Alliance for Animals is excited to welcome Mary Telfer as our new Executive Director. Mary holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts where she studied animal-rights and feminism. Mary’s experience working within non-profit organizations and a history of her own animal-rights based artwork demonstrates her determination to end animal suffering using a variety of tactics, methods, and art media.

In 2013 Mary won Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association’s (NISRA) Compassion Award.  In March of this year her collaborative piece (with artist, Jesse Morgan), Coupon Queens, was honored with an Artistic Merit award in the international exhibit Women’s Works.  Coupon Queens uses zoomorphism and humor to connect animal and human rights. This November Mary will travel to Tempe Arizona where she will be discussing this piece at the 31st annual conference for the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA).

On a personal note, Mary loves the Chicago White Sox, hojicha green tea, and dancing to big band music.

As Executive Director Mary will be responsible for overseeing the management of the Alliance, the various campaigns, outreach, events, and volunteers. She will serve as the main public contact and spokesperson for the Alliance.

“I am honored and excited to start my position as Executive Director of the Alliance for Animals,” says Mary. “They have done amazing work helping countless non-human animals and I look forward to being a part of this incredible organization.”

We are confident that you will appreciate her enthusiasm, integrity, and experience and see, as we do, that she is a perfect fit for the Alliance and will advance our mission of promoting ethical, compassionate treatment of all animals.

Mary’s first official day is October 16. If you are planning to attend the Chili Cook-Off and Raffle on November 4 you will have an opportunity to introduce yourself and welcome Mary to Alliance for Animals. We are certain that all of our supporters and members will come to know her as a strong advocate for all animals.