Meet the Board

 Lori Greenstone

LoriG.jpgIn the summer of 2011, Lori joined the board of Colorado Voters for Animals.  With a background as a business owner, Lori brings to the organization 30 years of experience in sales, marketing, negotiations and business administration.

Lori led the volunteer legislative task force for a local canine advocacy group and was successful in persuading seven of our nine federal legislators to cosponsor the PUPS Act.

Lori has a long-term commitment to passing pro-animal legislation on a bipartisan basis and believes in bringing all sides together to find common ground.  

In addition to animal advocacy Lori volunteers her time doing hospice pet therapy with her cairn terrier, Nigel.  When not volunteering, she enjoys studying the French and Italian languages, doing needlework, reading, listening to music and traveling.

Faye Kagan 

Faye joined the Board of CVA in 2016 and brings to the organization both her lifelong love of animals and her extensive experience in politics and the law.  Her political education began as an aide on Capitol Hill and continued as an activist plaintiff’s lawyer in Washington, D.C.  She knows about fundraising, having served on the finance committee of a successful U.S. Senate race, and understands the vagaries of Colorado politics from having closely supported her husband, State Representative Daniel Kagan, for four terms.  Faye is an active volunteer and event organizer for a variety of causes.

Faye is a graduate of the University of Arizona and Georgetown University Law Center. She enjoys travel, reading and cooking and has 3 human and 2 canine children.

Roland Halpern 

Mr. Halpern received his undergraduate degree from Hiram College, Hiram, Ohio, a Master’s in  Nonprofit Management from Regis University, Denver, Colorado, and is ordained as an animal chaplain by the Emerson Theological Institute.

His background includes twenty-seven years in the insurance industry, serving ten years as vice-president and director of a major casualty specialty carrier. Part of this career was devoted to catastrophic injury reconciliation, dealing with parties who had sustained major trauma or with the survivors of those who had died from their injuries.

In 2002, Mr. Halpern was hired as the executive director for Compassion in Dying’s Hawaii affiliate where he worked on legislation aimed at expanding healthcare choices for the terminally ill, including the option of ending one’s own life if suffering intolerably. In 2005 his family relocated to Denver following the merger of Compassion in Dying and End of Life Choices to become Compassion & Choices.

His responsibilities in Denver involved overseeing activities in up to 26 states where he worked with volunteer chapters and community groups, helped shepherd legislative efforts aimed at improving end-of-life care, testified at committee hearings, lectured on end-of-life concerns, conducted public education programs about the need for advance care planning, and held workshops to promote understanding of advance healthcare directives (living wills) and how they can avert uncertainty if a medical crisis develops.

Most recently Mr. Halpern was instrumental in helping to pass Prop 106, the Colorado End of Life Options Act, making Colorado the sixth state to offer terminally ill individuals one more medical treatment option at the end of life.

A staunch advocate for individual rights, Mr. Halpern has been the recipient of several ministerial awards for outstanding community service in the area of social justice. He is actively involved with animal welfare groups, which include serving on the state council of the Humane Society of the United States, and serves as the HSUS Faith Outreach Volunteer Leader for Colorado. He has been actively involved as a volunteer for Colorado Voters for Animals and additionally sits on the board of the Colorado Council of Churches. 

Karen Morehead

Karen Morehead is a retired educator of 33 years; 20 years as a classroom teacher with Jefferson County Public Schools and 13 years as a reading interventionist for Cherry Creek Schools. She currently works part-time as a reading interventionist for Cherry Creek Schools and tutors students in Grades K-8 after school for Aurora Public Schools. She received her BA in Elementary Education and her Master’s Degree from Lesley College.

Karen has always had a great affection for animals. Even as a young child, she would bring home stray animals. At one point growing up, her family had a dog, a cat, two hamsters, a parakeet, a goldfish, a chameleon, and two turtles. Ms. Morehead has been a volunteer with the Dumb Friends League for 20 years and for the past three years with Colorado Voters for Animals. Besides her work with children and animals, in her free time, she enjoys playing golf, walking her dog on the Highline Canal, going to sporting events, outdoor concerts in the summer, and hiking in the mountains. She is currently a mom of two furry children: Elliott, her 1 ½ year old Chow Chow, and Willow, her eight year old Flame-point Siamese.

Kristen Thomson

Kristen Thomson is a lobbyist and strategic advisor at Phase Two Strategies specializing in high profile complex policy issues, regulatory analysis and design, legislative advocacy and political analysis.

Kristen has lobbied at the Colorado General Assembly for 18 years, transcending partisan battles and creating success for her clients through shifts in priorities and changes in leadership. Kristen has made her name taking on high profile, contentious issues that have required navigating politics, distilling complex issues, finding resources, creating coalitions, and finding common ground where no one thought it was possible.

In the capitol lobby, Kristen is well known for her knowledge of the legislative process, her skill in forming workable strategies, her intuition, judgment and persistence.

Kristen is a avid lover of the outdoors, spending time off hiking Colorado with her dog Tallulah.

Jim Roberts

Jim joined the board in 2017 after a short stint as a volunteer, bringing a deep commitment to animal welfare and experience as a long-serving non-profit board member.  

He was General Counsel of Colorado Housing and Finance Authority until retirement, having charge of the Authority's legal affairs including work in legislative drafting and lobbying.

Jim has traveled extensively and also enjoys reading and walking his Border Terrier rescue, Riley.  He is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School.

Dr. Aubrey Lavizzo

Dr. Aubrey Lavizzo received his Bachelor of Science degree from Xavier University in New Orleans Louisiana and his degree as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine in Tuskegee Alabama.

He began practicing companion animal medicine in Denver in 1971, and in 1973 purchased the practice. In 2006 he and his wife Gayle Quick moved his practice, The Center for Animal Wellness, and her psychotherapy practice into a renovated building purchased in Denver’s Art District on Santa, and in 2007 the practice was accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association. In 2013 Dr. Aubrey retired from active practice but is still its sole owner.

Lacking mentorship in his early career, Aubrey committed to mentoring veterinary students and veterinarians in essential relational skills, and has presented programs on Emotional Intelligence at veterinary colleges throughout the US. His practice has also provided externships for over twenty 4th-year veterinary students from 12 US veterinary colleges and the Royal Veterinary College in London.

Awards include:

  • 2006 - honors from The Children’s Museum of Denver for his efforts in creating the museum’s “Ready, Vet, Go!” interactive educational exhibit
  • 2006 - Colorado Association of Certified Veterinary Technicians “Advocate Award” for his support of Colorado’s Certified Veterinary Technicians. 
  • 2008 - Colorado Veterinary Medical Association “President’s Award” for mentorship of veterinary students and veterinarians
  • 2011 - Colorado Veterinary Medical Association ‘‘Veterinarian of the Year”
  • 2012 – Veterinary Leadership Institute “Hall of Fame”
  • 2016 - Denver Police Department District 1 “Community Safety Award” for leadership in efforts to reduce crime and increase public safety.

Since his retirement from practice Aubrey has become more involved in both his local business community and the greater Denver community. Among his volunteer efforts are:

  • Former chair: Colorado Veterinary Medical Foundation’s (PetAid Colorado) task force that created the PetAid “Community Outreach Program.”
  • Chair: “Ainsley Price Day of Service for Veterans” - in collaboration with the Volunteers of America Veteran Services Center
  • Presenter: “How to Be Safe Around Dogs” – interactive program teaching dog safety to Pre-K children
  • Coach: “Greenlee Leadership Running Club” – a fitness and leadership club for at-risk 5th-grade boys at Greenlee Elementary School in partnership with the Denver Police Department
  • Community Representative: CSUCVMBS “Diversity and Inclusion Committee”
  • Community Representative: Denver Department of Environmental Health’s “Odor Advisory Group”
  • Community Representative: Denver Department of Excise and License’s “Social Consumption Advisory Committee”

In the legislative arena Aubrey has testified in support of Colorado Assembly bills sponsored by Thornton CO Representative Steve Lebsock and by Aurora CO Representative Janet Buckner, and has spoken at Denver City Council hearings in support of Councilwoman Kendra Black.

Current positions are:

  • Principal: The Center for Animal Wellness, Denver CO
  • Eastern Slope Director: Paw Project-Colorado, Denver CO
  • Project Director: Jamii Ya Nguvu, a pilot program for education, conservation and public health in Voi, Kenya, based in Denver CO.

Aubrey is the father of four sons, the proud grandfather of two granddaughters - 8-year-old Laila and 6-month-old Averie, and is privileged to be a companion of 8-year-old Cattle Dog X “Zia” who pretty much runs his life, carte blanche.

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