Melanie Perry, Co-founder, President
Melanie is Travis' mother. She grew up on Long Island and graduated Summa Cum Laude from SUNY Albany with a degree in Accounting. She worked for a big four accounting firm for two years in New York City and one year in Paris. Having always felt an affinity toward animals, she decided to change careers and went to the University of Pennsylvania to earn her doctorate in veterinary medicine. She works at Pinnacle Peak Animal Hospital in Scottsdale, Arizona. She lives with her husband, teenage twins, two dogs and two cats.
David Perry, Co-founder, Treasurer
David was born and raised in England. He majored in Physics at Kings College, London. He then joined a big-4 accounting firm and qualified to be a British Chartered Accountant. David worked in many places in the world before marrying Melanie and moving to Scottsdale, Arizona to start a family in 1997. Travis was born in 1999 and Jordan and Nicole were born in 2001. David has specialized in forensic accounting for the last 20 years and earned the highest overall score in Arizona when he took the Certified Public Accountant examination. He enjoys sports, travel and spending time with friends and family.
Mark Friedman, Vice President
Mark is currently a Vice President for one of the nation's largest, publicly traded health insurance companies. He has 20+ years of leadership responsibility in the health care insurance field, and over 35 years of progressive management experience. He has previously held board positions for non-profit organizations that include regional Boys and Girls Clubs, community associations and religious institutions. In his spare time Mark enjoys a variety of leisure sports, traveling and spending time with family. Mark currently resides in Maryland with Janet, his wife of 30 years, and enjoys close relationships with his two children.
Joel Friedman, Secretary
Joel is a Ph.D. psychologist, licensed in two states. He has over 20 years of experience working as a psychologist in a wide variety of settings including private practices, schools, hospitals, correctional facilities and employee assistance programs. Joel is an adjunct professor, teaching in a law and justice studies department at a university. He volunteers time to both a synagogue and animal shelter in New Jersey. He is married and has two children.
Andi Paus, Board Member
Andi and her family are friends and neighbors of the Perry family. She grew up in West Point, Nebraska before graduating from Creighton University with a BSBA in marketing and a JD from Creighton University School of Law. Andi practiced family law litigation, first in Arizona, then in Overland Park, Kansas, and back in Arizona for approximately 15 years before transitioning her practice to family law mediation, arbitration, and parenting coordination work. She is a partner at Arizona Mediation Institute in Phoenix. Andi lives in Scottsdale with her longtime significant other, Steve, children, Carter and Kennedy, and dog, Thunder.
Marissa Lilja, Board Member
Marissa is an attorney at a law firm in Baltimore City, Maryland. After graduating from law school, Marissa joined the bankruptcy and creditor's rights department of her firm as a litigation associate. She has the opportunity to devote a significant amount of time to pro-bono representation in a variety of legal fields. In addition to spending time with friends and family, Marissa enjoys traveling to new places, baking, and reading. She currently resides in a suburb of Baltimore City with her husband, their young daughter and son, two cats and a dog.