Board of Directors

Bob Sallinger
President

Bob Sallinger is the conservation director for Portland Audubon, where his current responsibilities include directing local, regional, and nation conservation policy initiatives, wildlife research initiatives, the Backyard Habitat Certification Program, and Wildlife Care Center. Bob’s passion for conservation was developed early exploring the woods of Massachusetts and later on solo hikes from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail and from Canada to Southern Colorado on the Continental Divide. Bob has a B.A. in Biology from Reed College and a J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School. He also serves as an adjunct professor of law at Lewis and Clark Law School. He lives in Northeast Portland with his wife Elisabeth Neely, three children and an assortment of critters including dogs, cat, goats, pigeons, chickens and a hedgehog.

Kelly Peterson
Vice President

Kelly Peterson is the senior vice president of state affairs for The Humane Society of the United States. Kelly drives and directs the state legislative strategic priorities and oversees the grassroots, engagement and outreach programs for The HSUS. Kelly has a long history of animal advocacy in Oregon, including successful efforts to include animals in disaster planning, ban "canned" and internet hunting, ban possession of exotic animals as pets, and increase penalties for attending and participating in staged animal fighting. Kelly also helped lead the fight to regulate puppy mills, make Oregon the first state to ban the confinement of breeding pigs in gestation crates and pass one of the toughest anti-tethering laws in the country. In addition to her work for The HSUS, Kelly co-founded Fences for Fido, an all-volunteer non-profit that reaches out to families with dogs living outdoors on chains and provides a free fence, spay/neuter, and a new doghouse for each dog.

Brian Posewitz
Secretary/Administrator

Brian Posewitz is an attorney by trade who now works as a staff attorney for a river conservation organization. In addition to serving on the board, Brian manages the day-to-day administration of Humane Voters Oregon. He has also volunteered with other organizations over the years to help advocate for animal welfare. In his spare time, Brian plays tennis and golf and enjoys the great outdoors. He lives in Portland and has a dog named Kaya.

Rajesh K. Reddy
Treasurer

Raj Reddy teaches animal law at the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School, where he also directs the world's first and only advanced degree program in animal law. Prior to his current position, Raj clerked at the Animal Legal Defense Fund's Criminal Justice Program, worked at Human Rights Law Network in New Delhi, and served as Co-Editor in Chief of the Animal Law Review. With a background in English, Raj enjoys writing, reading, and the spoken word.

Emily Creer AhYou
Board Member

Emily Creer AhYou has been active in the animal welfare movement for over twenty years. She has volunteered her time and financial support for various environmental and animal protection organizations. Emily has a wide variety of office experience, having worked for the Portland State University Foundation, Protect Pets and Wildlife, In Defense of Animals Africa, local veterinary hospitals, and currently managing the office of her husband's dental practice in Oregon City. Emily has a Bachelor of Science degree in history from P.S.U. and has worked as a site interpreter for the Oregon Historical Society. She lives in the Portland area with her husband, three cats and two dogs.

Jennifer Hauge
Board Member

Jennifer Hauge is the Legislative Affairs Manager for the Animal Legal Defense Fund where she works on passing bills that improve the lives and advance the interests of animals in states across the country. Jennifer has gotten very involved with the animal welfare movement over the past several years, becoming a top signature gatherer for Measure 100, the 2016 ballot initiative to stop the trafficking of endangered species parts in Oregon, lobbying for the Humane Society of the United States, volunteering at local farm sanctuaries, leafleting for various veg awareness efforts, and co-founding Cherry City Vegans, the Salem-area veg group. She lives in Salem with her husband and two adopted shelter dogs, Koa and Zephyr.

Priscilla Rader
Board Member

Priscilla Rader is an Oregon attorney and the education coordinator for the Animal Legal Defense Fund, where she plans and manages outreach and educational opportunities for law students, attorneys, and the general public. Priscilla is also chair-elect to the Oregon State Bar Animal Law Section and has been involved with animal advocacy for most of her life. She graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2016 with a focus on animal law. Prior to that, Priscilla graduated from Pacific University with a B.A. in Philosophy: Ethics, Society, and Law with a special focus on animal ethics. Priscilla lives in Portland, Oregon with her Husband, Ryan, and their two rescues, Wesley the cat and Puff the bearded dragon.

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