In 2011, he launched his newest line, "The Tiny Tim Collection," to raise funds for The Tiny Tim Rescue Fund—an organization he founded to support independent animal rescue groups nationwide. In 2011, he was chosen as a winner of the “CFDA/Lexus Eco Fashion Award,” and in 2012 he made Fashion Week history with the debut of his 100% cruelty-free menswear collection. Bartlett has long championed animal protection issues, working alongside The HSUS and other animal groups.
Fabiola Beracasa is an Elle magazine and Interview magazine contributor, an on-camera style personality, and the founder of SNAP-X, a charity that raises funds for animal welfare efforts.
An expert on fashion, style, and art, Beracasa has worked for LVMH and Chanel, was the Creative Director of Circa, and is currently the Creative Director for The Hole gallery, which features emerging artists. In addition to being a supporter of the arts, Fabiola is an animal activist. She runs the animal charity SNAP-X through the Petfinder Foundation, which helps minimize overpopulation and abandoned animals. Fabiola also has two of her own rescued, lovable dogs.
Georgina Bloomberg, a founding member of Friends of Finn, is a competitive show jumper and the co-author of two young adult novels about the equestrian show circuit, The A Circuit and My Favorite Mistake.
She is on the board of the Equestrian Aid Foundation, an organization designed to assist those in the equestrian world suffering from life-threatening illness or catastrophic accidents by providing direct financial support for medical and other basic needs. Georgina is also Equine Welfare Ambassador for the ASPCA, a member of the Equine Leadership Council for The Humane Society of the United States and serves on the Board of Trustees for the United States Equestrian Team Foundation.
Prince Lorenzo Borghese, best known for his appearance on ABC's The Bachelor, is the founder and president of Royal Treatment Italian Pet Spa, a bath, body, and skin care line for pets.
Lorenzo is also the founder of RoyalPetClub.com. He has been involved in many animal welfare organizations, including North Shore Animal League, the ASPCA and the AC&C of NYC (where he is co-founder of NYC4ACC which raises funds for NYC shelter animals) and is an Ambassador to the American Humane Association. He is also president and co-founder of Animal Aid USA, which provides education, awareness, and resources to empower people to make change for shelter animals through music, film and the arts.
Katy Brodsky is the Executive Director of Reentry Services at the NYC Department of Corrections, where she works to reduce recidivism by targeting individual needs of inmates through contracted programs.
Prior to this, she worked in the Criminal Defense Division of the Legal Aid Society and was in-house counsel for Grameen America, a non-profit microfinance organization.
Thomas Brodsky is a partner at his family's real estate development firm, The Brodsky Organization. A dog owner since the age of five, Thomas is a strong advocate for animal rights.
He currently has two dogs, Carlos and Suki, and is planning to start a farm with his parents and sister in upstate New York later this year, where they will focus on all-natural laying hens, organic vegetable farming and animal rescue.
Charles Ferri began his career in wealth management at Sanford C. Bernstein Investment Management and later went on to Deutsche Bank before leaving Wall Street to become an entrepreneur.
After opening a series of successful night clubs, Ferri created Star Vodka, the first in a line of luxury spirits called “Star by Charles Ferri.”
Lauren Grafer Schweibold is Director of Special Events for The Humane Society of the United States. She also works on the development of Friends of Finn.
Lauren has spent the past decade organizing events and conferences for financial firms including Keefe, Bruyette & Woods (KBW), KPMG, Credit Suisse and Bear Stearns, as well as numerous not-for-profit organizations on a pro bono basis through her company, Madison Events. Her passion for charity work, specifically with animals, led Lauren to her eventual role working with Amanda Hearst on developing Friends of Finn. Lauren graduated from Villanova University in 2000 with a B.A. in Communications and minor in Psychology. Outside work she enjoys competing in triathlons and marathons, volunteering and spoiling her Australian Shepherd named Bella.
Henry Harper is the Co-Founder, Chairman and Director of Marketing & PR for Tata Harper Skincare, a 100% natural luxury beauty company based on the Harpers' organic farm in Vermont.
Originally from Barranquilla, Colombia, and raised in Manhattan, Henry now lives between New York City and his Vermont farm with his wife Tata and their three young children. Henry has spent the last 12 years rescuing homeless animals in Florida and Vermont and now has a large animal family including 10 dogs, many of whom are rescues, as well as cats, horses, sheep and cattle.
Amanda Hearst is the founder and chair of Friends of Finn. She is a special projects editor for Town & Country magazine, where she writes about sustainable fashion and travel.
Amanda also sits on the executive board of Riverkeeper, an environmental organization dedicated to protecting the bodies of water around New York City, and has been named one of "20 Under 40" philanthropists by the New York Observer. She currently resides in Manhattan with her pup, Finnegan.
Dr. Jennifer Jablow is known for creating the gorgeous grins of models and celebs as well as being the creator of IntelliWHiTE, the number one oral care line on Home Shopping Network.
Her real passion is saving the lives of animals through rescue and educating others about the importance of adoption and spay/neuter.
Michael Katz is the founder of interclick, an ad technology company which he took public in 2009 and subsequently sold to Yahoo! in 2011.
Michael has made several appearances on national broadcasts having been one of the few CEOs to be invited on Fox Business' Varney Report with Stuart Varney. He is also an active angel investor in the ad tech space in companies such as Adaptly, BarkBox, The EchoSystem, Cadit Health and StarStreet.com. He is actively involved with The Humane Society of the United States and other animal rescue organizations.
Sabrina Kleier Morgenstern is Executive Vice President of Kleier Residential, one of two Manhattan real estate companies to headline HGTV's runaway hit real estate reality TV show, “Selling New York.”
She lives in New York with her husband Rob, their three-year-old son Cooper, and their shih-tzu, Dixie. Sabrina is a dog lover who supports the ASPCA and Bideawee, and is currently working to stop puppy mills through Friends of Finn.
Samantha Kleier Forbes is Executive Vice President of Kleier Residential, one of two Manhattan real estate companies to headline HGTV's runaway hit real estate reality TV show, “Selling New York.”
She resides in New York with her husband JP and their children, Chase and Caroline. She is a dog lover who supports multiple animal charities such as the ASPCA, Bideawee and Stray from the Heart, and is currently working to stop puppy mills through Friends of Finn.
Dylan Lauren, known to many as the "Candy Queen," is the founder and CEO of Dylan's Candy Bar. As the daughter of legendary fashion icon Ralph Lauren and author Ricky Lauren, Dylan was immersed at an early age in design, art and fashion.
After graduating from Duke University with a major in Art History, she traveled the globe in search of the world's most exciting confectionery creations. By 2001, she realized her childhood dream by opening her first candy store. Dylan Lauren and her "candy-centric" tips for living the sweet life are often featured in press across the country.
Kimberly Ovitz is a lifelong animal lover and designer who launched her self-titled label in 2009 with a vision and desire to translate her inspiration of art, architecture and nature into the world of women's advanced contemporary fashion.
Kimberly became involved in animal advocacy after adopting two bulldogs, Matzo Ball and Lox. In addition to working with national organizations like The HSUS, Kimberly also volunteers at Animal Care and Control of New York and Animal Haven and fosters pit bull-type dogs. She dedicates her work to Lox, who tragically passed away but lives on in her heart and her efforts to protect animals.
Sarah Read works in finance at BlackRock, an asset management firm in New York City. She loves animals and has raised rescue cats throughout her life. At age 5 she rescued her first cat, a kitten deserted on the street.
Her most recent rescue was a loving and quirky tuxedo cat named Socks from a shelter in Baltimore. Sarah is passionate about Friends of Finn, crusading against animal cruelty and getting out the message "adopt, don't shop" so animals like Socks can find a home. She currently resides in Chelsea, Manhattan with her husband Stephen Read.
Stephen Read has worked in finance in the fixed income divisions of Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank and BNP Paribas. He has been a staunch advocate of Friends of Finn since its inception.
He tirelessly helps to raise funds in support of The Humane Society of the United States' mission. After the passing of his rescue cat Socks in early 2014, his passion to end animal cruelty has only increased. He currently resides in lower Manhattan with his wife, Sarah.
Stephanie Riggio is a lifelong animal lover and proud "mom" to a stable of horses and an opinionated Papillon named Violet. A graduate of Columbia University and The New School, she is now an adjunct professor of English at St. Joseph's College in Brooklyn, New York.
Stephanie and her husband-to-be, Michael, split their time between New York and South Florida and try to spend as much time with their four-legged friends as possible.
Breanna Schultz is a graduate student at Hunter College studying Animal Behavior and Conservation. She also has over six years of entertainment marketing experience.
Breanna has worked with companies such as the Seattle Seahawks, Warner Bros. and Edelman. Her goal is to combine her previous marketing experience and new master's degree to make a significant and meaningful difference within animal welfare. Breanna and her husband Jordan share a love for animals, having four pets themselves: cats Felix and Ruca and dogs Lexi and Zeppelin.
Andrew Schweibold is a partner at Delos Capital, a North American focused lower-middle market private equity fund.
Prior to Delos, Mr. Schweibold was a Principal of the Americas business for Vision Capital. Previously, Mr. Schweibold worked at Apollo Management and GTCR Golder Rauner (a Chicago-based private equity firm) as well as Lazard, where he was a member of their Restructuring Group. Mr. Schweibold has a BBA from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and graduated with the highest distinction. He resides in New York with his French bulldog named Baxter.
Courtney Stroum Meagher is a fashion brand consultant and longtime animal advocate with extensive experience fostering and volunteering in animal shelters across the country.
She lends her support to a number of animal welfare organizations. Her first dog, Charlotte, came from a puppy mill in the Midwest and battled a lifelong congenital disease, the result of the irresponsible breeding that is standard in puppy mills. Charlotte's story is part of why this work is so important to Courtney on a personal level. She believes Friends of Finn is helping give a voice to the voiceless and spread an important message: Adopt, don't shop! She knows her generation can be the one to put an end to this incomprehensible cruelty. Courtney currently resides in New York City with her newly adopted rescue pup, Almond.
Katie Sturino is a New York-based publicist and stage mom to her puppy mill rescue and Instagram-famous dog, Toast.
Rescuing dogs has been a long-standing activity in Katie's life. She lives with Muppet, another puppy mill rescue, and loves helping others find the right dog for their home.
Katrina Szish, a TV personality and correspondent known for her expertise in pop culture and fashion, was most recently an entertainment contributor for ABC News' summer hit Good Afternoon America.
Katrina makes regular appearances on Showbiz Tonight, The View, Dr. Oz, Inside Edition and Wendy Williams, and is a former GQ Senior Editor and VOGUE writer, in which her late Italian Greyhound Audrey made an appearance in a legendary September issue. An active animal rescuer, she is currently "mom" to adopted kitties Millicent and Huxley and also to Italian Greyhound sisters Wilhelmina and Tallulah. She has racked up thousands of TV appearances and hopes to help at least as many animals find loving homes.
Sam Talbot is a chef, author and television personality and was a semi-finalist on Bravo's acclaimed series "Top Chef."
Sam is the former founding Executive Chef of the Surf Lodge in Montauk, New York. While Sam was at the helm, the restaurant became a nationally-acclaimed premiere dining destination and was named one of the world's 20 Sexiest Bars and Restaurants by The Travel Channel. He went on to open Imperial No. Nine, a sustainable seafood restaurant in the Mondrian Soho Hotel in New York City. During Sam's tenure, Imperial No. Nine received two stars from New York Magazine, a 25 rating in Zagat and was a Michelin Guide-recommended destination. He is also the author of The Sweet Life: Diabetes without Boundaries (Rodale).
Kelly Vitko is a fashion industry veteran with a lifelong passion to improve the lives of animals.
Through her fundraising efforts and volunteering, she strives to raise awareness of animal cruelty here and abroad. Her dream is to one day own a farm where hundreds of rescued animals can have a good life. She shares her New York City apartment with Olive, a sweet little tabby.
Wesley Wang is widely regarded as one of the pioneers in emerging markets and is also very interested in charity causes.
Wesley is active with the Wildlife Alliance, World Wildlife Fund, Oceanic Preservation Society, the National Council of WWF, the International Board of Advisors for Wildlife Alliance, the Board of Directors of Greylock Capital and the Board of Directors of investigative theater company The Civilians.
Lauren Weinberg lived in London for several years, where she completed a Ph.D. in art history at the University of Cambridge, and has returned to her native New York City.
She continues to write articles and conduct interviews for numerous online and print publications both here and abroad. When not pursuing her journalism career, Lauren can be found with her dogs: Lola, a Boston Terrier, and Uma, a French Bulldog.
Committee members not listed above: Tripp Callan, Tony Cummings, Daisy Johnson, Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy and Dalia Oberlander.