VFAES could not function without the support of our dedicated, talented and generous volunteers. We are eternally grateful for their precious time and commitment to helping Asian elephants of India. All of our volunteers come from diverse walks of life, but what glues our team together is their passion to protect endangered Asian elephants, and leave a better planet for our future generations.

SAMANTHA SMITH

Samantha Smith, a business executive, is VFAES's ambassador in the United Kingdom and has been creating awareness about the plight of elephants on behalf of VFAES for the past two years. She says, "I feel that everyone can do something to help these majestic souls - by supporting, donating or arranging an event for this amazing cause. I choose VFAES - as I believe in Sangita Iyer - her commitment, dedication, non-stop energy and emotional bond to do whatever she can to protect these innocent, clever, beautiful creatures.   I will always support VFAES as much as I physically can."

JENNIFER HEBDEN

Jennifer is a graphic designer with experience in marketing, social media, and email campaigns. When she's not spending time with her bulldog Gus, she's usually working or volunteering for various non-profits. She decided to volunteer for VFAES because of her love of animals and Sangita's clear vision of what changes need to be made to help the Asian Elephants in India

DANIELLE WEST

Dani is an advocate for elephants and works closely with Free the Oregon Zoo Elephants which is a non profit that works to get the elephants out of captivity in her hometown. She volunteered for Sangita at a screening of Gods In Shackles and decided to jump on board and lend a hand with VFAES as well. Her love for elephants runs deep and her dream is that the species is saved and respected for lifetimes to come. She hopes to follow in some of her hero’s footsteps and open a sanctuary of her own one day.

SARAH KASBEER

Sarah has over ten years of experience in writing, editing, and brand marketing. She lives in New York City and has loved elephants since childhood. While reporting on a story about the plight of Asian elephants, she was disturbed by what she found. Sarah chose to volunteer for VFAES because she believes in the power of storytelling to create empathy and change culture

COLEEN OCKLETREE

Coleen Ockletree is a graphic/web designer and photojournalist. Her passion for elephants started in childhood. Growing up as a Sri Lankan, she was taught that elephants are iconic. It was commonplace for her to see photos, statues and wall hangings of elephants displayed in the households she visited.

Coleen became involved with VFAES after learning that elephants are an endangered species. She was heartbroken to learn that elephants are poached for their tusks, dying due to human-wildlife conflict and are treated like slaves in temples. “I joined VFAES because I wanted to do something constructive to help the asian elephant. I am inspired by Sangita’s dedication, and believe in what she and VFAES are trying to accomplish.”

ANISH BANERJEE

Anish Banerjee is an undergraduate student in Manchester. His interests in elephant welfare have been garnered through his numerous trips to the Indian forests. The documentary "Gods in Shackles" has inspired him to support VFAES' awareness campaigns on social media.

FORMER VOLUNTEERS:

JANE WILSON

Jane Wilson is a retired science technician. She is involved with Voice for Asian Elephants Society (VFAES) on several capacities. Jane was inspired to join VFAES after reading a newspaper article about the temple elephants. She says, "I had no idea that captive elephants endured such brutal treatment and I knew I wanted to do something to help."

LYNAE NORMAN

Lynae comes from a background in marketing and enjoys devoting time to her passions outside of her day to day work. She is a lover of animals and believes in the spirit of nature. She has chosen to volunteer with VFAES after she was moved by an experience with elephants in Thailand. The more she learns about the hardships of elephants the more she is inspired to spread this knowledge and help create real change

JESS MARIE LARRAIN

Jess chose to support VFAES because of the incredible dedication to the cause. She said, "Sangita is such a wonderful leader who inspires me to stand for everything I believe in. I'm honored to have gained so much experience & now have the connection with VFAES." 

NEELANJANA GAUTAM

Neelanjana is a writer with a passion for nonprofits and organizations that are altruistic in nature. She believes that each one of us is here for something unique, and the universe has a way of connecting people with shared ideals. Her love for elephants drove her to VFAES where she is loving her role as a researcher and writer of the cultural and social dynamics of Asian elephants. She has a background in journalism and teaching.

COLBY STEINER

I have a professional experience in the areas of psychology, finance, consulting, marketing, social media and advocating for the voiceless. I first became interested in VFAES after watching God's in Shackles. Specifically, Ramabhran, who passed away in March, 2017, captured my heart. After witnessing the torture and suffering these gentle giants endure, I could not turn away or hide my head in the sand. Sangita has always been an inspiration to me &  I'm grateful to my friend for giving me the opportunity to be a part of  VFAES's Twitter page.

ABOUT US:

VFAES is a 501(c)(3) organization with a vision to protect endangered Asian elephants and their habitats in India, while also ensuring that tribal people and those living near the forest fringes have their basic needs met, so they will be inspired to coexist peacefully with these magnificent animals.

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CONTACT US:
Phone: 1-833-8323787 (VFAESUS)

E-mail: support@vfaes.org

Address: 3415 South Sepulveda Blvd.,

Suite 1100, Los Angeles, California

VFAES Charitable Tax ID: 47-3943896

Postal Code: 90034