Danika Oriol-Morway

Country Director

Education: Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, MS in Animals and Public Policy; Vassar College, BA in Psychology. 

Main Function: Guide and grow the strategic vision and operations of FOUR PAWS USA

Fun facts:  Was an All American Rugby player at Vassar College.  While I have long since retired from the bruises of rugby, I now spend my free time volunteering for a parrot sanctuary and travel annually to Guyana to help protect the last surviving Sun Parakeets in the wild.  I have 2 very large rescue dogs at home who do not appreciate our doorbell, and we live in a tiny house overflowing with exotic plants.

Melanie Lary

Research and Campaigns Officer

Education: Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, M.S. in Animals and Public Policy; Skidmore College, B.A. in Biology 

Main Function: In charge of research, programs, and campaigns for FOUR PAWS USA; work on international campaigns, providing the U.S. perspective and national information, while further engaging in U.S. topics and issues relating to our FOUR PAWS mission and overall work. I also oversee all import requirements to ensure animals rescued from the dog and cat meat trade in Southeast Asia can safely enter the U.S. to find new homes.

Fun Facts: Originally from TX and live in MA with my fiancé Matt and rescued cat Sophie; grew up with lots of animals like Arabian and miniature horses, chickens, fish, cats, and dogs; love to hike, bird watch, travel, and relax at home with my loved ones.

Claire LaFrance

Communications Director / Head of Communications

Education: Wheaton College, MA. Studied Political Science.

Main Function: Manage media relations and develop relationships with media members, influencers, and community leaders. Lead all digital communications through multiple channels including website and social.

Fun Facts: Writer, mom, traveler and reader. In downtime, volunteers as a certified Therapy Dog team with dog Ruffy visiting nursing homes, hospice facilities, hospitals and schools bringing some puppy love to those who need it the most!

Diane Bate

Head of Finance

Education: Fellow of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants 

Main function: Responsible for the financial management, planning & reporting.

Fun Facts: Lives in the UK, avid tea drinker (what can we say, she is British), has a black belt in karate, enjoys countryside walks with dog, George. Volunteers as an Animal Carer for a wildlife hospital, loves helping the hedgehogs and has developed a new fondness for pigeons & doves!

Ren Bettencourt

Digital Communications Coordinator

Education: Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, M.S. in Animals and Public Policy; Simmons College, M.A. in Teaching; University of New Hampshire, B.A. in English

Main Function: Manage our social media channels and digital communications for our US office.

Fun Facts: Has published research on public attitudes towards seals and have created several stop motion animated videos about the history and importance of seals in the oceanic ecosystem. As a lifelong animal lover, and inspired by a rescued dog named Tamer, a deeper interest in the animal welfare movement was sparked early. Adores all of our rescued animals at FOUR PAWS, and I have a particular soft spot for our rescued bears.

Keira Haley

Director of Development / Head of Fundraising

Education: University of New Haven, M.B.A.; Gettysburg College, B.A. in Sociology and Women’s Studies

Main Function: Provide strategic leadership for the FOUR PAWS philanthropy program  (i.e. do everything in my power to support all aspects of our rescue missions, sanctuary operations, and investigative work across the globe through philanthropic engagement with our extraordinary and generous supporters)

Fun Facts: Avid movie watcher. Coffee enthusiast. Enjoys floral arranging, gardening, and hikes with family. Mommy to Grant and Ro who run their own animal rescue operation from our playroom -  complete with stuffed animals and ‘Magna Tiles’ transport trucks. Shares an office with a 10 pound mini-schnauzer, Sniddy, who calls the shots.

Daphne Datema 

Senior Digital Fundraiser

Education: University of Amsterdam, MA in Media Studies

Main Function: Generating online donations through digital engagement funnels.

Fun Facts: Lives in the Netherlands together with a rescue sweetheart cat, Evi. Enjoys new places and meeting new people/dog friends. Next to that, also an astrologer. What’s your sign? 😉

Jen Wessel

Manager of the Founder’s Society

Education: University of Dayton, B.A. in English

Main Function: Engaging Founder Society members in our mission

Fun Facts: Has a rescued dog named Fletcher who is learning to “sing” along with Jen and her husband to various songs, such as Happy Birthday and Who Let the Dogs Out. Lives in Columbus Ohio and loves to ski, hike, camp, and road trip.

Shalea Daly

 Manager of the Pride Society and Creative for Direct Mail

Education: University of Vermont; BS in Animal Science, Minor in Fine Arts; Certificate in Wildlife Conservation

Main Function: Manage the monthly donor program The Pride Society and Create/Manage the Direct Mail program

Fun facts: Artist – love drawing animals, Avid black and white film photographer, Movie Buff, Sci-Fi reader and TV show extraordinaire, knower of interesting animal facts, worked as a vet assistant, worked with variety of animal’s wolves, lions, elephants, and horses. Pink is my favorite color and love Mythology.

Three of our key topics:

Companion animals

Find out what you can do to help pets in need


Disaster Relief Missions

When disaster strikes, we need to act fast


Help Bile Bears

FOUR PAWS fights for bears in Vietnam