWHC Field Director, has extensive experience observing and video documenting BLM wild horse roundups which has contributed to exposing the brutality of wild horse roundups. Deniz has been instrumental in securing a public-private partnership with the State of Nevada to humanely manage the wild horses under the State's jurisdiction -- once fully implemented this will be the largest humane management of wild horses in the world.

Prior to her tenure at AWHC and following a 15-year career in communications and corporate public relations, Bolbol worked on other animal protection and First Amendment-related issues. She resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

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 David and dog, Bella.

 

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. 

 

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.

 

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

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Kasey Phillips, Development Associate

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