Meet our Board

Marilyn Kroplick M.D. is president of In Defense of Animals, a board-certified psychiatrist, and award-winning socio-political photographer.

Since 2011, Dr. Kroplick has led In Defense of Animals’ powerful campaigns to end the dog meat trade, advocate for elephants, strengthen animal cruelty laws, and save animals in need around the world. Her groundbreaking program to mentor and support animal activists marries support for humans and animals alike.

Her passion for animal rights was ignited in 2002 after purchasing a puppy from a pet store who became terribly sick. Dr. Kroplick’s fight for justice led her to discover the system of abuse that brings puppies to pet stores, and successfully expose and shut down the offending pet store.

Dr. Kroplick is using her extensive expertise to build a supportive and inclusive social change movement to achieve animal liberation through sustainable activism.

Michael Yadegari

Michael Yadegari is an attorney at law and real estate broker who has been In Defense of Animals' Treasurer since 2011.

Kathleen Kastner M.S.
Board Member

Kathleen Kastner M.S, is a vegan coach and certified Food for Life plant-based cooking Instructor with The Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine. She is an advocate for all animals and leads a cat rescue group and a Vegan Spirituality Meetup in Encinitas, CA.

Lisa Levinson

Lisa Levinson is the founder of Vegan Spirituality and curator at The National Museum of Animals and Society. She has saved thousands of animals through her brainchild, the Philadelphia toad detour.

Sammy Zablen

Sammy Zablen is a general contractor who is passionate about animal rights and encouraging people to lead healthy lifestyles.