Voices for Fosters is a organization run by two voice actors with a shared passion for animal welfare and education. Inspired by an episode of Pokémon dealing with death, Sarah Natochenny (voice of Ash) and her director Lisa Ortiz mobilized a community of artists to promote fostering programs around the world and help unburden overwhelmed shelter systems. Our goal is to bring the joy of pet companionship to people who didn't think they had the time, end euthanasia and improve care standards for all animals.
Sarah Natochenny | Founder
Sarah Natochenny is a native New Yorker and honored high school graduate. She is best known for being the voice of Ash Ketchum on Pokémon for the last 12 years, but she's also sold you McDonald's, Wendy's, Neutrogena sunscreen, Scope (Winner: Cannes Lion) and promoted many wonderful TV shows to your children. Some of her favorite television roles can be heard on Yu-Gi-Oh Arc V (role: Aura), World of Winx (role: Venomya) and Super 4 (role: Twinkle). Feature films currently available include Bunta (role: Boca) and Sheep & Wolves (role: Xavi). She studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade and Magnet Theaters. She is equally passionate about her work as a film editor, focusing on documentaries (MSNBC, NowThis, et al.) on a wide range of subjects, from the wars in the Middle East to weight loss camps in China. She has also assisted on several feature films including Life of Crime (starring Jennifer Aniston) and Cold Comes the Night (starring Bryan Cranston). Most importantly, Sarah is an unapologetic cat enthusiast with four kittens purring in her lap as she figures out how to run an effective website about fostering.
Lisa Ortiz | Founder
Lisa Ortiz is a Voice actor, director and producer native to NYC. Her work has been heard on Disney XD, SciFi, Cartoon Network, WB, Nickelodeon and Netflix amongst others. Currently voice director on Pokémon Sun and Moon, she has directed on Robo Car Poli, Heroes United, 7 and Me, Norm of the North, The Dark Knight Returns (Mobile Game) as well as the Dungeon Hunter and Modern Combat franchises (partial list). She has lent her voice to dozens of projects, including Sonic the Hedgehog (Amy Rose), Robo Car Poli (Mini), Yu-Gi-Oh/Gx/(Serenity), Winx club (Musa, Icy – 4kids), Winx World (Grizelda), Royal Academy, and Slayers (Lina). On Pokémon, her journey began as Misty's older sister, Daisy, and has continued through various seasons with Sabrina, Korrina, Oshawatt and Litten. As comfortable in front as behind the microphone, she strives to create performances that though animated, engage emotional honesty, fostering communication and bringing people closer together. She and her new feline brood are thankful to Sarah for bringing them together.
Jake Paque | Video Production
Jake Paque is a writer, producer and voice actor currently based in NYC. As a voice actor he's worked on Yu-gi-oh!, Gundam, Winx Club and many others. Since childhood he's been an avid storyteller; initially making movies with Lego people and action figures, he quickly graduated to working with real live humans. As a filmmaker, Jake's passion is creating and developing original content and bringing those ideas to life on screen. Whether it's producing an emotionally charged indie film, a documentary in Central America, post-producing for a corporate client, punching up a comedy script or voicing your favorite hero (or villain!), Jake strives to deliver engaging, original and thought-provoking content. https://vimeo.com/stagnation
Pokémon: Professor Sycamore, Team Skull – Zipp, Eric, Levi, Orson + others and Pokémon
Yu-gi-oh!: Dumon, Devin Knox
Gundam Thunderbolt: Brian
Winx Club: Brandon
Rob Taylor | Video Production
Rob rules. Bio coming soon.
Brett Abrams | Media Relations
Brett Abrams is the founder of Unbendable Media. Unbendable Media is movement-focused PR firm specializing in helping progressive organizations earn media for their work with offices in Washington DC and New York City. Brett has helped develop and implement media strategies on a wide range of progressive campaigns, including efforts to attach real costs to sexual assault and domestic violence, hold corporations and advertisers accountable for their relationships with problematic, racist, or sexist endorsers, as well as helping build awareness around critical issues like immigrant detention, Medicaid expansion, and corporate malfeasance. Before founding Unbendable Media, Brett was a Senior Director of Media Relations at Fitzgibbon Media and Campaign Director at USPIRG.
Brett is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a native New Yorker and currently lives in Washington DC with his partner of 13 years, and their Dobergirl, Keyo.
Jordan Wilhelmi | Media Relations
Jordan Wilhelmi is a Media Strategist at Unbendable Media. He is formerly from the Twin Cities, but has resided in Washington, DC the last 4 years. He is not a pet owner, but loves animals and is an avid pet babysitter for friends and family whenever called upon.
THE 100 DAYS OF FOSTERING PROJECT
We would love to post stories about your adorable fosters and rescues. Email us or tag us on social media with your photos, essays and videos!
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