Board of Directors

Brett Levitzke, DVM, Board Chair

Brett received his Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from Cornell University in 1994 and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. Upon graduation, he completed a rotating one year internship in Emergency, Surgery, and Internal Medicine at Garden State Veterinary Specialists in Tinton Falls, NJ. He then parlayed his keen interest in emergency medicine into a position as medical director of the Brooklyn Veterinary Emergency Services. Sensing the need for a 24-hour emergency and specialty hospital, Brett was the founding partner of the Veterinary Emergency and Referral Group in the spring of 2005, where he has since been working as the Medical Director and emergency/critical care clinician. His special interests are cases of trauma – including vehicular and high rise.

When he is not working, you can find Brett cheering on his beloved Georgia Bulldogs in football, saltwater fishing, or playing Texas Hold’Em. He shares his apartment with his Springer Spaniel Toby and cat Broccoli.

Kathy Galotti

Kathy is a native New Yorker, born and raised in the Bronx and living in Brooklyn with her own cats and dogs and her husband Germain.

As far as Kathy can remember, she has been feeding strays and rescuing animals in the streets of New York.
She has spent more than 25 years working with animal rescue groups that take animals in need , bring them to a vet , spay or neuter and then rehabilitate and prepare them for adoption. Kathy, a long time vegan and animal advocate, also spends her week days in her other passion as a haircolorist in NYC.

Beth Gould, Executive Director
Beth is the former publisher of Satya, a magazine focusing on vegetarianism, environmentalism, animal advocacy and social justice, and is currently President at Mediabids Inc. She studied at Bennington College and New York University. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and quite a few other mammals.

Erica Kubersky

Erica was born, raised and is still living in NYC. Currently residing in Brooklyn with her veterinarian husband, 2 perfect old lady mutts, and an ever changing number of cats. Ethical vegan and purveyor of vegan shoes at NYC based MooShoes. Severe distrust of anyone that doesn’t like dogs.

Dennis Slade, DVM
Dennis, a current board member and one of the co-founders of Positive Tails, is originally from eastern Long Island.  Following completion of his veterinary degree at Cornell University, general internship at Long Island Veterinary Specialists (Plainview, NY), and an Internal Medicine residency at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA), he spent two years working in the Northern Virginia area before moving closer to his roots.  Dr. Slade had been actively involved with Positive Tails as a staff Internist at Veterinary Emergency and Referral Group, and continues his role with the nonprofit from his current position at the Animal Medical Center.

After hours he takes his orders from Kitten (no longer a kitten!), Ferdinand (Cairn Terrier), and Pippa (Miki), all rescues who have found their way into his home and heart

In Loving Memory
Daniel Gray, DVM*

Dr. Danny Gray* has been elected an honorary life-time member of the Positive Tails Board of Directors after passing away in early 2014 due to cancer. As one of our founding Board Members, Dr. Gray’s dedication, professional connection and love of animals and our mission helped to drive our organization to where it is today – and we thank him from the bottom of our hearts (the furry ones do too).

Dr. Gray was an emergency staff veterinarian at VERG South in Brooklyn. He received his DVM from The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine where he was heavily involved in the Student Government Association throughout veterinary school. Since his interests always revolved around emergency medicine, Dr. Gray completed a rotating internship in Emergency/Critical Care, Internal Medicine, and Surgery at the New England Animal Medical Center in West Bridgewater, MA in 2009. Upon completion of his internship, he joined the VERG team. Dr. Gray became involved with the Board of Positive Tails because all too often in his job he witnessed the sad outcomes of clients who could not afford treatment for their animals, and wanted to help the animals and people of New York. He will truly be missed.

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