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 Koeniger, 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 fiance, Sam, and Shiba Inu, Kuma.


Rachel Weinberg, Executive Assistant

Rachel is the newest member of SPCA International. As Executive Assistant, she assists with daily operations of the NYC office and is the first point of contact for many of SPCAI’s dedicated donors and constituents. A lifelong lover of animals, Rachel’s career began as a shelter volunteer in her teens, and she ultimately received her Bachelor’s in Animal Science from Rutgers University. Since then, she has gained career experience in a variety of animal welfare settings, including veterinary medicine, wildlife rehabilitation, and large animal care.  She is excited to be part of such a passionate team! Rachel lives in Brooklyn, NY with her New Zealand rabbit, Lucy. 

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