In 2011, PACT began its 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 its Board of Directors, Advisors, and Employees.
Board of Directors
Founder & President of the Board
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 2011, 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.
Judi Goldstein attended Temple University and the Wharton School Real Estate Department at the University of Pennsylvania. She is President and co-owner of Metropolitan Management Corporation, located in Narberth, PA. She has been in animal welfare for decades and has been an active volunteer at PACT for Animals since its inception.
Michael Markovitz, Esq.
Michael Markovitz has practiced law in the Philadelphia area for over 40 years. His practice concentrates in tax and real estate. He holds an LL.M on Tax from New York University as well as a J.D. from American University and a B.S. from Brandeis University. He was past Chairman of Wheels Medical Transportation Inc, a 501(c)(3) non-profit which administered a $15mm budget for the Pa Department of Public Welfare and subsidized a volunteer driver program providing rides to all persons unable to get there on their own. He is a past President of the Germantown Cricket Club, a 150 year old tennis and squash club, and a former Board member of the Locust Club. He resides in East Falls with his wife and two dogs, Odey and Bentley. He has fostered for PACT in past and will again, provided it’s a cocker spaniel!
Ellen Thompson is an entrepreneur and digital marketing expert who has conceptualized, grown, and managed three successful companies that have made the Philadelphia 100 list of fastest growing companies a total of 7 times and the Philadelphia Business Journal’s list of Best Places to Work a total of 4 times. Ellen has a B. S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to being on the Board of PACT, she also serves on the Board of Governors of Gratz College. In her spare time, she likes to play tennis and figure skate, and is proud to be Jackson’s Mom and Aunt to 4 nieces, 10 nephews, and one very cute and very spoiled Bichon named Lucky.
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; Ziggy, a 29-year-old thoroughbred gelding, the only animal she has ever bought and 2 rescued donkeys.
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.
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.
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.
Jeff Salvage is a Teaching Professor in the Computer Science Department at Drexel University. Although having never served in the military, his father instilled a respect for all those who serve. Jeff is fortunate enough to have many skilled students who work on year-long projects. He encourages them to build applications for non-profits that couldn’t otherwise afford the expertise. Together they are currently working on applications to help prevent veteran suicides. Given that he is also an animal lover, with a passion for dogs, he couldn’t resist bringing his skills to Pact for Animals.