About US

The ACTS team is among the best trained in the field. The staff represents the best in the industry at the technical level and in the realm of learning and education.

01. Professional

ACTS Consultants and support personnel understand the mission and vision of ACTS.

02. Strategic

We recognize the unique needs of each client and create tailor-made services to meet your needs. 

03. Loyal

Our team is committed to providing the highest quality of services and care to our cleints.


A Team Of Professionals

William Singleton


ACTS grew from a desire to improve the quality of animal care and welfare through training and education. Before I left the University of Pennsylvania, it became clear that I had to be a bigger part of the solution. I asked, “What can I do to ensure the highest level of animal welfare?” The answer: nurture and develop the people that care for the animals. All our services start with a laser focus on helping people become better at the things that matter most. My awesome team and I are committed to being there for all the animal advocates in our industry.

Katharine Tuohy

Veterinary Support Specialist

I am passionate about the welfare of animals. Working with people and animals in laboratory science has been the most rewarding chapter in my veterinary career. I believe the highest animal welfare standards can be achieved if the people providing care to our animals are experiencing compassion satisfaction in their work – training and support are essential for achieving this satisfaction. My colleagues at ACTS understand this.

I graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and have spent time in clinical veterinary practice, biomedical research, and academia.

Tami Garlough-Janveau

Process Manager

I’m a Veterinary Technician with broad and deep experience in LAS. I have two decades of industry experience in a wide variety of species, from traditional (rodents and aquatics) to exotics (avians and reptiles). I’ve also held a variety of roles within the facility, so I know the challenges faced by cage wash as well as management.

I am currently an Assistant Manager of Operations. I enjoy building relationships, training, and managing day-to-day operations. Through ACTS, I have an opportunity to empower people through new skills, and watch them grow into the person they aspire be.

Amanda Kizer

Process Manager, LMS Specialist

If you combine passion, patience, and perseverance with relentless positivity, you have me in a nutshell. I started my career in cage wash and worked my way up to running my own facility.

Now, I am a workplace education practitioner, instructional designer, and e-Learning developer with a passion for connecting employee behaviors with organizational performance.

I am also a life-long learner with a ton of personal experience in competency-based education and certification study (RLATg, CMAR, CPIA, SCP, Kirkpatrick Bronze). I simply love working with ACTS to help others achieve their personal and professional goals.

Drew minenna

Sales & Training Consultant

Having worked in the pre-clinical research space as a capital equipment consultant and as a training manager for a Fortune 200 company it uniquely positioned me to work with ACTS. Helping people and organizations realize potential through training and business process optimization has always been a passion of mine; it’s rewarding to use these skills for the betterment of life saving research through ACTS.

In my free time I enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, fishing, kayaking, golfing and motorcycling. There’s also always plenty to do around the house and in the yard! I’m a proud West Virginia University alum: Let’s go Mountaineers!

Caroline Thompson

Engagement Specialist

My focus is the whole person. I leverage 20 years of industry experience to develop programs that support research professionals in their daily lives.  

I incorporate my experience as a certified yogi and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner to bring an empathetic and mindful approach to training facilitation, making my classes and presentations more than just knowledge transfers. Too often, we sacrifice our own wellness in our work. Through the integration of somatic therapies, I help clients develop a greater awareness of their bodies and to identify and release patterns of tension and stress that are holding them back from living a more fulfilling life.

That’s why I enjoy working with ACTS. I get to help take care of the people – mind and body – who take care of the animals.

Kelsey R. Finnie

Veterinary Support Specialist

As a laboratory animal veterinarian, I am passionate about making a difference in the lives of people and animals through supporting humane animal research, teaching, and collaboration.

I graduated from the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine and have a broad experience that includes work with numerous species including rodents, dogs, and primates in the traditional research setting as well as experience in the non-traditional sector including work with agricultural teaching and research animals, wildlife research, and field studies. 

Jana Baxter

Veterinary Support Specialist

After working in the biotechnology and pharma industries, I earned my veterinary degree from Cornell University while focusing on lab animal medicine and biotechnology research. Two years after working as a clinical veterinarian in private practice, I became the first resident in Comparative Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. After completing my training have enjoyed the wide array of challenges that being a veterinarian with this special knowledge affords. I continue to enjoy seeking challenges in all realms of veterinary medicine and science.  

Kiirsa Pokryfke

Training Specialist

I am the Manager of the Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine Training Core and Technical Services Teams at the University of Michigan. I am responsible for training program development and enhancement for over 3800 researchers at the University.

My laboratory science interests include training, animal enrichment, animal social housing practices, and writing and editing SOPs and documents.

I earned my BS in Biology from Western Michigan University and completed a graduate degree in Strategy, Management and Leadership from Michigan State University.

I am excited to be part of the ACTS family as a consultant. I look forward to helping different institutions find their strengths and using them to develop comprehensive training programs and effective leadership and management strategies.

Melanie McFadden

Veterinary Support Specialist

I’m a laboratory animal veterinarian with a special interest in animal welfare, refinement of research, clinical care, and training. It takes a village to support cutting-edge research, so personnel training and education is important.  I enjoy the intellectual challenge of being a lab animal veterinarian as well as having the opportunity to advance human and animal health through science. On my spare time, you can find me spending time with my family and going to the beach when the weather allows.


Pierre Conti

Veterinary Support Specialist

I am a Laboratory Animal Veterinarian graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine, with a Masters in Business Administration from Eastern University, and I’m a Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. I have enjoyed 6 decades of stewardship and advocacy to programs in academia, government, and private industry.  I have a broad background in teaching, training, research, and clinical medicine.

I recognized early in my career that education and training were essential to developing people and programs that could understand what humane animal care and welfare requires. The ACTS team addresses these needs. I feel privileged to be a new member of this team.


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