Behind SitStaySpeakOut is a Board of Directors uniquely positioned to identify and advance the types of media projects that can truly make a difference in the world of animal welfare.
TOM LAZZARO, Board Chair
Tom is an Air Force veteran who now owns a local real estate firm and has been a realtor for 17 years in the Pikes Peak region. He is a leader in the realtor-community and is on multiple real estate boards, helping to enact positive change for realtors and the public alike. His passion for people and wanting to help others, including animals, is what Tom adds to the SitStaySpeakOut board. Tom and his wife Duchele have their own fur-baby-family of two dogs and three cats.
Ashley is a relative newcomer to the media world, but a veteran of banking and finance with FINRA Series 7, 6 and 63 securities licenses. Her extensive academic background includes a B.A. in psychology; an M.B.A. with emphasis in marketing, international business and finance; and a graduate accounting certificate, all from the University of Colorado. She’s also an avid and experienced community volunteer, having worked with such organizations as the Junior League, the American Cancer Society, the Alzheimer’s Association and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Perhaps most importantly, she’s mom to two Italian greyhounds, Lola — a puppy mill survivor — and Cassie.
Pete is an Emmy Award-winning, Colorado-based filmmaker with numerous film festival acceptances for narrative feature, documentary and short films. Among his credits are Disneyland: Then, Now and Forever, which he directed and edited at Disney’s request to commemorate Disneyland’s 50th anniversary. He also directed the nationally acclaimed documentary HAZE (featuring Robin Wright-Penn), which graphically examined the beer-soaked party scene that permeates the national university and college environment.
Most recently, Pete has moved from dark comedy/docudrama territory (The Creep Behind the Camera) to directing A Voice for Lil Olive. It gives the dog lover an opportunity to expand on a topic he touched on in conditional, a semi-biographical film celebrating the unconditional love shown to us by our favorite pets. That nine-minute work was named “Best Narrative Short Film” at the Orlando Film Festival.
Pete is more than a storyteller — he is a director who understands what it takes to achieve commercial success. Pete has six feature-length films in distribution, his flagship being Haze, the definitive documentary on alcohol abuse on college campuses. Narrated by Robin Wright-Penn, Haze has been viewed by more than a million students in America alone, and is the most successful documentary on HULU and Snag Films. At SSSO, Pete will guide animal activists and care professionals in the crafting of their media — be they public service announcements, short web videos, full-length projects, or other ideas entirely — with an emphasis on creating media that is both educational and emotionally resonant. “Whenever I take on a film project, I tend to be very optimistic,” he says. “Maybe it’s ego talking, but I tend to be like, ‘We’re gonna change the world.’”