Through a strategy of engaged philanthropy, the Pegasus Foundation serves as a catalyst to help non-profit organizations achieve their potential by forming partnerships, leveraging resources, and educating the public. The Pegasus Foundation seeks to inspire collaborations by organizing conferences and meetings, and facilitating communications.

Patricia Ragan

Patricia Ragan

Operating Manager

As operating manager, Pat works with the Pegasus Foundation to improve animal welfare through grant-making works and education in the United States, the Caribbean, Native American lands, Africa and Asia. In the past, she was the director of special projects for the wildlife section of The Humane Society of the United States. She has served on the boards of the U.S. United Nations Environment Programme; Monitor, International, a consortium of animal protection and environmental groups; and is the past Chair of the board of directors of the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, Virginia.

Barbara Birdsey

Barbara Birdsey

Founder of The Pegasus Foundation

Barbara Birdsey is the founder of the Pegasus Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to animal protection, environmental preservation and public education in various parts of the United States, the Caribbean and Kenya.

Dr. John Grandy

Dr. John Grandy

Executive Director of the Pegasus Foundation

Dr. John Grandy has worked for The Humane Society of the United States (The HSUS) since 1981. Prior to working for The HSUS, John was the executive vice president of Defenders of Wildlife.

Pegasus Senior Advisory Board

Mark Glover

Mark Glover

Senior Advisor

Mark has a life long interest in and love of animals. This became a full time job in 1980 when he became wildlife campaigner at Greenpeace in the UK where he gained frontline experience in the campaigns to ban commercial whaling and the Canadian seal hunt and led a campaign to banish dolphinaria. Leaving Greenpeace in 1985 to set up the anti-fur organisation Lynx (now Respect for Animals). Mark’s work has led to a ban on fur farming in the UK and the closure of the vast majority of fur shops.

Trish White

Trish White

Senior Advisor

Trish White discovered her passion for wildlife as a young girl on a family trip to Jasper National Park. She’s a native of Princeton, NJ, a graduate of Boston University, and an advocate for nonprofits. Boston was her home for 35 years where she worked in healthcare and fell in love with the White Mountains, greyhound rescue dogs, and wildlife adventure travel. Soon after retiring to Vero Beach, FL, she began volunteering at Save the Chimps sanctuary where she met Barbara Birdsey. With the Pegasus Foundation Trish is expanding her boundaries to save wildlife and improve animal welfare.

Irene Crowe

Irene Crowe

Senior Advisor

Irene Crowe is the founder of the Pettus Crowe Foundation which supports animal sanctuaries in Kenya, the Caribbean and the United States. She is also actively involved with the Humane Society Wildlife land Trust, Animal Grant Makers and other non-profit organizations. She studied philosophy and economics at Oxford University. After she acquired her doctorate she taught in the areas of sociology and biomedical ethics. She is now a reformed academic. It happened this way. One morning while she was scowling at an insanity defense, two basset puppies started the long climb up to her bed. The light dawned before they got there. “It is animals I really care about!!!" Since then, she has focused on animal protection causes and has had the great privilege of caring for a series of basset hounds.

Joanne Matz

Joanne Matz

Senior Florida Advisor

JoAnne Matz, a native of Reading, PA, was one of the top-ranked women amateur golfers in the Eastern United States. Starting a career at the Jupiter Island Club in Hobe Sound, FL in the 1990’s,

JoAnne combined her love of the game with her interest in teaching to become a LPGA Class A Teaching profession. After over 25 years at Jupiter Island, JoAnne is one of the most respected teachers of the game nationwide.

Always an animal lover, she was stunned when a local “puppy mill” was raided. Without hesitation she volunteered to see to the welfare of the dogs, and was instrumental in supporting a 2-year long legal battle to keep the dogs with their adoptive owners. It was the start of JoAnne’s life as an animal advocate. She founded “Help Us Help Them” in 2001, and for the past fourteen years, the charity has run a local golf event and dinner that has raised over a million dollars. The funds raised by “Help Us Help Them” go to support local animal groups and issues that involve local animals.

JoAnne has served on the board of Martin County Animal Birth Control, and acted as Vice President for five years. Through Animal Birth Control, she founded what is known as the “Angel Fund.” It helps to fund the care of local animals whose owners cannot afford the fees involved in the individual medical issues.

Most recently, JoAnne and “Help Us Help Them” have partnered with Treasure Coast Hospice in Martin County, FL to fund and develop a program that offers help to hospice clients with their animal’s needs. She is working now to bring this program to Hospices across the nation.

When not involved in either teaching or animal causes, JoAnne shares her life with a very active toy poodle, CoCo.