HSUS Board of Directors: Member Biographies
The Humane Society of the United States
Jeffrey J. Arciniaco, Boca Raton, Florida (2009-)
President and board chair, South Florida Wildlife Center (Ft. Lauderdale); co-fiduciary, 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-)
Chair, HSUS Board of Directors; chair, HSUS Board 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.
Erika Brunson, West Hollywood, California (2014-)
Owner, Erika Brunson Design Associates; owner, Erika Brunson Couture Living, a luxury furniture line whose proceeds benefit animal welfare organizations; founder and president, the Coalition for Pets and Public Safety and Spay4LA, providing free or low-cost spay/neuter in the Los Angeles area; president and founder, The Roy Dunlap Spay & Neuter Foundation, a private foundation which gives grants to animal organizations, particularly those that focus on spay and neuter; former commissioner, Los Angeles Department of Animal Services.
Jerry Cesak, La Jolla, California (2010-)
Morning radio show personality, The Jeff & Jer Show, San Diego; director, Humane Society Legislative Fund; founder, The Unicorn Foundation, conducting fundraising activities on behalf of animal protection groups; writer and producer, Bless the Beasts, a multimedia 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-)
Former chair, HSUS Board of Directors; member, HSUS Board Executive Committee; former labor-employment law partner and executive management, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; director and former president, Doris Day Animal League; director, Humane Society Legislative Fund.
Neil B. Fang, Esq., CPA, Hewlett Neck, New York (2005-)
Chair, HSUS Board Audit Committee; partner, Schwartz & Fang, P.C.; member, HSUS Board Executive Committee; 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, Nevada (2007-)
Philanthropist; director, The Greenspun Corporation; managing partner, Niche Media; director, Humane Society Legislative Fund; 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.
Spencer Haber, Greenwich, Connecticut (2015-)
Chairman and CEO, H/2 Capital Partners; founder and chairman, H/3 Foundation Inc., a non-profit organization focused on animal welfare and associated global issues; Executive Committee chairman, Wharton’s Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center; advisory board member, the Real Estate Roundtable at Columbia University; former president, Starwood Financial Inc.; former member of the Board of Governors, CRE Finance Council; former member, Bruce Museum Board of Trustees; former director, Greenwich Land Trust; former member of the National Forest Foundation’s National Leadership Council; supporter of numerous animal welfare organizations.
Amanda Hearst, New York, New York (2014-)
Founder and chair, Friends of Finn, a group dedicated to stopping the inhumane treatment of dogs in puppy mills; special projects editor, Town & Country; co-founder, Maison de Mode; director, Riverkeeper; former associate market editor, Marie Claire; former member, New Yorkers for a Green New York; named one of the of the top "20 Under 40" philanthropists by the New York Observer; fund raiser for animal causes.
Cathy Kangas, New Canaan, Connecticut (2012-)
President and CEO, PRAI Beauty Group, Inc.; former member, HSUS National Council; ambassador, 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, California (2008-)
Partner, K-M Veterinary Services, Santa Barbara; director and president, Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association; former president, Southern California Veterinary Medical Association, San Fernando Valley Chapter; trustee, National Parks Conservation Association; member, Trust for Public Lands and Environmental Defense Center; former staff member, Greater Miami and San Diego animal shelters; consulting veterinarian for several feline, canine and equine rescue organizations; political advocate and expert witness for animal protection legislation in Sacramento, Calif., and Washington, D.C.; activist for greyhound protection.
Charles A. Laue, Leawood, Kansas (2013-)
Vice chairman, Asurion (Kansas City, Mo.); 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 and former president, lock\line; active supporter of animal welfare in Kansas City.
Jennifer Leaning, M.D., S.M.H., Lincoln, Massachusetts (1991-)
Vice chair, HSUS Board of Directors; vice chair, HSUS Board 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-)
HSUS Board treasurer; member, HSUS Board 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; member of the Board of Trustees, Academy Art Museum (Easton, Md.); supporter of numerous local humane foundations.
John Mackey, Austin, Texas (2009-)
Co-founder and co-CEO, Whole Foods Market; board chair, Whole Planet Foundation; director, Conscious Capitalism, Farm Forward, Global Animal Partnership, Gossamer Gear and The Motley Fool.
Mary I. Max, New York, New York (2005-)
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 of the 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, Princeton, New Jersey (2000-)
Cartoonist; creator of the award-winning, internationally syndicated comic strip Mutts®; New York Times bestselling author, children’s books; member and former secretary, National Cartoonists Society; director, The Fund for Animals; director, The Charles M. Schulz Museum.
C. Thomas McMillen, Washington, D.C. (2013-)
Chairman and CEO, Washington Capital Corporation; director, RCS Capital; director, Nexstar Broadcasting Group; 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.
Judy Ney, New York, New York (2005-)
Former director and vice president, The Fund for Animals; former chair, National Corporate Fund for Dance (N.Y.); director, FAPE (Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies); former director, Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons (N.Y.), the Hospital for Special Surgery (N.Y.), the United Negro College Fund and Canada-U.S. Fulbright Exchange Program; honorary chair, American Friends of Canada.
Sharon Lee Patrick, New York, New York (2008-)
Member, Executive Committee; president, Patrick Partners, Inc.; co-founder and former CEO, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia; former president and COO, Rainbow Media Holdings; former principal, and founder Media Practice, McKinsey and Company; board president, American Ballet Theatre; trustee, Queen Rania's Jordan River Foundation and President Lincoln's Cottage, National Trust; creator, Outdoor Life Network; HSUS Leadership Award, Prop 2 and sponsor, HSUS Prairie Dog Coalition; strategic architect, Wolfgang Puck's humane animal treatment and organic food WELL programs; and advocate for animal protection legislation.
Marsha R. Perelman, Wynnewood, Pennsylvania (2013-)
Chair, HSUS Board Development Committee; chair emerita of the Board of Trustees, The Franklin Institute; member, HSUS Board Executive Committee; member, Pennsylvania Dog Law Advisory Board; director, Penn Virginia Corporation; chair, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Philadelphia Community Advisory Committee; director, Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation; director, Bryn Mawr Film Institute; 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, New York (2005-)
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-)
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-)
Member, HSUS Board 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-)
Chair, HSUS Board Officer Evaluation, Compensation and Nominating Committee and Legal, Ethics, Bylaws and Governance Committee; member, HSUS Board Executive Committee; former 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-)
Chair, HSUS Board Finance Committee; member, HSUS Board 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, California (2010-)
Second vice chair, HSUS Board of Directors; chair, HSUS Board Investment and Pension Trust and Risk Management Committees; member, HSUS Board Executive Committee; owner of private equity firm Terrapin Palisades Ventures LLC and general partner of multiple investment partnerships with primary focus on agriculture and real estate; director, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corp. (NASDAQ:GLDD); former director, Boise Inc. (NYSE:BZ); former co-founder, 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.
Suzy Welch, North Palm Beach, Florida (2015-)Co-author, with Jack Welch, of The Real Life MBA and Winning; author, 10-10-10: A Life Transforming Idea; business columnist for Business Week, The Wall Street Journal, and O, The Oprah Magazine; regular contributor to The Today Show and Bulls & Bears. Former editor, the Harvard Business Review; director, The Jack Welch Management Institute; former executive committee member, Big Dog Ranch Rescue; former trustee, The Advent School (Boston), The Fessenden School (Newton, Massachusetts), and The Masters School (Dobbs Ferry, New York); former campaign chair, Boston Healthcare for the Homeless.
David O. Wiebers, M.D., Overland Park, Kansas (1990-)
Vice chair, HSUS Board Development Committee; member, HSUS Board 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; emeritus professor of neurology and former division chair, professor and consultant in neurology and clinical epidemiology, Mayo Clinic and Mayo Medical School, Rochester, Minnesota; chair and chief executive officer, TOR Group and TOR Foundation; member, various professional organizations and numerous organizations concerned with animal protection.