Gay Bradshaw, PhD, PhD

Executive Director

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 Pulitzer Prize-nominated Elephants on the Edge: What Animals Teach Us about Humanity, and Carnivore Minds: Who These Fearsome Beings Really Are, both published by Yale University Press. 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 for Elephants, Grizzly Bears, Chimpanzees, Parrots, and other species both free-living and in captivity.

[Curriculum vitae]

Janet Kaylo, MA, CMA, SrDMP, RSMT


Janet holds an MA (with Distinction) in Jungian and Post Jungian Studies from the University of Essex, Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, UK. Her MA thesis “The Phenomenological Body and Analytical Psychology,” published in Harvest: International Journal of Jungian Studies, challenges Jungian frameworks that privilege ‘spirit’ over the lived, subjective bodily experience of phenomenology and Somatic Studies.

Janet is a Movement Analyst, Registered Dance/Movement Psychotherapist, Registered Somatic Movement Therapist; and as Founder/Director of Laban/Bartenieff and Somatic Studies International™ presents international certification programs in Movement Analysis and Somatic Practice.  She comes from a professional dance and dance movement psychotherapy background, in the US and abroad, and has trained dancers and dance movement psychotherapists for three decades. After studying Equine Hanna Somatics and joining the Kerulos Board, Janet developed the workshop series “Being with Other Animals,” which foregrounds ‘attunement’ through kinesthetic sensing and body/movement rapport as a perceptual means of entering embodied relational kinship with other Animals.


Kiersten Cluster, MA, JD

Elephant Liberation Lead

Kiersten is an Early Childhood Special Education teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District. She teaches students ages three to five with moderate to severe disabilities. She holds a B.A. in English from U.C. Riverside, a J.D. from the U.C.L.A. School of Law, and a teaching credential and M.A. in Early Childhood Special Education from California State University, Northridge.

Kiersten is passionate about Animal rights and self-determination, and is the co-founder of Elephant Guardians of Los Angeles, an anti-captivity lobbying group currently focused on Billy, the Elephant taken from his natal family in Malaysia as an infant and held at the Los Angeles Zoo. Seeing Billy released to sanctuary, where he will live the remainder of his life in peace and dignity, will be the culmination of  this work.



Ashley Herron, MS


Ashley holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Baldwin Wallace University and a Master of Science in Anthrozoology from Canisius College. In addition, she is a seasonally contracted company member with The Movement Project, a nonprofit dance company based in Cleveland, Ohio.

As a recent graduate, Ashley will continue to use her education and passion for Animal advocacy to deter the exploitation of human and nonhuman Animals.



Lee Ann McIndoo


Lee Ann has spent all her life surrounded by nature, trees, lakes, rocks and other-beings. She has been involved in campaigning for Animal Rights, including Elephant liberation and self-determination, and the end of factory farms, circuses, zoos, and trophy hunting. Being a voice for those in need has been Lee Ann’s central goal. “The dignity of non-humans is as important as our own.” Having spent 37 years supporting humans with intellectual and physical challenges, Lee Ann is now focusing on nonhuman rights and wellness.

Robin Bjork, PhD

Robin Bjork is a conservation biologist with over thirty years experience in North and Latin America in avian ecology and conservation. She holds a doctorate in wildlife science and a master’s degree in coastal ecology. Robin began working with wild psittacines in 1994 when she directed development of the first radio tracking device to withstand the force of Macaw bills and used the device to track the movements of Great Green Macaws in Costa Rica. Her dissertation research identified the migration of Mealy Parrots across Guatemalan lowlands, the first detailed documentation of such a pattern in psittacines.

She continues conservation research with wild Parrots and Macaws and is currently directing a program to reintroduce Scarlet Macaws to El Salvador and protect endangered Yellow-naped Amazon Parrots. In addition to her work with Parrots she has documented spatial patterns of regional migrant tropical Birds with a goal of providing guidance to regional conservation planning.


Joseph Daniel Mitchell, MS

Joseph is a full-blood citizen of the Creek Nation and a member of the Muskogee Indian Community. For the past 26 years, he has worked in environmental sciences and conservation on tribal and federal lands with the tribes, the USDA Forest Service, Washington, DC, and Bureau of Indian Affairs. He was Senior Executive Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and has worked with more than 200 tribes across the nation.

Joe consults with tribal governments and communities on Indian law and treaties and advocates for tribes to exercise treaty rights on federal lands, and implement traditional practices. He has also been involved in the evolution of several of the 26 tribal colleges throughout the country and has assisted many with establishing traditional ecological knowledge programs.


Vera Muller-Paisner, LCSW

Vera is a psychoanalyst with a master’s degree in social work who has spent the last two decades studying the chronicity and transmission of trauma. She also received a degree in Organizational Consultation and works with organizations to understand their defenses against anxiety and regression. She served as a research consultant for the International Study Group for Trauma at Yale University, and in 1996 received an appointment in the Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine.

Vera has conducted extensive research and has clinical experience working with Holocaust survivors and is the author of Broken Chain: Catholics Uncover the Holocaust’s Hidden Legacy and Discover Their Jewish Roots. Much of her clinical work focuses on helping those who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). One of the tools that she has found to be effective in managing memories of trauma is a protocol called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She has adapted the protocol to Bilateral Equine Tapping (BET) for use with horses who display traumatic memory. Riding is a partnership, and trauma can be transmitted between partners.


Jeff Borchers, MS, PhD, LPC

Jeff is a licensed professional counselor with a background in research, teaching, training, policy analysis, and organizational development. Over the past 35 years, he has worked in academia, government, and the private sector on issues of social, ecological, and psychological significance. His interests include the use of ecotherapy to improve psychological well-being and to foster a mindfulness approach to caring for Animals and the land.

As an employee assistance professional, Jeff provided consultations, group trainings, and coaching, and is certified in mediation and conflict management. In all his work, Jeff draws from his background in research, teaching, training, policy analysis, and organizational development to facilitate lasting change.

Jeff’s education includes a PhD in ecology from Oregon State University, a master’s degree in counseling from Capella University, and a master’s degree from Yale University. He also has taught traditional martial arts for most of his life, holding the rank of nidan in Shotokan karate-dō. Jeff has a private practice where he works with individuals, couples, families, and groups, and provides training and interventions for organizations.


Lauren Bailey

Lauren Bailey completed her bachelors degree in Animal Behavior at the University of Exeter, United Kingdom in 2018. Here, she describes her philosophy and path. “I was drawn to the Kerulos internship after becoming by disheartened by the academic scientific world that objectifies Animals and sees them purely from a behavioral viewpoint. During the internship, I learned to take the time to see beyond outer form and behavior and understand that all other Animals think and feel like us and are their own individual person.”

Lauren is now volunteering with our partner Boon Lott Elephant Sanctuary ( BLES) in Thailand learning about male Elephant healing and trauma recovery. She has also completed her Reiki Practitioner course and will be continuing to obtain Reiki Master certification while she will begin my Animal medical (veterinary) nurse. Her goal is to work in Sanctuary where she will teach and work with Animals in need by combining holistic and medical practices to healing.

Darcia Narvaez, University of Notre Dame

Mary Watkins, Pacifica Graduate Institute

Janet Kaylo, The Kerulos Center

Allan N. Schore, UCLA

Margo DeMello, Animals & Society Institute

Tina Bloom, NY State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities

Corey Cohen, A New Leash on Life

Ray Ryan, The Kerulos Center

Michelle Franko, The Kerulos Center

Jessica Bell Rizzolo, Michigan State University

Gay Bradshaw, The Kerulos Center

Kiersten Cluster, The Kerulos Center

Elizabeth Burton-Crow, The Kerulos Center

Deena Metzger, Writer

Robin Bjork, The Kerulos Center

Erika Abrams, Animal Aid Unlimited

Carol Buckley, Elephant Aid International

Katherine Connor, Boon Lott Elephant Sanctuary

Supraja Dharini, TREE Foundation, India

Suparna Ganguly, WRRC and CUPA, India

Marion Garaï, Chair, Elephant Specialist Advisory Group (ESAG), South Africa

Darcia Narvaez, Notre Dame

Michele Pickover, EMS Foundation, South Africa

Ray Ryan, The Kerulos Center

Carl Safina, The Safina Center

Jan Schmidt-Burbach, PhD, Dr. med vet, Senior Wildlife and Veterinary Advisor, World Animal Protection

Allan N. Schore, PhD, UCLA

Kim Sturla, Animal Place

Ed Tick, Soldier’s Heart

Mary Watkins, PhD, Pacifica Graduate Institute

Stephen Koyle, Elephant Care Unchained

Trisha Totke Thompstone

Tortoise & Rabbit Sanctuary Volunteer

Michael Thompstone

Sanctuary Resident Chauffeur

Lokesh Coomar, BS

Research Associate

Michele Franko

Elephant Care

Ashley Herron

Project & Communication Coordinator

Alannah Bayle

Sanctuary Volunteer