In 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
Andrea Metzger is a Colorado native and a lifelong animal activist, beginning at age 12 when she started posting anti-seal hunt flyers on the grocery store bulletin board. She has since been active in several Denver/Boulder animal advocacy organizations.
Andrea's introduction to political campaigns began with collecting signatures for the 1992 state ballot initiative that banned spring bear hunting. A trip to England in 1995 to visit and learn from British animal advocacy groups convinced her of the importance of political activism for animals. The following year Andrea volunteered as a district coordinator and graphic designer for the ballot initiative that banned recreational and commercial trapping in Colorado.
Andrea was invited to join the board of CVA - then called Political Voice for Animals - in 1999, and was president from 2005 to 2011. She has provided graphic design services to CVA and several other animal organizations, and has also done volunteer work and kitten fostering for Every Creature Counts.
Andrea graduated from the Art Institute of Colorado and worked for several years as a graphic artist. She is currently employed in the nonprofit sector, in the Membership department at Colorado Public Television.