Meet the Gift Planning Team
Thank you for considering a planned gift to provide for PETA’s important work, and if PETA is already a part of your estate plans, we thank you for your vital support. We understand that your estate plan represents your legacy to the world, and we are humbled by the idea that PETA could be a part of your vision for a future devoid of cruelty to animals. We are here as your resource, and it would be our pleasure to help you design a long-term gift to continue your compassion and help give animals a future. Please contact us using this form, e-mail us at Legacy@peta.org, or call us at 757-962-8213. We look forward to hearing from you. All information is kept confidential.
Sepideh Daneshmand, Gift Planning Coordinator, PETA Foundation
Sepideh calls the world her home and is proficient in several languages. Born in Iran and raised in Germany, she has also worked in Malaysia and Japan and now works out of PETA’s Sam Simon Center in Norfolk, Va. A few years ago, she became vegan after watching documentaries on factory farming, which led her to PETA, as well as making cruelty-free and compassionate choices every day. “Knowing that PETA’s Augustus Club members share my views motivates me to apply my expertise in a meaningful environment, allowing us to make a difference together.” Sepideh shares her home with her two rescue tomcats Atlas and Apollo, whom she adopted at a local animal shelter where she volunteers.
Tim Enstice, Senior Director of Gift Planning, PETA Foundation
Tim oversees all aspects of PETA’s planned giving programs. Dedicated to helping animals on every level, he has also helped PETA deliver free doghouses to give some comfort to needy “backyard” dogs. Before Tim earned a master’s degree in public affairs and a law degree, he made time to serve two and a half years in Ecuador with the Peace Corps. Inspired and motivated by PETA publications, he decided to devote his life to animal rights. Tim says that what attracted him to PETA was “a sense that I could use my talents to help those whose cries for mercy we as a society choose to ignore.”
Katy Fendrich, Senior Philanthropic Specialist-Gift Planning, PETA Foundation
Katy uses her expertise to help guarantee that PETA’s fight for animals will continue through the wonderful support of our Augustus Club members. She says, “I believe we should show compassion to all living beings, and I am grateful to be working with members who share my passion.” Katy has traveled from California to Florida to visit members. Along the way she has met many special cats, dogs, horses, and even bunnies. She really looks forward to meeting you and your family as well.
Lisa Leizear, Senior Philanthropic Specialist-Gift Planning, PETA Foundation
Lisa has a strong passion for protecting the well-being of all animals, including her rescued cat, Kitty, who looks forward to daily walks in Lisa’s knapsack. As an attorney in Washington, D.C., Lisa championed the rights of low-income people and the underserved, and she continues to be a fervent advocate for their ethical treatment and welfare. Lisa has also worked closely with financial advisors and investors concerning estate, tax, and trust issues as general counsel for a real estate investment bank. “My love for animals inspires my life,” says Lisa, “and I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with PETA members toward making the world a better place for them.”
Richard Luong, Gift Planning Liaison, PETA Foundation
Richard comes to the PETA Foundation Gift Planning department from PETA’s Cruelty Investigations division which gives him an interesting perspective when speaking with PETA members. Richard’s interest in animal rights sprang from a passion for social justice issues, and he has always wanted to help give a voice to those who are overlooked and marginalized in our communities. This led him from law school, to working for environmental groups, and ultimately to PETA. “I’ve always admired PETA’s unwavering commitment and dedication to helping animals, and I’m very happy to be a part of making great strides for animals.” Richard shares his home with companion dog Fife.
Daniella Ramadei, Philanthropic Specialist-Gift Planning, PETA Foundation
Daniella became vegan at age 12 after reading PETA and Buddhist literature. Her animal advocacy began with love for her family’s dogs and volunteering at animal shelters. Studying and working overseas exposed her to the dire circumstances of animals around the world. After law school, Daniella worked as a legal researcher for a charity devoted to shutting down puppy mills and pet stores. She continues to volunteer at local animal shelters and events educating the public on animal issues. Daniella says, “I’m delighted to use my expertise to assist compassionate people in supporting the fight against animal suffering.”
Kristin Salsano, Senior Gift Planning Liaison, PETA Foundation
Kristin has always held animals in high regard and treated them as equals, but her true animal advocacy started when she decided to stop eating meat and dairy products. She says, “After realizing that meat is cruel and not eco-friendly, I felt great about going vegan.” Kristin’s passion for animals has grown tremendously, and she loves vegan recipes and cooking. Kristin shares her life with her adorable bunny, Jeremiah, whom she adopted seven years ago. Her love of animals, her nonprofit background, and her passion for raising awareness in the community about animal rights issues naturally led her to the PETA Foundation.