Meredith Ayan

Meredith Ayan, Executive Director

Meredith thinks she has the best job. She has served as executive director at SPCA International since 2014. She manages and inspires SPCAI's innovative team of animal advocates while striving for exceptional program achievements. Under her leadership, SPCA International programs have expanded to serve more animals, grant distributions have significantly increased and SPCA International is active in more countries than ever before. She has led field work in Brazil, Guatemala, Iraq, the Philippines, Romania and Tanzania. She lives in New York, NY, with her husband and rescue dog, Lilah. (Full Bio)

Stephanie Scott, Director of Marketing and Communications

Stephanie thinks she has the best job. As the director of communications and marketing, she delights in telling the world about the life-saving work being accomplished by SPCA International and our partners. She is responsible for supporter engagement, public relations, marketing and digital channels. She enjoys traveling in a support role for program field work whenever possible. With over 10 years of experience in the animal welfare, Stephanie brings expertise and passion to the team. She lives in Seattle, WA, with her husband, two children and a rescue cat, Blueberry. 

Lori Kalef, Program Manager

Lori thinks she has the best job (ever). From the moment she made her way across the street to pet the neighbor's dog at age 2, Lori's life has been all about animals. As an avid advocate for the welfare of all creatures great and small, Lori started volunteering at local shelters in her teens. Her career experience includes being veterinary assistant, managing an animal hospital and saving countless unwanted furry lives in the process. As the program manager for all SPCA International programs, Lori leads rescue efforts around the world and builds partnerships with innovative shelters and rescue groups. By holding hands with strangers across the world, Lori has witnessed thousands of animal lives saved. Lori lives in Victoria, BC, Canada with her husband and 3 rescue dogs, Bosco, Duckie and Woody.

Anne Abbot, Development Director

Anne thinks she has the best job. With over 25 years of non-profit fundraising experience, Anne joined the SPCAI team in 2014. She has the great opportunity to speak with SPCA International supporters on a daily basis; serving their needs, sharing SPCAI’s success stories and forming strong bonds with the individuals who make SPCAI’s work possible. She oversees direct mail fundraising and works closely with her colleagues to support SPCAI’s work on behalf of animals worldwide. Anne lives in southern NH with her husband Jim and their cat, Charlie.  

Emma Kronish, Content and Digital Media Coordinator

Emma's happy motor is always running because she has the best job. As the content and digital media coordinator, she strives to share SPCA International's missions and stories through multiple platforms. She is responsible for social and digital media, content building for SPCA International’s programs, Operation Military Pets program, and ensuring that SPCA International is on-track with their mission to advance the safety and well-being of animals. With a bachelor's in Veterinary Technology and 5 years of experience as a certified veterinary technician in emergency and general practice, Emma is always ready to dive into a challenge. She lives in New York, NY with her husband, Sam, and their Shiba Inu, Kuma.


Abia Cartagena, Executive Assistant

Abia thinks she has the best job.  She has worked in animal welfare since 2010 when she started volunteering at local shelters in New York. Since then she has studied lemurs in Madagascar, pursued a bachelor's in Animal Science with Canine Concentration at SUNY College at Cobleskill and she began her career working at an animal shelter with a focus on surrender prevention. She enjoys speaking with SPCA International supporters as well as teaching newcomers about our mission and cause. She has a deep knowledge of many animal-related resources for families and individuals in need. She is responsible for providing support to the executive director, communicating with all staff members and assisting with long-term and short-term projects. She lives in Bronx, NY with her cat, Marshmallow, and bearded dragon, Kuzco

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