Board of Directors:
Cecilia Mialon (she/her/hers): Executive Director/President– an animal advocate since childhood comes from a career in business development and marketing with a vision of someday being able to help animals and the environment on a larger scale. She became involved in animal activism in 2013 and became vegan that year as well. She has worked closely with Dolphin Project and Free The Mojave Dolphins to help educate the public on the plight of dolphins in Japan and the suffering of dolphins in captivity around the world and the importance of conserving our oceans. She believes everything that is impacting our environment negatively today is linked to the modern-day agribusiness and the public simply isn’t aware. She believes Veganville will encourage that awareness so that the public is able to make that connection for themselves.
Oriol Zemko R.N. (she/her/hers or they/them/theirs): Secretary-A registered nurse of over ten years, Oriol is excited to be transitioning into an advanced practice role as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She has an extensive background in nutrition and lifestyle interventions for prevention and reversal of disease; she is passionate about helping people to get well and stay well. Oriol has taught the Food for Life program from Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, studied with the Wellness Forum Institute, and loves to attend conferences such as Plant Based Nutrition in Healthcare and Lifestyle Medicine.
Jill Stradley: (she/her/hers) Treasurer- From Las Vegas, NV; Jill lived on a farm sanctuary for a year and got experience in animal care, logistics and marketing. She always envisioned building an interactive farm sanctuary that would allow visitors to stay on site while learning, volunteering and connecting with the animals and the land at a personal level.
Terran Baylor: From San Diego and Vegan for 5 years, Terran is heavily involved in animal welfare throughout California with various farm sanctuaries and travels yearly to Taiji, Japan to document the dolphin slaughters as head Cove Monitor for Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project.
Emily Sinoradzki (Nettle) (she/her/hers): When Nettle interned at Farm Sanctuary in California as a 19 year old, she felt like she had come home. Animal sanctuaries are still one of her favorite places to be and she has worked at both Farm Sanctuary and Animal Place as a caregiver. She has advocated on behalf of animals in other ways as well, such as tabling and protests. She currently works as a veterinary nurse in Portland and lives with her girlfriend, one dog & three cats. She is excited to be a part of turning the vision of Veganville into a reality.
Sarah Dodd BVSc, MSc: From Ontario, Canada, Sarah is a veterinarian and lifelong animal advocate. Initially raised a vegetarian, Sarah has been vegan for nearly half her life and strives to educate others about plant-based nutrition, both for people and their animal companions. In Canada, Sarah lives on a farm sanctuary, and is the owner/operator of a small veterinary firm, Dodd Veterinary Services, which provides healthcare to sanctuary residents in the nearby areas.
Christina Lee J.D. (she/her/hers): Christina believes it is her mission to be an advocate for the voiceless. After law school, Christina worked in several human rights positions with the United Nations abroad. Her experience as a Legal Advisor and Policy Analyst has allowed her to now focus her attention on animal rights and the law. She is passionate to change the status of animals from property to personhood or sentient being status. In addition to this work, she aspires to write novels that bring about compassion and revolutionary change.