Meet Our Team

Leila Vaughan is President of PAN and a founding member of the Board of Directors. Leila has been vegan since 2001 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 child 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 has been vegan since 1999 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.

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.

Meredith Clayton has been vegan since 2006 and became involved in the PAN Vegan Pledge when living in Northern VA. She continued volunteering with PAN when she moved to Philly in 2014 and joined the board in 2018. Meredith works in Human Resources at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Rachel Black attended Temple University where she received BFA in Painting. She then stayed in Philadelphia for the next 5 years where she worked for two animal welfare non-profits. During these years Rachel fought for veg food options, enacting the Meatless Monday program in four school districts, organized dozens of community events around compassionate living, and helped grow a thriving network of volunteer activists around the country, mentoring them to advocate for a more environmentally friendly and compassionate way of living through plant-based eating. She also gave hundreds of presentations on the devastating effect of modern animal agriculture in high schools and colleges. Rachel is now a teaching assistant at a Charter School in a suburb of Philadelphia and a presenter for Factory Farming Awareness Coalition. Rachel believes our society can change for the better, and hopes to inspire our future generation to make conscious decisions that positively affect them and the society they live in.