Meet Our Team

Leila Vaughan is President of PAN and a founding member of the Board of Directors. Leila has been vegan for 14 years and is passionate about helping other people go vegan. She has organized six vegan pledge programs and helped coordinate countless others. Leila is a mom to a vegan toddler and works as a nonprofit and tax attorney.

Dara Lovitz is Vice-President of PAN and a founding member of the Board of Directors. Dara is an Adjunct Professor of Animal Law and works for a non-profit CLE organization. She is the author of Muzzling A Movement: The Effects of Anti-Terrorism Law, Money, and Politics on Animal Activism and Catching Falling Cradles: A Gentle Approach to Classic Rhymes. She has been a vegan and animal activist since she met Leila Vaughan in 2004.

Gary Kaplan is the Web Director of PAN. He also coordinates many of PAN’s DC area activities. He has been vegan for 18 years and has been involved in vegan/ animal rights activism for most of that time. Gary is a registered nurse.

Christopher-Sebastian McJetters is the PAN’s social media manager. He divides his time between London, England, and New York City. A copyeditor by profession, Sebastian is a staff writer at Vegan Publishers, and part-time lecturer on speciesism at Columbia University. He is also an offsite volunteer coordinator for VINE Sanctuary and senior editor for VINE Sanctuary Press. He sits on the advisory board for Black Vegans Rock. Plus, he provides part-time writing and research support for A Well-Fed World. His work focus on examining the complex relationships between animal violence, anti-black racism, queer liberation and classism. He explains why veganism is a useful tool for deconstructing multiple systemic oppressions.

Elaine Packer joined the board in 2015.  She’s been vegan for over five years and participated in the Phoenixville Pledge.  Before that she was vegetarian for a very long time and has been volunteering with PAN since 2010. Elaine has two degrees, one in fashion and one in graphic design. She is currently a graphic designer. She enjoys crafts and is big on recycling.

Lou Leyes has been a vegan for a little over 4 years, after a long bout with vegetarianism that left him slow, fat and clueless about the real harms to cows caused by dairy farming.  He has several books in his head, which will someday make it to paper, and enjoys helping people make healthy transitions to veganism.  Lou owns a financial planning firm headquartered in York, PA.  He lives in Center City with the love of his life, Susan.  He hopes to measure up to half of the rest of this board’s accomplishments someday!

Jeesely Soto joined the board in 2016. She is a graduate of the Phoenixville Vegan Pledge along with her husband and now runs the Phoenixville Vegan Pledge. Last year she was a co-organizer for Phoenixville’s first VegFest, a vegan food and street festival. She loves to cook and loves the challenge of veganizing dishes. In her free time she enjoys reading and taking foodie road trips with her family and friends.