Membership & Operations

Janiec Gutierrez is responsible for the development and maintenance of solutions geared towards the efficient operation of ALDF’s organization. In addition to managing administrative support for ALDF’s programs, she recommends and implements IT solutions, maintains membership databases, and manages corresponding vendor relationships. Janiec heads up a team that includes a general office manager, administrative staff, IT contractor, and volunteers, and she is responsible for onsite and offsite donation processing, reporting, related databases, and vendors.

For more than a decade, Janiec worked in data processing, which gave her a unique understanding of databases and related processing. Janiec has also volunteered for The Cove project to raise awareness about dolphins captured and slaughtered in Taiji, Japan. While living in Southern California, Janiec routinely visited the dogs and cats on “death row” at her local shelter, because she wanted them to have friendly loving interaction during their last days of life. Each co-worker Janiec invited to join her ended up adopting a cat or dog. Janiec is proud to have the trust and unconditional love of her rescue companion, Riley. He was severely abused and scheduled to be euthanized on the day he was rescued. Janiec considers his opening up to her as the greatest award she could ever ask for.


Kay Wood manages the office at ALDF and assists the Animal Law Program with student and attorney requests. She also oversees membership donations and queries, and also works closely with the director of operations in an office management capacity. Kay works tirelessly to support all staff members, on projects great and small, and also keeps the office lively and warm with new foster companion animals.

An English native, Kay received her nursing degree from the United Kingdom. She trained to set up community animal/humane outreach in schools and senior living/hospital facilities and as a volunteer coordinator. She has a background in advertising and communications and was vice-president of marketing and media for circle.com, a very successful San Francisco/New York interactive ad agency. After twelve years of advertising she gave it all up to manage Pets Unlimited, an animal shelter in San Francisco.

Five years later, she, husband Dave and ten four-legged companions decided it was time to go back to Ireland. After eighteen months, they knew they had to come back to California, and here they all are, back in Cotati and a five minute walk from the office. Kay joined ALDF permanently several years go after eight years of volunteering. She is actively involved in the foster-hospice program for Muttville senior dog rescue, and to all companion animals and human colleagues, Kay is a wonderful foster mom with a heart of gold.

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