Lisa Prince Fishler
Founder and Executive Director
Lisa has always shared her life with a colorful collection of animal friends. An artist, professional photographer, and tireless advocate for all living things, HeARTs Speak is the embodiment of all she believes in. Lisa feels passion is the spark that can ignite change, and she strives to create a work culture that always considers and acts on this. She can also rebuild a carburetor, so if your shelter vehicles need any work, she might be able to help with that, too.
Director of Operations
Caitlin became involved in animal sheltering after years of volunteering as a grant writer for local nonprofits in her area. She has always loved animals and was lucky enough to stumble into a career that allowed her to explore that passion. Prior to joining HeARTs Speak, Caitlin was the Assistant Director of Animal Farm Foundation. She has found her four-legged soul mate in her dog, Paddy, and hopes to bring to her role what she has learned from him: endless curiosity, unshakeable optimism, and the tenacity to lead with compassion.
Director of Communications
Hannah is an unabashed guinea pig enthusiast, grammar fanatic, and painter, who weaved her way to HeARTs Speak via several years in animal rescue management, and a stint in digital marketing. She fearlessly welcomes the challenge of a character limit, and if she’s not whipping up blog posts or pitching stories, you’ll probably find her sipping Earl Grey tea and wondering what the weather is like today in her homeland of New Zealand.
As HeARTs Speak’s master of all things membership, Diana is the friendly face most of members meet first. She’s also an accomplished pet photographer, running her own boutique pet photography business in her home state of Alabama, Pet Pawtography. Perhaps most importantly, however, Diana believes chips and salsa are underrated as a main dish.
Valerie is a pet portrait photographer and dog trainer based in southern New Jersey. In her spare time, she photographs adoptable animals for several local shelters, rescues, and fosters. Her work has been seen in several magazines and books, including American Dog Magazine, Local Living Magazine, and Great Destinations, NJ.
Rebekah is a storytelling artist. She can’t remember a single time in her life when she wasn’t surrounded by animals… or a time when she wasn’t in the middle of making something. Writing, crafting, photography, and voiceover are just some of the things you’ll find her obsessing over, whether she’s working or playing. No matter what medium she’s immersed in, though, she always has time for belly rubs and snuggling her soulmutt, Gracie Lou.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Lisa Prince Fishler
Lisa is the Vice President of HeARTs Speak’s Board of Directors and its Executive Director. A New York based professional photographer, Lisa founded the global HeARTs Speak in 2010. Her passion for art, animals, and advocacy converged to inspire her to create a community of individuals united for a common cause — saving the lives of shelter pets. Lisa earned her BA from Vassar College, and an MA from Goddard.
Jill Flynn is a Phoenix, Arizona based photographer that specializes in Pet Photography and the Treasurer of HeARTs Speak’s Board of Directors. She works closely with numerous animal welfare organizations and volunteers her services by taking photographs of shelter animals as well as teaches other volunteers how to take photographs of animals. She is a firm believer in being involved in community and giving back. Jill also teaches photography for The Perfect Picture School of Photography, does private instruction, workshops, photography mentoring and creates stock imagery for Getty and Corbis. Her work has been used commercially, appeared on book covers, in fine art magazines and private galleries. Clients and credits include ABC Good Morning America, Avalon Television, Avanti Press, Bloomberg Business Week, National Veterinary Associates, NBC Universal, Oxford University Press.
Lori Fusaro has worked as a photographer since 1996. Her boutique studio, Fusaro Photography, is based in Los Angeles, CA, where she is well known for her lifestyle portraiture of pets. She was honored as the top portrait photographer in the L.A. area for four consecutive years and her work has been featured on NBC Nightly News, The Today Show Pets and in the book ‘So You Want To Be A Pet Photographer’. Lori is also the staff photographer for Best Friends Animal Society. Many of her photographs have received critical acclaim and graced the pages and covers of calendars, magazines and been showcased in art shows. She has worked successfully with several animal organizations including: • BAD RAP • HeARTs Speak • Idaho Humane Society • Born Again Pit Bull Rescue • The Unexpected Pit Bull • Wings Of Rescue • Angel City Pit Bulls • k9 connection • Guide Dogs For The Blind • Pin Ups For Pups •
Amanda Jones has been photographing dogs, exclusively for private and commercial clients across the United States. Her style is simple and elegant, highlighting each subject’s expressive features. Amanda maintains a busy US travel schedule that allows private clients in most major metropolitan areas access to her services. Her work has been used to create packaging and print advertising campaigns for some of the world’s most recognized pet brands. Amanda’s work has been featured in countless national publications including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Houston Chronicle, Bark Magazine and the German dog magazine, Dogs. She has appeared on several television shows including Good Morning America, The Early Show and San Francisco’s Evening Magazine. She has published four books of her photographs. She and her husband, Chris, work together from her studio in the northern part of Berkshire County, Massachusetts. It is located on the campus of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, MA. She is devoted to her Dachshund, Benny and her cat, Ethel Mertz. And of course, her twelve year old daughter, Sophie.
Erica Matyas is HeARTs Speak’s Creative Director. As a portrait photographer and freelancer in the film and television industry, Erica has been employed in both the non-profit and public arts sector, forming a widespread group of contacts in the creative industries. She has held positions on various projects from major motion pictures and television series to commercials and film festivals. She earned her B.F.A from the University of Central Florida, after being selected to join their limited-admission Film Production program in 2000. An internship with National Geographic Television sealed the deal on her preferred genre of documentary filmmaking and exploring the small things that create a large impact. She started her photography business, Photohound Dog Photography, in 2004 and continues to promote her passion for filmmaking, photography and animal advocacy across all creative platforms.
Kelly Schulze is a Certified Professional Photographer and owns Mountain Dog Photography in northern Vermont. Kelly is known for her animal portraiture, especially her work related to animal rescue. She and her husband, Ian, volunteer weekly with Humane Society of Chittenden County, the largest animal shelter in the state. Kelly’s work with HSCC has won awards, been used as the basis for a high school art fundraiser project, and is featured on HeARTs Speak’s website. Kelly and Ian also volunteer with Ivana Iguana Wisdom and Rescue in Burlington, Vermont. IIWR focuses on rehoming exotic pets such as reptiles, amphibians, birds, and fish and educating the public about their proper care. Kelly has been an animal lover her entire life. She volunteered for her local shelter in high school, attended an agricultural high school, and majored in Animal Science at University of Vermont. She has worked in the equine and dairy industries. In addition to domestic animals Kelly has a passion for wildlife and family vacations are often planned around a particular location, species or ecosystem. Kelly and Ian share their home with 6 cats and 5 dogs, all rescues. Several chickens also give the family fresh food, insect control, and much entertainment.
A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Natalie Smith has spent most of her life involved in animal welfare. While rescuing and rehoming stray cats from her urban community garden, Natalie became involved with Philadelphia’s animal control shelter, eventually becoming a volunteer, dog foster parent, and finally staff member as Community Programs Coordinator. Over six years and through multiple organizational transitions, Natalie became the Assistant Director of Operations at Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia (ACCT Philly). While at ACCT Philly, Natalie developed, managed and expanded the shelter’s Life Saving (foster, adoption and rescue transfer) and volunteer programs, including managing the shelter’s relationship with HeARTs Speak’s Perfect Exposure Project. The unique “Pen Pal” program that Natalie created and implemented has been nationally recognized by the animal welfare community, and Natalie has presented and co-presented at regional and national conferences on expanding foster programs and on “open” adoption programs. As of April 2014, Natalie has moved to the West Sound area of Washington State to be the Director of Animal Welfare at Kitsap Humane Society, where she oversees all shelter operations and life saving programs. Natalie has three cats, two dogs, and a rotating cast of foster animals.