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Our Team 

Get to Know Our Committee

San Francisco Aid for Animals has a volunteer-run board that manages its daily operations and growth.

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 the board of the Magic Theatre. He also scuba dives and supports wildlife causes.

Dr. Anne Marie Benfatto

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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 the San Francisco Bay Area. She
served as the treasurer for the San Francisco Veterinary Medical Association for 10 years.
She is one of the founding members of SFAfA. When not working with SF Aid for Animals,
some of her many interests include supporting human and animal welfare programs,
spending time with her two-legged and four-legged family, reading, honing her baking skills
and extensive travel and cultural exchange.

Ally Smith


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.

Bethany Curd


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.

Hanna Lee


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).

Priya Gangolly

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Priya is a healthcare and technology professional with over a decade of experience in startups, marketing, operations, and partnerships. She holds a Bachelors in Cognitive Psychology/Healthcare Social Issues and a Masters in Public Health. Her rescue dog, Lucy Ricardo, is a cancer survivor which inspired Priya to spend more time volunteering with animal welfare organizations in California, Hawaii, Taiwan, and India. She is an advocate of health and wellbeing for humans and animals alike, and is excited to support SFAfA’s mission of keeping animals and their families together.

Linda Huang

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Linda has been an avid animal lover ever since she was a kid growing up in Michigan with numerous pets. She has a BSE from the University of Michgian and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She would have preferred to become a veternarian, but was stymed early in her quest by Biology 101. Lucikly, the ability to support the animals and their families through SFAFA fullfills the desire to help families that are forced to make the impossible choice between unexpected fur baby medical expenses and financial stability. By day, she is a Product Manager for a pet telehealth startup, and by night, she and her dog Oso (@osoclumsy) can be found strolling around SF at various dog parks, beaches, and all the new outdoor dining options. 

Nick Motwani


Nick is a Senior Director of Finance at Sesame Workshop, the non profit behind the iconic Sesame Street television show. Since 2006, Nick has worked in Finance working exclusively with non profits, and consulted with some of the largest labor unions, community health centers, Universities and other global charitable organizations. From 2012 - 2014, Nick took a break from his professional goals and joined the United States Peace Corps and served in Eastern Europe. It was there where he adopted his tortishell cat, Megatron. 

Aurelia Heitz

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Aurelia is a Bay Area transplant, who has been calling the Bay her home for over 15 years. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Product Design, Engineering from Stanford University (the reason she moved here from Seattle area). Aurelia is currently a user researcher, passionate about understanding human behaviors, an avid animal lover, and auntie to two beautiful German shepherds. When she’s not doing research, playing with dogs, or working with SFAfA, she loves road cycling, backpacking, and solving any type of puzzle (logic, jigsaw, escape the room, you name it).

Lucy Xu


Lucy is a Bay Area native with degrees in Neuroscience and Psychology from UC Berkeley. She started her career in scientific research before meandering into tech, where she’s since led talent acquisition at multiple startups. A constant in Lucy’s life has been her love for animals and their well-being, which is evident through her volunteer work at various shelters and the adoption of her dogs. A few years ago, she experienced the difficult (and costly) journey of treating her first dog, Truffle’s, kidney disease. It was through this experience that she realized not only the emotional but also the financial hardship of caring for an ailing pet, so she is excited to contribute to SFAfA’s meaningful mission of keeping families and their animals together. In her free time, you can find Lucy and her pup, Theo, snuggled on the couch with a book or exploring the many beautiful beaches and trails around the Bay Area. 

Jaclyn Sherry


After growing up in New Hampshire and graduating with a B.S. from Cornell University in New York, Jaclyn has called California home since 2008. She has led operations at startups and NGOs and has a penchant for mission-driven initiatives. A lover of all animals, but especially dogs, Jaclyn was looking for ways to help keep pets healthy and happy and joined the SFAfA board in February 2023. She is drawn to SFAfA’s work because it benefits the local community, fills a critical gap, saves animals’ lives, and keeps pets and families together. Her own rescue dog Wallace is a small pup with a big personality, and you can often find them in Dolores Park, San Francisco. 

Dr. Lea Del Rosso


Lea is a Bay Area native.  She received her bachelor of science degree in biology at the University of California, Davis and then went on to receive her DVM degree from Oklahoma State University.  Lea has been a staff veterinarian at Balboa Pet Hospital in San Francisco since 1995 and currently serves as their medical director. Becoming an empty nester has further increased Lea's awareness of the importance of the human-animal bond and the role that 4-legged family members play in their owner's lives.  When she's not working you can find Lea taking long walks with her dog Vita, cheering on the SF Giants, or preparing a meal for family & friends with vegetables from her garden. 

Alexandria Kuo


Alex is a New Jersey native and has lived in San Francisco since 2018. Growing up, Alex loved dogs (more than humans sometimes!) and wanted pets of her own, but wasn’t able to with her family moving frequently. It wasn’t until senior year of college when she brought home her dog Millie, who has been her loyal companion through moves to Chicago, New York, and finally, San Francisco. Alex joined the SFAfA board in March 2024, as our mission deeply resonates with her. She understands the joy and significance that pets bring to our lives and believes that all families should have accessible care for their companion animals.

Emma Falley


Emma lives in Oakland with her partner and their dog Pearl! Growing up Emma spent a lot of time around animals from family pets at home to the cows and chickens at her great-grandparents farm. Solidifying that animals are family. Knowing the importance of having animals in our lives, Emma is excited to support SFAfA's work and assist pet parents in need of support. 

Emma has worked in fundraising, communications, marketing, and events at different non-profits for over 8 years and currently works at an affordable housing non-profit. 

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