Our Team

OUR PEOPLE

Meet the Team

Chuck & Jennifer Laue

Co-Founders

Chuck and Jennifer Laue are two compassionate individuals who have dedicated their lives to helping people, animals, and the planet. The Laues started investing in plant-based and alternative protein companies in 2013 and subsequently created Stray Dog Capital to focus on a more humane, sustainable, and healthier future through venture capital. Since then, their vision has grown to include bettering the protection and welfare of companion animals in the Midwest through the political process, founding Stray Dog Policy in 2016. In addition to founding Stray Dog Capital and Stray Dog Policy, they are co-founders of Stray Dog Institute, a private operating foundation focused on cultivating dignity, justice, and sustainability in the food system through strategic research and collaboration. 

In their free time, Chuck and Jennifer devote themselves to the care of rescue pets with special needs. We are continuously inspired by their love for animals and their mission to provide a voice to every “stray dog” in need.

Miranda Pratt

Director

Miranda is an experienced veteran of the nonprofit sector. She graduated from the University of Missouri, specializing in interpersonal communication. Since then, Miranda has applied her background of how people communicate to how that communication can lead to bettering animal welfare in the Midwest. Before overseeing Stray Dog Policy, she was fundraising for the nation’s third-largest open-admission, no-kill animal shelter. At Stray Dog Policy, Miranda leads our strategic approach and oversees programmatic efforts to better the protection and welfare of animals in the Midwest. Under her leadership, Stray Dog Policy has grown from having an impact in one state to three – and growing!

Miranda grew up in Southern Missouri but has since migrated to Nebraska, where she now lives with her partner and five lively cats. She sits on the Board of Directors for Homeless No More Cat Rescue and is a Humane Policy Volunteer for the Humane Society of the United States. In her downtime, you can find her putting together a new puzzle or caring for her vegetable garden.

Danelle Porter

Communication and Campaign Analyst 

Danelle joined the team in March of 2020, bringing a wealth of experience building marketing campaigns for some of the nation’s largest brands. Originally from Springfield, Missouri, Danelle graduated from Missouri State University – twice! After completing a second degree, she moved to Kansas City to pursue her career in marketing.


Naturally curious and tenacious, Danelle’s love of communication and helping others is the foundation of everything she does professionally and personally. As our Communication and Campaign Analyst, Danelle leads the way in our branding and marketing efforts, and supports the Stray Dog Policy mission by creating meaningful content that inspires action. Not only is she dedicated to helping improve the lives of all animals in the Midwest, but she also has a few furry friends at home, and a feral cat colony, that keep her motivated to do more.

Lisa Foster

Research and Data Analyst

Lisa grew up in Overland Park, Kansas, and came to Stray Dog Policy in 2019 after working as a Solution Designer with the largest independent health IT company in the world.  Lisa is on the Board of Directors for The Rescue Project which is a 100% foster-based animal rescue in Kansas City.  

Lisa now lives in Shawnee, Kansas, with her four rescue cats.  When she’s not analyzing data for Stray Dog Policy, you can find her fostering kittens, assisting with trap, neuter, and release clinics, and scanning for microchips on lost and found pets in her community.

Terry Humphrey

Kansas Lobbyist and Director of Governmental Affairs

Terry is the founder and president of Terry Humphrey Public Affairs Group (THPAG) a full-service, bipartisan governmental affairs firm with seven employees. Terry has more than 30 years of experience as a lobbyist, public affairs specialist, and association executive director in Kansas. As our governmental affairs and legislative expert, she provides invaluable experience, a deep understanding of the process, and access to decision-makers. Her determination to succeed has led to the passage of and, at times, the defeat of multiple bills in order to improve animal health in Kansas.

When Terry has free time she recharges with family, friends, and anything outside (but most especially her English garden).

Sheila Martinsen 

General Counsel – Kansas 

Sheila has practiced law in Kansas City for over 25 years, both in private practice and as in-house counsel specializing in the area of intellectual property and general business law. Sheila is a 1991 graduate of Notre Dame Law School and recipient of the Dean Konop Legal Aid Award. At Stray Dog Policy, she serves as General Counsel and represents SDP on legislative issues impacting companion animal health and welfare in Kansas. Sheila is also an active volunteer at Keeler Women’s Center, a ministry focused on empowering women in the urban core through education, advocacy, personal and spiritual development.  

Sheila and her husband Scott are passionate about companion animals and have two rescue puppies and two children.

Charles “Andy” Arnold 

Missouri Government Affairs Consultant and Lobbyist 

Andy formed Arnold & Associate, a Government Affairs, Consulting, and Lobbying Firm in 1990 after a nearly 10-year career working in various capacities for the Missouri House of Representatives and Senate. Andy has more than 30 years of experience as a government affairs consultant and lobbyist in Missouri. As our governmental affairs and legislative expert in Missouri, Andy provides invaluable experience and a deep understanding of the legislative and executive branch process to our team. His well-established relationships with decision-makers and staff, a straightforward approach, and work ethic are the pillars to his success.

Andy was raised in Jefferson City, Missouri, and attended Drury College where he earned a degree in Political Science. He supplemented his education with post-graduate studies in accounting, business, and finance at Lincoln University. Andy lives in a small town outside of St. Louis, Mo with his wife of 30-years. They have 4-grown children, Travis, Jennifer, Andrew and Clayton, and a barn cat named Jill. Andy’s son Andrew joined the firm in 2019 after a successful stint in Dallas, Texas working on several Dallas Co political campaigns.

Emily Piper

Iowa Lobbyist 

Emily has more than 30 years of lobbying experience in Washington, D.C. and before the Iowa Legislature. She formed Piper Consulting Services in 2002 after a 2-year stint in D.C. and a 12-year career with the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation. She has worked on numerous political campaigns throughout her career. Emily was born in Columbus, Ohio, and was raised in Columbus, Indiana, graduating with degrees in International Studies and Political Science from Miami University (Ohio). She also has a master’s degree in Public Administration from Drake University. 

Emily currently lives in West Des Moines with her rescue dog Ciara. She has two grown children, Austin who is a graduate student at the University of Nebraska (Lincoln), and Claire who is a graduate student at Moore College of Art and Design (Philadelphia). When not working you can find Emily on a golf course or traveling (not so much since the pandemic sadly).

Get in Touch

Email:
info@StrayDogPolicy.org
Kansas:
11460 Tomahawk Creek Parkway, Suite 300 Leawood, Kansas 66211

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