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Dr. Alan Stewart

Dr. Alan StewartAlan graduated with honors from the University of Chicago and went on to continue his veterinary training at the University of Illinois, graduating with honors again. He completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He obtained his residency in small animal medicine at the University of California at Davis, where he received awards for his research and teaching. Dr. Stewart has also lectured around the world on various topics of internal medicine. He has been an internist in the Bay Area for 20 years. He is the founder of San Francisco Veterinary Specialists and a co-founder of Bay Area Veterinary Specialists. In his spare time, he volunteers, attends the theater, writes plays, scuba dives and supports wildlife causes.

Dr. Anne Marie Benfatto

Anne Marie grew up in Massachusetts and received her bachelor of science degree in Marine Ecology from Simmons College. She attended the Veterinary School at the University of California, Davis and graduated with her DVM degree. Since the early 1990s, she has worked as a feline-exclusive veterinarian in San Francisco. She served as the treasurer for the San Francisco Veterinary Medical Association for 10 years. When not working with SF Aid for Animals, she also enjoys volunteering for the California Academy of Science. Outside of work, some of her interests include extensive travel and cultural exchange.

Dr. Philip T. Durfee

Dr. Philip T. DurfeePhil received his DVM degree from the Univ. of California, Davis in 1959. He also has an MPH degree from Johns Hopkins University and an MVSc from the Univ. of Melbourne, Australia where he was the lecturer in epidemiology and public health. He has been involved in both large and small animal medicine and teaching in California and Australia, and medical research for 3 years in Taiwan. He was born in San Francisco and returned here in 2006. At present he volunteers regularly with PAWS and with Vet SOS and still practices small animal medicine one day a week.

Kathy Hajopoulos

Kathy HajopoulosKathy holds over twenty-five years of health care policy, program development, and management experience. She has held senior level positions in both the public health and insurance industries, most recently working at the University Of California, San Francisco to develop and implement an innovative statewide breast cancer program, and to develop a new insurance plan for UC employees. Kathy received her Master of Public Health degree from San Diego State University and her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She has been an advocate for access to quality healthcare for humans, and has also been an avid supporter of animal welfare issues. Kathy has been volunteering at the SFSPCA and Pets Unlimited for many years, and is delighted to be part of SFAfA to help animals in need of life-saving care.

Laura Heiman


Laura HeimanLaura is part of the General Counsel’s office at McKesson Corporation, as Lead Counsel specializing in executive compensation, benefits, securities and governance matters.  She attended California State University, Northridge, and received her J.D. in 1993 from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City. She recently relocated to San Francisco from New York, and outside of work enjoys music, theater and travel.  She currently volunteers at San Francisco Animal Care & Control.

Dawn Archambault-Perry

Dawn Archambault-PerryGrowing up in a small town in Vermont, Dawn cherished a childhood of limitless imagination and endless quests with her entourage of pets (three cats, two dogs, two rabbits, one bird, one turtle, countless fish, and even a newt named Newton.) Since graduating with a BA in Public Policy & Law/History from William Smith College in Geneva NY, Dawn has enjoyed a rewarding (and fun) career at United Business Media and currently the Wall Street Journal. She proudly calls Oakland home.

Kayla Danna-Vallarta

Kayla has a decade of corporate experience in the financial services and biotech industries. During this time she has served in several management capacities, most recently serving as the Director of Finance and Policy for a biotech firm. Prior to this, Kayla was a senior financial analyst of a consulting firm specializing in M&A transactions. Ms. Danna-Vallarta holds a bachelor of arts degree from Sacramento State and a Master’s of Public Administration (MPA) degree with an emphasis in policy from Cal State University East Bay. She has also earned an MBA in finance from St. Mary’s College.

Eric Linker

MochiEric is Vice President with Charles Schwab Investment Management and has worked in the Investment Management industry for 20 years.  Eric received his MBA from the University of Hartford and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Central Michigan University. Eric is originally from the Midwest and previously lived in Boston and Toronto before moving to San Francisco in 2012.

Ken Linton

Ken is a Senior Associate General Counsel with Franklin Templeton Investments and has 18 years of experience in the investment management business. A native of Scotland, Ken received his LLB and postgraduate diploma in legal practice from the University of Edinburgh. Starting his career in the U.K., Ken spent 6 years working in Hong Kong before finding his home in San Francisco in 2005. Ken has volunteered for many years with organizations that champion the human-animal bond and is very happy now to be involved with SFAfA. Outside of work, Ken enjoys travel, creative writing, swimming and entertaining Lucy, a shy retiring chihuahua mix who photobombs with charm.

Carina DeVera

Carina DeVeraCarina has been a dedicated champion for animals since she was a child, when—to the chagrin of her parents—she began to rescue underweight hedgehogs and abandoned baby birds from local parks. In the years since, she has lived this passion both professionally and personally. After graduating with an MA in linguistics, literature, and sociology, she has volunteered and worked for a number of animal welfare organizations for many years, and through these experiences gained a substantial background in fundraising and nonprofit marketing. As a member of the San Francisco SPCA’s development staff, she tells compelling stories about rescued animals to help raise funds for their care. In her free time, she administers antibiotics to medical foster bunnies, and looks after her small herd of adopted guinea pigs.

Mark Klaiman

Mark is one of the owners of Pet Camp, San Francisco’s largest family owned pet care facility. He has been active in San Francisco’s animal welfare community for decades, first volunteering at PAWS delivering pet supplies and later as a board member of Friends of San Francisco Animal Care & Control before joining SFAfA. Mark has a BA from Union College in Schenectady, N.Y.; a MS from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London; and a J.D. from the University of Chicago. Mark moved to Francisco in 1988 from Chicago to practice environmental law, something he did for both the private sector and for the federal government before Pet Camp.

Emily Corbin

Emily holds over a decade of experience in the nonprofit sector, including volunteer coordination, development and communications. She now works as a Sr. Admin at Adobe, and is very active in measures to keep her team engaged in community causes. She holds a BA in Sociology, and has a strong background in the fine arts. She is tremendously passionate about animal advocacy and lends her free time to rescue efforts both here in San Francisco, and abroad in Mexico. She is thrilled to be part of the SFAfA community, and is looking forward to helping build greater visibility for our work through social media channels and community building.