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Leadership

 

Board of Directors

Barbara Birdsey

Barbara Ungerman 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. She contributes her passion for all beings to live in harmony to her early career in social work. A lifelong resident of Cape Cod and now Florida, she co-founded, with her husband Charles, The Orenda Wildlife Land Trust and the Pegasus Foundation. She also helped to form the Treasured Lands Foundation. She serves on the boards of The Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, National Marine Sanctuaries Foundation, The Guardians of Martin County (Florida), and is Chair of The Treasured Lands Foundation, and Co-Vice Chair of International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).

 

Don Baur

Don Baur

Board Member
A partner at Perkins Coie’s Washington, D.C. office, Don has provided, over his 40-year career, legal and litigation counsel on wildlife conservation and animal welfare issues to the nonprofit sector and government, as well as acting as Keiko’s (Free Willy) lawyer. He is former General Counsel to the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission, and has advised the U.S. Interior Department’s Office of the Solicitor regarding the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Currently Don is legal counsel to the Whale Sanctuary Project, member of the Environmental Leadership Council of the Environmental Law Institute, and serves on the Boards of Trustees for the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and Shenandoah National Park Trust. Don is summer faculty at Vermont Law School and author of 30 law review articles on wildlife, ocean and environmental law topics.

 

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.

 

Carter Luke

Carter Luke

Board Member
Carter Luke has spent over 40 years working in animal welfare. For 14 years, he was CEO of Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA). Currently, he is Board Chair of World Animal Protection-US, and on the boards of the American Fondouk Maintenance Committee, Inc. which provides veterinary services to animals of the poor in Morocco, as well as the Thornton Burgess Society/Briar Nature Center in Sandwich, MA. He’s participated in research on animal population dynamics, animal hoarding and the connections between animal cruelty and human criminal behavior.

 

George Malloy

George Malloy

Board Member
Currently with Samet & Company, George was former partner at the accounting firm Lynch, Malloy, Marini LLP, and prior to that, was owner of George W. Malloy CPA, PC for over 38 years. George’s non-profit experience spans over forty-five years and includes providing a diverse array of accounting, auditing, review and tax services to dozens of non-profit and commercial entities throughout Massachusetts and beyond. He is a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA).

 

Robert (Bob) Ragan

Robert (Bob) Ragan

Board Member
A retired Bechtel engineering and construction executive, Bob is a passionate animal welfare and conservation advocate. Now President Emeritus, he served, for a decade, as President of Monitor Caribbean founded the late 1970s with a mission to conserve and promote the natural resources of the Wider Caribbean through the promulgation of the Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife (SPAW) Protocol. Prior to his 25-year-long tenure at Bechtel, he served at the Department of Defense, NASA, and Department of Energy, and for four years, on active duty with the US Navy.

 

Sharon Young

Sharon Young

Board Member
A committed advocate and expert on marine issues, Sharon was 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 a past member of an Advisory Council to the Massachusetts Pesticide Board. Sharon also volunteers as a wildlife rehabilitator on Cape Cod.

 

Stephen (Steve) Ziobrowski

Stephen (Steve) Ziobrowski

Board Member
A Partner at Day Pitney LLP and Vice Chair of the firm’s Tax Group, Steve practices in the area of tax planning for business and individuals. He is former member of the firm’s Executive Board, and a frequent lecturer at seminars and continuing education programs for lawyers and accountants.
 

Executive Staff

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.
 

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.

 

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