Jessica Ramirez

Jessica Ramirez

Board Member

Jessica currently works with several groups dedicated to feral animal communities in San Antonio, Texas. She has expertise in methods of controlling feline populations, educating citizens on the importance of domestic animal spay/neuter programs and providing for the health and care of wildlife as well as that of unwanted companion animals. Jessica is a Founding Member of Terra Advocati.

Virginia Grise

Virginia Grise

Board Member

Virginia Grise is a recipient of the Yale Drama Award, Whiting Writers' Award, the Princess Grace Award in Theatre Directing, and the Playwrights’ Center’s Jerome Fellowship. Her published work includes Your Healing is Killing Me (Plays Inverse Press), blu (Yale University Press), The Panza Monologues co-written with Irma Mayorga (University of Texas Press) and an edited volume of Zapatista communiqués

Janet Starkey

Janet Starkey

Board Member

Janet Starkey has been intimately involved in animal care and protection for the better part of her life. She is well versed in emergency procedures and has a background in veterinary technology. Besides being a caretaker and rescuer of animals in crisis, she is a strong advocate for the rights and welfare of all animals domestic, feral and endangered. Janet is a former educator, with certifications in mathematics, accounting and financial services.

Jess Mayes

Jess Mayes

Board Member

Jess is a passionate environmental advocate who believes that practical education should support life and the environment, while also transcending socioeconomic, cultural, and geographic boundaries. He advises, designs, and implements regenerative systems by working with various clients, communities, private entities, and NPO’s throughout Texas, Mexico, and Central America

Larry Starkey

Larry Starkey

Board Member

Larry has been an educator for over thirty years. He currently works on social justice and environmental issues and serves as the treasurer for a community organization in San Antonio, Texas. Larry has been involved in several environmental and animal advocacy organizations for many years and regularly participates in projects that promote environmental awareness and animal welfare.

Marissa Ramirez

Marissa Ramirez

Board Member

Marissa Ramirez is an English Professor at St Philip’s College. She designs radical arts based interventions and creates public spaces for reading the world culturally and politically. She is the lead coordinator of Affirmations Advocacy & Activism, an innovative literacy based program that centers conversations around female empowerment and agency

Dee Lusk

Dee Lusk

Board Member

Dee is a retired public educator. He has worked on a number of projects involving animal care, rescue, rehabilitation and public awareness. Dee is a long-time advocate for resource conservation and sustainable energy policy. He is a performing artist, musician and song-writer in San Antonio, Texas and lends his time and talents to many important causes. Dee is a Founding Member of Terra Advocati.

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