Through collaborative projects, publications, and services, we serve as an active and effective networking organization that bridges science, tribal peoples, conservation, and animal protection in collaboration to serve our planet.
Gay Bradshaw, PhD, PhD
Gay holds doctorate degrees in ecology and psychology, and has published, taught, and lectured widely in these fields both in the U.S. and internationally. She is the author of Elephants on the Edge: What Animals Teach Us about Humanity, published by Yale University Press, an in-depth psychological portrait of elephants in captivity and in the wild. Dr. Bradshaw’s work focuses on trans-species psychology, the theory and methods for the study and care of animal psychological well-being and multi-species cultures. Her research expertise includes the effects of violence on and trauma recovery elephants, grizzly bears, chimpanzees, and parrots, and other species in captivity. [Curriculum vitae]
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Ann Southcombe is an Animal Relation Specialist and licensed wildlife rehabilitator who, for over 35 years, has dedicated her life to the care of gorillas, squirrels, lynx, bears, and many other species in captivity. It has been her goal to learn and perfect how to facilitate their process of “meaning making” as they renew their lives after trauma and hardship. Ann has learned there is a delicate balance in being with them as a human yet relating on their terms.
Laura Stille, Licensed Massage Therapist, has over 20 years experience in massage therapy, body work, and energy medicine. Laura received her initial training at the Oregon School of Massage in Portland, Oregon. She has been licensed by the State of Oregon, Board of Massage Therapists, since 1989. She is also a Certified LaStone Therapist, since 2003, and Reiki practitioner since 2002. She has additional training in aromatherapy, foot reflexology, and MTT (Meridian Tapping Therapies).
Janet holds an MA (with Distinction) in Jungian and Post Jungian Studies from the University of Essex, Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, UK. She is a Movement Analyst, Registered Dance/Movement Psychotherapist, and a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist. She is Founder/Director of Laban/Bartenieff and Somatic Studies International, which presents professional certification in Movement Analysis and Bodymind Practice™.
- Dr. Dame Daphne Marjorie Sheldrick, DBE, MBS, The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
- Suparna Ganguly, Compassion Unlimited Plus Action, India
- Louise Joubert, SanWild, South Africa
- Susan Konecny, DVM, Oregon
- Harry Linden, Santa Barbara Bird Farm, California
- Amy M. Mayers, Communications Consultant, Washington, DC
- Eileen McCarthy, Executive Director, Midwest Avian Adoption and Rescue Services
- Karen Paolillo, Turgwe Hippo Trust, Zimbabwe
- Michelle Pickover, Animal Rights Africa
- Mary C. Robinson, Oregon
- Allan N. Schore, PhD, UCLA
- Barbara Smuts, PhD, Univeristy of Michigan
- Mary Watkins, PhD, Pacifica Graduate Institute
Nieves Benito Taberné
Kerulos Spanish Translator and Interpreter
Nieves received a degree in English at the University Complutense, Madrid. In 1995, she joined the international Intellectual Property Law Firm Del Valle Abogados, where she was in charge of direct and inverse translations of legal documents, judicial decisions, contracts, agreements, technical and forensic expertise reports, web pages, and different kinds of documentation and evidences to be submitted at Courts.
She is now pursuing a Master’s degree in Translation and Interpretation at the Universitat Jaume I, Castellón. In addition, Nieves received First Place in the Contest for Young Translators by the University of Alcalá de Henares, and teaches Spanish to immigrants for the organization Cáritas. In addition to other translations for Kerulos correspondence and projects, Nieves translated the great ape bioethics paper authored by T. Capaldo and G.A. Bradshaw, Grandes Simios: Bioética y bienestar, daño psicológico y obligación de cuidado. Both English and Spanish versions have been published in the Animals and Society Policy Series.
Senior Research Associate
Michele Franko brings over thirty years experience in animal care and welfare including humane law enforcement and animal shelters, veterinary assistance, horse breeding, training, and wildlife rescue and rehabilitation. For the past year and a half, Michele has held the position of elephant caregiver with The Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) in California, where she cares for rescues from zoos and circuses.Her diverse roles as criminal investigator, rescuer, caregiver and advocate working with multiple species have catalyzed Michele’s research and teaching about animal emotions, trauma recovery, and healing. Michele’s greatest honor is an animal at ease in her presence, and her life purpose is to heal traumatized animals and inspire empathy in the indifferent, resulting in action and meaningful co-existence with non-human animals and their societies. She will be focusing her work at The Kerulos Center Being Sanctuary and Caring for the Caregiver programs to enhance and teach restorative approaches to animal healing.
Cherilyn earned her BA in Environmental Sciences with an emphasis in biology from the University of California at Berkeley, and her Veterinary Technology degree from Foothill College in Los Altos, California. Recently, she worked with the Asian Pacific American Ocean Harmony Alliance (APAOHA) to ensure the passage of California AB 376, a bill (now law) that bans the sale, distribution and possession of shark fins in California. At the Monterey Bay Aquarium she worked as a Marine Biologist, Water Quality Technician, and Sea Otter Rehabilitation Volunteer. She also worked as an aquarist at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.Cherilyn is currently a stay-at-home mother, writer, photographer, and scuba diver. She teaches about ocean animals at her son’s elementary school and heads a chapter of Jane Goodall’s youth program, Roots and Shoots, which was honored with a Group of the Month award.
Currently, Lokesh is a graduate with a bachelors degree in microbiology from the Honors College, University of South Florida and an intern at The Kerulos Center. He presented a paper on the psychological role of human-elephant relationships and its influence on elephant well-being at the 2012 International Society of Anthrozoology Conference, Cambridge University, UK. A near lifetime passion for elephants and their well-being has brought him to conduct cross-cultural/cross-species studies with the understanding that human society can benefit from understanding elephant ethics and values. His interest focuses on the effects of elephant-human relationships as they pertain to captive elephant mental and emotional health. Lokesh will be attending the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine in August of 2014 to study neurology and cross-species psychiatry.
Tom is a professional dancer who has trained in contemporary dance, somatic movement practices, and Tai Chi. In addition to teaching and composing his own choreography, he performs with British and European dance companies. During his Kerulos internships and Sared Bones journeys in Ireland and India, Tom brought the practice of mindfulness as taught by Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh into his work with other animals. These journeys in sanctuary are leading him to bearing witness for Gorilla.
- The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
- Foster Parrots
- WIDECAST (Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network)
- Honu Cook Islands Sea Turtle Project
- APAOHA (Asian Pacific American Ocean Harmony Alliance)
- Animal Aid Unlimited, India
- Boon Lott Elephant Sanctuary
- Soldier’s Heart
- PRETOMA (Programa Restauración de Tortugas Marinas)
- WCCLAS (WildCat Conservation Legal Aid Society)