Lori Kalef, Director of Programs
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 director of 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 3 rescue dogs, Duckie, Tavi and Bojangles.
Anne Abbot, Director of Development
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, Director of Marketing and Communications
Emma’s happy motor is always running because she has the best job. As the director of marketing and communications, Emma is dedicated to advancing the care of animals on a global scale. She oversees SPCA International’s digital marketing and communication strategies, ensuring that SPCA International is on-track with its mission to advance the safety and well-being of animals.
As a passionate animal welfare professional 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 Brooklyn, NY with her husband, Sam, and their Shiba Inu, Kuma.
Abia Cartagena, Military Program Coordinator
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 working with Military families and assisting with the transport of soldier’s animals through SPCA International’s Operation Baghdad Pups: Worldwide program. 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 Hudson County, NJ with her husband, Jose, their rescue dog Austin, and their bearded dragon Kuzco.
Jayme Busser, Corporate Partnerships & Donor Engagement Manager
Jayme thinks she has the best job. With over 10 years of marketing and nonprofit experience, Jayme joined SPCA International in 2019. As the Corporate Partnerships & Donor Engagement Manager, she enjoys getting the opportunity to meet new people every day from all parts of the world. A big fan of the win-win, Jayme loves creatively collaborating to grow mutually beneficial partnerships. The best part of her job is seeing the impact these incredible partners and amazing donors make each day; benefitting animals around the globe.
Jayme has always had a fondness for animals. Her earliest memories include rehabbing birds that flew into the window, playing with her rescue cocker spaniel Simon, and greeting every beetle she saw; John, George, Ringo and Paul. Jayme brings that same empathy and compassion to the team everyday. She currently lives in the beautiful PNW, with her guy, and her rescue dog Baloo.
Hannah Towers, Support Specialist
Hannah has the best job because it is her dream job. She has been involved with nonprofits all over the world since 2010, aiding both animals and humans. At SPCA International, Hannah provides assistance to the Director of Development, and speaks directly to SPCAI’s donors, supporters and community. Validating SPCA International’s values and unfailing determination to persevere for the well-being of animals is what makes this girl’s job the dream. Hannah is up for any challenge and thrives on contributing to the SPCAI team, which saves lives each and every day.
Before joining SPCA International, Hannah lived on the island of Utila, Honduras for six years where she befriended many street dogs and cats, as well as aquatic creatures. These experiences proved to further spark her commitment to animal welfare. She rescued her two dogs from Honduras by boat, plane and automobile all the way up to Montreal. Upon returning to the US, Hannah worked at her city’s local animal shelter confirming what she already knew: helping animals would be her life-long career. Currently, Hannah resides in eastern Massachusetts with her husband, Douglas, and their “island specials” Buddy and Winston.
Samantha Salas, Content Marketing Manager
Samantha thinks she has the best job ever. She joined SPCA International in 2021 with marketing experience across a wide range of industries, including managing social media for local animal shelters. As the content marketing manager, she is responsible for creating engaging digital content that connects with our supporters and further spreads our mission. She particularly enjoys building an online community of individuals passionate about animals.
Samantha has been advocating for the well-being of animals since she watched a documentary on factory farming when she was a kid. Her love grew as she began volunteering at local shelters and fundraising for animal sanctuaries. Soon, she knew she wanted to make helping animals her career. She currently lives in New York City with her boyfriend and their rescue dog, Flex.
Haley Hurst, Program Support Specialist
Haley thinks this is the best job ever! With her background in marine biology, she has done marine research and coral restoration work with a non-profit in the Florida Keys. Her passion in life has always derived from doing what’s best for the animals and ensuring the health of our planet. At SPCA International, she primarily works in the Shelter Support Fund program to assist our new and existing partners. Haley’s empathy and passion to help others make her the perfect match to build strong, lasting connections with our partners. Her creative and scientific mind also is amazing for coming up with new ways to help partners thrive.
Haley is originally from agricultural, northern California, but currently resides near Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She lives in the woods with her loving husband, Zach, two dogs (Missy and Maggie), and a rescue cat (Nala).
Pierre Barnoti, Board President
Pierre Barnoti has been a dedicated animal activist for over 20 years. Now retired, he served as the executive director of the Canadian SPCA for twelve years. During Pierre’s tenure there, CSPCA grew into the leading animal shelter in Quebec and Canada. Under Pierre’s management, CSPCA reduced euthanasia rates drastically, radically increased adoption rates, and built a clinic offering free spay and neutering to every adopted animal. Pierre also pioneered an extensive foster family program that allowed sick animals to be treated outside the shelter by volunteers; ensuring that healthy animals in the shelter stayed healthy. Pierre founded SPCA International in 2006 and has served in a volunteer role as president of the Board of Directors since. As an independent, voting member of the board, Pierre has supported the organization through a period of wonderful growth. During his tenure, SPCAI has received recognition and accolades including the Pedigree Certificate of Recognition honoring Operation Baghdad Pups and the Top Rated Great Non-Profits Award for years 2013- 2018.
Maude Pellerin, Board Member
Maude has been passionate about animals since her early childhood and joined the board in 2019. For several years, she has been helping local shelters by fostering furry victims of neglect and abuse as well as supplying much needed medical care to them. With a degree in Marketing and Sales, Maude worked in marketing agencies before embarking on a 15-year career in the pharmaceutical industry. Throughout her pharmaceutical career, Maude enjoyed developing her scientific acumen as a sales representative at multiple fortune 500 companies. She currently has five cats of her own, continues to foster felines and helps find perfect forever homes for each one. She is as optimistic as she is passionate. She hopes her time on the SPCA International board as an independent, voting member will have a positive and long-lasting impact on the destiny of animals worldwide.
Michel Poulos, Board Member
Michel brings over 25 years of experience to SPCA International’s board. Before retiring, he enjoyed a rewarding career as Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Crown Life. He also served as the President of the Board at CSPCA for many years and has lent his expertise as a board member of SPCAI for over 10 years. Michel has tirelessly advocated for animals through his service at SPCAI. Since its inception, Michel helped build and strengthen the organization’s programs as an independent, voting and founding member of the board. A lifelong animal lover, Michel and his wife have three cats and one horse.
Howard Sholzberg, Board Treasurer
Howard is passionate about animals of every kind. He worked as the Executive Vice President of Finance for Riviera, a large clothing manufacturing company, for thirty-three years before retiring in 2008. He has been involved in animal welfare for over twenty years as a volunteer at his local SPCA and with SPCAI. He has served on numerous boards and holds the distinction of being a voting and founding member of the SPCAI board. Howard has three cats, is an active caretaker for a number of cat colonies and regularly saves, rehabilitates and homes injured and abandoned cats.
Robert Gulick, Board Member
Bob comes to SPCA International with 50 years of experience with extensive global P&L experience (Start-ups to $100 million). He built, operated, and restructured B2B profit and non-profit customer-focused companies, creating integrated sales teams, strategic partners, and global marketing capabilities. Grown companies through innovative product development, leveraging content across multiple marketing channels, including e-learning, webinars, conferences, publishing, and consulting. Recruited strong, entrepreneurial management teams and partner alliances across North and South America, Europe and Asia. He also advised CEOs and Boards on domestic and global strategies for clients such as the AICPA, Bank of China, and Laureate Education. Bob and his family have, over the years, ministered to a collection of animals ranging from dogs, cats, flying squirrels, birds, snakes, fish, lizards, ferrets, hamsters, turtles, etc.