Meet the Board of Directors
Founder and President
Steven Shulman was born in LA and raised in Miami Beach.
At age 18, after graduating high school, both of his parents died. Moving to Tampa to attend college, and without any family, he adopted a stray collie named Star, and a bond was soon formed.
Steven realized both he and Star were each other’s only family. His compassion for animals was born out of mutual respect and the need for each other to live a life of happiness and contentment. There was a purpose for Star and Steven protecting and caring for one another that wouldn’t come to light until years later.
Returning to Miami after college, Steven worked menial jobs until a mentor named Myrna entered his life, convincing Steven to quit his job, get an insurance license and create financial freedom by being his own boss with limitless success awaiting.
Steven’s career as an independent insurance broker flourished, as did his love and compassion for helping stray and abandoned animals. Knowing he needed to make an impact in the lives of animals in distress, “To whom much is given, much is expected” became Steven’s mantra for his motivation to do something.
In January 2015, along with fellow animal advocate Jacquelyn Johnston, Animal Care Now, Inc was born.
Jason S. Weiss, ESQ
VP and General Counsel
Jason S. Weiss, ESQ is an attorney who is an advocate for the rights of his clients.
Sarah Leddick grew up in Southern California. Graduating from San Diego State University with an MA degree, Sarah worked full time as a fashion model throughout Europe, eventually leading to a full-time career as a professional makeup artist for TV and movies. Sarah is fluent in English and conversational in Spanish, French and Italian.
Sarah started rescuing stray animals as a child. In 2009, when asked by a friend to visit Miami Dade Animal Services (MDAS) and help rescue three Chihuahuas before they were scheduled to be euthanized (due to lack of space), that her passion for animal rescue came full circle.
The sadness and desperation she witnessed in the eyes shelter dogs and cats motivated her to regularly start rescuing animals out of the MDAS, with intentions of placing them with people in loving homes, once they were well enough to be adopted, after any medical issues were addressed and resolved.
Sarah started pulling animals out of MDAS shelter for other nonprofit rescue groups, saving them from their ultimate fate, euthanasia, and transported them to numerous boarding facilities throughout South Florida, where various rescue groups would take over responsibility of each dog she pulled out of MDAS.
This experience prompted Sarah to create her own rescue, Green Mile Rescue of So. Fla. Through Green Mile Rescue she continues her efforts to save the lives of dogs and cats by giving them a safe environment to live and play in, while waiting for their forever families to come adopt them.
VP, Secretary, and soon-to-be Executive Director
Jacquelyn Johnston is a PhD Student in the Global and Sociocultural Studies Department at Florida International University. Johnston spent over a decade working in nonprofit and government animal welfare organizations, earned an MBA from FIU and a MS in Veterinary Forensic Science from University of Florida. Her current research intersects biopolitical analysis and more-than-human geography. She focuses on the political invocation of ferality in government programs managing stray populations of dogs and cats, incongruous legal requirements for culling animals as legislatively determined by custody, links between animal advocacy and political response as "humane" programs, and the arbitrary and contingent ways ferality is operationalized in animal welfare debates between domestic and wild life advocates.
After a decade of work with animal welfare nonprofits and one of the largest municipal kill shelters in the nation, I earned an MBA from Florida International University in 2014, and a Master of Veterinary Forensic Science at University of Florida in Spring 2017. I also founded a grassroots 501c3 non-profit – No Paw Left Behind.
To learn more about JJ's work, please visit her site