Shaleen & Shilpi Shah
Co-Founders of Luvin Arms & Open Sanctuary
About Shaleen & Shilpi
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.
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.
JL Fields is a vegan chef, health coach, and chef consultant to food, health, and wellness brands. She is the founder and culinary director of the Colorado Springs Vegan Cooking Academy and a Master Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator.
JL is the author of several cookbooks: The Complete Plant-Based Diet, Vegan Baking for Beginners, Fast & Easy Vegan Cookbook, Vegan Meal Prep, The Vegan Air Fryer, and Vegan Pressure Cooking. She is the co-author of The Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook with Victoria Moran and Vegan for Her with Virginia Messina.
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.
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.