January 22, 2014
HSUS Board of Directors: Member Biographies
The Humane Society of the United States
Jeffrey J. Arciniaco, Boca Raton, Fla., 2009 - Present
President and board chair, South Florida Wildlife Center, (Ft. Lauderdale); director, Folke H. Peterson Foundation; trustee, Ardath B. Rosengarden Charitable Trust; ambassador, Tree of Life Foundation International, animal branch; specialist in the rescue and care of parrots; facilitator and advocate, Feral Cat TTVARM programs; advocate for the protection and welfare of all animals.
Eric L. Bernthal, Esq., Washington, D.C., 2007 - Present
Chair; HSUS Board of Directors; chair, Executive Committee; CEO, Story Factory, LLC (theatrical and movie production company); former managing partner, Washington, D.C. office, Latham & Watkins LLP; specialist in corporate and communications law; previously served as director, Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia; has been active in foster parenting and environmental causes and in pro bono legal services on behalf of animals.
Jerry Cesak, La Jolla, Calif., 2010 - Present
Morning radio show personality, "The Jeff & Jer Show," San Diego; member, Humane Society Legislative Fund National Council; founder, The Unicorn Foundation, conducting fund raising activities on behalf of animal protection groups; writer and producer, Bless the Beasts, a multi-media theatrical production, and Nickels & Dimes, a stage play; presenter at The HSUS's 2010 Taking Action for Animals Conference; fundraiser and supporter of numerous animal protection causes, including California's Prop 2 in 2008.
Anita W. Coupe, Esq. Biddeford Pool, Maine, 1990 - Present
Former Chair, HSUS Board of Directors; Chair, Executive Committee; former labor-employment law partner and executive management, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; president, Doris Day Animal League; director, Humane Society Legislative Fund; active in local animal rescue.
Neil B. Fang, Esq., CPA, Hewlett Neck, N.Y., 2005 - Present
Chair, Audit Committee; partner, Schwartz & Fang, P.C.; former director, The Fund for Animals; provides pro bono legal services to various local animal shelters and rescue groups on Long Island; active in a trap/neuter/release program for feral cat colonies in his community.
Jane Greenspun Gale, Las Vegas, Nev., 2007 - Present
Philanthropist; director, The Greenspun Corporation; managing partner, Niche Media; immediate past president, Springs Preserve Foundation (Las Vegas); past president, Chairman's Council, Conservation International; founding member and past president, The Animal Foundation (Las Vegas); former TV talk-show host and Las Vegas SUN columnist; 1988 Genesis Award winner; long-time animal protectionist and supporter of animal-welfare and the environment.
Cathy Kangas, New Canaan, Conn., 2012 - Present
President and CEO, PRAI Beauty Group, Inc.; former member, HSUS National Council; director, Nowzad Dogs (UK); honorary advisor, Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad (SPANA)(UK); founder of Beauty with a Cause, which receives a percentage of PRAI Beauty's profits to help animal welfare organizations around the world.
Paula Kislak, D.V.M., Santa Barbara, Calif., 2008 - Present
Partner, K-M Veterinary Services, Santa Barbara; director and president, Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association; member, Santa Barbara Ventura Veterinary Medical Association; former president and director, Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights; former president, Southern California Veterinary Medical Association, San Fernando Valley Chapter; former staff member, Greater Miami and San Diego animal shelters; consultant for greyhound protection organizations; political advocate and witness for animal protection legislation in Sacramento, Calif., and Washington, D.C.; trustee, National Parks Conservation Association.
Charles A. Laue, Kansas City, Kan., 2013 - Present
Vice Chairman, Asurion; chair, Great Plains SPCA (Merriam, Kan.); president, The Quinn Foundation and Ringo's Fund, focused on charitable giving for animal and human causes; co-founder and president, Quinn Capital, LLC; former chair, No More Homeless Pets KC; founder/former president, lock\line (insurance); active supporter of animal welfare in Kansas City.
Jennifer Leaning, M.D., S.M.H., Lincoln, Mass., 1991 - Present
Vice Chair, HSUS Board of Directors; member, Executive Committee; Francois Xavier Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health; associate professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School; director of the Francois Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center for Health and Human Rights (Harvard University).
Kathleen M. Linehan, Esq., Washington, D.C., 2006 - Present
Board Treasurer; member, Executive Committee; former executive, Altria Group, Inc., Washington, D.C. and Lausanne, Switzerland; former special assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Energy; director, the International Foundation for Election Systems and chair of their Governance Committee; supporter of numerous local humane foundations.
John Mackey, Austin, Texas, 2009 - Present
Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Whole Foods Market; board chair, Whole Planet Foundation; director, Conscious Capitalism, Farm Forward, Global Animal Partnership, and Gossamer Gear.
C. Thomas McMillen, Washington, D.C., 2013 - Present
Chairman and CEO, Timios National Corporation; director, RCS Capital; member, University of Maryland System Board of Regents; served three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives (MD-4), 1987-1993; former chair, President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports; former N.B.A. player, New York Knicks, Atlanta Hawks, and the Washington Bullets (now Washington Wizards); Olympian; Rhodes Scholar; supporter of numerous local humane foundations.
Mary I. Max, New York, N.Y., 2005 - Present
Founder/executive director, Kind Green Planet (KGP); executive producer of KGP's award-winning documentary Vegucated; former director, The Fund for Animals; director, Humane USA and The New York Coalition for Healthy School Food; recipient 2009 Mercy for Animals Art of Compassion award and 2004 Farm Sanctuary Activist of the Year award; full-time volunteer on behalf of animals.
Patrick L. McDonnell, Middlesex County, N.J., 2000 - Present
Cartoonist; creator and author of the award-winning, internationally-syndicated comic strip Mutts®; author, children's books; member and former secretary, National Cartoonists Society; director, The Fund for Animals; member of numerous advisory boards, including The HSUS Hollywood Outreach program, Art for Animals, and Neighborhood Cats.
Judy Ney, New York, N.Y., 2005 - Present
Former director and vice president, The Fund for Animals; former chair, National Corporate Fund for Dance (NY); former director, Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons (NY), the United Negro College Fund and Canada-U.S. Fulbright Exchange Program; and honorary chair, American Friends of Canada.
Sharon Lee Patrick, New York, N.Y., 2008 - Present
Member, Executive Committee; president, Patrick Partners; cofounder/former CEO, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia; president/COO, Rainbow Media Holdings; principal, McKinsey; board president, American Ballet Theatre; trustee, Jordan River Foundation, and World Monument Funds; creator, Outdoor Life Network; coproducer, "Petkeeping with Marc Marrone;" strategic architect, Wolfgang Puck WELL program; and advocate for animal protection legislation.
Marsha R. Perelman, Wynnewood, Pa., 2013 - Present
Chair of the Board of Trustees, The Franklin Institute; member, Pennsylvania Dog Law Advisory Board; director, PVR Partners, L.P.; director, Penn Virginia Corporation; chair, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Philadelphia Community Advisory Committee; director, Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation; founder and former CEO, Woodforde Energy, Inc.; former vice chair and president/CEO, The Philadelphia Zoo; former board chair, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; political advocate for animal protection legislation in Pennsylvania and active in local animal rescue.
Marian G. Probst, New York, N.Y., 2005 - Present
Chair, The Fund for Animals; director, Humane Society Legislative Fund; director, Doris Day Animal League; former director, secretary-treasurer, president and chair, The Fund for Animals; former assistant to Cleveland Amory; lifelong advocate for animals.
Jonathan M. Ratner, Shaker Heights, Ohio, 2011 - Present
Vice President of Sustainability Initiatives, Forest City Enterprises, Inc. (Cleveland); member, Real Estate Roundtable, Sustainability Policy Advisory Committee; member, U.S. Green Building Council, Market Advisory Committee; member, Urban Land Institute, Sustainable Development Council; panelist and speaker at numerous national conferences and events relating to sustainable development; director, Ohioans for Humane Farms.
Joshua S. Reichert, Ph.D., Washington, D.C., 2005 - Present
Member, Executive Committee; executive vice president and director of environmental initiatives, Pew Charitable Trusts; former vice president for conservation, Conservation International; president, National Security Archive; regional representative, Inter-American Foundation; author of over 60 publications and co-producer of various films on the plight of fisheries and other problems affecting marine ecosystems worldwide; published in over 100 newspapers throughout the United States and internationally; guest on "ABC World News Tonight," "CBS Evening News," PBS's "News Hour with Jim Lehrer," Fox News; and NPR's "All Things Considered," "Living on Earth," and "Marketplace."
Walter J. Stewart, Esq. Washington, D.C., 2003 - Present
Chair, Officer Evaluation, Compensation and Nominating Committee and Legal, Ethics and Bylaws Committee; member, Executive Committee; partner, Peck, Madigan, Jones & Stewart, Inc.; former Secretary of the United States Senate; chairman, Congressional Education Foundation; founding member and chairman, Greater Lewes Foundation (Delaware).
Andrew Weinstein, Washington, D.C., 2006 - Present
Chair, Finance Committee; member, Executive Committee; CEO, Ridgeback Communications; director, Washington Humane Society; former head of communications, LivingSocial; former vice president and chief spokesperson, AOL; former deputy press secretary, Office of the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives; former director of media relations, Dole for President.
Jason Weiss, Pacific Palisades, Calif., 2010 - Present
Second Vice Chair, HSUS Board of Directors; Chair, HSUS Board Investment and Pension Trust and Risk Management Committees; member, Executive Committee; owner of private equity firm Terrapin Palisades Ventures LLC and general partner of multiple investment partnerships with primary focus on agriculture; director, Boise Inc. (NYSE:BZ), Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corp. (NASDAQ:GLDD), and Equipois; former managing partner, Terrapin Partners LLC; former CEO, Aldabra 2 Acquisition Corp. and Aldabra Acquisition Corp.; supporter of Karma Rescue (Los Angeles) and recipient of Karma Rescue's Mikey Award.
David O. Wiebers, M.D., Overland Park, Kan., 1990 - Present
Chair, Board Development Committee; member, Executive Committee; former chair, HSUS Board of Directors; founding chair, HSUS Scientific Advisory Council; director, Fund for Animals and Doris Day Animal League; former director, World Society for the Protection of Animals; chair board of directors, Humane Society Legislative Fund; chairman and chief medical officer, Preventive Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland; emeritus professor of neurology and former division chair, professor, and consultant in neurology and clinical epidemiology, Mayo Clinic and Mayo Medical School, Rochester, Minnesota; member, various professional organizations and numerous organizations concerned with animal protection.