The Alliance for Animals is a non-profit animal rights organization whose fundamental belief is that all animals, human and nonhuman, should not be treated as the property of another. The Alliance was created to promote ethical, compassionate treatment of all animals.
The Alliance confronts exploitation and cruelty to animals. Our work includes local campaigns advocating for animals, events, tabling, media and advertising, speakers, movie screenings, humane education, and leafleting throughout Wisconsin.
Alliance for Animals
P.O. Box 1632
Madison, WI 53701
The Alliance does not offer spaying or neutering services at this time.
Mary Telfer is 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. You can contact Mary at email@example.com.
Board of Directors
Board President – Rick Bogle
Rick, a former AFA Executive Director, is a seasoned animal rights campaigner and lecturer who has worked for national and grassroots organizations for 20 years. Most of his work has focused on the use of animals in laboratories. Rick is the author of “We All Operate in the Same Way,” a history of UW-Madison’s use animals as well as a small collection of animal rights-themed fiction.
Board Vice President – Marina Drake
A lifelong animal advocate, Marina has lived in Madison since 1991, and has been vegan since 2005. She served previously on the Board of Directors from 2008-2012, and has worked on various campaigns, events and activities, including organizing speaker visits and a vegan nutrition workshop, assisting with event coordination for the Vegan Chili Cook-Off and Mad City Vegan Fest, regularly attending demos, investigating the circus, and tabling. Marina has contributed to the Alliance’s newsletter as a writer and editor, and for three years, she wrote the Alliance’s “Simply Vegan” e-newsletter. She is excited to use her skills to continue the Alliance’s work of raising awareness that all animals, human and nonhuman, should not be treated as the property of another. When she’s not doing animal rights work with friends, Marina likes to read, cook vegan food, do yoga, and hang out with her husband Steve and cats Molly and Gumby, chickens Carlie, Frieda and Annie, and rabbits Charm and Peridot.
Megan Ryan – Board Treasurer
Megan became interested in animal rights around the time that she gave birth to her son, Jackson in 2004. Upon making a connection with this little being, she started really thinking about the connections that animals have with each other, specifically farmed animals, and how those relationships are broken by humans. When she thinks about a mother cow having her calf ripped away from her, it fills her with great sadness. She became vegetarian shortly after Jackson was born and then gradually went vegan. She learned about the Alliance at the Dane County Farmer’s Market one morning, when Jackson was attracted to a stuffed monkey. Ann Emerson struck up a conversation with them and described some of the terrible things that were being done to animals in labs in Madison. That day was the catalyst for her involvement with the Alliance.
Lesley Crocker – Board Secretary
Lesley was born and raised in Chicago, coming to Madison in 1974 to attend the UW. She graduated with a Bachelor’s in Social Work, and currently works for the State, reviewing medical reports and applying regulations to determine benefit eligibility. She lives in Madison with her husband, stepson, cat, and dog. She became involved with the Alliance in 1991, and has served multiple terms on the Board of Directors in the past.
Lesley worked on such major campaigns as the Vilas Zoo/Primate Research monkeys [1997-1998] and the Vilas Zoo elephants [1999-2000]. For over 10 years she served on the Alliance Farm Animal Committee, coordinating their two annual dinners [in honor of The Great American Meatout and World Farmed Animals Day].
Lesley has participated in many events over the years pertaining to wildlife, anti-vivisection, animals in entertainment, and farmed animals. For fun she enjoys going to movies, spending time with family/friends, visiting Chicago and other cities, reading true crime and memoirs, creating doll displays, sewing, and card-making.
Amy Burns – Board Member
Amy has had a passion for protecting animals for as long as she can remember and has been involved (member, volunteer, board member) with the Alliance for Animals for over 25 years. A vegan for 25 years and an activist for longer than that, she makes an effort to live every day in a way that educates others about the various issues that affect the lives of animals.
Amy has converted her home to a micro sanctuary for dozens of senior and special needs animals: dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, and birds. She says, “Each day they inspire me to try to be a better person and remind me of what I’m fighting for.”
A computer geek with a business background, Amy currently teaches computer science to college students, which is a great opportunity to expose many to an ethical vegan lifestyle.
Mark Dwyer – Board Member
Becky Koechell – Board member
Becky has many years of experience in the animal rights movement, including coordinating fundraising and outreach events. She has been a vegetarian since 1989 and a vegan for more than 11 years. Becky graduated with a BS in biology and chemistry from UW Oshkosh. Previously, she served on the Board of Directors for the Neenah Animal Shelter and Action for Animals. Becky and two friends recently began vegan catering at local animal shelter and rescue group events. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering, leafleting and trying new recipes for the next vegan bake sale. Becky lives in Oshkosh with her rescued cats: Holly, Piper and Finn.