Board of Directors
Judy Petullo, Co-Executive Director
Judy is co-executive director of VegNet Bend. She founded the group in 2008 as an expression of her passion about animal rights and veganism. Howard Lyman, "The Mad Cowboy," came to Bend to help launch the group.
Judy is also producer of All Things Vegan Radio, a talk show on local station KPOV 88.9. Along with co-host Barb Troyer, the show has completed over 150 interviews with vegans from around the world. Judy also serves as a board member at KPOV.
Judy loves spending time with her family and fur critters. Other passions include gardening, reading, and watching the wild animals that frequent her yard. A long-time vegan, Judy was previously the Executive Director of an EarthSave group in Bend, and she has completed the T. Colin Campbell Plant Based Certificate Course.
Barb Troyer, Co-Executive Director
Barb is a facilitator for changemakers and organizations doing good in the world. In addition to creating A Broken Angel with Chef Richard Hull, her major clients include a farmed animal sanctuary and a center teaching nonviolent communication skills.
Barb earned an M.A. in Humane Education and is working on a book project that explores the compelling transformation stories of animal activists. She's also the co-host of All Things Vegan Radio and co-executive director of VegNet Bend.
Christine White, Treasurer
Christine has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. During her professional career she worked for several corporations and specialized in risk management, group employee benefits and retirement plans, and human resources.
Following retirement, Christine dedicated herself to animal activism. She successfully worked on two ballot initiatives, became certified as a Disaster Animal Rescue Team and Emergency Response Team volunteer; orchestrated the election of a US congressman who continues to have a 100% rating with the Humane Society of the United States; was deployed following the rescue of animals used for dog fighting on two occasions; named Humane Activist of the Year in 2011 by the Humane Society Legislative Fund; and lobbied federal and state legislators for humane laws.
Christine has been vegan for 9 years and vegetarian for 23 years.