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board of trustees

Anne Trinkle

Anne Trinkle, MBA
founder & executive director

Upon graduating from Fairfield University with a B.S. in Marketing, Anne began a 15 year stretch in the corporate world, during which time she earned a Master's Degree in Business at night at Fordham University. After a near death experience in 2001, Anne retired from work in transfusion medicine at Abbott Laboratories to devote herself full-time to animal rescue after years of part-time volunteering in the field of animal welfare. Shortly thereafter, she founded Animal Alliance.

Anne and her husband David live in New Jersey where they share their home with 10 treasured rescue dogs. They also host an ever changing lineup of foster dogs in the Animal Alliance kennel located on their property, and numerous feral cats relocated from various TNR (Trap, Neuter, Release) colonies. Anne's number one passion in life is increasing the availability of affordable, easily accessible spay/neuter for all pet owners. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, Anne is a 7+ year survivor. She is a devoted fitness enthusiast and yoga practitioner, and says that becoming a vegan in 2003 after years of being a vegetarian is the best move she ever made in her life, and the thing she is most proud of about herself.

Gail Luciani

Gail Luciani - President

Gail has been a successful communications professional for more than 20 years. She served as the executive director of public relations at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and received several awards in excellence for handling the public relations during the stay of 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro. She has also been a volunteer for animal welfare organizations for more than 15 years and served on the board of the Philadelphia Animal Care and Control Association. She has fostered litters of motherless kittens and 10 dogs for the Alliance. She recently adopted a spaniel mix named Danny who joins a Chow mix named Lily, a Border Collie mix named Phoebe and a 20 year-old cat named Nicodemus.

Lisa Martini

Lisa Martini - Vice-President

Lisa Martini started her career as a researcher in the pharmaceutical industry. She tried the sport of fencing as a beginner at Bucks County Academy of Fencing in 1996 and enjoyed fencing for 4 years. She is now Co-owner (with her husband Mark) and Operations Manager of Bucks County Academy of Fencing, which has two locations, in Lambertville and Hatfield, PA. Lisa and Mark reside in Center Bridge, PA with 3 super special cats. She is an accomplished equestrian and enjoys riding her horse in her free time.

Jessica Del Duca

Jessica Del Duca - Secretary

Jessica first became aware of the Animal Alliance of NJ when she fell for and adopted a quirky blind Pomeranian named Dixie. Jessica grew up in a rural Northern California town, where she was active in 4-H and FFA and enjoyed the companionship of several strays who became members of her family. To pay the bills and keep Dixie living the life every pampered Pomeranian deserves, Jessica spends her days as the Manager of Legal Marketing and Promotions at Brother International Corporation. An advocate for rescue adoption, she's passionate about educating others on the rewards of pet adoption and believes that every abandoned and unwanted animal deserves a safe, loving, permanent home.

Sally Warren

Sally Warren, CPA - Treasurer

Sally is the Chief Financial Officer of CRW Graphics a large commercial printing and digital printing company which also provides integrated marketing services, brand management, marketing strategy, project management/implementation, multi-channel marketing, and campaign management and analysis to clients all over the East Coast.

Sheri Woodruff

Sheri Woodruff - Board Member

Sheri has been a fan and supporter of the Animal Alliance since 2006, when she adopted her Jack Russell Terrier (Tater) from the organization. Since then, Tater has enjoyed a life of leisure and adventure, having visited 29 U.S. states -- including first-class flights to San Francisco, sailing on the Chesapeake Bay, BBQ in Memphis and a legendary one-day, five-state road trip through Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico. In 2011, Sheri adopted Yorkie/Terrier mix (Reggie) from the Alliance -- his first adventure was a weeklong trip to Rehoboth Beach -- and also began serving on the AA board. A senior global communications & marketing executive and former Governor's press secretary, Sheri also serves on the boards of the YMCA of Philadelphia & Vicinity and the National Service Learning Partnership. Sheri is Vice President of Communications, General Surgery at Johnson & Johnson.

Carla Drozdowicz

Carla Drozdowicz, VMD - Board Member

Carla has loved animals for as long as she could remember. Thanks to her mom, she always had animals in her life and by age 10 knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. Carla graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1985 and pursued a veterinary career in the pharmaceutical industry. She and her partner Maria of 34 years always took in stray cats, but usually 1 or 2 at a time, never realizing someday it would extend beyond that. Their life changed in 1998 when they moved into East Amwell Township where feral cats began to show up at their backdoor. In 2003, Carla reached out to Animal Alliance to help with a colony of 30 cats and kittens which was the beginning of a wonderful friendship that remains strong to this day. Over the past 15 years, with the help of Animal Alliance, Califon Animal Hospital and Flemington Veterinary Hospital, Carla and Maria have helped both neighbors and strangers with spay & neuter, fostering, and TNR of feral cat colonies (over 300 cats and counting). They share their 11-acre gentlewoman’s farm with 3 horses and 19 resident rescued cats.

Elizabeth Hirky

Elizabeth Hirky, PhD - Board Member

Liz found Animal Alliance in 2003 when she adopted a wonderful Pekingese dog, Kyra. She has been a member of Animal Alliance's Board of Directors since 2008. Currently, she lives with a wacky herd of Pekingese rescues, Hamlet, Ming, Trixie, and Lei Li, as well as two rescue cats, Louie and Maxi. Rounding things out, Pokie Post, an appaloosa gelding, has been part of the family for 23 years. To pay for the kibble, biscuits, and hay, Liz has a private psychotherapy practice in Manhattan and also works with medical patients at a city hospital.

Donna Garcia

Donna Garcia, M.Ed - Secretary

Donna Garcia is an Executive Coach and Master Trainer in communication and sales skills with over twenty years experience. Donna loves her work and considers it an honor to help with individuals and organizations maximize their potential through effective communication. Donna has volunteered with Animal Alliance since the adoption of her dog Max more than 6 years ago, and she and her family subsequently adopted Sophie a few years later. She has fostered puppies and was instrumental in making Animal Alliance's Planned Pethood clinic a reality. "I eat a plant-based diet, no animal products, dairy or eggs. I'm a vegan committed to living a life that does not include suffering and violence to animals, human beings and the environment."

Carolyn Saligman

Carolyn Saligman, PhD - Advisory Board

Carolyn Saligman is a licensed psychologist in private practice, a native Philadelphian and lifelong animal lover. Carolyn has engaged in animal welfare work for many years. She has spearheaded various animal welfare projects in Philadelphia improving the comfort of animals while in the shelter through specialized housing, increasing adoptions through community programs, making low-cost spay/neuter available to low income city residents and helping create a high volume spay/neuter clinic for feral cats in the city. Carolyn learned of Animal Alliance through their work as a Philadelphia Animal Control rescue partners, became involved in 2005 and joined the board of directors in 2010. She is owned by her 5 rescues who allow her to reside in their Philadelphia home.

Ann Marie Somer

Ann Marie Somer - Advisory Board

Ann Marie Somer was one of the original Board Members of Animal Alliance and was critical to the present day success of the organization. An accomplished businesswoman who held several Controller and Chief Financial Officer positions in a 25 year corporate career, Ann Marie implemented business processes, policies, and procedures to create a professional business infrastructure at Animal Alliance. Ann Marie helped grow Animal Alliance from a small start-up grassroots rescue organization to the multi-faceted animal welfare agency it is today. During the first 7 years of Animal Alliance's existence, Ann Marie oversaw all financial reporting and accounting, and was active as a Board Member, Foster Parent, and Adoption Day Volunteer. Ann Marie and her husband Larry are the proud guardians of 3 dogs, Buddy, Kiki and Coco, from Animal Alliance, and they cherish the memory of their beloved Louie, their 4th. dog who recently passed away, who was their first Animal Alliance rescue dog. Ann Marie also helped her parents adopt 2 wonderful Animal Alliance dogs, Pumpkin and Petey. Now retired from the corporate world, Ann Marie is devoting herself full-time to fighting cancer and spending time in her lovely home with Larry and the 3 most spoiled dogs in New Jersey!

Phil Chaikin

Phil Chaikin, PharmD, MD - Advisory Board

Phil and his wife Mary adopted 2 of their 4 rescue dogs from Animal Alliance. Mia, Peaches, Barkley, and Buddy are very lucky dogs indeed! Phil and Mary's "grand-dog" Nando was adopted by their daughter Carrie and her husband Patrick. Phil retired after 30 years in the corporate world in research and development and drug discovery at several major pharmaceutical firms. He now has his own consulting business and is devoting his time to several charitable endeavors, including Animal Alliance. Phil brings a high level of business acumen and an intense love for animals to his work at Animal Alliance.

Roy Loomis

Roy Loomis - Advisory Board

Having spent over 20 years in Management & Technology Consulting, Roy along with his wife Claudia became the proud owners of Cherrybrook Pet Supplies. Cherrybrook is a multi-channel pet specialty to retailer with three retail stores, an internet store and a mobile store that sells at over 200 AKC dog shows each year. Roy is currently the President & CEO of Cherrybrook and has overseen a major transformation of the company over the last five years. He has extensive non-profit experience including three years as the volunteer treasurer of another large non-profit organization. Roy and Claudia have two teenage sons, a feisty pug named "Frankie" and two samoyeds "Spike and Wendi." Spike and Wendi are both AKC champions who are presently retired from the show ring.

Liz Topazio

Liz Topazio, JD - Advisory Board

Liz Topazio, a life- long animal lover, has had the pleasure of adopting Frieda and Chichi from Animal Alliance. Liz is Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at Active International, a corporate trading company that creates customized value added and value recovery programs for its clients. Liz is dedicated to charitable endeavors and during her 18 year tenure at Active International has used her legal/business skills and experience to develop many unique programs, including recently a Charitable Donations Program which capitalizes on Active International’s trading business to generate donations from clients’ normal and customary purchases, including their group travel business. Active International is a privately held company with over 1.4 Billion in annual corporate trading sales. Liz is looking forward to dedicating her energies to supporting the mission and objectives of Animal Alliance.

Dr. John Marcus

John M Marcus, V.M.D. - Advisory Board

Dr. Marcus graduated Colorado State University with his baccalaureate degree in animal science. In 1997 he graduated with his Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine. He then pursued an internship in equine medicine, in Virginia. Prior to his move to New Hope, Dr Marcus worked at Steinbach Veterinary Hospital in Blue Bell. In June of 2001 New Hope Veterinary Hospital changed hands, with Dr. Marcus being the new owner. In addition to general veterinary medicine, he has extensive knowledge of surgery, internal medicine, opthamology and dermatology. Dr Marcus was drawn to the New Hope area by its beauty, small town atmosphere, artistic community and diverse population. He is an accomplished artist, frequently using his own pets as subjects for his paintings. Dr. Marcus enjoys spending his time with his daughter, Ruby. They share their home with two dogs, Lucy and Gilbert; also cat Idabelle. Dr. Marcus also enjoys golf, fishing and Philadelphia sports teams.