Emily Wick has directed two documentaries: Buried Stories (34 minutes, 2008) and Life with Alex (54 minutes, 2012). Life with Alex, a behind-the-scenes look at the famous African Grey parrot, was featured at the first annual Animal Film Festival in 2014. Emily currently lives in Oakland, California.
Carol Hyndman, has been an AFF judge since its beginning. She is the owner of Country Cattery, Boarding Resort For Cats. She is vegan.
Kim Sturla is the Executive Director and co-founder of Animal Place – a sanctuary and education center for farmed animals in Grass Valley, CA. They also operate and rescue and adoption site in Vacaville and have saved and found homes for more than 17,500 hens from egg farms. Its vegan store in Berkeley, CA – called Vegan Republic - further promotes a compassionate lifestyle by encouraging veganism.
Jody Hanson has always been an advocate for animals. She is vegan and notes that she will never stop fighting and being the voice for the voiceless.
Staci Sanders is a dedicated animal rights activist and an avid videographer/photographer who documents the conditions and treatment of exploited animals.
Dr. Yoffe-Sharp has served as City Veterinarian for the City of Palo Alto for the last 18 years. Prior to she served the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA (PHS) as Medical Chief of Staff. Bonnie co-authored, with Dr. Lynn Loar, an article in the March 15, 2009 Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association on the veterinarian’s responsibility to recognize and report animal abuse. She has written a chapter in the book Recognizing and Reporting Animal Abuse: A Veterinarian’s Guide as well as in the text Shelter Medicine for Veterinarians and Staff. She’s presented at national conferences and delivered guest lectures at several local VMAs as well as at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. She is currently president of the board of Directors of the Center for Animal Protection and Education (CAPE), served on the board of PHS, and is past president of the board of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians (ASV).that
Taylor Johnson is the Executive Director of Tri-City Volunteers Food Bank in Alameda County. A graduate of London College of Communication, Taylor has spent the best part of his working life in design, marketing and development with an emphasis on non-profits. It was this path that led him to TCV Food Bank which feeds over 13,000 individuals every month. As a lifelong animal advocate – he promotes a healthy, plant-based diet and continues to guide the food bank on a mission to become 100% plant-based in the near future.
Diane Mulhern is a CA licensed Marriage, Family Therapist who absolutely relishes today’s clinical acceptance/inclusion of animals as integral “co-therapists.” Animals have masterful The benefits of animal-assisted therapy abundant effects on clients, allowing for increased — and, otherwise, unreachable — levels of comfort, exploration, insights and healing life experiences. continues to validate the fact that humans have a lot to learn from animals.
Kim Midboeis a graphic designer and certified animal massage practitioner. She has always loved animals, and after visiting a farmed animal sanctuary for the first time, found a path to channel that love into something more. She now volunteers with the animals on a regular basis and has embraced a vegan lifestyle.
Marie O'Donnell is a business professional and an advocate for animals. She adopted a vegan lifestyle for ethical reasons and readily volunteers her time and resources to support causes that improve the health, wellbeing, and happiness of animals.
Susan Heacock is a leader in a Fortune 50 company and holds a BS in Business Administration. She is passionate about the welfare and wellbeing of animals and about providing awareness and education to help end animal exploitation and suffering.
Lara Fowler is a film historian and writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has written pieces for the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, TCM Classic Film Festival, Cinecon, and Noir City, and blogs about classic film at http://www.backlots.net. She is currently in the process of writing a full-length biography of silent film actress Marion Davies, due in 2019.
Carol Hansen-Dix has a technical background in the field of engineering. For 40 years she worked as an audio engineer in music recording studios, as an editing engineer for public radio and as a fiber optic engineer on projects including the Space Shuttle, Space Station and Boeing Aircraft. She now commits her time and energy as an animal welfare activist to improving the quality of life for all animals by petitioning, volunteering, protesting and aiding in the advancement of relevant legislation. After learning of the great suffering animals endure from being raised for human consumption Carol adopted a vegan lifestyle.
Mindy Kursban Kwiatkowski is the Chair of the Board of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a nonprofit health advocacy group led by Dr. Neal Barnard that focuses on prevention and compassion in medicine. Before that, Mindy worked at the Physician Committee for eight years as general counsel and then as Executive Director. She currently works as in-house counsel for her family’s business, Family & Nursing Care, a resource for home care services founded by her mother in 1968. Mindy actively promotes veganism and animal rights through many channels.