Our Board

Meet
The Board of Directors

Luvin Arms Animal Sanctuary has an amazing and diverse group of board members to guide us towards our mission. We thank you all for your support and guidance as we make a difference in the lives of animals in, and out, of our care.

Rescued Sheep
Founders, Shaleen and Shilpi Shahs standing next to a rescued cow.

Shaleen & Shilpi Shah

Co-Founders of Luvin Arms & Open Sanctuary

Rescued Pig with people

Alicia Robb

Board Member

Justin Marceau, board member

Justin Marceau

Board Member

Caroline Bushnell, board member

Caroline Bushnell

Board Member

Jina Shah

Board Member

Rescued Sheep with people

First Gentleman Marlon Reis

Honorary Member

“Connecting Community Through Compassion”

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Shaleen & Shilpi Shah

Shaleen and his wife, Shilpi Shah are the founders of Luvin Arms Animal Sanctuary near Denver, Colorado. They are spreading the values of Ahimsa, Jiv Daya, and Karuna towards farmed animals, actively creating a more compassionate community for the animals and our planet.

These unlikely sanctuary founders and dedicated Jains grew up in India before moving to the United States. Since founding the sanctuary in 2015, Shaleen and Shilpi have grown Luvin Arms substantially, already having saved over 800 animal lives and welcoming thousands of visitors every year.

Along with Luvin Arms, Shaleen and Shilpi have created another nonprofit called OpenSanctuary.org that freely publishes hundreds of resources on how to start, manage and grow an animal sanctuary.

Shaleen and Shilpi make a living as software consultant and tax/accounting consultant respectively. They live in Boulder, Colorado with their two young boys, Aarav and Avi.

Alicia Robb

Alicia Robb is the Founder and CEO of Next Wave Impact, the Managing Partner of two early-stage venture funds, and the Research Director at Cruelty Free Investing.

She is a prolific author on the topics of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial finance. 

She also runs Vegan Investors, an investor syndicate that focuses on investing in vegan-led vegan-focused companies.

She is an active angel investor, a limited partner in four early-stage venture funds, a mentor to various young firms, and a board member and advisory board member for various funds, companies, and nonprofit groups, including:

  • the Kachuwa Impact Fund,
  • Deming Center Venture Fund,
  • Luvin Arms Animal Sanctuary,
  • Next Wave Foundation,
  • VegReady, and
  • the Good Food Institute.

She splits her time between the Roaring Fork Valley in Colorado and Tucson, Arizona.

Justin Marceau

Justin Marceau is a Professor of Law at the University of Denver, the Brooks Institute Faculty Research Scholar of Animal Law and Policy, and an affiliated faculty member with the Institute for Human Animal Connections at the Graduate School of Social Work.

Justin’s expertise includes animal law, criminal law, and constitutional law. He frequently works with nonprofits to advance the interests of humans and animals, including working as a leading lawyer in the challenges to ag-gag laws across the country.

Caroline Bushnell

Caroline is the Vice President of Corporate Engagement at The Good Food Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making the global food system better for the planet, people, and animals. Caroline works with companies and investors around the world to catalyze innovation and investment in alternative proteins.

Prior to joining GFI, Caroline served as the Director of Marketing for Celestial Seasonings at The Hain Celestial Group. She has also worked at Moet Hennessy and Janus Capital Group. With 15 years of experience in CPG brand management, finance, and consulting, she is deeply familiar with the food industry. Caroline also serves as a governor-appointed member of the Colorado Food Systems Advisory Council. She is a graduate of the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Caroline is a passionate champion of plant-based foods and a friend to all animals.

Jina Shah

Jina Shah is a lifelong Jain and decades-long vegan. A past chair of the Ahimsak Eco-Vegan Committee of JAINA, (the Federation of Jain Associations of North America), she has spoken at various Jain events nationally and internationally and blogs at veganjains.com.

Her passion is helping audiences realize the alignment of a whole foods vegan diet with the Jain values of non-violence, reverence, care, and compassion for all life. Additional training as a Climate Realities Leader lent urgency to the climate benefits of this choice, in addition to the ongoing benefits to animals, human health, and spiritual development.

She co-wrote the Jain Declaration on the Climate Crisis and wrote a Jain reflection of repentance and commitment (Climate Focused pratikraman) focused on the climate.

She practices mindfulness with her life partner as a complementary spiritual practice that fortifies their commitment to living in harmony with all beings.

Professionally, she is Board Certified in General Preventive Medicine and in Family Medicine, with Master’s degrees in Public Health and Bioethics. She has worked in global public health, vaccine development, pharmaceutical bioethics, and cancer drug safety.

First Gentleman Marlon Reis

Marlon Reis, first gentleman of Colorado, is a freelance writer and animal welfare advocate.

After graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Marlon served on the Board of Directors of Out Boulder and worked with the Community Foundation Boulder County to advocate for equal opportunities for all families. His writing has been featured in The Washington Post, Politico, USA Today, 5280, and the Denver Post.

As First Gentleman of Colorado, Marlon looks forward to advancing animal welfare, public health and equality for all.

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