STAFF

MIRANDA PRATT, OPERATIONS MANAGER

Miranda is a Branson, Missouri native and University of Missouri graduate who joined the Humane Society Legislative Fund of the Midwest in 2018 after working at the third largest no-kill animal shelter in the United States. Miranda is an active member of the Youth Leadership Board for Great Plains SPCA animal shelter and Humane Society of the United States District Leader for her community. At HSLFMO, she oversees our day-to-day operations, major campaigns, special projects, and more. Outside of the office, you can find her teaching a painting class or cuddling with one of her three cats.

Terry Humphrey, Lobbyist and Government Affairs Director

Founder and President of Terry Humphrey Public Affairs Group, Terry has more than 25 years of experience as a lobbyist, public affairs specialist and association executive director in Kansas. She has worked with key decision-makers at all levels of Kansas government on a wide array of issues. Terry provides invaluable experience and deep understanding of the process to our team and her well-established relationships, boundless energy, and determination to help us to succeed.

Board of Directors

Chuck Laue

In 2016, Chuck founded the Humane Society Legislative Fund of the Midwest, which expanded to Missouri in 2018. Chuck currently serves as the Co-Founder and Chairman of Stray Dog Capital, a mission-driven investment firm. Chuck is also the Board Chair of Great Plains SPCA animal shelter in Merriam, Kansas. He is a Co-Founder and Board Director of The Quinn Foundation and Ringo's Fund, private foundations focused on charitable giving for animal welfare causes. In 2013, Chuck’s role in animal welfare expanded to the national level when he was named a board member for the Humane Society of the United States and shortly after, the Board Chair of the Humane Society Legislative Fund.

Jennifer Laue

Jennifer is co-founder of Stray Dog Capital and Quinn Capital, an insurance investment fund. Jennifer is a current board member of Companion Protect and Rawxies and co-founder of The Quinn Foundation and Ringo’s Fund, private foundations focused charitable giving for animal welfare causes. Jennifer is also a board member of Great Plains SPCA animal shelter in Merriam, Kansas , the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA) and All About Autism. Jennifer loves to foster and provide advanced medical assistance to companion animals.

Midge Grinstead

Born and raised in Northeast Kansas, Midge has worked to advance animal protection and expand a humane network in the state for over 20 years. She previously spent nearly 15 years as the Executive Director for a large Kansas animal shelter and for the past eight years, has served as the HSUS Kansas Senior State Director. Midge has extensive experience in Kansas working to support animal welfare legislation, policy work, taking on puppy mills, animal cruelty and neglect, animal fighting, animal seizures, and more. She has helped overturn or block breed specific legislation in multiple counties, helped to pass the states cockfighting legislation, felony animal cruelty statutes, and positive changes to the Kansas Pet Animal Act. She regularly offers animal related training to law enforcement, animal control officer, and animal shelters across the state, and helps extensively with preparedness and response to disasters in the state.

Midge and her husband of 33 years, Mark, have one son, step-daughter and nine grandchildren but their dog Cooper rules the household.

Lisa Feria

Lisa is a seasoned business manager with over 15 years of management-led experience. She is currently the CEO of Stray Dog Capital, a mission-driven investment firm. Lisa earned her MBA from the University of Chicago where she was voted “one of the 25 most influential MBA students,” and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Lisa has always been heavily involved in the community – as a volunteer for SPCA and the United Way, and was recipient of one of the two ArtsWave awards given by the Procter & Gamble CEO. She enjoys a plant–based diet and lives in Kansas with her husband, two boys, and many dogs.

SHEILA MARTINSEN

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.  She currently serves as General Counsel for HSLFKS and represents HSLFKS on legislative issues impacting companion animal health and welfare.  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 is a 1991 graduate of Notre Dame Law School and recipient of the Dean Konop Legal Aid Award. Sheila and her husband Scott are passionate about companion animals and have two rescue pups and two children.