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Not all superheroes wear capes.

Mercy For Animals is the largest and most effective international charity focused exclusively on preventing cruelty to farmed animals.

As part of an international team of innovators changing the world, you will do the most meaningful work of your life at MFA.

We’ve obtained unprecedented convictions of factory farms, pressured major companies to change how they treat animals, inspired millions to pledge to go vegetarian, and won major legislative victories.

We believe each of us deserves to bring our whole self to a safe environment where we can do our best work. At MFA, we foster an inclusive workplace where we lift one another up. Surveys and a staff-led culture committee elevate our staff’s voices.

We provide strong protections for our staff, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, age, or race. We extend these policies to interactions with donors, volunteers, interns, and contractors. We also celebrate LGBTQ pride, support women's rights, and encourage diversity.

We offer employees ample time off, flexible schedules, telecommuting opportunities, and generous benefits. Self-care, mindfulness, and work-life balance are essential to building a sustainable movement for animals. Our offices are also dog-friendly and vegan.

Our staff is our most valuable asset. Continual learning is part of everything we do. Employees have access to a resource library with thousands of training videos. MFA also offers excellent opportunities for advancement.

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Meet Your Future Team Members

Our Leadership Team

Changing Hearts. Changing Minds. Changing the World.

Leah Garcés


Leah Garcés serves as MFA's president. Leah has nearly 20 years of leadership experience in the animal protection movement. She oversaw international campaigns in 14 countries at the World Society for the Protection of Animals and launched Compassion in World Farming in the United States. Leah is also on the advisory boards of Encompass and Seattle Food Tech.

Leah lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, three kids, and two cats.

Lucas Alvarenga

Senior Vice President, International

Lucas Alvarenga serves as MFA’s senior vice president of international programs. Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Lucas has extensive marketing experience and co-founded an e-commerce company. When Lucas decided to dedicate his life to reducing suffering, he launched pro-vegan projects in Brazil, including a 21-Day Meatless Challenge in partnership with the Brazilian Vegetarian Society. Lucas joined MFA on his 15th anniversary as a vegetarian. He led MFA’s growth in South America’s largest country for three years. In his current role, Lucas uses this experience to build MFA’s work in other regions of the world.

LeAnn Harris

Senior Vice President, Support

LeAnn Harris serves as MFA’s senior vice president of support. Her role provides strategic leadership to our support areas of communications, creative, optimization, and administration. In various industries from broadcast media to financial services, she has gained years of experience driving organizational growth and efficiencies. She is grateful for the opportunity to give a voice to the voiceless and help further our mission. LeAnn lives in Southern California and loves vegan burgers, her morning coffee, and discovering new cruelty-free fashion brands.

Air Copeland

Senior Vice President, Programs

Airrion Copeland aka Air serves as MFA’s senior vice president of programs. Air has over 12 years of experience in strategic program direction, primarily in the health and wellness sector. Air implemented a plant-based nutrition and yoga program developed by Dr. Dean Ornish at UCLA Health and has produced several award-winning documentaries, including the critically acclaimed film White Wash, a history of African American surfers, narrated by Ben Harper with an original score by The Roots.


Lindsay Oliver

Vice President of Investigations

A former undercover investigator, Lindsay Oliver has gone behind the closed doors of factory farms, pet stores, vivisection labs, and other facilities to expose animal abuse. She is currently MFA's vice president of investigations.

Melanie Heymans

Senior Vice President, People and Culture

Melanie Heymans serves as MFA’s senior vice president of people and culture. Melanie and her team are responsible for overall administration of the people operations functions for all MFA offices. They drive initiatives that support and strengthen our organizational culture and ensure a diverse and inclusive work environment for all team members. Originally from Austria, Melanie moved to the U.S. in 2010 with her husband and has worked with several mission-driven and nonprofit organizations to build strong people operations functions and foster supportive, diverse, and inclusive cultures. Melanie lives in Washington state and enjoys travel, good food, exploring nature, and living an active and compassionate life.


Geetika Sripathi

Vice President of Capacity Building

Geetika Sripathi is MFA's vice president of capacity building. With a background in integrated marketing communications and digital media, Geetika applies best practices from the corporate sector to advocate for farmed animals. A lifelong vegetarian, Geetika felt compelled to go vegan after seeing shocking undercover footage of the dairy and egg industries. She lives in New York City with her rescued pup, Mookie.

Kenny Torrella

Vice President of Public Engagement

Kenny Torrella serves as MFA’s vice president of public engagement. He works with MFA’s team of writers and editors and has garnered media coverage for farmed animals in mainstream news outlets, such as the Associated Press, The Washington Post, and Fortune magazine. After watching undercover investigation footage from factory farms and slaughterhouses 10 years ago, Kenny became vegan and has been active for animals since. He lives in Washington, DC, with his partner and their rescue dog, Rihana.

Jesse Marks

Vice President of Corporate Engagement

Jesse Marks is MFA’s vice president of corporate engagement. He leads a team working with major food companies and government institutions to eliminate cruel practices from their supply chains and to increase the market share for plant-based food. Jesse has been in the animal protection movement since 2002 and has over a decade of professional experience in advocacy, campaigns, and communications for animals. Originally from Australia, Jesse was previously the director of farmed animal advocacy at Animals Australia, where he helped pioneer corporate engagement in the region, develop innovative new outreach tactics, and build cutting-edge digital advocacy tools. Having moved numerous times to be where he could best serve animals, Jesse now calls home wherever his wife, Karen, and their rescue dog, Nina, are.

John Seber

Vice President of Legal Affairs

John Seber is MFA’s vice president of legal affairs and deputy general counsel. John provides legal support to MFA’s programmatic and support departments while pursuing strategic legal opportunities on behalf of farmed animals. John has successfully litigated cases affecting animals in federal and state courts throughout the United States. He graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School and magna cum laude from Georgetown University.

Kathleen Schatzmann

Vice President of Legal Advocacy

Kathleen Schatzmann is vice president of the Legal Advocacy Department. Her team drives and defends global policy to reduce farmed animal suffering, secures institutional meat reduction, and enables increased market share of plant-based and cell-based foods. Kathleen is a lifelong animal advocate who brings more than a decade of experience to this position. She and her husband share their home with two beautiful children, two geriatric dogs, and a cage-free lovebird.

Daina Bray

General Counsel

General Counsel Daina Bray advises MFA and its directors, management, and staff on all legal issues that arise in MFA’s work to protect farmed animals. With 15 years in legal practice, including five years as lead attorney for a major international animal-protection nonprofit, Daina brings a breadth of nonprofit, international, and animal law experience to MFA. Daina is a past chair of the American Bar Association Animal Law Committee (2017–2018), the current vice chair of the Tennessee Bar Association Animal Law Section, and a Fulbright scholar. She received her law degree from Stanford Law School and her bachelors in international studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead scholar.

Sandra Lopes

Managing Director, Brazil

Sandra Lopes is MFA’s managing director in Brazil. Sandra has over 20 years of experience in animal protection through national and international organizations. She went vegan in 2004 after being vegetarian for nearly her whole life. Born and residing in São Paulo, Sandra is a proud mom of two daughters, four cats, and a dog.

Kelcey Meadows-Lucas

Philanthropy Officer

Kelcey Meadows-Lucas is one of MFA's philanthropy officers, helping our donors fulfill their dreams of ending farmed animal cruelty. Adopting a feisty terrier 15 years ago opened her heart to all animals. Kelcey soon became vegan and dedicated her life to helping animals. She brings more than a decade of fundraising experience to her position. Kelcey shares her home with her husband and toddler son.

John Karas

Philanthropy Officer

John Karas is MFA's philanthropy officer for the East Coast and the South. He works with friends and supporters who wish to match their personal philanthropic goals with MFA strategic initiatives. John is a graduate student researcher of social change and brings more than a decade of development experience to his position. John and his wife are parents of three great kids and share their home with adopted cats Rico and Captain, and rescue labs Baylor and Lola.

Tracy Keys

Philanthropy Officer

Tracy Keys is one of MFA’s philanthropy officers, helping donors make the greatest impact for animals with their giving. Prior to joining the MFA team, Tracy was executive director at the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation. Tracy received her BA in comparative literature from the University of California at Irvine. Her passion for animal rights began after reading Peter Singer’s Animal Liberation and participating in campus vivisection protests. She lives in Laguna Beach with her husband, two mixed-breed cats, and a Shih-Tzu rescued from the local shelter where she volunteers every Sunday.


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"What keeps me focused is to remember that we are their only hope."

—Camilla, an undercover investigator in Brazil