GREY2K USA Worldwide is led by a group of experienced, humane-minded directors who are committed to protecting greyhounds and working together to end the cruelty of dog racing. Collectively, our directors have decades of experience working with lawmakers to pass stronger animal protection laws and volunteering for greyhound adoption organizations.
Christine A. Dorchak, President and General Counsel
A co-founder of GREY2K USA Worldwide, Christine Dorchak has extensive professional experience in the animal protection movement. Before obtaining her law degree, she worked as Research Director for the New England Anti-Vivisection Society and was the manager of the Ellen Gifford Sheltering Home for Cats in Boston. Christine specializes in pari-mutuel law and has drafted laws to successfully prohibit dog racing in several states and countries. She has been featured in several national publications including the Huffington Post, American Dog, Fido Friendly and Bostonia and provided commentary pieces for news outlets such as the Miami Herald, Lowell Sun, Chicago Examiner and Lawyer's Weekly. A long-distance runner all of her life, she has competed in seven Boston Marathons. Christine enjoys spending free time with her four cats and newly adopted greyhound Gina. Email email@example.com.
Massachusetts Lawyer's Weekly - Florida vote may be Arlington attorney’s biggest win on behalf of greyhounds yet
Boston Voyager - Meet Christine Dorchak of GREY2K USA Worldwide
Christine discusses successful campaign to end dog racing in Arizona on NPR's Here and Now
Gina debuts on the Huffington Post Live
Just Do Something - Guest Blogger, Christine A. Dorchak, Esq. – GREY2K USA
Fido Friendly - Dog Racing: How to support and help eliminate Greyhound racing
Christine, Kelsey and Zoe are featured on Animal Inventory TV. Click here to watch their story on YouTube
Eric Jackson, Vice President
Eric Jackson lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he is the Communications Director for the adoption group Greyhound Companions of New Mexico. Eric and his wife, Kathy, adopted their first greyhound in 2005, and have since added three more rescued greys to their home, including a mother and daughter pair. In addition to his advocacy and adoption work, Eric teaches psychology at the University of New Mexico. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sherry Mangold, Treasurer
Sherry Mangold is a retired Albuquerque Public Schools teacher who has received recognition on both local and national levels. After thirty years in the classroom, Sherry began working for Animal Protection of New Mexico (APNM) as the statewide cruelty case manager. Currently she serves as the Education Director for APNM and is on the New Mexico Attorney General’s Animal Cruelty Task Force. She is also a rescue specialist for Greyhound Companions of New Mexico and has served fourteen years as an evaluator and trainer for Southwest Canine Corps of Volunteers’ registered therapy dogs. Sherry’s family consists of five rescued dogs including two greyhounds, one italian greyhound, one chihuahua-terrier mix and a pug-italian greyhound mix. Three are certified therapy dogs who accompany her on classroom visits throughout New Mexico for both APNM and the GREY2K USA Education Fund. Email email@example.com.
Fred Barton, Secretary
Fred Barton has been active in greyhound rescue for over 20 years, serving in several different capacities and fostering and adopting many dogs along the way. He has written and spoken extensively on the plight of racing greyhounds. In addition to his work with rescue organizations, he is a professor in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. Fred currently shares his couch with three rescued racers, Sera, Daisy and Bug. He is also a regular contributor to our Saving Greys blog. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charleston Gazzette-Mail blog - Why postpone the inevitable? End racing subsidies
Kelly Driscoll, Board Member
Kelly Driscoll has been involved in greyhound rescue and advocacy for fifteen years and has adopted five greyhounds. A long time GREY2K USA Worldwide volunteer, she helped shut down the tracks in her home state of New Hampshire before moving to Florida. When not not fighting for greyhound freedom, Kelly works as a dental hygienist. Email email@example.com.
Rev. Tom Grey, Board Member
Reverend Tom Grey is the Field Director and spokesperson for Stop Predatory Gambling. Before becoming a minister, he served as the commander of a U.S. Army rifle company in Germany and as a military advisor to a Vietnamese infantry battalion in Vietnam. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Garrett Theological Seminary. Tom has been profiled in Time magazine, People magazine, U.S. News and World Report, The Los Angeles Times, The National Enquirer, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Philadelphia Inquirer, PBS's Frontline, and 60 Minutes. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jay Kirkus, Board Member
Jay has been a dedicated greyhound advocate for over twenty years working with organizations across the United States. During his time with Greyhound Friends for Life in San Francisco he helped rescue dogs from the Caliente track in Mexico, organized community outreach and fundraising efforts and facilitated the rescue and placement of countless greyhounds. He has been the proud guardian of four greyhounds himself. He worked with Fix our Ferals, taking an active role in the spay/neuter programs for Northern California’s feral cat population. Jay served as signature gatherer and volunteer organizer for our successful ballot question to end dog racing in Massachusetts. He is a Chicago native and currently lives in Boston where he enjoys hiking, kayaking and skiing. Email email@example.com.
Albano Martins, Board Member
Albano Martins is the President of ANIMA, the Society for the Protection of Animals of Macau. Since 2011, he has led the campaign to close the Canidrome, China's only legal dog track. Albano is a Lisbon-educated economist and a regularly contributing columnist to the Jornal Triuna de Macau. Hundreds of dogs, cats and other animals are saved each year due to his valiant efforts. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Macau Today - Albano Martins named Macau's Person of the Year
Darren Rigg, Board Member
Since the age of sixteen, Darren knew that his purpose in life was to help animals - particularly dogs, for which he has always felt a connection. A native of Lancashire in the United Kingdom, Darren moved to San Diego in 1982 where he studied aeronautics and earned commercial pilot certification. During this time he came across the plight of unwanted track greyhounds and he set about rescuing as many as possible. He met his wife, Candy (Anne) Lewis, a veterinarian, and together they formed the organization Greyhound Adoption Center. In 2015 Darren was named by Dog Fancy magazine as one of "45 People Who Have Changed the Dog World." Email email@example.com.
Charmaine Settle, Board Member
Charmaine Settle is a member the Greyhound Rescue International Network and a supporter of the American European Greyhound Alliance. She helped GREY2K USA defeat Colorado's Amendment 33 ballot initiative that would have propped up dog racing with slot machines, collected signatures for a ballot question to end dog racing in Massachusetts and led an effort to defeat House Bill 1095 which would have re-introduced dog racing in Colorado. She regularly helps coordinate greyhound transports from racetracks to adoption groups across the country. Charmaine has volunteered at the Scooby refuge in Spain, and has also researched dog racing in several countries. She has taken investigative trips to Macau, Vietnam, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico and Argentina and her experience in Macau resulted in the Rescue Brooklyn campaign. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sonia Stratemann, Board Member
Sonia Healy Stratemann adopted her first greyhound in 2003. As the adoption coordinator for a Florida dog track, she witnessed dogs suffering with untreated injuries, infested with fleas and ticks, and living in small stacked cages for 20-23 hours a day. Her pleas for better treatment of the greyhounds went ignored for years which prompted her to join the Yes on 13 campaign to end dog racing in her state. She now serves as the Vice Chair of the Committee to Protect Dogs. Sonia and her family have converted their property into a sanctuary for dozens of greyhounds and other dogs, a pig, horses, goats and rescued cows. She has saved more than 2,000 greyhounds to date through her group, Elite Greyhound Adoptions. Email email@example.com.
Florida Politics - Time for greyhounds to have a voice
Jeroen van Kernebeek, Board Member
Jeroen van Kernebeek lives in Sydney where he serves as Managing Director for FOUR PAWS Australia. Jeoren is originally from The Netherlands, where he coordinated the youth education program for the Jane Goodall Institute, served as Campaign Manager for several animal protection organizations, and also worked at one of Europe’s largest sanctuaries for exotic animals. Since leaving his home country, Jeroen has consulted with World Animal Net and worked for Animals Australia, where he led national campaigns for the greyhounds and other animals used in entertainment. Jeroen has a Masters Degree in Educational Sciences and loves to go camping in the Australian bush in his spare time. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carey M. Theil, Executive Director of GREY2K USA
Since co-founding GREY2K USA Worldwide in 2001, Carey has been sourced in hundreds of news articles about greyhound racing, and has authored guest columns about the industry published in the Orlando Sentinel, Charleston Daily Mail, Sun-Sentinel, Dubuque Telegraph-Herald, Tallahassee Democrat, Mobile Press-Register, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Pensacola News Journal, Boston Globe,Providence Journal, Rocky Mountain News, Foster’s Daily Democrat, Lowell Sun and Lynn Daily Item. He has extensive legislative experience, and has testified in favor of stronger greyhound protection laws before legislative committees in Alabama, Florida, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Oregon. In his free time, Carey volunteers for various non-profit organizations and is a National Master in chess. Email email@example.com.
Observer-Reporter - Florida has banned dog racing, and other states should follow suit
Kathy Pelton (1943- 2017)
Kathy Pelton lived in South Florida with her husband, Ken, and their greyhounds Jack and Jill. Kathy became a committed greyhound advocate after adopting her first ex-racer, Eddy, in 2002. She was a long-time GREY2K USA volunteer before joining the international board, and sparked the fight to pass greyhound decoupling and prohibit dog racing in her state. Kathy hosted regular outreach events, marched in parades with her dogs, taught humane education classes and met with her lawmakers each and every session. In her spare time, Kathy took kickboxing and dancing classes!
In honor of her great contributions and unwavering resilience in all aspects of her life, including her fight with breast cancer, we are proud to announce the creation of the Kathy Pelton Courage Award, which will be given annually to the greyhound advocate who most emulates her steadfast determination to save the greyhounds.