AWC Board of Directors / Acknowledgements

AWC Board

Monica Engebretson – (CA)
Denise Kelly – (NY)
Kellie Heckman– (MO)

Social Media Manager & Administrator

Krista Menzel

Our Affiliates

The AWC Board has developed and currently manages a number of campaigns and programs.   We work in partnership with organizations and experts from avian welfare and animal protection: bird sanctuary and placement; animal sheltering; avian medicine; conservation; animal advocacy and law.  

We thank the following advisors for contributing to our work:  Nancy Blaney, Director of Government Affairs - Animal Welfare Institute; Jane Hoffman, Esq., CEO Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals; Sue Leary – President, Alternative Research & Development Foundation; Jacque Schultz, former Shelter Outreach Manager for the American Society for the Protection of Animals

Current Project Contributors

Shelter Outreach:  Denise Kelly, Project Coordinator
Contributors: Anthony Pilny – DVM, DABVP (Avian); Lorelei Tibbets, LVT, VTS, Clinical Practice, Exotic Companion Animal; Kellie Heckman; Robin Mason, Eileen McCarthy, Karen Windsor; Monica Engebretson,

National Bird Day: Monica Engebretson, Creator and Administrator

Lucky the Lorikeet Humane Education: Monica Engebretson, Creator and Administrator

Website, Graphic Design, and Editing: Denise Kelly, Project Coordinator
Contributors: Sam Rapallo - Graphic web designer, co-author of Led-Zeppelin: The Montreux Concerts & webmaster/administrator of the official website:
Ted Klein, (a.k.a. T.E.D. Klein) – A former editor of several national consumer magazines and best selling author of horror novels.  Written for major publications on animal issues. 
Grace Lerner Sharfstein – Freelance Art Director and award-winning graphic designer.  Corporate clients included Mercedes-Benz, Coca-Cola, SONY, American Express, Tribeca Film Festival, and US Tennis Open.  Devotes her skills to 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 to our website, webinars and current projects:  

Krista Menzel
Joel Allerhand
Hank Wietsma, DVM, ABVP
Alison Evans-Fragale
Jill Gannon
Brian Jones
Peter Green
Foster Parrots, Ltd.
The Oasis Sanctuary
Hatched to Fly Free
Central Virginia Parrot Sanctuary/Project Perry
Midwest Avian Adoption & Rescue Services (MAARS)
The Center for Avian & Exotic Medicine (New York City)
Charles Bergman, English Professor, writer and wildlife photographer
Anja Denker, Anja Denker Wildlife Photography and Visual Art
Nik Borrow, Bird Artists and Ornithological Tour Leader for Bird Quest
K Vang and W Dabrowka/Bird Explorers
David Hemmings, Wildlife photographer and owner of Natures Photo Adventures    
Joel Allerhand

Program Supporters

Organizations that have contributed to our programs and campaigns: 
World Animal Protection
American Anti-Vivisection Society
Animal Welfare Trust
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
Born Free USA
Midwest Avian Adoption & Recue Services, Inc. (MAARS)
Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS)
The Mayor’s Alliance for New York City’s Animals
Rational Animal