Meet the Global Strays Staff

ELIZABETH SHAFIROFF

PRESIDENT/BOARD MEMBER

Liz is the President and Co-Founder of Global Strays. After witnessing the suffering and overpopulation crisis of stray animals while traveling in Central America, she was inspired to start Global Strays. In her twenties, she began fostering and finding homes for pitbulls who were scheduled to be euthanized. Prior to Global Strays, she was a freelance photojournalist for Reuters and The Wall Street Journal. She has a fascination with log cabins, rivers in The Texas Hill Country and has a particular knack for alternative medicine.

Kristy Himmler 

International Programs Director

Kristy Himmler has previously worked for various educational and womas health non-profit organizations in New York City and Guatemala. Her love for Latin America and animals drew her to Global Strays. She believes in Global Strays’ mission and thinks it is yielding positive changes everywhere it is present. Kristy loves traveling, trying new food, and any activity that is in the ocean.

Tariana Nguyen

Communications Director

Kathe Rivera

Programs Manager, Colombia

Kathe Rivera began her rescue work by bringing food to starving animals in the streets south of Bogotá, Colombia. There, she opened her first animal shelter, Fundación Pacto Animal, in 2013 and managed the foundation entirely alone. In 2017 amid a financial crisis in Colombia, Kathe was between a rock and a woof place and on the verge of closing the shelter. At that moment in time, she received a phone call from Global Strays, who met Kathe at her shelter in Sibate. Kathe and Global Strays immediately formed a partnership. Since that day, Kathe has successfully rescued and found homes for over 700 dogs.

Elisa Quiroz

Facilitator, Nicaragua

Elisa Quiroz first felt the rush of rescuing animals when she saved a baby kitten unable to walk. In 2014, Elisa started the ADAN Foundation, which rescues and rehabilitates dogs, cats, and horses. Once the animals are rehabilitated, they are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and put up for adoption. With the aid of Global Strays, the ADAN Foundation has had an impact on government policy through the reform of Law 747, which protects the welfare of domestic animals in Nicaragua. Elisa is a Project Coordinator for the Global Strays Spay and Neuter & Veterinarian Care Program, and she inspects and oversees several of our affiliated shelters.

Mabia Elisa Espinoza Sánchez

Facilitator, Global Strays Spay/Neuter & Veterinarian Care Program and COVID Pet Food Pantry Program

Mabia Elisa Espinoza Sánchez is a lover of all things nature and animals. She began rescuing stray animals when she was 22 years old. With her two sisters and a degree in economics, Mabia used her business acumen to found Rescatanda Huellas, the largest animal shelter in Nicaragua. Since teaming up with Global Strays in 2017, Mabia has successfully run our programs in Nicaragua including the Spay and Neuter & Veterinarian Care Program and the COVID-19 pet Food Pantry Program, which help feed pets for families affected by the pandemic.