Susan Gainey

Susan was one of the original founding members of ITV with her friend, Brie Stafford.  Susan is a 1995 graduate of Indiana University and a 1999 graduate of Valparaiso University School of Law.  Susan also has her Masters of Law from Indiana University – Indianapolis. Susan started volunteering for Evansville Animal Control in the summer of 2010 after returning to her hometown of Evansville from Indianapolis.  Seeing the dire need to help animals in Evansville, Susan worked with a dedicated group of volunteers to formally form ITV in November 2010. Susan also helped form the Vanderburgh County Animal Cruelty Task Force.  She served as a volunteer Special Prosecutor for the task force from 2012-2015.  Susan successfully prosecuted numerous animal cruelty cases resulting in guilty pleas or convictions.  Susan is also one of the founding members of the Evansville Partnership for Animal Welfare (EPAW), a collaboration of animal welfare groups advocating for improving the lives of animals, including successfully passing a Trap, Neuter, Release (TNR) ordinance. Susan has extensive education and training in animal advocacy, including taking coursework in animal law while obtaining her Masters of Law and attending numerous animal law continuing legal education courses and conferences. She attended the National Animal Cruelty Prosecution Conference, National Animal Cruelty Investigations School, Maddie’s Dog Foster Apprenticeship Program, Heart Speak’s Animal Marketing Workshop, Animals in Disaster Response Training, as well has numerous other training and educational opportunities. Susan has over 20 years of experience in nonprofit management, serving on the Board of Directors for numerous nonprofit organizations.  She also has extensive experience in philanthropy, including grant writing and fundraising for nonprofit organizations.