Board of Directors
Barbara Ungerman Birdsey
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).
John W. Grandy Ph.D.
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 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.
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.
Mitchell has worked in wildlife and animal welfare and environmental preservation, for decades. She is a former Director of the Cape Wildlife Center on Cape Cod, and a former Executive Director of the Orenda Wildlife Land Trust.
Cindy manages all aspects of non-profit administration. She arrived at Pegasus following an accomplished career in local government and brings a background in banking, branch operations, and finance. A native of New England, Cindy resides in Florida with her husband, sons, and their rescued critters.
Irene Crowe, Ph.D.
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.
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.
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.
Melissa’s involvement in animal protection began when she founded Students for Animal Welfare, the first college animal protection organization at American University. Rubin received her degree in environmental science from American University and went on to obtain her Juris Doctor from the Washington College of Law. She has a certificate in non-profit business and management from Johns Hopkins University.
Melissa currently works at Greater Good Charities where she helps set strategy and heads up the advancement team. She works to develop and cultivate donor relationships through major gifts and grants. Melissa is on the board of the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries.
Aleta D. Smith, RN
Never content with injustice, Aleta has spent her life advocating and intervening when necessary to create change as an advocate for people, animals, art, and the environment.
Aleta is Managing Director of Geoffrey C. Smith Galleries. She also advocates for conservation and environmental awareness. She and her husband, the renowned artist Geoffrey C. Smith, founded the Art of Nature Foundation. Together, this formidable team developed a preserve for wildlife and manatees on their commercial property.
A videographer, Aleta travels widely to film and document wildlife. She lives with her husband, Geoffrey Smith, and their family, migrating between south Florida and Alaska.
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.