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Michelle SherrowBlog Writer, PETA Foundation
Michelle first learned about the cruelty of factory farming in a college course while pursuing a degree in journalism. She immediately stopped eating meat and decided that she would work to help end animal suffering. When she's not working at the PETA Foundation, Michelle is doting on a very fun dog and a very prissy cat, traveling, and finding fantastic cruelty-free shoes and bags.
Alisa MullinsSenior Editor, PETA Foundation
Alisa regularly contributes to PETA's Animal Times magazine, and her writing has also been published in The New York Times, The Charlotte Observer, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Reader's Digest, Newsweek, and many other newspapers and magazines. Her proudest achievement was participating in a sit-in at Calvin Klein's office that led the designer to swear off fur. Alisa is an avid gardener and HGTV addict who is never happier than when she has a shovel or paintbrush in her hand.
Mackey had been a dishwasher, picture framer, software tester, project manager,
LGBT advocate, nonprofit board member, and actor before becoming a
correspondent and staff writer for the PETA Foundation. He recently returned
to college, where he is studying biomedical engineering (although he refuses to
participate in dissection). He is the proud guardian of two ridiculously
adorable hounds, Beau and Oliver.
Amy ElizabethSenior Writer, PETA Foundation
Amy has a degree in cultural anthropology and creative writing from Denver's University of Colorado. A published short-story writer and aspiring novelist, Amy also enjoys painting, traveling, baseball, playing the xylophone, and camping. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with a posse of primates, canines, and felines.
Jennifer O'ConnorStaff Writer, PETA Foundation
Jennifer has handled issues related to animals in entertainment since starting at PETA in 1996. Her most memorable protest moment was when big-cat trainer Otto Berosini spat in her face while a local television news crew was taping. Jennifer loves reading and spending time with her rescued bulldog, Bruce, and she dreams of hitting the road in an RV.
Paula MooreSenior Editor, PETA Foundation
Paula's articles have appeared in The Washington Post, BUST Magazine, The Miami Herald, and other publications, and she is a regular contributor to PETA's Animal Times magazine. She grew up in the Washington, D.C., area and now lives in Hampton Roads, Virginia, with two rescued cats. Paula loves searching for vintage bargains at estate sales, reading everything from Francesca Lia Block to William Faulkner, and sipping soy Frappuccinos at Starbucks.
Lindsay Pollard-PostStaff Writer, PETA Foundation
Lindsay has been writing about animals for most of her life. As a kid, she wrote and illustrated countless stories starring her cat; in middle school, she wrote reports on the horrors of vivisection; and as a research specialist at the PETA Foundation, she stands up for animals in print and online. Lindsay's long list of "likes" includes spending time with her husband and friends, going for marathon walks with the best dog in the world, planning theme parties, laughing, and enjoying the sunshine.
Heather Faraid DrennanBlog Writer, PETA Foundation
from Smith College with a degree in English language and literature. She now
lives in Los Angeles and has two feline companions, Wellington and Mouse. Among
her favorite books are The Trial, Pedro Páramo, Autobiography of Red, Cosmicomics,
and Corelli's Mandolin. Her favorite artists include de Chirico, Bacon,
Schiele, and Blossfeldt. Heather is particularly fond of carrot cake and has
been known to consume an entire slice without sharing—something that is
so rare in L.A. that numerous strangers in restaurants have felt compelled to
comment upon the fact.
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