Our Board of Directors and Professional Staff


We are pleased to have a group of leading industry professionals serving on WPA’s Board of Directors. These dedicated individuals know the pet industry inside and out, and bring their collective expertise together to promote the health and growth of our industry— so we all benefit.

NameBoard PositionCompanyPhone
Chris Clevers ('21)ChairmanHikari Sales U.S.A. Inc.
(510) 785-3244
Kim Stout (’21)Vice ChairCoastal Pet Products(800) 321-0248
Troy Firth (’21)CFOAnipet Animal Supplies Inc.(604) 536-3367
Jeff San Souci (’20)SecretaryHagen Group(800) 225-2700 x 160
Barry Berman (’21)Board MemberNexPet Retailer Co-op212- 348-8171
Dr. Chad Dodd (’21)Board MemberAnimatas Consulting LLC(785) 393-6088
Michael Johnson (’20)Board MemberFINN CADY Strategy & Brand(801) 671-9844
Dr. Micah Kolhes (’21)Board MemberOxbow Animal Health(402) 867-2400
Michael Lasky (’20)Chairman 2009-11SLA Brands415-789-9030
Michael Lou (’21)Board MemberPatchwork Pet909-270-4340
Keryn Rod (’21)Board MemberAmerican Humane Association(800) 227-4645
Heather Smith (’21) Board MemberKing Wholesale Inc.(530) 713-5748
Bill Trufant (’20)Board MemberB & B Pet Stop, Inc.251-661-3474
Michael Twain (’20)Board MemberAmazing Pet Products(503) 239-5770


The professional staff of WPA are available to provide support, answer questions, coordinate activities and ensure the association runs smoothly. Please reach out – we’d love to hear from you.

NameStaff Position
Victor MasonPresident
Elizabeth SpivakGroup Sales Director
Jessica Guzman 
Senior Director of Marketing
Debra SpauldingDirector of Education
James Keyston, CEMDirector of Sales & Sponsorship
Khris Berry Director of Grooming
Sabra SorianoMarketing & Sales Coordinator
Janelle TamezGrooming Coordinator
Eric MooreCommunity Manager
Maryellen MahoneyCommunity Manager
Shelly ArmstrongCommunity Manager
Li Xin XiaoOffice Manager
Amanda AlonzoDigital Systems Coordinator
Alice Albanese
Account Executive