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Board Of Directors

Jennifer Allen, Secretary, is President of Viewpoint Public Relations and featured as one of the top 20 publicists in the entertainment industry by Variety magazine.

Ash Aryal is Founding CEO of QuantumLinx based in both Sydney, Australia and Los Angeles, which serves clients across 8 countries with business, economic and marketing strategies.

Marc Ching, Founder and President is a 4th Generation Japanese Herbalist and Human Holistic Nutritionist – the curator and mind behind The PetStaurant Culture of the highest quality animal nutrition and wellness.  Marc established the Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation with the mission of rescuing the worst cases of animal abuse and finding sustainable and long-lasting solutions to eliminating the dog meat trade in Asia.

Barbara Gitlitz, M.D. is Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine and committed animal advocate who has travelled to China with AHWF on rescue missions.

Gina Grossman of Bone-A-Fide Genius is a well-known dog trainer in Los Angeles.

Neil Rain Persad is Broker/Owner Realtor® at Kensington & Beverly International Real Estate Group following a successful career in business development and technology at Disney, Sony/Ericsson, Goodrich and Merrill Lynch.

Daniel Weber, Treasurer, is a passionate animal welfare advocate and serial entrepreneur. He is business manager for acclaimed Bollywood film and TV actress Sunny Leone, and co-owns their joint production companies SunLust Pictures and Suncity Entertainment.  Singer and Lead Guitarist for The Disparrows.

Executive staff

Aria Edry, Consulting Strategic Development Director, Aria brings to Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation a depth of experience, expertise and outside-the-box problem-solving. A successful and highly regarded development professional, she has raised millions for animal welfare and rescue, conservation and environmen, veterans, youth development, community and women’s advocacy locally and nationally. She specializes in start-ups and growing young and medium-sized organizations, having established several nonprofit organizations including the early Women’s Movement Women’s Yellow Pages Project. Aria’s expertise includes strategic planning, capacity-building, capital campaign and annual fund development, major gifts strategies, grant writing, board development and executive coaching. When not advocating for dogs, she competes in dressage on her Hanoverian Fogata del Jardin.

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