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AWC Board of Directors / Acknowledgements

AWC Board of Directors

Monica Engebretson – Born Free USA [CA]
Denise Kelly - The Avian Welfare Coalition (AWC) [NY]
Rebecca Sumber- Avian Protection Society [NY]


The following individuals and organizations are not formally Participants in the Avian Welfare Coalition, but support the work and mission of AWC in a variety of ways:

AWC Advisors – Current


Nancy Blaney, Senior Policy Advisor - Animal Welfare Institute
Jane Hoffman - Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals
Sue Leary - President, Alterative Research & Development Foundation
Jacque Shultz - ASPCA


AWC Special Contributors and Acknowledgements

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


Ted Klein
Ted Klein (a.k.a. T.E.D. Klein) has been Editor of two national magazines, and is the author of a bestselling horror novel. In the past, T.E.D. has written on animal issues for major newspapers and magazines. Most recently, he taught English at New York's John Jay College.


Grace Lerner Sharfstein, Freelance Art Director

Grace worked over 8 years in the advertising industry on such high-profile clients as Mercedes-Benz, Coca-Cola, SONY, Sun Microsystems, Mirage Resorts Las Vegas and Smirnoff Vodka and has won a number of awards including the One Show, the Addy's and the New York Festivals.


She then put her art direction and design skills to use in sponsorship and event marketing, creating multi-platformed campaigns for American Express and events such as the Tribeca Film Festival, US Tennis Open, Tiger Woods Word 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. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, two energetic boys, and two cats.


Special thanks to the following individuals and organizations for their generous contribution of photographs to our website:


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
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


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 (AZ)