Dr. Alan Stewart
Alan could not afford surgery on his two year old guinea pig when he was a child and that made a lasting impact on him throughout his education and veterinary career He knew there will always be people like him. Alan graduated from the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois, school Veterinary Medicine, an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts and a 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 30 years. He is the founder of San Francisco Veterinary Specialists and a co-founder of Bay Area Veterinary Specialists. He currently does locums around the country when specialty hospitals are in need of experienced internists. He spends the majority of his time as a play wright. He was a semifinalist in the Bay Area Playwrights Festival in 2018. He is also on teh board of the Magic Theatre. He also 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.
Kathy has many years of public health policy, program development, and management experience in the health care field. She has held senior level positions in the insurance industry, and was part of the leadership team in developing and implementing an innovative statewide breast cancer program at the University Of California, San Francisco. 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 is an advocate for access to quality, affordable health care for humans, and has also been an avid supporter of animal welfare issues for many years.
Ken is a Senior Counsel with Dodge & Cox and has over 20 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.
Alexandra Solomon Perry
Alex is a healthcare and technology professional holding over a decade of experience in clinical cancer care, research, management, and technology product development. She holds a Bachelors of Science from UC Santa Barbara and has spent time working at the UC Medical Centers, Smaller Technology Start Ups, and Salesforce. Alex is a passionate human healthcare, and animal welfare advocate. Outside of volunteering, she enjoys spending every minute she has with her two adopted bulldogs. Many years ago, Alex faced her own funding challenges to support her own dog receiving life saving care. She is so thrilled to be able to “pay it forward” and support San Francisco Aid for Animals and the many pet families in need.
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.
Ally is a San Francisco Bay Area native with years of experience in event planning, investor and client relations, and administration. Ally holds a BS in Environmental Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and is incredibly passionate about the welfare of both domestic animals and wildlife. In addition to her involvement with San Francisco Aid for Animals, she also enjoys volunteering at the California Academy of Sciences as a Special Events Volunteer. In her free time, Ally enjoys traveling, cheering on Bay Area sports teams, cuddling with her cat, and exploring coastal trails on the back of her horse.
Dr. Margo Mehl
Dr. Margo Mehl graduated from Washington State University in 1999 and went to Colorado State University where she completed a 1-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery. After completing an rotating small animal internship she completed a 3-year small animal surgical residency at University of California Davis and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2004. Dr. Mehl stayed on at the University of California Davis for 3 years, where she was an assistant professor in small animal soft tissue surgery. Her areas of interest, research and expertise include vascular and thoracic surgery, renal transplantation, oncologic surgery and reconstructive surgeries. She has numerous journal publications and book chapters in areas including portosystemic shunts in dogs and cats, ureteral surgery in cats, airway surgeries, and a variety of immunosuppressive therapies used in renal transplant patients. She has been working as a staff surgeon at VCA SFVS in San Francisco since 2007. She enjoys providing excellent care and compassionate care to her veterinary patients and owners. When she isn’t working she enjoys time with her son mountain biking and gardening.
Hanna is a real estate technology professional with a BBA degree from University of Toronto and an MBA degree from the Schulich School of Business at York University. After years of working in real estate investment management in Toronto and New York, Hanna has settled in San Francisco where she brings her expertise to technology products contributing to the real estate industry. Hanna is passionate about animal advocacy and the mission of SFAfA in supporting families struggling with healthcare costs for their pets. Hanna enjoys her free time traveling, hiking, decor shopping, and playing sidekick to her white havanese, Zoey (@accordingtozoey).
Bethany is a Bay Area local who’s spent a number of years living in various cities around the world before settling back in San Francisco in 2016. Bethany holds a BSBA & BA from Washington University in St. Louis, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Throughout her career, she’s held a variety of business roles within the financial services and technology sectors, and currently works as a Business Strategist for Adobe. Animals have always been a big part of Bethany’s life, so San Francisco Aid for Animals’ mission presented a unique opportunity to give back to the animals who give so much to us. In her free time, Bethany enjoys traveling the world, smothering her cat Mallomar (pictured), and generally exploring the beautiful outdoors.