MEET OUR TEAM:
Rosa Close, President
Rosa is the AFS Conference and Cruelty Free Fashion Show Chair/Organizer; founder of the Anti-Fur Society of the Misha Foundation, a 501 ( c) 4 organization, and now the founder and president of the Fur Free Society, a 501 (c) 3 organization. Her mission is to end the abuse and exploitation of fur bearing animals worldwide. The Anti-Fur Society was started in 2004 to help revive anti-fur activism as fur was making a comeback. The AFS has since been striving to reach animal rights activists worldwide in order to form a chain of activists to help educate the public, with the goal of making fur consumption not profitable or worthwhile for the fur industry. Rosa is the author of the children’s book, "How the Little Fox Saved Her Coat", which in addition to being a charming children’s story, offers an anti-fur/anti-hunting message as well as an instructive lesson in leadership for children. Additionally, Rosa has been effectively working with animal rights groups in China to help promote the rejection of fur inside of China. She has also been involved in the US campaigns against horse slaughter and destruction of the US wild horses. LittleFoxBook.com AntiFurSociety.org People4ChineseAnimals AFSConference
Ryle Close, Vice President & Treasurer
Ryle is a retired attorney who specialized in patents & trademarks. He retired about the same time when Rosa began her animal advocacy in 2004, and has supported her efforts in all aspects of her work, including financially, and at her events. Because of his excellent ability to handle small business accounts, he will be the most qualified to be the treasurer and vice president of the newly formed organization, not only because of his expertise but also because of his interest in the success of this non-profit organization.
Robbyne Kaamil, Arts Director
Activist, author, actress, comedian, vocalist, radio personality and relationship expert are all hats worn by Robbyne Kaamil. Robbyne’s sassy style has landed her appearances on numerous radio & television shows including The Howard Stern Show and Bravo’s, “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”. As an actress Ms. Kaamil has graced the silver screen in several independent films including: Bear City: The Movie and Violet Tendencies starring Mindy Cohn of “Facts of Life”. Last summer her monthly advice column, “Dear Diva” was launched in Australia’s top gay publication DNA Magazine. She is also the Official Relationship Expert for Playgirl. She was inspired to become an animal rights activist after seeing the PSA “Saving Lolita” which focused on the life of the orca Lolita who has been held at the Miami Seaquarium for over 45 years. She saw the parallels between Lolita’s story and her own family’s history in the Atlantic Slave Trade. She wrote the song “Let the Girl Go: Free Lolita” to help raise awareness about the orca. The music video was recently selected to be screened at the 2015 Wildlife Film Festival. Her latest music video, “Free the Monkeys”, exposes the mistreatment of monkeys being used in lab experiments in Hendry County, Florida. The video was produced & directed by NY Times bestselling author and former HLN television host – Jane Velez Mitchell. PETA recently enlisted Robbyne to write & narrate several public service announcements to protest animal captivity in marine parks, zoos & circuses. The PSA’s are currently running nationwide on ABC, FOX and Bounce TV affiliates.
Ashlee McCabe, Editor
Ashlee is a vegan animal rights activist with a Bachelor’s degree from Sydney’s Macquarie University. Ashlee has written for several websites and online based magazines on a variety of topics from history to spirituality, however, her passion for animal rights is her true calling. Since childhood, Ashlee has always felt that it was her mission in life to be a voice for the voiceless, and after watching The Cove- the award-winning documentary highlighting the slaughter of dolphins in Taiji Japan- Ashlee was inspired to dedicate herself to defending the rights of all living creatures.
Sharon Methvins, Phd
Director of Cat spay/neuter program in China
Dr. Sharon Methvin is a biocultural anthropologist who has taught anthropology and sociology at university or professional level since 1988. Among her research, she studies the treatment of animals by humans, and as a result, exposes her students to a variety of animal rights related matters. In 2007-2008, Dr. Methvin was invited to teach academic research and writing at the prestigious Graduate Division of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, China. It was during this time that her research and activism took her into the animal markets of China, where she formed close partnerships with Chinese activists. Dr. Methvin now oversees TNR (trap/neuter/return) programs throughout China, which are designed to control stray cat and dog populations, and encourage animal compassion in a country that still largely categorizes animals as non-sentient beings. Her concern for the rights of animals has also resulted in her lending her expertise as a consultant on multiple animal warfare issues, and she regularly provides expert testimonies to government agencies regarding both environmental and animal rights based issues. Dr Methvin’s extensive research and field work have given rise to more than 25 professional papers, and contributions to eight different published books. The highlight of her research includes the award-winning book: Women’s Choices and the Risk of Poverty: Case Studies of Breaking the Cycle, which earned her a human rights award in 1997.
Kimberly Moore, Esq, Director of Public Relations
Kimberly Moore is a senior attorney at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP in Washington, D.C., where she is a nationally recognized tax attorney, and she is the President/CEO of Greenbrier Residential Properties I and II, a real estate development company. Kimberly is also an expert on laws governing the treatment and welfare of animals and a dedicated animal rights advocate who is committed to advancing animal welfare for all animals, including fur-bearing animals. Kimberly has represented and worked with organizations, including rescue groups, animal sanctuaries and organizations working to promote the interests of animals, on strategic, organizational and fundraising matters. Kimberly will be presenting two papers at the Fourth Annual Oxford University Animal Ethics Summer School (The Ethics of Fur) on behalf of the Fur Free Society, Inc. involving (i) claims by the fur industry that fur is “green” and (ii) advertising by the fur industry targeting children as future consumers.
Summer Smith, Esq, Board Member currently on leave
Summer is a distinguished attorney with a vast amount of experience in Animal and Environmental Law. She has worked on a variety of litigation and legislative issues, regarding animal and environmental protection, for multiple nonprofits and government agencies, including The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the Animal Legal Defense Fund, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency. She has worked on a multitude of issues, including but not limited to, wildlife conservation, farm animal welfare, companion animal cruelty, puppy mill cruelty, trophy hunting, and the poaching of endangered species. While at HSUS, she drafted state legislation to ban the sale of ivory in two states. She has previously served on the Board of Directors of Four Feet Forward and has experience with nonprofit management and development on all levels. She earned her J.D. from St. Thomas University School of Law, and is currently completing her LL.M. in Environmental Law at George Washington University Law School. She is fully committed to protecting endangered species and addressing our most urgent ecological and animal welfare crises.
NOTE: We are a 100% volunteer based organization, and we are currently selecting board members and other volunteers.