Meet The Maine Animal Coalition Board of Directors

Beth Gallie (President)

Beth is an attorney and lives in South Portland, Maine with her husband and two companion animals.

Michael Angelone (Treasurer)

Mike was born and raised in Maine. He grew up in a family pizza business and went on to run his own shops.  After years of eating and selling cheese and meat, Mike evolved to a plant-based diet for ethical, environmental and health reasons.  Mike lives in Portland with his wife and adopted dog.

Denise Zahares (Secretary)

Denise was a vegetarian for 20 plus years before becoming vegan in 2012 for ethical reasons.  She has been married to Todd since 1988, and has three adult children, Kyle, Alexa, and Stephanie. She works for Bolduc Eyecare as a billing specialist.  She lives in Old Orchard Beach with her family and three cats. They are also long time caretakers of two feral cats. She loves animals, reading, and yoga. 

Barbara Downey-Capasso

Barbara is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and a Certified New England based Health Coach. A life long anmal advocate and vegetarian for over 20 years, she is excited to see trends shift towards a vegan lifestyle. According to Barbara, “A whole food  plant based diet is where it’s at for personal health as well as the health of our planet.”  Barbara is also certified in Anusara yoga and is presently studying Ayurveda at the Himalayan Institute. Barbara lives in Falmouth with her husband John and the best cat and dog ever!

Val Giguere

Val is a professional environmental engineer with a love for all animals. Val served on the board of directors of a Maine farmed animal sanctuary for 3-1/2 years where she was involved with many aspects of sanctuary operations including animal care, fundraising/grant writing and research and administrative work. Wanting to gain a more in depth knowledge of the required animal care for farmed animals and overall sanctuary operations, she attended Farm Sanctuary’s Animal Care Conference in the fall of 2017.  In addition to serving on the MAC board, Val volunteers with several other sanctuaries and animal advocacy organizations.  Val also has a Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Foundation and lives with her 3 dogs and 2 cats.

Contacting the Board:

Contact any Board member at the general MAC e-mail address:  Please insert “Attention to: (Board member’s name)” in the Subject line. Board members may also be contacted at the following address and phone number:

Maine Animal Coalition

142 High Street, Suite 322

P.O. Box 6683

Portland, ME 04103