PANEL: Winning Pet Lovers - Food For Thought (from Animal Place)
Officer Todd Stosuy
Field Services Manager, Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter
Officer Todd Stosuy has been the Field Services Manager for the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter in California since 2006, and has been an Animal Control Officer since 2003. Todd served on the Board of Directors for the National Animal Care and Control Association (NACA) from 2008 to 2017. He served as Vice President of NACA from 2010-2011 and President from 2011 to 2015. Todd has two undergraduate degrees from Rutgers University in Administration of Justice and Sociology with a minor in Criminology. During college Todd worked as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) with an urban rescue squad. After graduating he worked as a first grade teacher in urban Philadelphia. This combination of college degrees and jobs working with underprivileged people has brought Todd to a unique position of enforcing animal related laws while also understanding and serving disadvantaged residents and the pets they love. Todd believes in working within the community and understanding and respecting the community’s culture, while at the same time trying to transform the challenges of that culture into strengths for the sake of the animals. During his career Todd has served as Incident Commander for the Animal Shelter during numerous large scale disasters within his community and has worked “boots on the ground” doing animal rescue in Haiti with the Animal Rescue Coalition of Haiti (ARCH). Todd has presented dozens of workshops across the United States, as well as Brazil and Australia. He currently works as a Law Enforcement Trainer for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and Code 3 Associates, training police officers, sheriffs deputies and prosecutors across the United States in investigating and prosecuting animal cruelty and neglect. Todd previously worked as a consultant with HSUS Pets For Life Program. Todd also worked with the state of Delaware Office of Animal Welfare in developing and implementing a Community Policing Program for all animal control officers in the state. Todd has investigated thousands of animal neglect and abuse complaints during his career, including multiple livestock cases. Several years ago Todd investigated and successfully prosecuted a slaughterhouse and feedlot for animal neglect which resulted in dozens of livestock animals being seized that now live happily at Farm Sanctuary and Animal Place.
Executive Director, Animal Rescue Corps
Tim Woodward was a key member of the founding team of Animal Rescue Corps in 2010. He was driven to help start the organization after learning how few resources exist for situations of large-scale animal suffering. After eight years serving as ARC’s Chief Operations Officer, Tim assumed leadership of the organization in 2018 and has strategic and operational responsibility for Animal Rescue Corps’ staff, programs, growth, and mission impact. Tim has worked in operations and administration for more than 30 years, specializing in building companies from the ground up with integral positions at several successful financial service startup companies in the greater San Francisco Bay area. In 2009, Tim left the for-profit sector to work full time for the benefit and protection of animals and shortly after became a founding member of ARC. Tim loves the dedicated teamwork and partnerships that are the hallmarks of Animal Rescue Corps, and key to the success of the organization. He is just as comfortable conducting field work and liaising with Sheriff’s offices as he is working at a desk. Tim was recognized by the national animal law advocacy group, Animal Legal Defense Fund, as one of America’s Top Ten Animal Defenders in 2020. Tim lives in Virginia with his husband and their rescued animals; in addition to his other advocacy work for animals, he promotes the compassion and joy in eating a plant-based diet.
Program Manager, Animal Place's Food for Thought Program
Crystal became inspired to go vegan after taking an animal ethics course during her undergrad at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. She worked as a campaign coordinator for Animal Place's Brave the Cage campaign for two and a half years. She traveled to college campuses in the Southwestern United States to educate students about the egg industry. She is also the event producer of Vegan Oktoberfest 2021, and volunteers with Long Beach Water Wagon, delivering essential supplies to her homeless neighbors. She enjoys traveling for vegan food, relaxing in hot tubs, running, yoga, and spending quality time with her husband, Clark, and rescued Chihuahua, Akayla.