President and Treasurer: Lynn Loar , Ph.D., LCSW, is a social worker with expertise in child abuse and neglect. She
is the President and Treasurer, a research associate with MRI, the co-founder of the Humane Coalition Against Violence and
the former educational coordinator for the San Francisco Child Abuse Council. She lives on the California coast. Author of
(2004) Teaching Empathy: Animal-Assisted Therapy Progarms for Children and Families Exposed to Violence. Alameda,
CA: Latham Foundation.
Vice President: Karen Pryor is a scientist with an international
reputation in two fields, marine mammal biology and behavioral psychology. Through her work with dolphins in the 1960s she
pioneered modern, force-free animal training methods. She is the author of many scientific papers and monographs and eight books, including Reaching the Animal Mind, Nursing Your Baby and Don't
Shoot the Dog! The New Art of Teaching and Training. She is a founder and leading proponent of clicker training,
a world-wide movement involving new ways to communicate positively with pets and other animals. She is the founder and CEO
of a behavioral publishing company, Sunshine Books, Inc., and its on-line divisions, www.clickertraining.com and www.clickerpet.com.
Karen has three children and seven grandchildren. She lives in Boston with two dogs and a cat.
Secretary: Barbara Boat, Ph.D., is Associate Professor, Department
of Psychiatry, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and Director, Childhood Trust, Children's Hospital Medical Center.
She does treatment, training, and research in childhood trauma and maltreatment.