Our Ambassadors

Christine Evangelista

Christine Evangelista stars as the female lead in E!’s newest scripted series “The Arrangement”. The series, which is written and executive produced by Jonathan Abrahams, has already been picked up for Season 2.

Most recently on the big screen, Christine took a starring turn opposite Miles Teller in the critically acclaimed biopic BLEED FOR THIS, which premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. She can also be seen opposite Jeffrey Dean Morgan in her recurring role on AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” Through her portrayal of these different characters, Christine displays a layered, dynamic, natural warmth and grace, which is always rooted in strength.

Born in Staten Island, New York, Christine’s ability to transform and her absolute love for telling the stories of others has been influenced by her background. She studied at the Herbert Berghof School of Acting and upon her graduation, she immediately began performing in several off-Broadway shows which eventually led to several guest appearances in film and television. She also has a home in Hampton Bays.

Off screen, Christine is an avid supporter of animals and is involved with a NYC based rescue group, Zani’s Furry Friends (ZFF). ZFF is a non-profit organization committed to rescuing companion animals from New York City shelters where, unfortunately, they are at significant risk for euthanasia due to overcrowding.

Christine is a proud ambassador of Veterinarians International and recently participated in the launch of our two mobile clinics in Thailand.

Dwayne Hill

Dwayne Hill is an Emmy Award® nominated and Gemini Award winning voice actor, photographer, television series writer, stand-up comedian and activist.

His work playing the title role of Cat for PBS in their animated smash series Peg + Cat is what first caught the attention of Academy jurists in 2015. Despite Hill’s remarkable talents in the recording studio with multiple credits on over 100 series and countless thousands of commercials, including his work doing numerous voices on the upcoming animated feature Nut Job 2, Hill is perhaps best recognized in person for his early career on-camera work as the cautionary Coach Carr in Paramount Pictures iconic film Mean Girls. Hill can be heard regularly as the voice of Business News Network (BNN), amongst many other national and international campaigns for the world’s largest brands.

Hill’s selected writing credits include award-winning work on the series Billable Hours recognized by the Gemini Awards and Producing Parker.

Born in Toronto (Canada), Hill presently calls Manhattan home. He has interests in global renewable energies and is currently developing, among many projects, a new dramatic television series centered on counter-poaching efforts in Africa with producers Don Carmody and David Cormican along with wildlife heavyweight and veterinarian, William “Billy” Karesh, D.V.M. As a proud philanthropist, Hill works closely with Nola Safe Haven Animal Rescue and is an ambassador for Veterinarians International and through his work with Golden Renewable Energy and the Thai Royal Family, he is helping to fund our programs.

Missy Hargraves

Missy is a European born model, actress, producer, and animal activist.
Protesting the dolphin slaughter in Taijii, Japan (subject of the Academy Award winning documentary The Cove) with The Sea Shepherds, she was the first person to successfully gain access and film the captive albino dolphin, Baby. The video of the abuse was widely circulated and was covered by CNN.

She also participates in emergency rescue having been deployed to New Orleans for Hurricane Katrina, the Iowa floods, Hurricane Sandy, and Hurricane Matthew. Certified by FEMA and The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, she works with The Wildlife Rescue of The Hamptons and serves on their Board of Directors. She is active with The ASPCA, The Animal Rescue Fund of The Hamptons, Much Love Animal Rescue, The Southampton Animal Center, Kindred Circle Animal Rescue, and many other organizations. Her animal rescue efforts have been discussed on The Howard Stern Show, in The New York Post, and she has been a guest lecturer at UCLA.

As an actress, Missy has performed on stage in New York and Los Angeles, acted in television, films, and commercials. As a producer, she has helmed seven productions on both coasts. She adapted the book SEX: Real People Talk About What They Really Do for the stage. In addition, she helped produce the feature length film Happy New Year about returning Iraqi veterans, which was included in 13 film festivals (including SouthxSouthWest and Hamptons), screened on The Intrepid, and nominated for a VOICE award. Show Business Magazine described her as a “talent to watch” and The New York Observer featured her in “The Moment of Missy.”

She also hosted animal segments on Plum TV’s Morning, Noon, and Night Show.

Ms. Hargraves was also an international cover model representing Valentino, Krizia, Etro, Ponds, Clairol, Hue, Jacques Dessange, Fila, and many others in their international ad campaigns as well as working with designers such as Giorgio Armani, Calvin Klein, Bill Blass, Jil Sander, and Vera Wang. She regularly participated in the fashion shows in New York, Paris, Milan, Tokyo, and Rome. She graced the pages of Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, Town & Country, Harper’s Bazaar, New York Magazine, and Glamour, to name a few.

Missy’s current projects include a solo stage show, producing a documentary The Cat Rescuers, and a study of as yet unidentified structures on Easter Island. She also sits on The Board of Directors of The Barrow Group Theatre Company in NYC. She is a certified yoga instructor and has studied at Trinity University and UCLA.

Missy currently lives between New York City and Watermill, NY. She is a passionate supporter of Veterinarians International and recently participated in the launch of our two mobile elephant clinics next week in Surin, Thailand.

Asher Jay

​Photo credit Mia Collis

Creative conservationist Asher Jay is a designer, artist, writer, and activist who uses creative concepts and design to advance animal rights, sustainable development, and humanitarian causes. Her art, sculpture, design installations, films, and advocacy advertising campaigns bring attention to everything from oil spills and dolphin slaughters to shrinking lion populations. Much of her best known work spotlights the illegal ivory trade, including a huge animated billboard in Times Square and an ambitious project aimed at China’s ivory-hungry rising middle class. She participated in the Fabergé Big Egg Hunt in New York, where her oval oeuvre went on to raise money for anti-poaching efforts in Amboseli, Kenya. Upcoming projects will tackle biodiversity loss during the Anthropocene and expose threats to the world’s most traded and endangered mega fauna. “The power of art is that it can transcend differences, connect with people on a visceral level, and compel action,” she says. Asher recently joined VI on our last mission to launch our mobile elephant clinics in Surin Province, stay tuned for content!