GREY2K USA Worldwide Staff

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The staff of GREY2K USA Worldwide consists of Director of Advocacy and Research Patrick Baga, Creative Director Kat Thomas and Director of Operations Emma Coppock. We are also very grateful for the continued guidance of our Creative Consultant, Danielle Festa and her sidekicks Brody and Eva. Our team members use their special talents to help end dog racing and promote the adoption of ex-racers. Derrek is here every day to cheer them on, and dedicated volunteer Julie Neubauer rounds out the team.

Patrick and Derrek

Patrick Baga, Director of Advocacy and Research

Patrick holds a BA and an MA in Politics from the University of New Hampshire. His thesis focused on the factors, most notably class interest and historical memory, that influence public perception of institutions in Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay.

Patrick sees the liberation of people and animals as interlinked. In his downtime, Patrick enjoys following sports and visiting new places. He adopted his first greyhound, Derrek, in November 2020. Email

Emma and Gina

Emma Coppock, Director of Operations

Emma has recently graduated from Lehigh University with an MA in Environmental Policy. She is excited to bring her experience advocating for environmental justice to help liberate all greyhounds. She is a longtime animal shelter volunteer that enjoys spending time with her two rescued cats, Baxter and Sansa. Email


Kat Thomas, Creative Director

Kat recently graduated from the University of Massachusetts Lowell with a BFA in Graphic Design. She has always wanted to impact people through design, and is excited about using her skills to save the greyhounds. In her free time she enjoys reading books and traveling. Email


Danielle Festa, Creative Consultant

Danielle has been the web developer for GREY2K USA Worldwide since 2010 and continues to bring her technical, design and marketing related expertise to the table. Danielle works with her own rescue dog assistants, Brody and Eva. Being a visual artist as well, she has created a line of watercolor greyhound cards and prints for our online shop. Email


Julie Neubauer, Office Volunteer

Julie has been volunteering since 2007 and helped pass the Greyhound Protection Act of 2008, the Massachusetts ballot question that closed the Wonderland and Raynham dog tracks. She shares our commitment to ending dog racing worldwide and continues to help in our Arlington office on a regular basis. Julie is a wonderful member of our team!


Derrek, Office Pup

Derrek was born in 2017 and raced nearly sixty times in Alabama and Florida. He greets everyone with a gigantic smile, and is very adept at lobbying for snacks, walks and cuddles throughout the day.


Gina, Top Dog (2010-2023)

Gina was born in Texas in 2010 and raced nearly 200 times in Florida. She greeted everyone who came to the office with kisses and tail wags. She is dearly missed.


Brooklyn, International Ambassadog (2008-2022)

Brooklyn raced in two countries, Australia and Macau (China) before sparking our international campaign to #CloseTheCanidrome. He was rescued with over 500 of his fellow hounds in 2018. He was truly a gentle soul and is missed dearly by us all. Visit Brooklyn's Memorial.


Hope, Ambassadog (2002-2015)

Hope was a greyhound rescued from the now-shuttered Wonderland dog track. As one of our "ambassadogs," she educated people about greyhound racing on her walks every day. Hope is also the namesake of our bequest program, the Hope Fund.


Zoe, Resident Greyhound (2002-2014)

Zoe was a sweet reminder of all the greyhounds we are working to save. Peanut butter was her favorite thing in the world! "ZoZo" came to work each day and proudly wore her campaign jacket throughout our original Massachusetts campaign.

Rita and Marion

Rita Escor and Marion Penney, Office Volunteers (1999-2013)

Rita and Marion are best friends who volunteered in our original office in Davis Square, Somerville. Our work for the greyhounds would have been impossible without them. Marion has rescued eight greyhounds, including Sandy who appears in this photo.

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