Anne DuHaime - Anne has always been an animal
activist. She became vegetarian at the age of 4 when she discovered meat
was made from animals! She started Tri Boro Animal Welfare in 1987. She was elected for town council in 1990
and became the first woman Mayor of her home town in NJ. She built a
shelter during her time in office which serves six area towns.
She served on the State's Animal Companion Committee for five years. She
has been a hospice
volunteer for Care Alternative for ten years. She was born
in England, and her Dad was a Vicar (minister) in the Church of England
(Anglican). She married her husband Richard (a G.I.) in 1961 and came to
America in 1963. She has 5 children and ten grandchildren.
Jan Fredericks, MA, LPC - Jan founded God's
Creatures Ministry in 2001 while living in Pennsylvania. She was
Chairman of Catholic Concern for Animals-USA for their first 5 years as
a USA branch.
She has an MA in Christian Education and is a Licensed Professional
Counselor. She composed the presentation "God Knows...Animals Matter"
and she enjoys the outdoors, music (esp. Gospel), and reading.
Joe Dwyer - Joe is trained in
martial arts and possesses a 3rd degree black belt in Karate. Along
with this training and his diverse life experiences, Joe believes in
journeying with the people he speaks with by using an engaging style
that people thrive in. In December 2012 Joe opened his own dojo.
Noble Strength Dojo is located in Nutley, New Jersey.
dog trainer, Joe has always had a passion for animal rights. He has
rescued all of his dogs. Most recently, he trained one of the rescued
dogs, Shelby, to be a certified therapy dog. In November of 2011,
Daniel “the miracle Beagle” came to live with Joe and his family.
Daniel has already had a positive impact. Through his story of
survival from the gas chamber, Daniel has inspired adoptions and has
brought an awareness to the need to pass a law to ban the use of gas
chambers. He is also an author and motivational speaker.
"The way we view and treat animals affects and reflects
our relationship with God"
- Jan Fredericks
Rev. Frank L. and Mary T. Hoffman - Frank and Mary
are retired, and now volunteer full-time to manage The Mary T. and Frank
L. Hoffman Family Foundation and host the
site, which also hosts the God's Creatures Ministry web site.
Rev. Janet Regina Hyland,
11/30/33 to 10/9/07.
We were honored to have Rev. Hyland on our board. She treaded where
few dare to go battling the evil of indifference, injustice and
violence in our world for both people and animals. She knew that
our relationship with God is intimately connected with out treatment
of His animals who were put in our care. She was an Evangelical
minister who worked with various groups to meet the physical,
material and spiritual needs of migrant farm workers. She was also
the founder and director of Humane Religion, an educational and
outreach ministry that focuses on the biblical mandate to extend
God's love and compassion to animals, as well as to humans. She is
the author of "God's Covenant With Animals", The Slaughter
Of Terrified Beasts and Sexism Is A Sin.
She will live on in her writings and in our
hearts. Website: www.HumaneReligion.org
Laurie Roberts - Laurie supports her compassion for
animals through eating a vegetarian diet and using cruelty-free
products. In addition to her job as a medical biller, Laurie is a
holistic health counselor who helps her clients improve their lives by
moving towards a more compassionate diet & lifestyle. She also
volunteers at a nursing home bringing animals to visit the residents.
She enjoys physical fitness, movies, music and spending time with her
family & friends (esp furry ones!)
Mary Sepede, RN, MSN - Mary is a pediatric nurse
who received her MSN from Seton Hall University. She is a volunteer with
the Friends of Wayne Animals, who operates the Wayne Animal Shelter. She
runs a cat socialization program to help frightened cats become ready
for adoption. She also volunteers at her local parish in the Health
Ministry. Enjoys travel and nature. Mary has been a vegetarian for 26
Jeanne Sylvester - Jeanne has been a vegetarian and
animal rights activist for 20 years. Enjoys walking dogs at a local
animal shelter, playing the clarinet and the outdoors. She's a
God's Creatures Ministry (GCM) had it's first
meeting in NJ on Super Bowl Sunday, 2003. Jeanne, Mary, Laurie, Jan and
Anne attended. We hope that churches and similar communities will have
similar animal ministries or GCM chapters.
Brochures are available upon request.
Ministerio de las Criaturas de Dios