Alana Van Gundy

Alana is currently the CEO of Maximus Investments, LLC, an investment firm named after her beloved pit bull Maximus. Prior to her present position, Alana served as a tenured faculty member of Miami University, specialized in corrections and criminal behavior, and conducted behavior assessments and risk analysis in prisons throughout the nation. Her experiences with battered women, survivors of sexual, domestic, and workplace violence, and women who are incarcerated led her to leave her position to work on creating legislation focused on the link between human and animal cruelty, animal and human rights violations, and protecting human and animal survivors of abuse. Alana is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Animal Law Section, has published in the Animal Law Review, and works closely with animal rescue agencies to help place animal survivors of domestic violence.

Alana received her J.D., Ph.D. in Sociology, Master’s of Business Administration, and M.S in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati, her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology from the University of Dayton, and her Associate’s degree in Police Science from Sinclair Community College. Alana resides outside of Dayton, Ohio with her rescue animals.