Board of Directors

Lisa Allred

Lisa Allred is a licensed clinical social worker who has spent her career working with victims of family violence and understands the connections between family violence and animal abuse, as well as the limitations put on victims who are fleeing family violence when they need to enter a shelter and don’t have care for their pets.  She is proud to have worked for domestic violence shelters who partner with veterinarians to house domestic and exotic animals so that when someone is fleeing violence, ALL their family members are safe. She is currently employed at a large technology company where she assists employees to identify resources for personal issues that might distract them from their work.  She is also an adjunct faculty member at the graduate school of social work at NCSU and teaches several classes, including one on social justice advocacy. For fun, she is a professional bellydancer and travels throughout the US and Europe teaching at dance festivals. Her father and her teenage daughter live with her, along with their dog, Tawney and their Red-Tailed Boa Constrictor, Biscuit.

Stefanie Benjamin

Stefanie Benjamin is an Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee. She enjoys researching issues around social justice, but also loves exploring the world outside the classroom.  She is an avid yogi and enjoys hiking with her dog, Rory and taking him to dog parks during the week. She is excited to be part of the Fanimal team and looks forward to learning more about animal welfare and wellbeing.

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).

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.

Beth Wilson

Beth Wilson, PhD, is retired from NC State University, College of Natural Resources. She was formerly an Associate Department Head and Graduate Director in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, retired after 32 years on faculty and then for four years worked part-time in the CNR Development Office raising funds for student scholarships and securing donors for the PRTM Department.  As a little girl, growing up on a farm with lots of animals and a four-legged best friend Trigger, she soon realized that she much preferred animals to people. She had hopes to become a veterinarian but did not have the ability to see pain and suffering and do anything but cry and feel bad, so she chose a different path. She has financially supported several organizations all over the country that protect animals of all types, rescued animals of her own, and taken action when needed to come to the rescue of animals being mistreated.  Animals are still her go to choice for companionship!