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Meet LION's Pride

John Di Leonardo, Founder and President
Director of Campaigns
(Photo credit: Petra Romano)

John Di Leonardo is an anthrozoologist and president of Long Island Orchestrating for Nature. He has successfully led campaigns to stop numerous circuses, exotic animal acts, deer culls, and goose culls on Long Island as well as led campaigns to stop animal circuses in New York City.

John holds a Master of Science in Anthrozoology from Canisius and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, as well as a graduate certificate in Jain Studies from the International School of Jain Studies in India. He also took graduate courses at the former Humane Society University.

For his day job, John manages People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)'s Animals in Entertainment campaigns, coordinating a team against the use and abuse of animals in circuses, dolphinariums, roadside zoos, and dog-sledding operations for the largest animal advocacy organization in the world. During his tenure, he has had the pleasure of seeing Cole Bros. Circus fold its tents for the very last time, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus shut down after 146 years, and SeaWorld announce the end of its sordid orca breeding program.

Formerly, John managed day programs on Long Island for people with developmental disabilities and drove the Horseless eCarriage, a humane alternative to New York City's cruel horse-drawn carriage industry.

John has been honored to be profiled by the Long Island Herald and Long Island Pulse Magazine and has received awards from the Suffolk County SPCA and the Humane Society of the United States as well as the distinction of being named Mr. February in Rescue Men USA's 2016 Calendar. 

Juliana Cinone
Vice President of Humane Education

(Photo credit: Ashley Byrne)

Juliana Cinone is director of humane education for Long Island Orchestrating for Nature and a team leader for our animal rescue response team.

A perpetual student as well as teacher, Juliana is always seeking to learn as much from her students as they learn from her. 

Whether it's teaching humane education yoga classes, preparing presentations at schools and congregations, or catching injured birds with her bare hands, Juliana's warm heart, creative flair, and endless dedication have not only refined LION's humane education efforts but also multiplied our animal rescue operations exponentially. 

A woman of limitless talent, Juliana is a 500 RYT yoga instructor, ballroom dance instructor, artist, model, Reiki Master Practitioner, and the best hand-catcher of animals we know.

Patricia Amendolia
Director of Rescue Operations

(Photo credit: Barry Sloan)

Patricia Amendolia is director of rescue operations for Long Island Orchestrating for Nature. A long-time waterfowl (and whoever else needs it) rescuer, Patricia will brave icy waters, sit patiently for hours holding the string of a drop-net, or trek through muddy embankments at a moment's notice if it means saving an animal's life. 

Patricia has taught us all we know about animal rescue—or at least all one can teach—and we are eternally grateful for her help in saving hundreds of our most strange and feathered friends, including more than 200 geese on Lake Ronkonkoma.

If you drive, are strong-willed, and can act fast, we're sure Patricia would love for you to join LION's animal rescue response team. If you think you have what it takes, please contact us and tell us why. Experience is not necessary.