In 2010, PACT began it’s journey as a voice for companion animals in need of rescue and fostering. PACT is committed to educating, assisting, and engaging the public, shelters and rescue organization for the well-being of both companion animals and their owners. PACT thrives under the diverse backgrounds, invaluable direction and goal-oriented vision of it’s Board of Directors and Advisors.
Board of Directors:
Buzz Miller is the founder and President of PACT. After 35 years of being a highly regarded lawyer and venture capitalist, Buzz walked away from his successful career and decided to focus on making a difference in the lives of humans and companion animals. Since then, he has devoted himself pro-bono to advancing the human-companion animal bond. In 2010, Buzz founded PACT for Animals to help animals in need while involving the community. Buzz provides pro bono services to many animal welfare organizations and is a constant pro bono lecturer and writer on animal law, and Pit Bull issues.
President and CEO, Helen Woodward Animal Center
An internationally acclaimed animal welfare advocate, Michael Arms began his career in New York with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). While Director of Operations at the North Shore Animal League from 1977 to 1997, he created the pet Adopt-a-Thon, transforming their local adoption program into an international collaboration. Since 1999, Arms has been President and CEO of the Helen Woodward Animal Center (HWAC). Under his leadership, HWAC provides the Home 4 the Holidays adoption program resulting in well over one million adoptions. It has been said that Arms is credited with saving the lives of more orphaned animals than anyone else.
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Jane has worked as a journalist for more than 40 years. She was an editor and writer for the Jewish Exponent newspaper and then editor of INSIDE magazine for 20 years as well as freelancing for newspapers and magazines. She has supported many local and national animals rescue groups and has been rescuing animals since 1972. Ten years ago, she established Katie’s Fund at the Philadelphia Foundation in honor of a beloved Sheltie. The fund has donated thousands of dollars to small rescue and companion animal organizations, including PACT, that benefit people and pets. She currently lives on a small farm near Doylestown, PA with Trixie, a 3-year-old adopted mixed breed; Ginger, a 10-year-old adopted orange Tabby; and Ziggy, a 29-year-old thoroughbred gelding, the only animal she has ever bought.
Dr. Alvin J. Chin, MD
Attending Cardiologist, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Alvin J. Chin majored in Biochemical Sciences at Harvard College, graduating magna cum laude in 1973. He attended Stanford University School of Medicine, graduating in 1977. After spending 2 residency years in general pediatrics, Dr. Chin spent 3 fellowship years in pediatric cardiology at The Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston. Dr. Chin is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology. He has been at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia since December 1984. Dr. Chin founded the Noninvasive Laboratories and served as Director until 1996. He currently specializes in echocardiography (cardiac ultrasound), and his research interests are the developmental biology of the cardiovascular system and long-term follow-up of the Fontan Operation for single ventricle.
Kathryn (Kit) Levy Feldman
An award winning freelance writer, Kit Levy Feldman is a graduate of Princeton University, and earned a Master of Liberal Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009, with a certificate in animal studies. Feldman has over 15 years experience writing for such publications as Family Business magazine, Princeton Alumni Weekly, The Pennsylvania Gazette, Dartmouth Alumni Magazine and Haverford College Alumni Magazine. She has authored five books for Heritage Publishers including the biography of Elizabeth Atwood Lawrence, a pioneer in the field of human-animal interaction, and has become known for her profiles of both individuals and animals. Feldman is the author of the daily blog, Something about Barbaro, and the 2011 book The Culinary Canine.
Major General John L. Gronski
Major General John L. Gronski is assisting PACT with its Military Foster Program. General Gronski received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Scranton in 1978, a Master of Science from the US Army War College in 2001 and a Master of Business Administration from Penn State in 2003.
General Gronski is Assistant Adjutant General – Army, Pennsylvania National Guard and also serves as Joint Staff/Commander, Pennsylvania National Guard. He is a graduate of numerous military schools and has received many awards and decorations, including the Bronze Star Medal.
General Gronski commanded infantry units at the company, battalion and brigade level. He was deployed to Europe as Commander of Task Force Keystone and also served as the Commander, 2nd Brigade Forward, 28th Infantry Division, Ramadi, Iraq.
Dr. Jennifer F. Johnson, DVM
Dr. Johnson owns and operates Stoney Creek Veterinary Hospital. A life-long resident of Ridley Township, PA, Dr. Johnson graduated from Ridley High School and West Chester University and is a proud community member. Dr. Johnson is passionate about pain management in her patients and has accomplished certification in pain management through the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management. Dr Johnson enjoys teaching other veterinarians and staff about pain management and anesthesia. She spends much of her time traveling to veterinary clinics in the tri-state area to teach sedation and anesthesia and lecturing at veterinary conferences nationwide on acute and chronic pain in small animals.
Sabina Louise Pierce
Sabina Louise Pierce is a renowned, international photographer. Her breathtaking and inspiring photos have appeared in Newsweek, Time, Vanity Fair, Sports Illustrated, People, Smithsonian, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Daily News, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Bloodhorse, Philadelphia Daily News, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Examiner, Germany’s Glick, Australia’s Good Weekend Magazine, the ESPN network, NBC Sports and many more.
Pierce was the exclusive photographer for the injured 2006 Kentucky Derby winner, Barbaro, as he was recuperating at The University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center. One of her Barbaro photographs was picked up by Time as “One of the Best Photographs of 2006.” Pierce traveled the country photographing famous chefs with their dogs for the 2011 book The Culinary Canine.
Catherine Marchand is a Speech and Language Pathologist in private practice in suburban Philadelphia. Her undergraduate work was performed in London at The School for the Study of Disorders of Human Communication, University College/ Royal Free Medical School, followed by an advanced degree from Purdue University. Catherine supervises PACT’s free educational programs and workshops for children. Children (from kindergarten to early teens) are an integral part of PACT’s mission to increase the human-companion animal bond.
Gerald B. Shreiber
Gerry Shreiber is the founder, chairman, chief executive officer and president of J & J Snack Foods Corp. In addition to his successful business career, Gerry is also an animal enthusiast and lifelong supporter of animal rights organizations in Philadelphia and southern New Jersey. As Gerry’s career flourished, he felt a responsibility to give back and help animals thereby establishing the Shreiber Animal Foundation Enterprise (SAFE). SAFE is a corporation organized and operating exclusively for charitable and educational purposes and for the prevention of cruelty to animals.