Staff

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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.

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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.  

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Grace Kuhn, Communications Director

Grace Kuhn, 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 rescued dogs, Bella and Charlie.

 

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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 includes 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.

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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.

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Jamille Peters, Director of Administration

Jamille Peters, Director of Administration, works closely with AWHC leadership to direct the organization's day-to-day internal operations. A lifelong animal lover, Jamille joined AWHC in 2021 and oversees human resources and finance processes, Board relations, and overall administration for the organization.

Prior to joining AWHC, Jamille spent nearly a decade working in education policy and nonprofit management, where she developed policies and guidance, provided consulting services, and delivered strategic support to organization leadership and members of governing boards.

Jamille has a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Spelman College. She lives in Sacramento, California, with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs.
 

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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 within the University of California system. 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 California and is a proud dog mom to her rescued dog, Safi.

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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.

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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. Ocean lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Tracy Wilson, Special Projects Contractor

Tracy Wilson, a Special Projects Contractor, 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.