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.
Lesley Amberger assists with the administrative side of ALDF operations, including maintaining communications with donors and managing databases, organizing information packets for new law school graduates, attorneys, and students. She holds a paralegal certificate from the University of San Diego and ten years combined experience in administrative, legal, and nonprofit work.
A graduate of Sonoma State University with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology, Lesley is a Sonoma County native. She has volunteered with Project Censored and was published in its 2006 Junk Food News section. A lifelong animal lover, her family always had cats and dogs growing up; we had a maximum of five dogs at one point in time, many of which were rescued. One in particular was found pregnant in a ditch. She shares her home with two cats, Chaka Khan and Bubba.
Sandy Haynes works closely with the director of operations to create and maintain a foundation for ALDF’s vital work to better the lives of animals. This includes managing membership databases and implementing IT solutions. Prior to coming to ALDF, Sandy managed grassroots campaign efforts for Born Free USA and worked closely on a variety of projects with the head of the Animal Protection Institute. She has spent more than 10 years in operations and administrative management, particularly in the areas of human resources, information technology, and membership. Sandy has also written action alerts, blogs, and articles for Animal Issues magazine.
Her advocacy for animals includes grassroots activism to help California pass Proposition 2, which improved the welfare of animals on factory farms. While in college, Sandy organized an animal protection fundraiser featuring River Phoenix’s band Aleka’s Attic. She has also been a therapeutic riding volunteer and a dog socializer for local humane societies. Trained as a volunteer disaster responder with Red Rover, Sandy has dedicated her life to helping improve the lives of dogs and has been active in anti-puppy mill campaigns, spay and neuter events, and work to prevent dogfighting rings. She is also passionate about bringing awareness to the inhumane treatment of animals in circuses and encouraging attendance at more compassionate entertainment venues.
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.