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HSUS Board of Directors: Member Biographies

The Humane Society of the United States

Board of Directors

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., Potomac, Maryland (2007-)

Chair, HSUS Board of Directors; chair, HSUS Board Executive Committee; member, Board of Directors, Project Chimps; 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.

David Brownstein New York, New York (2016-)

Managing Director and Head of Public Finance at Citi; director, Animal Rescue Fund (ARF) of the Hamptons; director, El Faro de los Animales, an animal shelter and sanctuary in Humacao, Puerto Rico; founder and chair, Animal Lighthouse Rescue, the New York arm of El Faro de los Animales which places animals from Puerto Rico in forever homes directly and through its eight shelter partners in the Northeast; active with many rescue and shelter organizations in Puerto Rico and has transported over 2,000 dogs and cats from Puerto Rico to the United States for placement.

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-)

Host of the television entertainment talk show, “San Diego Tonight”; former 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, GreenGale Publishing; 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; advisory board member, NEST; 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; member of the Board of Governors, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (St. Michaels, MD); 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; member, Board of Directors, Project Chimps; 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.

Margaret Perenchio Los Angeles, California (2016-)

President, Chartwell Foundation; portrait artist donating all proceeds to local animal shelters; former owner of the LA Art House, a Beverly Hills gallery which benefitted The Hammer Museum to subsidize emerging artists; director, Spay 4 LA; director, Coalition for Pets and Public Safety; former real estate broker.

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., Lewes, Delaware (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.