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Leadership

 
Barbara Birdsey

Barbara Birdsey

Founder and President
Founder of The Pegasus Foundation Barbara is a widely recognized leader and national voice for animal protection, environmental preservation and wildlife and habitat protection in the United States and globally.

 

Patricia Ragan

Patricia Ragan

Executive Director
A lifetime advocate for animal and environmental protection, Pat is former Senior Director for Campaigns and Planning at the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) where she oversaw successful campaigns against the Canadian seal hunt, shark finning, fur-bearing animal farming, and for whale protection. Pat is a former Board Chair of the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, Virginia. Prior to assuming the helm at The Pegasus Foundation, she managed the Foundation’s operations overseeing its grant making and education initiatives in the United States, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia.

 

John Grandy

John W. Grandy Ph.D.

Vice Chair of the Board
With extensive expertise in predator control and migratory bird issues in the United States, Dr. Grandy has worked to protect coyotes, end inhumane trapping, stop the slaughter of mute swans and end the wanton killing of rhinos, elephants and sharks, and has advocated for humane management of select wildlife and wild horse populations. For more than 35 years, Dr. Grandy directed the wildlife and habitat protection programs at the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). He now devotes his time and expertise to The Pegasus Foundation and to the Pettus-Crowe Foundation as its Representative.
 

Advisors

Irene Crowe

Irene Crowe, Ph.D.

Senior Advisor
Irene Crowe is founder of the Pettus Crowe Foundation which supports animal sanctuaries in Kenya, the Caribbean and the United States. She is actively involved with Wellbeing International, Animal Grant Makers, and other non-profit organizations dedicated to animal protection. She holds a Doctorate from Oxford University and for many years has taught Sociology and Biomedical Ethics. She now devotes full-time to advancing wildlife protection and animal welfare in the United States and globally.

 

Mark Glover

Mark Glover

Senior Advisor
Since 1980, Mark has been on the frontlines in campaigns to ban commercial whaling, seal hunts, the use of dolphins for entertainment and fur farming, first at Greenpeace and then at Lynx, the anti-fur organization he helped established, the forerunner to Respect for Animals (www.respectforanimals.org). His work led to the ban in the United Kingdom on fur farming as well as the closure of the vast majority of fur shops.

 

Joanne Matz

Joanne Matz

Senior Florida Advisor
A top-ranked amateur golfer, Joanne is one of the most respected teachers of the game nationwide. The Pegasus Foundation is grateful to have benefited from the many charity golf tournaments that Joanne has headlined. Joanne has long committed her time and tireless energy with helping those in hospice with the needs of their animal companions. She is a driving force behind The Pegasus Foundation’s Help Us Help Them Campaign, and has helped to develop a pilot program with Treasure Coast Hospice in Martin County, Florida. Recently the Help Us Help Them Campaign was successful in establishing seven homes for dogs and cats in Fort Pierce, Florida. Joanne, The Pegasus Foundation and other partners are working to develop a nation-wide program that benefits hospice patients and their cherished animal companions.

 

Trish White

Trish White

Senior Advisor
A passionate advocate for animal welfare and wildlife protection, Trish is a health care professional who advocated for and rescued greyhound dogs from the brutality of racing during her 35 years working in Boston. Upon retiring to Florida, she volunteered at the Save the Chimp Sanctuary where she was introduced to The Pegasus Foundation. Trish brings to The Pegasus Foundation valuable perspectives as both a health care professional and animal activist.

 

Sharon Young

Sharon Young

Senior Advisor
A committed advocate and expert on marine issues, Sharon is the Senior Strategist for Marine Issues at the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). She has served on dozens of federal advisory task forces addressing threats to the marine environment as well as on an endangered species recovery team, and has testified in Congress on the Marine Mammal Protection Act. She is an Advisory Council member to the Massachusetts Pesticide Board. Sharon also volunteers as a wildlife rehabilitator on Cape Cod. Her expertise helped build the case for the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound in its fight against the proposal to poison gulls and crows.
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