Lisa Prince Fishler
Founder & Executive Director
Lisa, our fearless founder, has always shared her life with a colorful collection of animal friends. An artist, professional photographer and tireless advocate for all living things, HeARTs Speak is the embodiment of all she believes in. Lisa feels passion is the spark that can ignite change, and she strives to create a work culture that always considers and acts on this. She can also rebuild a carburetor, so if your shelter vehicles need any work, she might be able to help with that, too.
Director of Operations
Caitlin is HeARTs Speak’s Director of Operations and became involved in animal sheltering after years of volunteering as a grant writer for local nonprofits in her area. She has always been mildly obsessed with animals and was lucky enough to stumble into a career that allowed her to explore that passion. Prior to joining HeARTs Speak, Caitlin was the Assistant Director of Animal Farm Foundation. She has found her four-legged soul mate in her dog, Paddy, and hopes to bring to her role what she has learned from him: Endless curiosity, unshakeable optimism, and the tenacity to lead with compassion.
Director of Communications
Hannah, an unabashed guinea pig enthusiast, grammar fanatic, and cat video aficionado, is HeARTs Speak’s Director of Communications. She weaved her way to the organization via several years in animal rescue management, and this hands-on knowledge works in tandem with past stints at digital marketing agencies to give her an intimate understanding of the HeART Speak mission. She fearlessly welcomes the challenge of a character limit, and if she’s not whipping up blog posts and pitching stories, you’ll probably find her sipping Earl Grey tea and wondering what the weather is like today in her homeland of New Zealand.
As our master of all things membership, Diana is the friendly face most of members meet first. She’s also an accomplished pet photographer, running her own boutique pet photography business in her home state of Alabama, Pet Pawtography. Perhaps most importantly, however, Diana believes chips and salsa are underrated as a main dish, and that’s a philosophy we can all get behind.
Valerie is a pet portrait photographer and dog trainer based in southern New Jersey. In her spare time, she photographs adoptable animals for several local shelters, rescues and fosters. Her work has been seen in several magazines and books, including American Dog Magazine, Local Living Magazine and Great Destinations, NJ.
Rebekah is a storytelling artist. She can’t remember a single time in her life when she wasn’t surrounded by animals… or a time when she wasn’t in the middle of making something. Writing, crafting, photography, and voiceover are just some of the things you’ll find her obsessing over, whether she’s working or playing. No matter what medium she’s immersed in, though, she always has time for belly rubs and snuggling her soulmutt, Gracie Lou.
Board of Directors
Carolyn Evans is the Secretary of HeARTs Speak’s Board of Directors. Her Cincinnati, OH studio, phoDOGrapher, has been photographing pets and their people since 2000. Carolyn brings a breadth of organizational and non-profit board experience to the role. She received her BA in Business Management from Purdue University and an MBA from The Ohio State University. She has 8 years experience consulting in Reengineering and Change Management. In the non-profit arena, she founded Happy Tales a decade ago, creating note cards featuring heartwarming stories and photos of adopted animals. She served as Board President to Cincinnati’s United Coalition for Animals, leading the opening of the region’s only low-cost, high-volume, non-profit spay/neuter clinic for cats and dogs, performing more than 60,000 surgeries to date! She is founder and host of My Furry Valentine, an annual animal adoption event that has placed more than 1,300 animals in its three year history. Carolyn’s advocacy and photography work have been featured in The Bark and A-Line magazines, America’s Top Dog Model and Paws for Charity calendars, The Accelerated Cure Project’s Canine Calendar for a Cause, Barron’s Education Series, Purina: Tales for the pet lover’s heart and Dogster.com
Lisa Prince Fishler
Lisa is the Vice President of HeARTs Speak’s Board of Directors and its Executive Director. A New York based professional photographer, Lisa founded the global HeARTs Speak in 2010. Her passion for art, animals, and advocacy converged to inspire her to create a community of individuals united for a common cause — saving the lives of shelter pets. Lisa earned her BA from Vassar College, and an MA from Goddard.
Jill Flynn is a Phoenix, Arizona based photographer that specializes in Pet Photography. She works closely with numerous animal welfare organizations and volunteers her services by taking photographs of shelter animals as well as teaches other volunteers how to take photographs of animals. She is a firm believer in being involved in community and giving back. Jill also teaches photography for The Perfect Picture School of Photography, does private instruction, workshops, photography mentoring and creates stock imagery for Getty and Corbis. Her work has been used commercially, appeared on book covers, in fine art magazines and private galleries. Clients and credits include ABC Good Morning America, Avalon Television, Avanti Press, Bloomberg Business Week, National Veterinary Associates, NBC Universal, Oxford University Press.
Gary E. Kalbaugh is the Treasurer of HeARTs Speak’s Board of Directors. Gary is a Director and Assistant General Counsel at ING Financial Holdings Corp., a Special Professor of Law at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, and a Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School. His law practice focuses primarily on derivatives and banking law. He serves on the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on the Regulation of Futures and Derivatives and chairs the CLE Sub-Committee and is past chair of the Over-the-Counter Derivatives and CLE Sub-Committees. He is a frequent speaker and commentator on derivatives and banking law topics, chairing the New York City Bar Association’s 2012 Futures and Derivatives conference and the forthcoming 2015 Futures and Derivatives conference, and is the author of the textbook “Derivatives Law and Regulation” (Wolters Kluwer, 2014). A graduate of the National University of Ireland, University College Cork (Bachelor of Civil Laws, cum laude, 1998), Gary received his Master of Laws at the University of Pennsylvania in 1999. In addition to HeARTs Speak, he serves as a member of the board and treasurer of the Center for Transnational Legal Studies.
Erica Matyas is HeARTs Speak’s Creative Director. As a portrait photographer and freelancer in the film and television industry, Erica has been employed in both the non-profit and public arts sector, forming a widespread group of contacts in the creative industries. She has held positions on various projects from major motion pictures and television series to commercials and film festivals. She earned her B.F.A from the University of Central Florida, after being selected to join their limited-admission Film Production program in 2000. An internship with National Geographic Television sealed the deal on her preferred genre of documentary filmmaking and exploring the small things that create a large impact. She started her photography business, Photohound Dog Photography, in 2004 and continues to promote her passion for filmmaking, photography and animal advocacy across all creative platforms.
Sarah Tomolonius is the President of HeARTs Speak’s Board of Directors. She is the Vice President of Marketing and Investor Relations at Arlon, a private investment group in New York. Prior to joining Arlon, she was an Investor Relations Associate with Citi Private Equity/StepStone Group LLC from 2008-2010; a Research Analyst with Edelman from 2005-2007; and a Program Assistant for the Water and Coastal Program of the Natural Resources Defense Council from 2002-2005. Sarah also serves on the Young Executive Board of iMentor, on the Executive Council of the Alumni Council at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University and as Chair of the Sustainability Committee and co-Chair of the Management Committee of the New York Hedge Fund Roundtable. Sarah received her BA in English from Vassar College and her MPA from SIPA at Columbia University, where she received a fellowship for International Finance and Policy.
Lori Fusaro has worked as a photographer since 1996. Her boutique studio, Fusaro Photography, is based in Los Angeles, CA, where she is well known for her lifestyle portraiture of pets. She was honored as the top portrait photographer in the L.A. area for four consecutive years and her work has been featured on NBC Nightly News, The Today Show Pets and in the book ‘So You Want To Be A Pet Photographer’. Lori is also the staff photographer for Best Friends Animal Society. Many of her photographs have received critical acclaim and graced the pages and covers of calendars, magazines and been showcased in art shows. She has worked successfully with several animal organizations including: • BAD RAP • HeARTs Speak • Idaho Humane Society • Born Again Pit Bull Rescue • The Unexpected Pit Bull • Wings Of Rescue • Angel City Pit Bulls • k9 connection • Guide Dogs For The Blind • Pin Ups For Pups •
Amanda Jones has been photographing dogs, exclusively for private and commercial clients across the United States. Her style is simple and elegant, highlighting each subject’s expressive features. Amanda maintains a busy US travel schedule that allows private clients in most major metropolitan areas access to her services. Her work has been used to create packaging and print advertising campaigns for some of the world’s most recognized pet brands. Amanda’s work has been featured in countless national publications including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Houston Chronicle, Bark Magazine and the German dog magazine, Dogs. She has appeared on several television shows including Good Morning America, The Early Show and San Francisco’s Evening Magazine. She has published four books of her photographs. She and her husband, Chris, work together from her studio in the northern part of Berkshire County, Massachusetts. It is located on the campus of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, MA. She is devoted to her Dachshund, Benny and her cat, Ethel Mertz. And of course, her twelve year old daughter, Sophie.
Kelly Schulze is a Certified Professional Photographer and owns Mountain Dog Photography in northern Vermont. Kelly is known for her animal portraiture, especially her work related to animal rescue. She and her husband, Ian, volunteer weekly with Humane Society of Chittenden County, the largest animal shelter in the state. Kelly’s work with HSCC has won awards, been used as the basis for a high school art fundraiser project, and is featured on HeARTs Speak’s website. Kelly and Ian also volunteer with Ivana Iguana Wisdom and Rescue in Burlington, Vermont. IIWR focuses on rehoming exotic pets such as reptiles, amphibians, birds, and fish and educating the public about their proper care. Kelly has been an animal lover her entire life. She volunteered for her local shelter in high school, attended an agricultural high school, and majored in Animal Science at University of Vermont. She has worked in the equine and dairy industries. In addition to domestic animals Kelly has a passion for wildlife and family vacations are often planned around a particular location, species or ecosystem. Kelly and Ian share their home with 6 cats and 5 dogs, all rescues. Several chickens also give the family fresh food, insect control, and much entertainment.
A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Natalie Smith has spent most of her life involved in animal welfare. While rescuing and rehoming stray cats from her urban community garden, Natalie became involved with Philadelphia’s animal control shelter, eventually becoming a volunteer, dog foster parent, and finally staff member as Community Programs Coordinator. Over six years and through multiple organizational transitions, Natalie became the Assistant Director of Operations at Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia (ACCT Philly). While at ACCT Philly, Natalie developed, managed and expanded the shelter’s Life Saving (foster, adoption and rescue transfer) and volunteer programs, including managing the shelter’s relationship with HeARTs Speak’s Perfect Exposure Project. The unique “Pen Pal” program that Natalie created and implemented has been nationally recognized by the animal welfare community, and Natalie has presented and co-presented at regional and national conferences on expanding foster programs and on “open” adoption programs. As of April 2014, Natalie has moved to the West Sound area of Washington State to be the Director of Animal Welfare at Kitsap Humane Society, where she oversees all shelter operations and life saving programs. Natalie has three cats, two dogs, and a rotating cast of foster animals.