CANDi... saving the lives of stray cats and dogs through spay, neuter and adoption programs supported by the tourism industry, travelers and pet lovers.

Board of Directors

CANDi was incorporated in October 2006 as both a Canadian and a US charity.  The Board of Directors currently has representation from Canada, the United States, and Mexico.

The founder, Darci Galati, is the President and CEO of CANDi and leads the board in its work.  The primary role of the Board of Directors is to:

  • Oversee the affairs and business of CANDi
  • Establish policies, rules and regulations to carry out the mission work of CANDi
  • Support CANDi with a personal financial contribution at a level that demonstrates their personal commitment and establishes credibility if called upon to ask others to give
  • Unwaveringly stand behind and promote the mission of CANDi
  • Contribute knowledge, skills and experience in their respective areas of expertise


Tracey Buyce

Tracey BuyceTracey is a top-ranked wedding and pet photographer in Saratoga Springs, NY.  Her work has been published in numerous high profile publications and websites. She is an active member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association, Fearless Photographers and Professional Photographers of America.

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Jean Cloutier

Jean CloutierJean is a passionate animal advocate who, having seen animal suffering in tourist destinations first hand, has supported CANDi since its founding. As an entrepreneur, Jean is involved in different business ventures primarily as Founder/Owner of Cost Management Solutions. 

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Jerry Kaplan

Jerry KaplanNew York native Jerry Kaplan has nearly 50 years of experience in accounting. Following his graduation from New York University with a degree in accounting, he worked in a public accounting firm for several years, before moving to private accounting and becoming Controller of Operations. In 1966, Kaplan became Assistant to the Treasurer at one of the oldest and best-known pharmaceutical companies in the United States.  In 1970, he became the youngest treasurer in the history of the company. In 1977, Kaplan started his own accounting practice, which he has built it into a successful business consulting firm.

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Craig Moritz

Craig MoritzBest known for his voice on the country music circuit, Craig Moritz lends his voice to CANDi as our official celebrity spokesperson. After falling in love with a stray dog in Cuba while on vacation in 2010, Craig wanted to find a way to bring the dog back to Canada to adopt. At the time, Craig wasn’t successful in bringing that dog home, but upon returning home to Calgary, Alberta, Canada, he learned about CANDi through a TV broadcast. Craig immediately reached out to CANDi to lend his support.

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Hector Navarro

Hector Navarro_thumb Hector was born in Guadalajara Jalisco Mexico,  studied film, photography and visual arts.  Has taught visual arts at Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara and worked freelance on TV and film productions.  

Hector and his wife are diehard animal lovers and they have rescued many animals so they know the desperate need for spay and neuter clinics.

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