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 Phone
Jeff San Souci  Chairman Hagen Group (800) 225-2700 ext.160
Michael Lou CFO Patchwork Pet (909) 270-4340
Heather Coots 1st Vice Chair King Wholesale, Inc. (530) 713-5748
Chris Clevers 2nd Vice Chair Hikari Sales U.S.A. Inc. (510) 785-3244
Bill Trufant Secretary B & B Pet Stop, Inc. (251) 661-3474
Antoine Seailles Board Member Pet Food Experts (800) 637-7338 ext.3232
David Dieter Board Member ZooMed (805) 542-9988
Dr. Micah Kohles  Board Member Oxbow Animal Health (402) 867-2400
Jay Springer  Board Member Pet Supplies Plus (000)
Jennifer Larsen  Board Member Fire House Pet Shop (509) 668-7387
Keryn Rod  Board Member Animal Welfare Strategies (561) 703-2632
Kim Stout  Board Member Coastal Pet Products (800) 321-0248
Sandy Moore Board Member Segrest Farms (813) 677-9196 ext.1223
Sarah Goldberger Board Member Lord Jameson (985) 805-6735
Barry Berman  Chair Emeritus NexPet Retailer Co-op (212) 348-8171
Michael Lasky Chair Emeritus SLA Brands (415) 789-9030


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 of Events
Pete Risano VP of Membership and Partnerships
Jessica Guzman VP of Marketing
Elizabeth Spivak VP of Sales
Debra Spaulding Director of Education
James Keyston, CEM Director of Sales & Exhibitor Services
Janelle Tamez Director of Grooming & Pet Services
Sabra Soriano Marketing Manager
Eric Moore Account Executive for Live Animals, Aquatic, WPA365 and New Product Showcase
Shelly Armstrong Client Engagement Manager
Maryellen Mahoney Special Projects Manager
Lixin Xiao Comptroller
Alice Albanese Exhibit Sales Manager
Deanna Webb Sales Coordinator