Board of Directors

Bob Fischer 

Bob Fischer teaches philosophy at Texas State University, where he regularly offers courses on animal and food ethics. Most of his research is on dietary and consumer ethics in relation to animals. In particular, his work explores the difficulty of determining our obligations after we factor in harms to oft-ignored beings: insects, the animals killed in plant agriculture, and so on. He’s also interested in issues at the intersection of moral psychology and animal ethics, such as the significance of disgust for animal advocacy, as well as more traditional puzzles about moral status. He’s published many essays on animals, he co-edited The Moral Complexities of Eating Meat (Oxford University Press, 2015) with Ben Bramble, he’s the sole editor of The Routledge Handbook of Animal Ethics (Routledge, forthcoming), and he’s the author of Animal Ethics — A Contemporary Introduction (Routledge, forthcoming).

Ichu Godwill

Ichu Godwill is a Graduate Research Assistant at the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture of Mississippi State University. He is working on ecological monitoring methods for three species of pangolins in Central Africa. Prior to joining MSU, Ichu was part of a capacity building program called the MENTOR-POP (Progress on Pangolins) Fellowship Program, organized by the US Fish and Wildlife Service in collaboration with the Zoological Society of London. During this time, Ichu conducted pangolin ecological and socioeconomic research across protected areas in Cameroon. At the end, he co-founded a network of pangolin conservationists (Pangolin Conservation Network) in which he continued pangolin research and conservation education across protected areas in Cameroon. Ichu also worked with the Central Africa Bushmeat Action Group (CABAG), a network of partners working to address the threat of the commercial bushmeat trade on Central Africa’s wildlife. He is passionate about pangolins and their conservation and is a member of the IUCN SSC Pangolins Specialists Group.

Patricia Heid

Patricia is currently a graduate student in Nutrition at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. After becoming a registered dietician, she plans to specialize in educating and counseling clients about plant-based eating. Patricia also holds a PhD in Hispanic Languages in Literatures from the University of California-Berkeley. Fluent in Spanish, she intends to help remedy and prevent obesity and diabetes in the Hispanic community. Patricia, her husband, and her seventeen-year old daughter have been following a vegan diet for over 12 years, for reasons of health, ethics, and sustainability. During this time, Patricia has studied and trained in Buddhist mindfulness practices, and she embraces the guiding principle of “loving-kindness toward all sentient beings.” While raising her daughter full-time, Patricia developed her skills in vegan cooking and baking. By sharing her expertise and her delicious food with friends, she hopes to attract them to following a plant-based diet (at least more of the time), and possibly committing to this more ethical lifestyle. Patricia’s love of animals has deepened and intensified in a personal way since her family adopted their cat, Wesley, who is a gentle companion and friend throughout each day.

Hannah Phillips

Hannah Phillips earned her Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality & Tourism Management from Appalachian State University and currently works as an Event Manager. As a co-creator and an alumna of Fanimal’s Learn, Earn, and Return Program, Hannah greatly values Fanimal’s continued commitment to educating animal lovers and the general population alike for the betterment of animal lives. She strives to incorporate her interests in sustainability and animal welfare into the Event and Tourism industry. Hannah continues to stay active in her efforts to create a better life for animals through volunteering at a local animal shelter and research. She believes positive change can be made through diligent action, education, and self-reflection.

Jafet Quintero Venegas

Jafet Quintero Venegas is a postdoctoral fellowship at the Bioethics University Programme at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) researching about”Tourism and animal abuse”. At the same time, he is a professor of “Animal Geographies” and “Geography and Ethics” in the Geography undergraduate programme at the same university.  His research interests are: animals and space; tourism and animals; animal territories; veganism and society and tourism and society. He has been the co-organiser of the academic seminar for postgraduate students “Nature and post-darwinian ethics” at the Geography Institute (UNAM). Jafet is the author of five academic papers and five academic book chapters and has participated in more than forty academic conferences worldwide.

Jesarela Valle

Jesarela Valle graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management. Her passion is being an animal advocate between cultures. She is a native Honduran where she grew up with a different understanding of animals. She now resides in NC where she hopes to promote better treatment towards animals within her community. She loves all things animal.  Her love started when she was 5 and got her first bunny, continuing with multiple dogs, cats, birds, horses, cows and bulls throughout her life. She is now a proud mom of 2 loving Great Pyrenees pups, and she is thrilled to be part of the Fanimal family.