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.


Name Board Position Company
Jeff San Souci  Chairman Hagen Group
Michael Lou CFO Patchwork Pet
Heather Coots 1st Vice Chair King Wholesale, Inc.
Dr. Micah Kohles  2nd Vice Chair Compania Pet Brands
David Dieter Secretary ZooMed
Bill Trufant Board Member B & B Pet Stop, Inc.
Antoine Seailles Board Member Green Juju
Jay Springer  Board Member Animal Solutions Group
Jennifer Larsen  Board Member Fire House Pet Shop
Keryn Rod  Board Member PETZ
Sandy Moore Board Member Segrest Farms
Sarah Goldberger Board Member Lord Jameson
Michael Lasky Chair Emeritus SLA Brands
Chris Clevers Chair Emeritus Hikari Sales U.S.A. Inc.



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.

Name Staff Position
Victor Mason President
Mike Karsting SVP
Mary Kate Martin VP of Operations
Jessica Guzman VP of Marketing
Elizabeth Spivak VP of Sales
Sabra Soriano Director of Marketing
Debra Spaulding Director of Education
James Keyston, CEM Director of Sales & Exhibitor Services
Janelle Tamez Director of Grooming
Lorie Gross Operations Manager
Eric Moore Account Manager
Shelly Armstrong Client Engagement Manager
Lixin Xiao Comptroller
Alice Albanese Exhibit Sales Manager
Deanna Webb Sales Coordinator
Sharon Nettles Grooming Coordinator
Angela Christiansen Salesforce Administrator
Sandy Stein Executive Administrator
Ashley Gonzalez David  Marketing Coordinator