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Founded in 2010 in partnership with Amanda Hearst, the Humane Generation/Friends of Finn committee is a group of young leaders dedicated to working with The HSUS to put an end to the inhumane treatment of dogs in puppy mills and to advocate for pet adoption.

Meet the members of Humane Generation/Friends of Finn. Founded and chaired by Amanda Hearst, the Humane Generation/Friends of Finn committee was originally named after Amanda’s dog Finn, a pet store pup who turned out to be from a puppy mill.


Georgina Bloomberg, serves on The HSUS Board of Directors and is a founding member of Humane Generation. She is a competitive show jumper and the co-author of four young adult novels about the equestrian show circuit. Georgina is an EQUUStar for the EQUUS Foundation and serves on the board of the Hampton Classic Horse Show, the Lake Placid Horse Show, the Emma and Georgina Bloomberg Foundation and the Bloomberg Family Foundation. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the United States Equestrian Team and Vice President of Animal Aid USA. In 2006 she founded The Riders Closet, a program that collects used riding clothes and donates them to intercollegiate riding programs and other riders in need. Bloomberg resides in New York and South Florida with her son, Jasper, and their four-legged family.

Tripp Callan is an investor in special situations and development stage companies. He was formerly an investor at Silver Point Capital, an investment firm based in Greenwich, Connecticut, where he held a variety of leadership positions from 2003 to 2012. Prior to this, he was an analyst at Goldman Sachs from 2001 to 2003. He graduated cum laude from Harvard University in 2001, where he concentrated in government and played varsity lacrosse. Callan is a trustee of the Nature Conservancy of New York and a member of Atlantik Bruecke, the Ambassador Council of the International Crisis Group, the International Institute for Strategic Studies and Animal Haven's Advisory Board.

Liz Dee is a food company executive and impact investor dedicated to alleviating animal suffering. A fifth generation candy maker, Dee is Co-Owner and Co-President of Smarties Candy Company and CEO of Baleine & Bjorn Capital. She supports early-stage companies creating plant-based and cultured versions of outdated animal products. An advisor to The Good Food Institute, Dee advances their mission to create a healthy, humane and sustainable food supply. She serves on the Humane Generation/Friends of Finn Advisory Committee to end puppy mills and share the message, "Adopt, don't shop." Dee lives in New York City with her husband, Nick Garin, and Sandy, a perfect mix mutt who was hours away from being euthanized prior to rescue.

Amanda Hearst is the Founder and Chair of Humane Generation/Friends of Finn, and serves on The HSUS Board of Directors and the Advisory Board of NEST. Hearst co-founded an ethical fashion e-commerce business, Maison de Mode, where she sells and supports conscious commerce, and is also the Special Projects Editor at Town & Country magazine, where she writes about sustainable fashion and travel. Named one of the "20 Under 40" philanthropists by the New York Observer, Hearst received The HSUS Compassion in Action award in 2015 for her work on behalf of animals. She currently resides in Manhattan with her pup, Finnegan.

Michael Katz is the CEO and Co-Founder of mParticle, a mobile data platform which has been recognized as one of the most innovative companies in New York tech. Prior, he founded interclick, an advertising technology company that he took public in 2009 before its acquisition by Yahoo in 2011 for $270M. Katz is involved in several animal rescue organizations, sits on the board of multiple companies and is also an active angel investor. He currently lives in New York City and attended Syracuse University.

Stephen Read is currently a Managing Director in the Fixed Income division of Canaccord Genuity. He has previously worked for Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank and BNP Paribas. Read has been a staunch advocate of Humane Generation/Friends of Finn since its inception, tirelessly helping to raise funds in support of The HSUS mission. After the passing of his rescue cat Socks in early 2014, Read's passion to end animal cruelty has only increased. He currently resides in lower Manhattan with his wife, Sarah Read, and their two rescue kittens, Carl and Norman.

Breanna Schultz recently obtained her master's degree in animal behavior and conservation with a focus on rehabilitation of canines that had been through trauma, including puppy mills. She also has over six years of entertainment marketing experience, working with companies such as the Seattle Seahawks, Warner Bros., and Edelman. Schultz’s goal is to combine her previous marketing experience and new master's degree to make a significant and meaningful difference within animal welfare. Her husband, Jordan Schultz, and daughter Wren all share a love for animals, having four pets themselves: cats Felix and Ruca, along with dogs Lexi and Zeppelin.

Courtney Stroum Meagher is a third generation entrepreneur, partner in her family business and consultant for a diverse clientele, including The HSUS. A longtime animal advocate with extensive experience fostering and volunteering in shelters, she lends her support to a number of animal welfare organizations. Her first dog, Charlotte, came from a puppy mill and battled a lifelong congenital disease, the result of irresponsible practices that are standard in commercial dog breeding facilities. She believes Humane Generation/Friends of Finn is helping give a voice to the voiceless and spread an important message: Adopt, don’t shop! Stroum Meagher received a B.A. from New York University and currently serves on the Advisory Board of Seattle-based tech start-up Stylyze and The HSUS’s New York State Council.

Katie Sturino is a New York based fashion blogger for The12ishStyle and stage mom to her puppy mill rescue and Instagram-famous dogs, Toast, Muppet and Pants. Rescuing dogs has been a long-standing activity in Sturino’s life, and she loves helping others find the right dog.


Stephanie Riggio Bulger is a lifelong animal lover and proud mom to a stable of horses, rescue goats and donkeys, dogs and an adorable human baby named Leo. A graduate of Columbia University and The New School, she is an adjunct professor of English at St. Joseph's College in Brooklyn, NY. Riggio Bulger and her husband, Michael Bulger, split their time between New York and South Florida, and try to spend as much time with their four-legged friends as possible.

Liz Friedland is the Co-Founder of This is Orbit, a creative management agency that builds partnerships, content and meaningful experiences through a refined network of impactful individuals, and President of Liz Friedland Consulting, a strategic marketing and communications consultancy specializing in growing brands and launching innovative concepts in the wellness & fitness lifestyle sector. Thanks to Oprah’s exposé on puppy mills in 2007, Friedland awakened to this cause and found a new calling: to create awareness around the harsh reality of puppy mills so that people could be properly educated and ultimately make different choices. Her other mission is a joint venture with her certified therapeutic dog, Lulu, to bring joy and smiles to nursing homes and hospitals in New York City.

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. Lauren and her "candy-centric" tips for living the sweet life are often featured in press across the country.

Sarah Read works in finance at BlackRock, an asset management firm in New York City. A lifetime animal lover, she raised rescue cats throughout her life, taking in her first kitten at age 5, found deserted on the street. Years later, she adopted a loving and quirky tuxedo cat named Socks from a shelter in Baltimore. Now Read and her husband are the proud parents of two rescue kittens from Animal Haven, Carl and Norman. Passionate about Humane Generation/Friends of Finn and crusading against animal cruelty, she is determined to get out the message, "Adopt, don't shop" so that animals like Socks, Carl and Norman can find a forever home. She currently resides in Chelsea, Manhattan, with her husband and fellow Humane Generation/Friends of Finn member, Stephen Read.

Lauren Schweibold is the Founder and Owner of Madison Events, a New York-based boutique event planning firm focused on corporate and non-profit clients. She has spent the past 20 years executing large-scale events at various financial firms including Bear Stearns, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods (KBW) and Guggenheim Partners, as well as providing event-planning services to numerous non-profit organizations such as Minds Matter, The Fortune Society, The River Fund, The HSUS and Animal Care & Control. Schweibold is an adamant animal rights advocate and supporter having spent years working with different animal organizations to help further their plights. She spends time volunteering for these causes and is often times a foster mom to dogs and cats looking for their forever homes. She holds a B.A. from Villanova University and spends her free time volunteering, participating in endurance sports and caring for her daughter, Charlotte and fur babies, Baxter and Bella.

Hilary Sloan leads ShopStyle.com's influencer business, ShopStyle Collective, a premier influencer program that monetizes digital shopping content and is used by over 14,000 influencers. After rescuing her dog, Ella Bean, and watching her develop from scared and sickly puppy mill rescue into a healthy and social dog, Sloan has found a passion for educating others on the importance of rescue and the truth behind pet store puppies and online pet sales. Combining her drive to educate others on the need to adopt, not shop, and her knowledge of the influencer space, Ella Bean now boasts a substantial following on social media who follow her rags to riches story.

Kelly Vitko, Assistant to the Chairman at Michael Kors, is a fashion PR veteran with a lifelong passion to improve the lives of animals. Through her fundraising efforts and volunteering with a number of organizations, including The HSUS, ASPCA, Animal Haven, Animal Aid USA, Tusk, International Anti-Poaching Foundation and Empowers Africa, she strives to raise awareness of animal cruelty here and abroad. In addition to being a part of Humane Generation/Friends of Finn's life-saving work to end puppy mills, Vitko is also the New York State co-leader for The HSUS' Faith Outreach program, a community group of ambassadors who work to increase the church's acknowledgment and participation in animal protection initiatives through stewardship. Her goal is to inspire mercy and kindness towards animals through sustainable eating and purchasing habits, and encouraging a cruelty-free lifestyle. She shares her Manhattan apartment with her kitties, Olive and SJ, both rescued from lives of neglect.


Membership Circle members are plugged into what’s happening with FoF in an effort to expand the reach of The HSUS and cultivate more serious engagement in the future. Membership is open to anyone interested in advancing FoF’s work and staying informed. To become involved in the Membership Circle, please contact Courtney Stroum Meagher at cstroummeagher@humanesociety.org.
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