Advisory Council


Ledy VanKavage, Esq.

Ledy VanKavage is the Senior Legislative Attorney for Best Friends Animal Society located in Kanab, Utah and the current chair of the ISBA’s animal law section. Before coming to Best Friends, Ledy was the Senior Director of Legislation and Legal Training for the ASPCA. She has spearheaded the passage of over 35 humane state bills during her lobbying tenure and is also a past Chair of the American Bar Association’s Animal Law Committee.  Ledy is the recipient of the ABA’s Excellence in Animal Law award for 2014. She is a co-author of the USDOJ publication, “The Problem of Dog Related Incidents and Encounters” and is an instructor for the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board. She has been interviewed on MSNBC, NPR, the Chicago Tribune, Time Magazine and the New York Times.

Quandee P. Semrow 

Quandee Semrow has a B.S. from Loyola University, Chicago, and a J.D. from IIT Chicago-Kent School of Law. She has been working for the Cook County Public Defender for the past 13 years, and is presently in the Forensic Sciences Division.  Quandee has been riding since she was six years old, when she received her first English Saddlebred. She and her mother then started showing horses on the English Saddlebred circuit.  Her mother, former owner of Peebles Stable in Morton Grove, Illinois, eventually became a National Champion with her harness horse in the late 1980s. 

Quandee has worked in every aspect of animal rescue for the past 20 years, and has even volunteered at HAHS events and horse fairs, presenting HAHS horses for adoption. She has managed Petco adoption events for Chicago Animal Care  Control (CACC) and has organized adoption events for ACC and for Chicago English Bulldog Rescue, among others.
She has managed the donation spect for fundraisers for Chicago Cat Rescue and Adopt a Bull, and has hosted a fundraiser for Safe Humane Chicago.