Development Team

Vaughn-MauriceVaughn utilizes his lengthy experience in community outreach, leadership, program development, public speaking, and philanthropy to help ALDF provide the best possible legal advocacy for animals. He draws upon a great wealth of creative and analytical skills to make a positive and progressively-responsible impact upon the organization, and serves as a liaison between donors and staff.

Prior to his work at ALDF, Vaughn served as general manager of Dogs for the Deaf, a nonprofit organization that rescues dogs and trains them to assist hearing impaired people. While in that Oregon-based office, he managed a staff of 31 and significantly increased revenue for that organization. Vaughn also served as executive director of the St. Tammany Humane Society in Louisiana where he worked on the successful campaign to end cockfighting in that state (the last state to do so), and in various development roles for the American Red Cross for more than thirteen years.

Erika MathewsErika Mathews works closely with ALDF donors in the New York region in crafting their philanthropic legacies for animals. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Journalism from Rutgers University. Erika brings 20 years of experience working for animal protection organizations. Prior to her work at ALDF, Erika worked for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. She has worked in all aspects of development, including direct mail, major gifts, planned giving, capital campaigns, foundation and corporate gifts as well as events and publicity, most recently as vice president of development and communications at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center. Erika also worked for Liberty Humane Society and the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in New Jersey, and she served on the board of The Grey Muzzle Organization and the Animal Welfare Federation of New Jersey.

Erika also oversees the humane goose management program at several lakes in New Jersey. She is a passionate advocate for a ban on New York’s horse-drawn carriage industry and for providing hospice care for homeless dogs and cats. Erika is most grateful for the friends she has made along the way, especially brown dogs Chelsea and Hunny, four audacious cats, a 33-year-old rescued horse, daughter Willow, and a very patient husband who puts up with it all.

Dale ThompsonDale works closely with the director of development in day-to-day operations and specializes in grant writing. She received her undergraduate degree from Evergreen State College, where she developed a passion for animal rights and environmental conservation. She later completed a master’s degree in professional communication at Westminster College.

Previously, Dale worked with the Great Salt Lake Institute in Utah, an organization dedicated to supporting research, education, and stewardship of the Great Salt Lake. This is a vital migratory habitat for birds designated as part of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network in 1992, and Dale is proud of the work she did to help people understand the value of the lake and the wildlife who rely on the lake habitat for survival. Conservation is important to Dale’s animal activism and she has worked for another organization that protects wilderness areas and endangered species—in addition, Dale has volunteered with the Great Salt Lake Audubon Society. Dale also has a background in the arts, having previously worked for a performing arts center and an online arts magazine.

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