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AWC Board of Directors / Acknowledgements

AWC Board of Directors

Monica Engebretson – [CA]

Denise Kelly - [NY]

Rebecca Sumber- [NY]


Our Associates

The AWC Board has developed and currently manages a number of campaigns and programs. These initiatives have been developed in collaboration with individuals and organizations from all aspects of avian welfare and protection: avian education, behavior and health; bird rescue, placement, and sanctuary; animal shelter and public outreach; avian medicine; field conservation and research biology; animal advocacy and laws.


We thank the following groups and individuals for their contributions to past and current projects of the AWC.



Nancy Blaney, Senior Policy Advisor - Animal Welfare Institute

Jane Hoffman, Esq. - Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals

Sue Leary - President, Alterative Research & Development Foundation

Jacque Shultz – American Society for the Protection of Animals (ASPCA)


Associates & Special Contributors

Anthony Pilny – DVM, DABVP (Avian)
Lorelei TIbbets – LVT, VTS, Clinical Practice- Exotic Companion Animal
Kellie Heckman - Executive Director, Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries
Robin Mason, IT Services, Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries
Marc Johnson, Founder/Director, Foster Parrots, Ltd.
Karen Windsor, Co-Director, Foster Parrots, Ltd.
Philip Wilson, World Animal Protection
Susan Brandt, Founder, Rational Animal
Greg Glendell, BirdsFirst (U.K.)
Krista Menzel
Eileen McCarthy
Craig Brestrup, Ph.D
Lynn Cuny, Founder/Director, Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation


The following organizations have provided support for our Shelter Outreach, Lucky the Lorikeet, and National Bird Day programs:


World Animal Protection
Animal Welfare Trust
American Society for the Prevent of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
Midwest Avian Adoption & Rescue Services, Inc., (MAARS)
Born Free USA
Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries

The Mayor's Alliance for New York City's Animals

Rational Animal


Social Media Manager

Krista Menzel 


Website, Graphic Design, and Editing


Sam Rapallo - Graphic web designer, musician, and occasional writer for the rock music trade. He is co-author of Led-Zeppelin: The Montreux Concerts and webmaster / administrator of the official websites:,, and

Ted Klein, (a.k.a. T.E.D. Klein) Editor of several national magazines, and author of a bestselling horror novel. In the past, T.E.D. has written on animal issues for major newspapers and magazines. He also teaches English at New York's John Jay College.

Grace Lerner Sharfstein, Freelance Art Director whose work with high-profit clients such as Mercedes-Benz, Coca-Cola, SONY, Sun Microsystems, Mirage Resorts Las Vegas and Smirnoff Vodka earned her a number of awards including the One Show, the Addy's and the New York Festivals. She has created marketing campaigns for American Express, Tribeca Film Festival, US Tennis Open, Tiger Woods World Golf Championships and Mercedes-Fashion Week. Grace also devotes her time and design skills towards helping animals through the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals.



The following individuals and organizations have generously granted permission for use of their photographs on our website:

Krista Menzel 

Kevin Vang/Bird Explorers

David Hemmings, Natures Photo Adventures

Anja Denker, Anja Denker Wildlife Photography and Visual Art

Nik Borrow, Bird artist & ornithological tour leader for Bird Quest

Foster Parrots, Ltd. 

Central Virginia Parrot Sanctuary/Project Perry
Parrots R4Ever Rescue and Sanctuary

Midwest Avian Adoption & Rescue Services (MAARS)
Born Free USA
Craig Rudlin
Joel Allerhand
Alison Evans-Fragale
Jill Gannon


Past Board Members

Eileen McCarthy - Midwest Avian Adoption & Rescue Services (MAARS) [MN]

Krista Menzel - Midwest Avian Adoption & Rescue Services (MAARS) [MN]

Marc Johnson – Foster Parrots, Ltd. (MA)
Francis Battista – Best Friends Animal Society (UT)

Sybil Erden – The Oasis Sanctuary (AZ)


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