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.
Chris Clevers 2nd Vice Chair Hikari Sales U.S.A. Inc.
Bill Trufant Secretary B & B Pet Stop, Inc.
Antoine Seailles Board Member Pet Food Experts
David Dieter Board Member ZooMed
Dr. Micah Kohles  Board Member Oxbow Animal Health
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



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
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
Sabra Soriano Marketing 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