Our Founders & Trustees

Voice For The Needy, Inc. was founded in 2012 by people who want to change the life of stray animals for the better. We have a staff of 4 people in United States and 2 collaborators in Romania. These people work tirelessly to put an end to animal abuse and neglect. They volunteer their time and resources to help animals in need.

Daniela Popescu

Daniela Popescu

Founder

Since she was a child Daniela loved animals and saw them as friends. When she was a teenager she heard about a kid in her neighborhood who was torturing little kittens and threw a two months old kitten from the 5th floor. This memory stuck with her and it was a factor in her decision to do something about the unfortunate situation of Romanian stray animals.

Sadly this incident was not an isolated event. Many of her other friends told her about kids and parents who were borderline cruel to stray cats and dogs.

She never got to talk to that kid nor protect that particular helpless kitten, but she vowed that one day she will do something to prevent things like that from happening again. That's how she decided to found a charity that not only offers shelter to unwanted animals, but also educates people and makes them better and move loving toward animals.

Christine Baghdeser

Christine Baghdeser

Treasurer

Christine's passion is creating beautifully designed and user-friendly visual websites and online/print marketing assets. She uses her technical expertise, user-experience knowledge, and interpersonal skills to establish a successful track record in designing effective and compelling graphics for web/mobile, and releasing high quality web projects.

Christine is also a passionate animal rights activist. Her love for animals compelled her to take on designing Voice For The Needy's website and actively participate in raising awareness of the plight of stray animals.

Nicole DelGallo

Nicole DelGallo

Secretary

Nicole Del Gallo is the Board Secretary for Voice For The Needy. She is responsible for creating fundraising activities and speaking to the people in the community to help draw new supporters.

Her public relations know-how, marketing and design talents are a tremendous asset to the organization. Nicole is a creative designer with experience in designing for international markets through various medias.

She graduated The Art Institute of California with a Bachelor of Science in Interactive Media Design. Nicole's love and passion for being a voice for animals lead her to want to be a part of Voice For The Needy.

Her other hobbies and interests include; painting, drawing, music, cooking and being outdoors. Nicole hopes to create world wide awareness about animal neglect and abuse, and to be a crusader for animals.

Bonnie Schuenke

Bonnie Schuenke

Adoption and foster coordinator

Bonnie has had pets all of her life, dogs,cats, rabbits, horses, and a variety of small critters, too numerous to count. One of the most vivid memories from when she was young is finding hurt and sick animals in need and nursing them back to health. Being a nurturing person, when it came time to pick a career, naturally she chose nursing school.

As time went by, she never lost her love for animals or any creature for that matter. She is the kind of human who puts bugs and spiders gently out the house instead of squishing them, moves worms and snails into the grass so they don’t get stepped on or run over, and occasionally she helped a frog or two out the window well after it had fallen in.

Bonnie has now dogs from 4 different countries and volunteered her home to do international and local fostering for many dogs and cats in need. The latest addition to her canine children is Alice, a senior dog adopted from Romania.

Bonnie took a special interest in Romanian homeless dogs and is working hard to find homes for them where they can be loved and cared for properly. Bonnie truly is a voice for the needy and we are grateful to have her onboard.

Candy Fung

Candy Fung

Product Donation Program Coordinator

Candy Fung is in charge of our Product Donations program. She graduated Santa Monica College with a degree in Interactive Technology and is currently a stay at home mom for her beautiful two children.

In her spare time she volunteers for Voice For The Needy. She develops and promotes programs designed to encourage pet products donations for cats and dogs in Romania and United States.

Alexandra Pastor

Alexandra Pastor

Event Coordinator

Born in Romania Alexandra Pastor is currently living in Los Angeles. She wears two hats: social media coordinator and treasurer. Some of her duties include keeping track of finances, event organization, fundraising and promotions.

Above all that she sets a great example by adopting one of the strays from Romania.

Her experience in sales is an important asset to Voice For The Needy, Inc. Outside of charity work Alexandra is a talented singer with an impressive career that includes singing at various European festivals and events (also in United States).

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